Ultimate Guide to Ankle & Wrist Weights

Ultimate Guide to Ankle & Wrist Weights

This article is going to be the ultimate guide to choosing the best ankle weights for your workouts. I will also answer some frequently asked questions, and give some instructions about workouts with ankle weights. The product reviews will be in the beginning of the table of contents, and the frequently asked questions and work out information will be toward the end of the table of contents. You will easily find what you’re looking for thanks to the table of contents, which is right below.

Ankle weights are mainly needed because our feet can’t hold weights the same way our hands do. So, ankle weights give us a way to do loaded leg raises. Ankle weights can also be put on your wrists, in case you’d rather do exercises that way instead of holding the weights in your hands.

generic ankle weight photo of someone running

Ankle weights are so popular, and such a helpful/unique item, that many companies have made them. This article will help you decide on the best ankle weights. I’ll tell you about a bunch of them, and let you know the best overall ankle weights as well as the best ankle weights for the money.

If you get sand filled ankle weights, make sure that you read the section in this article about preventing the sand from leaking. It is simple to reinforce your ankle weights with athletic tape, and it will prevent the problem before it occurs. I have reviewed dozens of ankle weights and the sand could leak out of any of them. So if you reinforce your ankle weights with athletic tape, which I explain in more detail below, then you will solve the problem before it happens.

Be careful about the meaning of the word “adjustable” in product listings! “Adjustable” doesn’t always mean the weight can be adjusted. Sometimes it just means the velcro strap can be adjusted, but the weight of each ankle weight is fixed! Ankle weights where the weight is adjustable offer some advantages over fixed-weight ankle weights, especially versatility, precision, and value for the money.

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General Advice for Choosing Ankle/Wrist Weights

Here are just some general things to look out for when choosing ankle or wrist weights.

Size of ankles/wrists they will accommodate

dog between someone's ankles

If you have average sized ankles or wrists, you will be okay buying most brands. But if you have particularly small ankles/wrists, or particularly large ankles/wrists, then you will need to check the product information more carefully. As you read this article, you will see I’ve pointed out which ankle/wrist weights will accommodate either extreme.

Adjustable-Weight or Fixed-Weight

Fixed-Weight ankle weights just give you one weight setting per set. So, if you wanted a higher or lower weight, you’d need to buy a whole new pair. However, Adjustable-Weight ankle weights give you little weight increments that you can swap in and out to modify the total weight.

The benefit to Fixed-Weight ankle weights is that they are usually made with a uniform sand filling, so that the weight is distributed and a little softer on your ankle. Adjustable-Weight ankle weights give you more versatility, but the little individual weight pieces can create little pressure points on your ankles. Fixed-Weight ankle weights might be better for long term use (like wearing them in your daily life) where as adjustable weight ankle weights will be better for focused resistance training, where you want a progressive overload for sets and reps.

Are ankle weights waterproof or not?

can ankle weights be waterproof

Unless they are specifically stated, ankle weights are not waterproof. The material can take a while to dry, and the inside material can rust when exposed to water.

What are the weights made of? (Usually metal or sand)

its actually an image of pyrite but its meant to show a metallic material

Ankle weights can either be filled with a kind of iron-sand particles, or they can have bigger individual sand bags or metal weights. With adjustable ankle weights, individual metal pieces are best. With fixed-weight ankle weights, you will want the ones filled with the sand particles.

Comfort level

Comfort is important, especially if you are using them for extended periods of time. Comfort in ankle weights can come from the material itself, the way the weight feels on the ankles or wrists, and the position of the Velcro strap. You don’t want the Velcro to scratch you. In these reviews I will point out the ones that are the most comfortable.

Discomfort with ankle or wrist weights is common, just because of where they are on your body, and the fact that you have to fasten them tightly. This is true, even of the best ankle weights. You can minimize the discomfort by wearing a thicker pair of socks or some kind of sleeve around your wrist.

Durability

most durable ankle weights

The Velcro is usually pretty durable on ankle or wrist weights. You mainly run into problems with durability when you get a thin material, with weak stitching, that leaks the sand particles. The ankle weights wear out faster if you use them for longer periods of time, or if you use them for more fast-paces activities like running or kick-boxing.

Adjustable-weight ankle weights with metal bars tend to be more durable, since they won’t leak out the sand. However, you can always reinforce your ankle weights with athletic tape (explained later in this article) to maximize the durability.

Price

best price for ankle weights

The lowest price isn’t always the best, but you do want the best value for the money. Throughout the article, I will tell you which ankle and wrist weights are particularly good for the money, and give my #1 best-value-for-the-money recommendation.

My #1 Recommendation – Best Overall Ankle Weights & Best Value for the Money

After reviewing all 52 ankle weight products in this article, I am happy to recommend you the AllPro Ankle Weights as the best overall product. They are the best because of the durability and the rounded metal bars that you get for weights. You can click here to see my review of them. (The link just brings you to that section of this page.)

These are also the best value for the money, not because the price is the absolute lowest, but because they will last the longest, and provide the most versatility.

Best Inexpensive Ankle Weights

The AllPro might be the overall best ankle weights, but if you want to spend less, that’s okay. There are options for you. The Sportneer Adjustable Ankle Weights are really the best when it comes to inexpensive, adjustable ankle weights. They have good quality but they are still only around $25 for a pair of 1-5 pound (adjustable) ankle weights. Click here to read my review of the Sportneer Ankle Weights.

Best Waterproof Ankle Weights

The Keifer ankle weights were one of the only waterproof ankle weights I found, but that’s not the only reason they are the best. They are a great price and are also durable and secure for land usage. Click here to go to my review of the Keifer Ankle Weights.

Heaviest Ankle Weights

heaviest ankle weights

If you want the heaviest ankle weights, then you could get up to 20 pounds each. The problem with these is the durability. The Velcro can not always support 20 pounds each, so you might want to get an ACE bandage to help you secure them. A few different brands offer up to 20 pounds per leg, but the best brand for this is going to be AllPro. They make the most durable ankle weights with the strongest Velcro. Click here to go to the AllPro ankle weights, where you can find a set of 20 pounds each.

Best Ankle Weights for Women

best ankle weights for women

The Empower Ankle Weights for Women are adjustable from 1.5 up to 2.5 pounds, and are made for smaller wrists and ankles. There are other ankle weights out there which are good for women, too, but these are the best. Click here to go to my review of the Empower Ankle Weights.

Best Ankle Weights for Children

best ankle weights for children

The best ankle weights for children are the Vaupan ankle weights. They are small and light-weight. They are also durable and safe. Click here to go to my review of Vaupan Ankle Weights.

 

Tone Fitness HHA-TN002 1lb Ankle/Wrist Weights Review

These are interesting because they are pre-set at 1 pound each. They will be 3.5 inches vertical on your ankles, and they have a maximum length around of 9 inches. So do a measurement and make sure your ankles aren’t wider around than 9 inches. That might be a small size for some people.

There was one person who said theirs ripped and the material came out. It was one of the top reviews, but it doesn’t look like that happened to many other people. So people probably just up-voted it because it stood out. Any company could have manufacturing or quality control issues. I have noticed that in other Cap Barbell product reviews, there have been some comments about the quality control.

Pros

Pros
  • Low Price
  • Breathable neoprene fabric
  • Easy to store

Cons

Cons
  • Only up to 9 inches circumference
  • Not adjustable in weight
  • Potential quality control issues

JBM sand-filled ankle or wrist weights, various sizes

These are not actually adjustable, but you can choose different sizes. For example, you can get a 2.2 lb each, 4.4 lb each or 6.6 pounds each. It would be nice if they were available in smaller weight increments, but it will be okay if you only want to get one or two different weights to choose from. The fact that they are filled with sand makes them a little more affordable than an adjustable set made with cast iron weights.

They have two straps on each ankle weight in order to secure the ankle weight even better to your ankle or wrist. You want it to be tight enough that it won’t slide around while you are doing certain exercises.

It’s also nice that they come in different colors.

