As one of the cheapest sauna suits out there, the DEFY Heavy-duty sweat suit is on the radar of a lot of people. But is it worth buying it or should you instead invest a little more and get a better suit? Well, in this review I will try to answer that question by comparing it to other models and showcasing its features and advantages.
Our verdict: Affordable, easy to maintain, and excellent at heating you up, this DEFY sweat suit is one of the cheapest yet well-received products nowadays. Despite its low price tag, it has a significant amount of performance and can be an excellent way to raise your core temperature for a quick warm-up. You can expect certain downsides such as the not-so-durable seams and the cheap-feeling materials but other than that, this is a great option if you are on a tight budget.
To learn more about sauna suits and see which might be the best one for you, head over to my full Buyer’s Guide.
Overview & Features
As I reviewed this suit and its features I tried to not judge it too harshly mainly due to its price tag. It is hard to put into perspective but just for comparison, there are models out there which offer, in their essence, the same performance but cost three times more. Sauna suits tend to break or degrade after heavy usage so most people prefer going for a cheaper model instead, as they know it won’t last more than half a year if they train regularly anyway. Let’s start with the materials used here…
It would be a surprise if we didn’t see PVC or vinyl on a cheap sauna suit, as these are the budget materials used nowadays. As expected, the DEFY sweat suit has a PVC-coated fabric combined with nylon polymers that results in a good combination for heat insulation but also don’t do much for durability and longevity. The inner lining is rubberized which helps with waterproofing and windproofing. The suit is also quite noisy so you might want to put your headphones on when you’re running. Still, retaining heat won’t be an issue here but you will have to keep in mind that you can easily overheat if you don’t take breaks and don’t ventilate yourself properly. Due to the lack of proper vents, this process might only be available if you take the top off for a moment and then put it back on when you want to resume your workout.
If you are also considering a neoprene vest instead of this suit, check out my Wonderience Men’s Waist Trainer vest review. The vest has a ton of advantages over a standard sauna suit like this one here and is also far more practical to use.
Sizing is very generous here. In fact, this suit has the most size options available out of all the suits that I’ve reviewed here. It ranges from Extra Small to 9XL which is quite unique and honestly I haven’t seen other suit with that many sizes available. The fit is also quite true to the size so pick your actual size when buying this one.
As I pointed out earlier, there are no vents here which can be a good thing or a bad one depending on how you look at it (and what you use the suit for).
The lack of ventilation allows your body to experience the benefits of a steam room in their fullest without having to visit a spa center. However, that will mean that you are at risk of quickly overheating if you do not take some time to cool down properly. What I’d suggest it using this sweatsuit for your warm-up only just so you can get your body to operating temperatures. Luckily for you, it is really easy to take this off and put it back on, just make sure you are careful with that process as the suit isn’t the most durable.
There are cuffs on every open part of this suit including the waist parts. The cuffs are wide and not too tight meaning they won’t be uncomfortable over the course of a long workout. The hoodie is laced as well which allows you to tighten it up for better heat retention or protection against the wind when you’re running.
Washing and anti-odor properties
Washing this suit is similar to hand-washing a wetsuit and is advisable to never put it in a washing or drying machine as that can weaken the seams and damage the materials. It also shouldn’t be dried under direct sunlight or in very hot conditions. Still, there are little to no odor-buildups here which is unusual for a cheap suit, as they are rather attractive for certain scents after a few heavy workouts.
Now, let’s summarize this model’s most notable pros and cons…
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Very cheap
- Elasticized cuffs
- Excellent heat insulation
- Good starter suit
- True to its fit
- Comes in a large variety of sizes
- has to be hand washed and it isn’t advised to be washed and dried in hot weather
- The seams are its weakest point and they tend to break if you treat the suit too harshly
Conclusion & Rating
As a conclusion, all I can say is that this suit is meant to deliver a regular sauna suit performance at a budget rate. It is not the most durable option nor it is the best looking or easiest to train with but it does bring the price of the sauna suit experience quite low and is, therefore, excellent for people looking to give this trend a try. I gave it four out of five stars rating mainly due to some material issues and the overall build quality but other than that this is one of your best options if you don’t want to spend a small fortune for a vest or an expensive sauna suit.