The carrot for me will be purchasing a weighted vest from Rogue Fitness, once I move past 175 pounds body weight. Training with the 20# vest will be a good reminder of why athletes consume calories in quantities sufficient for sport, but not maintaining body fat.
They currently cost $199 and the plates are another $60 for the 8.75# pair of USA Cast Vest Plate Pair. Patches can be ordered for an additional $5 each, but I think I will just grab some from Amazon if I am so inspired.
I have seen these occasionally come on sale for $159 and I am certainly willing to wait.
These certainly seem pricey for a weighted vest and the other options are between $100 and $150. While a significant savings, not significant enough for me to just get what I want.
My weight dipped down to 179.0# on 9/13/2020 and I am getting closer to that vest.
I just priced out the 5.11 TacTec Plate Carrier for $199.99 + 5.75LB Weight Vest Plate Pair for $43.00 + $30.65 Shipping & Handling + $12.32 Tax = $285.96. Ouch!
Powr Performance - Vest $114.99 + 14# Powr Plates for $42.99 + $8.98 (2) patches + $21.99 shipping = $188.95. That is a pretty significant savings. For Labor Day, they had a 15% off code that would have covered the cost of shipping.
The 5.11 Plate Carrier is on Black Friday sale for $149.99 and free shipping. Considering I have yet to use the knock off plate carrier that I purchased. Not in a hurry to buy this. Plus I gained 9# and now weigh in at 188#