Pros

Pros
  • Different weights to choose from
  • Double ankle straps for extra security
  • Multiple colors to choose from
  • You can get up to 11 lb / ankle in case you are particularly strong

Cons

Cons
  • Not adjustable, you have to buy different pairs in order to have access to different ankle weights
  • Sand is less dense than cast iron, so they will be bulkier
  • People have said the ankle opening is too big for people with smaller ankles oh, so these might not be for you and less you have bigger ankles

Champion Sports Soft Adjustable Ankle and Wrist Weights review

Champion Sports is a good brand and they have made a higher-quality sand filled ankle weight. The sand in these is not packed as tight as the previous ones, so it is a little more comfortable because it won’t press into your ankles as hard.

Please note that when you look at the product listing, the weight listed is the total weight for both ankles. So for example the 10 lb set gives you 5 lb per ankle. The 5 lb set gives you 2.5 pounds per angle. The 2 lb set gives you 1 lb / ankle. This was not totally clear in the product listing and people ended up caught off guard, expecting a 10 lb weight for each ankle and getting only a 5 lb weight for each ankle.

Ankle weights, if your ankles are particularly small, it can help if you wear some thick socks. That will also give you more cushioning from the ankle weights. You won’t really need it with these because they are designed to be soft.

Pros

Pros
  • The sand is not as densely packed, which makes them softer
  • Made by a good company
  • Nice and simple selections

Cons

Cons
  • Not adjustable
  • Some people said the ankle strap was a little unstable when using 5 lbs per ankle
  • Price is a little higher

 

Yes4All Ankle/Wrist Weight review

These come as a pair. They have a nice design, and they are color coded from one pound up to 5 lb. At first, I thought you would be able to get any color you want of any of the weight settings, but it turns out that each color corresponds to a specific weight. For example, purple is 1.5 lb, and red is 5 lb.

The velcro strap is very thoughtfully designed, because there is a neoprene flap underneath it which prevents the velcro from making contact with your skin. This is a thoughtful consideration and will make the use of these ankle and wrist weights even more comfortable. They are perfect for physical therapy, strength training or even cardio. Sometimes people put on the ankle weights to go running or hiking. I have also heard of people using ankle weights on a bicycle, but I would think that it would make it easier to Pedal.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice variety of colors
  • Thoughtful design with the neoprene flap protecting your ankle from velcro contact
  • Made by a good company and good value for the money

Cons

Cons
  • They are not labeled with the individual weight, so you have to remember the color-coding system or mark them up on your own
  • Not adjustable oh, so you have to buy multiple pairs to have access to multiple weights
  • The weight want might not come in the color you want

BalanceFrom GoFit Fully Adjustable Ankle Weights

So far, these are my favorites. As of today, you can get a 20-pound pair, which is 10 lb each, for less than $30! They have a nice color coding system where each color corresponds to a different amount of weight for the pair. And, they are actually adjustable! But wait, what do they mean by adjustable? I think this is a little misleading, but the amount of weight for each ankle weight is actually not adjustable. They just mean that the velcro strap is adjustable to fit different sized ankles. So, be careful when you hear the word adjustable, because they might not mean that the actual weight is adjustable.

How do they compare to other fixed weight ankle weights? Well, people have said they are durable and comfortable. Like most ankle weights, they tend to work on people with medium sized ankles the best, whereas if your ankles are particularly small or particularly big, then you will have a harder time finding them. However, the price is low, making this one a good purchase for the money.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice variety of colors
  • Comfortable, doesn’t press too hard on your ankles
  • Lots of people have left reviews on Amazon
  • Relatively low price, good value for the money

Cons

Cons
  • The weight of each ankle weight is fixed, so you have to buy multiple pairs to have access to multiple different weight selections
  • The weight want might not come in the color you want

Prosource Fit Ankle Wrist Weights review

These are pretty similar ankle weights to the previous entry, except for the color scheme is different. They are fixed weight ankle weights, and you can choose weights from between 1 lb to 5 lb per ankle. So you can see right there that they don’t go all the way up to 10 pounds per ankle, like the previous selection. But how is the price? Well, they are at a higher price for about the same thing as the previous entry. So then, is the quality better? It did not seem like the quality was actually better than the previous ankle weights, either.

People actually mentioned that the class was a little flimsy and the material inside would move around while they were running. Maybe they are still good ankle weights, and there were just some unlucky reviews. There were some people who use these ProSource ankle weights for their physical therapy routine, and they were pretty happy with it. But if you were going to go running with them, you probably need special ankle weights for that.

Pros

Pros
  • Different color schemes in case you would prefer a different color than another brand
  • Good variety of Weights available

Cons

Cons
  • At least one review of a flimsy bracket piece
  • The material inside seems to move around while running, which is detrimental

Portzon Ankle/Wrist Weights review

Please come in either 2.2 total pounds, or 1.1 pounds each, or 6.6 pounds, or 3.3 lbs each. For a reference point on price, the 6.6 lb set of these costs about the same as the 10 lb set of the Pro source ankle weights. So, they do not win in the price category. However, there are some interesting features. The velcro strap is extra wide, for extra security. They also have a unique reflective Trim in case you are using them for walking or jogging exercises.

The product is also designed with a soft elastic fabric, making them especially comfortable. So, they might cost a little more than the previous ankle weights, but they do have some advantages.

CAP Barbell HHA-CF010 Cap Ankle Weights review

These are made from a soft, comfortable and breathable neoprene fabric, so they are nice to wear. You can see in the photo that they look nice and soft.

The metal strap and buckle face away from the skin, so they will not be scratching you while you do your workouts. They are filled with a sand material, which makes them a little clunky at 5 lb each. The strap is a bit longer, so it will be good for people with bigger ankles.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice soft breathable material
  • Good price
  • Nice simple color
  • 5 lb each

Cons

Cons
  • Might be too big for some people
  • No other options for weight selection

RitFit Ankle/Wrist Weights review

This is a color coded set, with six options for weights ranging from 1 lb to 5 lb. They come in pairs, so the one pound pair is 1 lb each times 2, the 3 lb of pair is 3 lb each times two, and so on. Depending on how important to the color is to you, you might want to compare the different color coding schemes with other color coded ankle weights. First decide how much weight you want / ankle, then check each listing to see what color that weight will come in.

These have a reinforced stitching which boost durability and comfort. The durability is a great bonus, because sometimes people in the other product reviews commented that they were not as durable. The hook and loop closure gives you a nice snug fit, making these good for jogging and kickboxing.

Pros

Pros
  • Durable stitching
  • Medium price range
  • Different color coding scheme
  • Good weight selection

Cons

Cons
  • They are fixed weight, not adjustable weight
  • Some people did mention stitching coming undone, even though the product description claims the stitching is durable

Empower Ankle & Wrist Weights for Women review

This is the first set that we will be reviewing where you can add or remove weights. You can get up to 4 lb per ankle in adjustable increments, which is pretty good. They say that they are specifically made for a woman’s body shape, which might just mean ankles and wrists with a smaller circumference. There were some women mentioning in the other product reviews that the ankle or wrist weights were just too big.

They are a best seller on Amazon, with four out of five stars. There was some mention that, because the weight bars are made of metal, they caused some discomfort. People said that there was not enough padding to account for the metal bars. That is unfortunate but if you like everything else about the design, then you could just get a thick pair of socks to give you some extra cushioning.

Pros

Pros
  • Adjustable with metal removable pieces, making them sturdier and more versatile
  • Designed specifically for people with particularly small wrists and ankles

Cons

Cons
  • The metal pieces are rectangular, giving them corners that could poke your ankles

DA VINCI Adjustable Ankle or Wrist Weights review

Like many other sand filled ankle weights, we had a mix of people saying they were comfortable and on the other hand people saying that the stitching were down over time, and the sand started to leak out. I think what we can learn from this is that you have to be careful with sand filled ankle or wrist weights. Pretty soon we will be getting into ankle and wrist weights with metal inserts, which will not fall apart as easily.

These do have a very nice color scheme available. Again, you can pick your favorite color for the weight that you want from each of the different brands and this article, if color is important enough to you.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice color scheme
  • Comfortable and easy to put on

Cons

Cons
  • Lots of people mentioning that after a few months, the sand started to pour out

Ankle / Wrist Weight Pair by Day 1 Fitness review

I like these because when it says 10 lb pair, that means that each ankle weight is 10 pounds. You can actually get a pair of two 10 lb ankle weights for just under $30 right now! That is one of the best prices so far. They also have a lot of other options for how much weight you can get per ankle. But how is the quality? Let’s find out.

There was some mention of the stitching ripping, and also some mention that the material becomes a little scratchy when you wear them for an extended time. So, there are some downsides. With such a great price, that is to be expected. But if you want 10 lb per ankle, and you don’t want to have to pay that much, then you could give these a try.

Pros

Pros
  • Awesome price, you can get a set with 20 lb of total weight for just under $30!
  • The other weight increments are at a good price too

Cons

Cons
  • Material might feel scratchy when you wear it for an extended time
  • Like many other similar products, they can tear after you’ve owned them for a while

 

Vaupan Small Ankle Wrist Weights review

Adidas ankle weights are really small! They come in either 0.55 pounds each, or 1.1 lb each, in pairs. That means, if you really want to start small, then you could actually get about half a pound for each ankle or each wrist. That can be a good way to gradually build up to heavier weights. So far, no other ankle weight product has given options at such a low amount of weight.

These are especially good for children, because of the light amount of weight, and the small size. However, they can be used by anyone. Lots of people in the reviews mentioned using them to help with physical therapy on their children, or for sports or gymnastics for younger children. This was the first product, out of all of these ankle weights I looked at so far, in which someone actually complimented the customer service! So, the customer service really stands out to me.

Pros

Pros
  • Good weight selection if you want to use a very small amount of weight
  • Excellent customer service, which will help especially if the material tears
  • People were especially happy in the reviews

Cons

Cons
  • Price is a little high for just half a pound each oh, but that might be due to the increased quality
  • No options available for larger amounts of weight

KUYOU Ankle Weights

These ankle weights come in 2.2, 4.4, or 6.6 lb of pairs. In this case, a 6.6 lb pair means that you get 3.3 lb each. They are filled with sand like many other fixed weight ankle weights. Let’s see if anything stands out about the Comfort, durability or quality to make these worth choosing over any others.

One thing that stands out about these ankle weights is that they actually give you a diagram telling you the minimum and maximum ankle size or wrist size you can use with these. The minimum circumference is 6.7 in, and the maximum circumference is 12.2 in. I’m really glad that they did that, because it clears up the confusion over whether these will fit you or not.

A2ZCARE Ankle Weight/Wrist Weight Set review

A2ZCARE makes a lot of Health Products which are especially geared towards health and physical therapy, and they also make strength training products. For a price reference point, the 5lb set costs just under $20. They have over 200 reviews on Amazon, and currently a 3.5 star average, which is a little low because some of the others have 4 or 4.5 stars on average. One thing I immediately noticed about them was that the velcro strap extends past the actual ankle weight part. So you either have uneven distribution of the ankle weights, or you have a strap rubbing into the back of your ankle, or both.

Many people in the reviews said that the strap rubs into their ankles. This limited their effectiveness for physical therapy. The problem can be fixed if you wear a thicker sock with them, but that might not be what you want to do in warmer weather. You might be able to buy a pair of really cushioned socks, and then just cut out the ankle part for use with your ankle weights. However, that will increase the total price.

Pros

Pros
  • Under $20 for a pair of 5 pound weights, other weights available at lower prices
  • Lots of customer reviews
  • 30-day free returns and 90-day limited warranty could help if the product ends up breaking, which these sand-filled ankle weights sometimes do

Cons

Cons
  • Velcro strap is in direct contact with ankle, and eventually causes discomfort

Valeo Adjustable-Weight Wrist/Ankle Weights Review

The Valeo Adjustable-Weight Wrist/Ankle weights are bigger, so they are not the best for women. They are better for guys who want to do heavy leg raises, side leg raises, or glute exercises. This would be for slow and controlled resistance training, not for fast movements like running or kickboxing.  They would also be good for guys who want to do sets of lateral raises with the weights on their wrists. But they’re not the best for people who want to just wear them all day, or wear them for longer than one set at a time of resistance training.

It is nice that the weights are adjustable. They come with separate sand bags which you can add and remove as desired. It’s nice that the weights are adjustable. You can get a 20 pound set for under $30. That’s 10 pounds each with 2 pound weight increments. The 5 pound set has 1 pound increments of weights. The little sand bags are prone to having sand leak out. This is so common in ankle weights because sand particles are so small. You could reinforce them with tape. One person actually took the sand and re-distributed it into little tubes of his own.

Pros

Pros
  • Under $30 for a pair of 10 pound weights, other weights available at lower prices
  • Valeo is a good brand in general, especially for strength training
  • Weights are actually adjustable so you get multiple ankle weights for the price of one
  • Two ankle straps for extra security

Cons

Cons
  • The sand can leak out of the individual weights
  • Bulkier and don’t fit as tightly, so more suited for sets in the gym, rather than long-term use or cardio

TKO Wrist Ankle Wrist Weights review

This is a good quality pair of ankle and wrist weights. There is a 2lb pair, where the weights are one pound each, and a 5-pound repair, where the weights are 2.5 lb each. The 2lb pair is available in fuchsia or black, and the 5lb pair is available in Navy or black. The velcro strap can adjust to a small-diameter, making them good for children, but the velcro strap is also long enough for people of bigger ankle sizes. The actual weight is fixed, but the size is adjustable.

Let’s look deeper into the people’s reviews, and see if anything stands out. Most people were happy with the product. Right now, the very first review is mentioning that the sand has leaked. This gives an unfortunate impression of the product. However, the sand is probably just as likely to leak out of any ankle weights, which I explain more about later in the article. Send just leaks out because it is a bunch of small particles and the spaces in the stitching let it out. If you get these ankle weights and reinforce them with the method I explain below, then you will be much less likely to have the sand leaking.

Pros

Pros
  • Simple color selection and weight selection
  • Moderate price, not the lowest price but also the quality is a little higher
  • Easy to repair if the sand leaks, easy to prevent the sand from leaking
  • Good size range
  • Company responded quickly when someone mentioned that the sand had leaked out of theirs

Cons

Cons
  • Not adjustable in weight

Fitness Republic Ankle Weights review

These are a more compact pair of ankle weights. There is a blue set of 4 lb each and a neon yellow green set of 2 lb each. You can either get a combo pack with all of them, or just get the 2 lb set or 4 lb set separately. The 2lb set are called wrist weights, but you can still use them on your ankles, and you could still use the blue ankle weights on your wrists.

In the review section, most people were happy with these. There was one person for them this and leaked out. It has been about a month since they commented with that review, and the customer service has not replied. I don’t mind the sand leaking, because I know that’s a common issue with an easy solution. But it’s just the fact that the seller did not actually reply Within about 25 days that surprises me. Granted, these are comments on the product page and it doesn’t indicate that the seller would be slow to respond to a direct message. But still, on other product pages, you see the seller responding sooner when people leave a review about an issue they had.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice design
  • Unique color scheme and ankle/wrist weight distinction
  • Nice combo pack available

Cons

Cons
  • Seller didn’t respond within first 3 weeks of someone leaving a review with issues of product (however, they might still respond to direct messages quickly)

FFFFFFT Ankle and Wrist Weights for Women and Men, Review

Interesting company name! They offer either a pair of 2 pound weights, or a pair of 1.5 pound weights. The color scheme is pretty basic, which would be good if you don’t want overly vibrant colors. They offer a 100% money back guarantee with no questions asked which is pretty good, all you have to do is contact them. That shows exceptional product support. But, do a lot of people end up needing support, and/or asking for their money back? Let’s find out!

There were only 3 product reviews at this time, but out of all those, everyone looks happy! That’s a good sign. The price is a bit higher for the amount of weight, but perhaps that’s due to higher quality. People use them for children’s sports, physical therapy, workouts and more.

Pros

Pros
  • Everyone (out of 3 reviews so far) had good things to say
  • No mention of sand leaking
  • Nice simple color scheme
  • 100% no-questions-asked money back guarantee, not many other sellers offer this
  • Carrying case and user guide are thoughtfully included in purchase

Cons

Cons
  • Price is a little high for the amount of weight (perhaps due to the included carrying case and user guide)
  • Not as many reviews on the page yet
  • Only a few small weight options available, nothing above 2 pounds each

TNT Pro Series Ankle Weights for Women, Men and Kids – Review

You can get these ankle weights in yellow or pink. They come in 2 x 1lbs each, 2 x 2lbs each or 2 x 3lbs each (for 2, 4 and 6 total pounds, respectively). People have said they are particularly comfortable and durable. There was one person who mentioned that the sand leaked after a few months, but with my athletic tape solution later in this article, that won’t be an issue.

These, like other ankle weights, are meant to boost strength and cardiovascular training workouts. They are also good for physical therapy. People said that the velcro strap didn’t scratch their ankle.

Pros

Pros
  • Good quality
  • A bit higher durability and comfort level
  • Velcro strap won’t scratch your ankle
  • Accommodates smaller wrists and ankles

Cons

Cons
  • A 6 pound set (3 pounds each) is just under $20, as much as a 10 pound set for other brands

Healthy Model Life Ankle Weights – Review

Wow! These have over 1,000 customer reviews. That really stands out. You can get them in a pair of 1lb weights, a pair of 2lb weights, a pair of 5lb weights and a pair of 8lb weights. The set of two 8 pound weights is just under 40 dollars right now. That’s a decent price. There was a pair of ankle weights earlier that was under $30 for 20 total pounds (10 pounds each). But perhaps these are a little higher quality? Let’s look into it.

So, why have the Healthy Model Life ankle and wrist weights received over 1,000 reviews? Well, the manufacturer’s write-up says that they are worn by Victoria’s Secret models. That probably helps promote them. They say that the weights are padded better than others, stay on more securely, and are more durable.

One thing that really stands out is a 1-year 100% return/refund guarantee. That 1-year period is significant because other brands only offer a 30-90 day return/refund window, and sometimes it takes just a little longer for the sand to start leaking. With this superior return policy, you aren’t taking as much of a risk when buying them. But did a lot of people end up returning them? Let’s see if these Healthy Model Life Ankle/Wrist Weights do what they claim to do.

Overall, in the reviews, there were a lot of people happy with the snug fit and weight distribution. One person mentioned the big “Healthy Model Life” label on them might make them not appeal to men as much. Another mentioned the sand beginning to leak out, and that the materials were not that much higher quality than other similar products. But we did get more people saying the weights stayed on and were comfortable. That, combined with the good return policy, makes these one of the better options.

Pros

Pros
  • Good range of weights available
  • Decent prices, not the lowest prices but still decent
  • Fit a little more snug than most ankle/wrist weights, they don’t wiggle around as much
  • Great 1-year return policy makes purchasing these less of a risk

Cons

Cons
  • Still some people saying they tore after a while and sand grains came out

AmazonBasics Adjustable Ankle Weights – Review

AmazonBasics generally makes good products. These are adjustable-weight ankle weights that come in either 2.5 pounds each or 5 pounds each. (For 5 or 10 total pounds). They have two velcro-straps instead of just one, for extra security. They are a nice basic black color, and are made with nylon and polyester materials.

The weights on the five-pound-pair were adjustable in 1 pound increments. The weights on the 2.5-pound-pair are probably adjustable in 0.5 pound increments, but it wasn’t specified clearly on the listing. Amazon offers a 1-year limited warranty… Hopefully that limited warranty covers use in the gym!

People don’t like the individual sand-bag weights. They are made with a thin plastic bag material which could easily leak. Well, if you just reinforce them with a stronger plastic material or athletic tape, then you will not have the problem. For this price, just under 20 dollars for two 5-pound adjustable-weight (not fixed-weight) ankle weights, it’s worth getting them and just making a little modification when they arrive.

Pros

Pros
  • Awesome price (just under $20 for 5 pounds each) of adjustable ankle weights
  • Weight increments are actually adjustable! Not fixed, so you get multiple weight options for the price of one
  • AmazonBasics 1-year limited warranty

Cons

Cons
  • Weights are sand-filled plastic bags and you’ll need to reinforce them

 

P.volve Ankle Weights review

These ankle weights come in either a peach pair of 1.5 pound weights, or a mint colored pair of 3 lb weights. The colors are unique and so that might interest some people, who want to have a nice color.

One person said that the peach color looked better in the photo, and they didn’t like it when it arrived. That is something to keep in mind, maybe choose a pair of ankle weights with a more basic color so there is less risk of the color turning out not to be what you wanted.

Other than that, it looks like you have to pay for the shipping to return these, so that is a downside. Most people were happy with them, but there was one person who had them break pretty early on. The price is about average, not the best price out there, but like a middle range of prices.

Pros

Pros
  • Unique colors available
  • Moderate price

Cons

Cons
  • If you want to return them, you have to pay for the shipping, so you might want to choose a pair with a better return policy

Vive Ankle Weight Set for Women & Men review

This is a nice set of sand-filled adjustable weight ankle weights. They are pretty similar to the Amazon Basics adjustable ankle weights, but cost about 25% more. Is the higher cost worth it? Do they have some higher-quality features which the Amazon Basics ones do not? Let’s look into it and find out. In order for these to be better than the Amazon Basics ones, they would have to have more durable weight components.

There was no mention that the weight components are any more durable then the Amazon Basics ones. We just have some people saying that one of the metal clips bend easily, and another said that the Velcro had stopped working within 7 months.

The product listing clams that they are waterproof, but I think that means they can just withstand a little bit of rain. The weights are made with the same iron sand as many others, and you would not want to use that in the pool, because it would rust.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice adjustment mechanism
  • Moderate price

Cons

Cons
  • You can get pretty much the same thing from Amazon basics for about 80% of the price

SHOUNg Reflective Ankle/Wrist Weights review – Glows in the Dark!!

These are a pretty good price, just about $25 right now for the pair of 5 lb ankle weights. That is a pretty average price, and these are made with reinforced stitching and extra durable material. They also have a special reflective material on them, so that you can use them safely if you go out for a walk or jog in the dark.

There were some comments that the metal loop on the strap bothered some people. Like many other ankle weights, there were also comments about the material breaking and the sand leaking out. Some exceptional reviews stated that the product fit very well and was very comfortable. So, these are just about the same as many other ankle weight products we’ve looked at so far. The main thing about these which is special is the glow-in-the-dark material.

Pros

Pros
  • Softer material
  • Glow-in-the-dark component for nighttime use

Cons

Cons

Fit Viva Ankle and Wrist Weights – Review – Most Durable?

These are really nice! Wow, finally an ankle weight product that includes double-stitching to keep the sand from falling out. None of the top ten reviews included issues with the sand falling out, so that’s really nice. It looks like Fit Viva took into consideration what people were saying about other ankle/wrist weight products, and made these to fix those issues. For example, there is no metal loop, so it won’t scratch your ankle. The material is extra comfortable and won’t absorb sweat as much.

One person gave a one star review because the weights were loose on their wrists, and they did not say exactly how much they weighed. (As in, the ankle weight itself wasn’t labeled “1 pound”, “2 pounds”, etc.) If that were me, I wouldn’t have marked them down to one star for that. Luckily, the Fit Viva ankle weights have enough quality that this didn’t make a dent. They still get 4.5 stars on Amazon after 113 reviews.

You can get a pair of 1 pound weights, a pair of 2 pound weights or a pair of 3 pound weights. It would be nice if they had heavier options, so you could get the same quality for a pair of 5 or even 8-10 pound ankle weights. But, for 1-3 pound weights, they’re some of the best you can get so far.

Pros

Pros
  • Double stitching actually manages to keep sand from leaking! No reviews on the first page mention the sand leaking out.
  • Nice soft material and extra design consideration made so they don’t scratch your wrists or ankles

Cons

Cons
  • Not labeled with how much they weigh, this could be an issue if you get multiple pairs of different weights
  • Price is a little higher… But it definitely pays off in quality

REEHUT Durable Ankle/Wrist Weights – Review

These have a nice color-coding system. You can get them in 1, 1.5, 2, 3, 4 or 5 pounds each (in sets of 2). They have a nice chart on the product page (see link below) showing that the heavier weights have a longer Velcro strap. There was not a lot of sand leaking out being mentioned in the reviews, so perhaps these are made a bit more durable. People also said they stay on pretty securely.

The most critical review I saw was someone saying the weighted part didn’t reach all the way around their ankles. So, the Velcro strap would scratch their ankles. This can be fixed by wearing socks. It is an issue with many different ankle weights. The main thing to note on these REEHUT ankle weights is they didn’t talk much about sand leaking, which is a good thing. REEHUT only offers a 30 day return window, and while there is a 2 year limited warranty, it doesn’t guarantee you’ll be covered if your ankle weights start to leak or break.

The price for a pair of 5lb ankle weights is $25 to $30 right now, so they are a little higher priced than other ankle weights. The quality might be worth it. But you could be just as well with a less expensive pair.

Pros

Pros
  • They don’t move around on your ankles or wrists too much
  • Not much mention of sand leaking out

Cons

Cons
  • Higher price
  • Velcro rubs on ankle unless you wear a sock

Zensufu Ankle or Wrist Weights review

Even just looking at the picture, you can see that these are particularly soft and well-made. A pair of 5 lb ankle weights cost under $25 right now, which is a relatively low price. People have said they are particularly comfortable and they don’t move around too much while you’re using them. It’s interesting how, when you look at different ankle weights, some people say they fit well and stay on, and some people say they fall off. I think it shows that it depends how you wear them, what you use them for and of course your size in relation to the products.

They are not intended to be used in the pool. But they are generally good ankle weights for using around the house or walking or exercises. There was no mention of the velcro strap rubbing into people’s legs, so that means they are probably a bit more comfortable. Fewer people mentioned the sand leaking out, so maybe they are a little more durable.

Pros

Pros
  • Particularly soft and well-made
  • Relatively low price
  • Good weight options available

Cons

Cons
  • Some of the same issues as other ankle weights, but it seems to depend on the person, and how they’re being used

GoFit Adjustable Ankle Weights Review

Let’s have a look at the GoFit Adjustable Ankle Weights now. They are actually adjustable-weight ankle weights, with packets of iron fillings that you can add or remove. They have multiple pockets, so you can distribute the weights evenly, or however you’d like to. The pockets are closed by a zipper, which is unique, since most use Velcro.

In terms of price, the 10 pound (5 pounds each) set is $20 to $25 right now. That’s a great price for adjustable-weight ankle weights. Let’s see about the quality though. The 5-pounds-each set is adjustable in 1-pound-each increments. There were mixed comments on the ease or difficulty of adding/removing the weights. Some people found the weights easy to add or remove, while others had difficulty with it. It’s similar to adjustable dumbbells, some people really don’t like changing the weights but some don’t mind it. So it depends on your preference and how often you plan on changing the weights.

Adjustable ankle weights with metal bars are a little easier to adjust, because the metal slides in and out easily. I will talk more about those later in the article. They will be a little more expensive but might be worth the extra money. However, for a nice low-price adjustable ankle weight, which has good durability and comfort, get these GoFit Adjustable ankle weights.

Pros

Pros
  • Good durability
  • Comfortable material
  • Good weight adjustment mechanism with zippers for added ease of use

Cons

Cons
  • Not the best for long term use like wearing around the house or cardio

Clispeed Ankle/Wrist Weights – Review

These are smaller ankle weights that come in a set of 1 pound each, or a set of 2 pounds each. The price for 2 pounds each is above $20, which is a pretty high price. They are made with good quality though, and they are not too bulky. Does the quality justify the higher price?

It looks like they are a little above average quality. No one mentioned the sand leaking on the first page. They seem comfortable, but that’s easier when they are lighter weights. These are similar to the Vaupan ankle/wrist weights, good for younger children, due to the limited weight available and small size.

Pros

Pros
  • Above average quality
  • Comfortable material
  • Nice simple color

Cons

Cons
  • Limited amount of weight available
  • Higher price

Nayoya 3 Pound Adjustable Ankle Weights Set review

These ankle weights are 1.5 lb each and the pair costs just under $20. So, they are a higher-priced product, but is the price justified by Tire durability or comfort? Let’s find out today.

One interesting thing about these, is that they are not listed as waterproof, but people actually mentioned that they were using them in the pool. So, it seems that you can use these in the pool for aquatic exercise and therapy. So, using them in the water is a bonus. Other than that, people have liked the comfort and durability. These have over 700 reviews and a 4.5 star rating, which means they must be a pretty good product. So, as long as 1.5 lb per ankle is the correct weight for you, then these ankle weights are a good idea.

Pros

Pros
  • Above average quality
  • Comfortable material
  • Nice-looking blue and yellow color scheme
  • People use them in the pool

Cons

Cons
  • Limited amount of weight available
  • Higher price

Nordic Lifting ankle weights review

These ankle weights come in a nice light gray color which is pretty good looking on the screen and in person. The price for a pair of 5 lb weights is just under $30, making them more of a medium price ankle weight than a low priced ankle weight. However, they are nice and soft, and they are made with good quality. They also come with a nice carrying case and instruction guide.

Wow! Over 1500 customer reviews. Some of the first reviews are from people who were very unhappy with the quality. The products frequently ripped and the sand pellets came out. This can be prevented using athletic tape. However, this happened in three or four of the first ten reviews, so maybe these are just a little less durable. The good thing about Nordic lifting is that they responded quickly to customer issues. Every time someone has commented that their product had an issue, they got a personalized message and Nordic lifting actually sent them an email to try to help. So the customer service is a good sign.

Another issue people mentioned was just at the ankle weights don’t fit all the way around your ankle, so the Velcro strap can rub against your skin. This is easily fixed using a pair of socks. Sometimes the ankle weight manufacturers do this on purpose so that the weight does not block the movement of your ankle tendons.

Pros

Pros
  • Medium price
  • Nice light gray color
  • More than 1,500 customer reviews
  • Really fast and helpful customer service

Cons

Cons
  • Sand pellets leaking out

 

TheraBand Ankle Weights review

Thera-Band is a good company when it comes to physical therapy and strengthening products. They actually updated the design of their original ankle weights, probably to account for comments in the customer reviews. That is a good sign, because a lot of products keep having the same issues, so maybe these have solved most of those issues. You can get these weights and either a pair of 2.5 lb each or 1.5 lb each. But let’s see if the new version has made significant improvements over your average ankle weights.

It looks like the new version just means they are available in 1.5 and 2.5 pounds each, instead of just 1 pound each. People still had issues with the discomfort or sand leaking out. Plus, the price is on the high side, at over $20 for 2.5 pounds each. It looks like there is no major reason to choose TheraBand Ankle Weights over any other pair.

Pros

Pros
  • TheraBand is a nice, well known company for physical therapy products

Cons

Cons
  • Sand pellets leaking out
  • Discomfort from Velcro strap
  • High price (but not really justified by high quality)

FITNESSERY Ankle/Wrist Weights – Review – Really cool design!!! Check these out!!!

Wow, these are really cool! If you look at the photo (which you will see right below this paragraph, but if you can’t see it, it’s because your ad blocker is blocking it) then the photo shows that the entire ankle weight is a Velcro strap (with the soft side facing you). This is a really cool design because instead of a separate strap, the whole weight can fit securely around your ankle. Out of so many ankle weights so far, this design is exciting and unique. Let’s look more into it to see if it’s really better than other ankle weights.

First of all, in terms of price, it’s just over $35 dollars for a pair of 5 pounds each. That’s a much higher price, but for the unique design, it may be worth it. You also get a nice mesh storage bag (which can be used for other things too!) and a free e-book with 100 ankle weight exercises.

In the first page of reviews, only one person mentioned the sand ripping. So, that’s pretty good. Even in that scenario, the company quickly replaced them. So the customer service is good. People definitely liked the unique full-width Velcro strap design for comfort and snug fit. Also considering all the add-ons, they are worth the money.

Pros

Pros
  • Unique full-width Velcro strap design for extra comfort and snug fit
  • Durable, and good customer service for the rare cases when they break
  • High quality and cool design make it worth the higher price
  • Mesh bag comes included
  • Workout guide with 100 ankle weight exercises comes included

Cons

Cons
  • they are still not invincible, some people had the sand leak out, but it was less often than other brands

Fragraim Ankle Weights for Women, Men and Kids – Review

Out of about 75 customer reviews, these have 4.5 Stars. None of the top ten reviews mentioned sand leaking out, giving these extra points for durability. They have a nice color scheme which offers colors that other brands don’t always have. For a set of 5 lb each, they are just under $30, and of course the other weights available cost a bit less. For the added durability, it is a great price.

They also have an extra long velcro strap to accommodate all sizes of ankles, but they are also good for smaller ankles or wrists. Overall this is one of the best ankle weight products I have reviewed so far.

Pros

Pros
  • Exceptionally durable oh, none of the top ten reviews mentioned any sand leaking out
  • Moderate price and good value for the money
  • Nice color scheme available
  • Fits a wide range of sizes

Cons

Cons
  • Honestly these are some of the best ankle weights I have seen so far. There are not a lot of cons.

Sportneer Ankle Weights review – 0.5 to 3.5 pounds each

Now we are getting into more adjustable weight ankle weights as we climb into a higher price range. These ankle weights can go from half a pound each up to 3.5 lb each, in 0.6 pound increments. The fact that the increment are 0.6 lb each might make the math a little tricky but you will get used to it. The weights can be 0.5 lb, 1.1, 1.7, 2.3, 2.9 or 3.5 each. If you like doing math in your mind then you will enjoy these even more. If you’d rather not have to do any math in your mind then you might want to pick another kind of ankle weights with one or 1/2 pound increments.

In the reviews, people were generally happy. They did not mention sand leaking out in the top ten reviews so that’s great. One person pointed out that it was hard to contact the company about the warranty, since the website link from the user manual didn’t work. But in general, people were happy with the product itself. It is a good price at under $25 for two adjustable ankle weights, just keep in mind that the price only covers up to 3.5 pounds each, not 5 pounds each.

Pros

Pros
  • Good durability and quality, none of the top ten reviews mention sand leaking out
  • Easy to adjust, maybe easier than other similar products to adjust
  • Good price

Cons

Cons
  • Website for contacting Sportneer about warranty was down, hard to reach customer service

Sportneer Ankle Weights 1-5 lbs Each

These are similar to the ankle weights listed above, except the adjustable weight range is different. You can adjust them from 1 to 5 lb each in small increments. It is only just a little over $25 for a set of two adjustable ankle weights, which is a pretty good price. But remember, these are sand bag weights and they will have some of the same issues as other sand based products.

They have a good size range. They will fit ankles as small as 5.9″ in circumference, or as large as 14″ around. They have also made a thoughtful design in which the metal buckle is actually along the ankle weight part instead of at the end of the ankle weight part, where it would scratch your ankle. Everyone in the top ten reviews was very happy with the product, and the sandbags must have be a little more durable than other products, because people did not mention the sand leaking out on the first page.

Pros

Pros
  • Position of Velcro Loop is not going to scratch your legs do to thoughtful design
  • Sandbags are more durable than other similar products
  • Great low price especially for adjustable weight ankle weights
  • Good size range

Cons

Cons
  • Sandbag weights are still never going to be as durable as metal weights

CAP Barbell Adjustable-Weight Ankle Weights – Review

CAP Barbell is a good company that provides lower priced equipment. The down side to CAP Products is they tend to have lower quality control. These are no different. For a lower price than the Sportneer adjustable ankle weights, you actually get 5 pounds per ankle instead of just 3.5 pounds. But the sand-bags rip kind of easily. If you reinforce the sand-bags with athletic tape, they will be better, but then you have to buy athletic tape.

It might be better to get a little more expensive of a product, for a higher quality. I recommend if you want adjustable-weight ankle weights, get the AllPro ankle weights. I will talk about those later. Here is my pros and cons chart for the CAP Barbell Ankle Weights.

Pros

Pros
  • Lower price
  • Adjustable up to 5 pounds each in small increments

Cons

Cons
  • Lower quality control, sand bags rip easily
  • Weights all go in one pocket, instead of separate compartments. Makes it harder to control weight distribution.

AllPro 5lbs Ankle Weights – Review – Best Adjustable Ankle Weights (for up to 2.5lbs each)

This is the best design for adjustable ankle weights. Instead of sand bags, you get nice, rounded metal bars weighing 2.5 pounds each. The weights each have their own little pocket which fits tightly, but because it’s metal on a canvas material, the weights slide in and out very easily. You have to take them off to adjust them, but that’s true of any adjustable weight ankle weights. The metal material is not prone to tearing and leaking like sand-bag weights. Sure, you pay a little more, but it’s definitely worth it in terms of longevity and versatility. The padding is comfortable enough to protect you from the metal weights. Plus, the weights are rounded anyway, so they won’t press into your ankles/wrists like rectangular bars.

The Velcro on these is nice, and there is no metal D-ring to scratch you. People in the reviews were very happy with them. They are worth the money compared to sand filled weights.

One thing about the product listing is you have to select your size. Just select “One size”. The options for multiple packs seem to be a much higher price and I’m not sure why. But if you just need one pair then select “One size” and you’ll get the pair for just above $20.

Pros

Pros
  • Best weight material, rounded metal bars which are infinitely more durable than sand bags
  • Easiest to slide weights in and out, no friction like sand bags
  • Individual compartments for weight bars are evenly spaced for equal loading
  • Great quality control
  • The higher price is 100% justified and these will last you much longer

Cons

Cons
  • None!  These are great, durable, well-made and comfortable.

NEXPro Ankle/Wrist Weights – Review

These are fixed-weight ankle weights, and only come in 2.5 pounds each. The price (currently just under $25) is not the best price, since you can get a pair of good quality 5lb ankle weights for that. Only one person in the top ten reviews mentioned sand leaking, so it’s safe to assume these have a good durability level. But they still only got 3.5 stars.

Considering the price, I don’t see any major reason to get these over another brand of ankle weights. They are a decent product but you can get something just as good for less money.

Pros

Pros
  • Simple weight selection and color selection
  • Decent durability (not perfect, but decent)

Cons

Cons
  • Higher price not really justified
  • Only 3.5 stars

CanDo Ankle Weights Review – 2, 5, 10 and 20lbs each available

The highest you will see most ankle weights go up to is 10 pounds each, and usually it’s only 5 pounds each. But these CanDo Ankle Weights are available in up to 20 pounds each! That really stands out. But are they really durable enough to hold 20 pounds each? Let’s find out and discuss this interesting and unique product.

First of all, please note that you have to buy two separately to make one pair. So, a pair of up to 5lbs each is about $50. A pair of up to 20lbs each is about $100. It is pretty clear in the listing but I just want to clarify it further for you.

The reviews of the 20lb set in particular were mixed. Some people found them to work well, but other said the product was not as expected. So, if you really want 20 pounds for each ankle weight, try them yourself and see if they work for you. One of the people who had theirs break said it seemed like a rare quality control fluke, not the norm. In general, 20 pounds is a lot of weight for stitching and even Velcro. Make sure to test them as soon as you get them, so you can return them if you don’t like them.

The lower-weight options got better reviews. Unfortunately, the CanDo ankle weights only got a 3.1 average rating. That’s unfortunate because it would be nice if the 20 pound ankle weights got 5 stars, since they are a unique product. They are still worth a try if you want 10 pound ankle weights, but if you want lighter ones like 5 pounds each, go with AllPro (which I will talk about in this article too).

Pros

Pros
  • Available in up to 20 pounds each!!! Heaviest ankle weight you can get.
  • Surprisingly good durability (but not perfect) on the 20 pound ankle weights, lower weights are more durable
  • High price on the 20-pounds-each set is worth it due to unique product

Cons

Cons
  • Only 3.1 average rating out of 5
  • Higher price on the 5-pounds-each set not really worth it, you could get the same thing for lower price from AllPro

FILA Semi-Adjustable-Weight Ankle Weights – Review

FILA is a very well-known brand, for more than just strength training equipment. So it’s interesting to see that they make ankle weights, too. It is an interesting design, with each weight having 1.5 pounds of sand and then two 0.5 pound metal weights which you can add or remove. The sand is fixed in place, so you can adjust them to be either 1.5 pounds each, 2 pounds each, or 2.5 pounds each. You get 3 pairs of ankle weights for the price of one.

At just under $25 for a pair of 2.5 pound ankle weights, it would be too high of a price for fixed-weight ankle weights. But because they are adjustable, there is value there. Although there is a sand pocket, people did not mention it leaking. These are a good product and for those who are conscious of labels, the FILA label looks nice on them.

Pros

Pros
  • Semi-Adjustable, one pair can be 1.5 pounds each, 2 pounds each or 2.5 pounds each
  • Good value for adjustable-weight ankle weights, especially with metal bars instead of sand (for some of the weight)
  • Nice FILA label
  • Fits on 9″ ankles very comfortably

Cons

Cons
  • They only go up to 2.5 pounds each, no higher, could be limiting for some folks

 

GYMENIST 5.5-pounds-each adjustable ankle weights – Best value for adjustable-weight with metal bars!

I am pretty amazed by the price on these. For only about $25, you get two ankle weights which are adjustable from 0.5 to 5.5 pounds each. That is a really good price for that, considering other similar products will cost $50 or more. But, when the price is low, it’s good to double-check if there is some catch. So, let’s look deeper into it, and find out if these are good enough… Or if you’d be better off with the $50+ pair.

These is an interesting difference between these and the CanDo or AllPro brands of the similar product. Can you see it by looking closely at the picture above? (If you can’t see the picture it’s because your Ad Blocker is disabling it.) Whether or not you can see the photo, I’ll tell you. The metal bar weights on these GYMENIST Ankle weights don’t have rounded edges. They are just plain cylinders, and because of the hardness of the metal, they end up ripping the ankle weight material over time. This issue only happened to a few people, so the product still has an impressive 4.5 out of 5 stars. But, it’s probably the main reason these are less expensive than competitors. Rounding the edges of those metal weights takes a lot more time and money in the manufacturing process.

If you opt for these, make sure to get some athletic tape or some other material to cap the ends of the weight bars more smoothly. If they end up ripping then they won’t have saved you any money.

Pros

Pros
  • Amazing price for pair of 5 pound adjustable-weight ankle weights
  • Adjusts in half pound increments

Cons

Cons
  • Weight bars are not rounded at the ends which wears down the material

Kiefer 811400-10 Ankle/Wrist Weights review – best waterproof ankle weights!

These ankle weights are specifically designed to be waterproof, but they can also be used on land. The price is a little higher than ankle weights intended for land usage only, but if you need waterproof ankle weights then these will be the ones for you. Actually, the price is still comparable to ankle weights for use on dry land. It’s under $30 for a pair of 5 lb ankle weights. Just notice that the weight on these is not adjustable.

The weights can actually be added as a weight belt (in addition to just using them on your ankles/wrists) to allow you to add even more weight for weighted swimming. One person got enough weights to add up to 60 pounds of total weight. That is a lot of additional weight for swimming, and probably gives a great workout.

Of course, the color does fade a bit if you use these in a chlorinated pool. But, the Velcro stays strong. These are very durable and definitely worth the extra money, even for land use only.

Pros

Pros
  • Totally waterproof! You can use them in the pool!
  • Durable, not much mention of sand leaking, Velcro continues to work even after months of aquatic use
  • Medium price even for land-use only, and definitely worth the money

Cons

Cons
  • Color fades with use in chlorinated pools

TFMUSA Ankle Weights review

This is a unique ankle weight product because they are only available as a pair of 7 lb ankle weights. The product listing says they are actually very durable, and we will look more into that as we review the item. This is just a cool product because if you wanted fixed weight ankle weights, but the usual five pounds each was not enough for you, then you could get seven pounds each.

They do seem to be very sturdy, because no one on the reviews has mentioned the sand leaking out. However, there were people who said they did not stay on tightly enough. Perhaps the minimum ankle size is a little higher than most. I guess if you have smaller ankles, then you could always get your own little athletic tape and just wrap them on yourself.

For people who have average or larger sized ankles, they stay on well, because there are two straps on each angle weight. Some people even commented that they prefer these over ankle weights with the metal bars, because the sand felt softer to them. The price on these is very competitive. It is under $30 for both 7 lb weights, whereas other products would be under $30 for 5 lb weights. (You can also get them in 8 pounds each for around $29 in a separate listing, click here!)

If you have trouble reaching your ankles to take ankle weights on and off, then eventually that will get easier as you practice your physical therapy or exercise routine. It is true that if you are new to exercising, even just reaching down to your ankles might be a challenge. If that’s the case then maybe get yourself a chair in order to help you reach your ankle more easily.

Pros

Pros
  • Very competitive price point at under $30 for both 7 lb weights, 14 lb total
  • 7 lb each is a unique weight option
  • Especially durable
  • Two straps each for an extra tight fit

Cons

Cons
  • Not adjustable in weight oh, only the ankle strap is adjustable
  • Not for people with particularly small wrists or ankles

Henkelion Adjustable-Weight Ankle Weights

These are nice because you can get adjustable-weight ankle weights in different colors. If you can see the photo just below this paragraph, it shows you the different colors available. They are at a good price point for a sand-bag based ankle weight. Let’s see if anything about them stands out from the other similar products out there.

People like these because there is just a nice, simple Velcro strap, without any metal D-ring, making them easier to put on or remove. No one on the first page said they were too big or too small, so they must fit a good range of sizes. No one on the first page mentioned sand leaking out, either. So, they seem to be a very good sand-based adjustable ankle weight.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice simple Velcro design
  • Multiple colors available
  • Durable
  • Good size range

Cons

Cons
  • A little more expensive than similar Sportneer product

MaxxMMA Adjustable-Weight Ankle Weights – Review (Ankle Weights for Women)

This would be a good ankle weight product for women because they are adjustable from 0.5 to 2.5 pounds, and come in pink and purple, in addition to orange or black. They are a little more expensive, at almost $30 for just two 0.5-2.5 pound weights, but the quality seems higher. People said they are a little smaller which is good for those with smaller wrists or ankles. The sand bags do not seem to tear very often so that shows the durability is good.

Overall these are great ankle weights for women. Men could still use them too, they are not only for women, but some of the features will help them be good for women, such as the smaller size.

Pros

Pros
  • Unique color selection with pink, purple, black or orange
  • Small size will be good for women, giving a snug fit even for smaller wrists/ankles
  • Durability

Cons

Cons
  • You could get twice the weights for the same price from other brands

Gaiam Ankle Weights review

This is a nice pair of 2.5 lb each ankle weights, for just about $15. They have a similar velcro design to the Fit Viva or FITNESSERY ankle weights, where are the velcro actually goes around the entire height of the ankle weight. It looks like they come in a nice simple green color. Because of the lower price, let’s look deeper into the review of this item and make sure it is still durable.

Some people said the velcro was not strong enough to withstand faster exercises like jumping jacks. But not many people mentioned this and leaking out, and a lot of people actually like these. They are a little smaller so they will be good for people with smaller wrists or ankles.

Pros

Pros
  • Velcro spans the entire height of the ankle weight
  • Great price for 2.5 lb each
  • Durable

Cons

Cons
  • Some people said the velcro is not strong enough for faster movements like jumping jacks

Nike Ankle Weights review

This is a really simple pair of 2.5 lb each ankle weights. They come in black and they have a little Nike logo on them. These will be good for people who are very conscious of what brand they wear. They cost about twice as much as the previous ankle weights, for the same amount of weight each. But the quality is good and it might be worth it, especially if you want to have the Nike brand.

This product had a lot less reviews than all the other ankle weights. Not many people have review them but the reviews that people did give were very good. Like I said the price is a lot higher but they have the Nike logo on them.

Pros

Pros
  • Nike logo for people who are conscious of what brands they wear
  • High quality
  • Nice simple black color

Cons

Cons
  • Almost twice the price of other similar products
  • Not a lot of customer reviews

CAP Barbell 20-Pounds Adjustable Ankle Weights review

These ankle weights come in a pair of 10 lb adjustable ankle weights. Each angle weight in the set can be adjusted from 2 lb up to 10 lb, in 2 pound increments. The weights are made from Little individual sandbags. The sandbags ripped with more intense usage such as running or jumping jacks, but they were adorable when used for weightlifting movements like controlled leg raises.

Some people mentioned that the Velcro was too weak for supporting 10 lb each weight. That might be the case with a lot of ankle weights and it might be good if you reinforce 10 lb ankle weights with athletic tape, just to be safe. Some people had no issues with the Velcro. Considering that these are only a little over $30 for 20 lb of total weights, it’s not surprising that the quality would suffer. The sandbags tended to rip most often when people pull them in and out of the weight compartments.

Pros

Pros
  • 20 total pounds of weight for just over $30, really good price
  • Adjustable in 2 pound increments
  • Nice simple black color
  • 650+ customer reviews

Cons

Cons
  • Velcro sometimes fails to hold the 10 pounds, depending on the exercise (maybe get an ACE bandage to help hold them on more tightly)
  • Sand bags prone to ripping especially when taking weights in and out (can be fixed with athletic tape reinforcement)

AllPro Adjustable Ankle Weights – 5, 10, 20 or 40 pounds – Review (Heaviest Adjustable Ankle Weights!)

AllPro makes some of the best ankle weights out there. They get great reviews because the materials are durable and the Velcro is strong. The little metal bars have rounded edges, so they are easy to add to, or remove from, the little compartments. The previous section in this article about AllPro ankle weights talked about a lighter set, but in this listing, you can find up to 40 pounds of ankle weights. That’s 20 per leg! And the quality is higher than the CanDo ankle weights for the same total weight.

I actually use the 10 pounds pair (5 pounds each, adjustable in 0.5 pound increments) and I really like them. I would get these again because they are so easy to adjust. They are comfortable and secure enough for controlled resistance training movements like leg lifts.

Pros

Pros
  • Great weight range, 5 to 40 pounds of total weight
  • Metal bars have rounded edges for easy adjustment and to avoid scratching the material
  • Strong Velcro
  • 600+ customer reviews and over 75% were 5-star ratings. Lots of people happy with these.
  • Absolutely worth the higher price.

Cons

Cons
  • No cons that I can see. These are one of the best!

Synergee ankle weights review

This is another adjustable ankle weight product that you can get in either 10 or 20 total pounds. The 10 lb set gives you two five pound adjustable ankle weights which adjust in one pound increments. The 20 pound set gives you two 10 lb adjustable ankle weights which adjust in to pound increments. They have a great customer service policy, where they will immediately replace the product for you if you experience any issues.

These are a little bigger, and you can see in the reviews that people with smaller ankles had to wrap them around a lot of extra times to get them to fit. But other than that, they are great ankle weights. They are very durable and the Velcro even stays on pretty well when you are using 10 lb each. The sandbags are more durable than the ones from CAP Barbell so that justifies the extra price.

Pros

Pros
  • Good price for the quality
  • Velcro stays on better then less expensive products in the same category
  • Sand bags are made what’s a more durable construction so they won’t rip or leak as easily

Cons

Cons
  • Very bulky, which is to be expected with heavy sand filled weights

 

NewGen “Invisible” Ankle Weights Review

Look at the thumbnail for the use of, you will see that it is an interesting concept. The ankle weights actually go up your entire lower leg, so the weight is actually distributed differently. This makes them have a smaller profile, so you can wear them underneath pants without them being as noticeable. The manufacturer does not really give enough information about how exactly they fit, but it would be better if they did.

A lot of people said that they come apart easily, they are not really invisible, and that sometimes they did not get all the weights they ordered. So, for you to try these ankle weights would be more of a risk. It seems like a great product idea, but in practice it is not turning out as expected.

Pros

Pros
  • Interesting concept for a unique product
  • Low profile design

Cons

Cons
  • Quality control issues
  • Even though they are designed to have a low profile, they still do have a visible appearance. Maybe if they used the word “low profile” in their product listing, instead of claiming them to be invisible, people would have a better idea of what to expect.

MiR Unisex- Adjustable 20 Lbs Ankle Weights Review

This is a pair of adjustable ankle weights, which range from one up to 10 lb each, adjustable in one pound increments each. They have nice metal bars instead of sand weights and the design is also nice. One interesting thing about these is that a guy named Charles T made a review of them, but that is not me. However, when I saw his review I wondered if I had written it because it reminds me of my own writing style.

It looks like they had some quality control issues with the Velcro and stitching. It seems to me that the AllPro Ankle Weights have better durability and their metal weights have a better shape.

Pros

Pros
  • Nice black color
  • Good price for 10 pounds of metal weights each

Cons

Cons
  • Quality control / Durability issues
  • Weights are rectangular instead of AllPro’s rounded cylinders

Can you use wrist and ankle weights in the pool?

Usually, you cannot use wrist and ankle weights in the pool. That’s because they are either made with iron-sand or some other metal, which will be subject to rusting. However, they do make some that are waterproof. Click here for the best waterproof ankle weights.

Running with ankle weights or wrist weights

When you do running with ankle weights or wrist weights, the purpose would be to add some extra resistance for either your legs or arms. Putting a weight on your arms would take more energy from your deltoids and biceps. Putting the weights on your legs would take more energy from your calves, hip flexors, hamstrings, quadriceps and glutes. When you are running with ankle weights, if you do a bit more of a leg curling motion with each step, you will get more of a hamstrings workout.

Be careful with weighted running, because running is already moderate to high impact, so adding additional weight might be hard on your joints. Also, the extra resistance really adds up after a prolonged. Of running, and that could lead to a lot of muscle soreness. You also have to look out for imbalances between the hip flexors and glutes, because the ankle weights might strengthen your hip flexors too much.

Walking with ankle weights would be safer because walking is lower impact. However, you could still get the same problems with overuse of the hip flexors. Make sure to stretch your hip flexors after you do any weighted walking or running.

What are the best wrist and ankle weights for running?

The best wrist and ankle weights for running are going to be the ones that slide around as little as possible. The thing with securing your wrist and ankle weights is that the tighter you put them, the more it will cut off the circulation. So, if you want to have a little bit of circulation to your hands and feet, then of course you’re going to avoid tightening them all the way! But then they end up bouncing around a little.

Sand filled wrist and ankle weights are probably better for running because the sand can be spread out in a more uniform way, making it more comfortable for your ankles or wrists. However, those are not adjustable. Here is a good example of wrist and ankle weights for running: click here

What are the best wrist and ankle weights for kickboxing?

Just like with running, the best wrist or ankle weights for kickboxing will be the ones that slide around as little as possible. Again, the tighter you put the wrist or ankle weights, the more you risk cutting off circulation to your hands or your feet. So it’s kind of a trade-off. You could take any of the sand filled ankle or wrist weights from this article. It really comes down to tightening them just the right amount, not too much but not too little.

What are the best ankle weights for children?

Children sometimes use ankle weights to help them with sports, gymnastics, or physical therapy. The main things to consider when choosing ankle weights for children are the size, the comfort and the different amounts of weight available.

A good place to start when considering different ankle weights for your children would be the Vaupan ankle weights. These are a good option because you can get them in as little as half a pound each or one pound each. They are a little higher quality, so they will be more durable to withstand the different things children might do throughout the day. Click here to look at the Vaupan ankle weights on Amazon.

How to stop or prevent the sand leaking out of your ankle weights

Sand often leaks out because the sand particles are small, and they can pass through the spaces in the stitching. However, sand can also leak out if the material actually rips! To prevent this or stop it if it’s already started you need to get some athletic tape and use it to reinforce your weights. Here are the specific instructions…

When you get the ankle weights, the best thing to do is reinforce them with athletic tape before you even start using them. If just a little sand leaked out, then it probably won’t make a big difference. Reinforce them with the athletic tape, and the tape will make up for the weight of the lost sand.

If your weights actually tore, and a lot of sand was lost, try to scoop up the sand and put it back in. Then, tape over the ripped area with athletic tape. After that, reinforce the whole thing with athletic tape.

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My recommended athletic tape

Pros

Pros
  • Super sticky and designed for athletic materials, like what your ankle weights are made of
  • Will not leave a glue residue on your ankle weights if you decide to take the tape off
  • Very strong tape but easy to rip with your fingers

Cons

Cons

Conclusion

Well, if you have read this article, then you will be very knowledgeable about ankle weights. For such a simple product, there is a lot to consider. You can click here to go to my #1 Recommendations and read back through them, if you’re still not sure. Please let me know if you have any more questions, down below in the comment section. You could also say anything on your mind in the comment section. Thanks!

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