THE BURDEN - Leather Kettlebell

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The Burden is the brainchild of Jocko Willink and Pete Roberts. Born during the COVID-19 Pandemic, as the nation experienced a shortage in functional fitness equipment, The Burden was designed in 48 hours as a versatile tool for fitness enthusiasts.

The Burden offers something a traditional cast-iron kettlebell does not, the ability to add weight in the form of sand, stones, lead-shot, steel-shot, and our favorite: Pennies. Featuring 100% Maine Oil-Tanned Full-Grain Leather and embedded wood handle, brass eyelets, and a woven lace to cinch shut with whatever media you choose to fill it with. The Burden is sewn with a heavy-duty braided cord used in safety harnesses and high-tensile tow straps. You will break before The Burden does.

The way The Burden is built, it takes more stabilizer muscles to tame in your workout. It lands softly on your forearm, chest, or shoulder, and over time will mold to your grip. The Burden may have just killed the kettlebell.


  • Small River Rock - 10-12 lbs
  • River Rock with Sand - 15-20 lbs
  • Lead-Shot - 38-40 lbs
  • Rocks and BB's - 15-20 lbs
  • Steel-Shot - 25-35 lbs
  • Pennies ($50 worth) - 32 lbs

[pennies are the true meaning of "Free-Weight" and our favorite to put in The Burden, don't tell The Federal Reserve]

Patent Pending.

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  • 5
    The burdeb

    Posted by Robert Meisch on Nov 30th 2020

    I love this thing, it's very convenient to use.

  • 4

    Posted by Kevin on Nov 26th 2020

    I have found that I really like these kettlebags. They are great to use in a mat room where they do not cause damage. They are less intimidating than kettlebells for people who are not inclined to train on their own or are getting introduced to this type of training. The downside immediate identified was containing the weight media. I sewed inner liners or bags to insert that could roll at the top and contain the loose ballast. I made these from surplus body armor carriers for the nylon canvas. I made 15 for my training gear. They may work for others as well. If not for my own time spent they would certainly rate a full five stars, easily.

  • 4
    The Burden

    Posted by Kirsty Watts on Nov 25th 2020

    Fantastic flexible workout solution!

  • 4
    Great quality, top materials.

    Posted by Ben on Nov 11th 2020

    Wonderful sack, I got mine up to 51lbs with #6 lead. Leaked a bit so I placed it with thicker laces, and packed the airspace with 000 steel wool, like really tightly packed. Works great love the slight instability. Highly recommended.

  • 5
    The Burden

    Posted by Brian Mason on Nov 7th 2020

    I ordered this during the Pandemic, while the company said it was on backorder, it showed up quicker than I expected. I fill mine with lead weights, river rock and whatever I feel like experimenting with. Handle is smoother than I expected. And is comfortable to work out with.

  • 5
    Leather Kettlebell

    Posted by Quince Kreb on Nov 6th 2020

    I was very impressed from the moment I unpacked it! Such an amazing build with high quality materials that is working great. Keep up the great work of designing useful products that are at the highest level of quality!

  • 4
    The Burden

    Posted by Mike Sadaitis on Oct 30th 2020

    Unlike cast iron, this does not dent your floors. Built well!

  • 5
    Excellent Quality

    Posted by Ron on Oct 19th 2020

    After getting $50 worth of pennies and loading it up it was only a matter of minutes before I softened out the leather and it naturally formed into a nice comfortable shape for home exercise during quarantine. I miss the gym, but the burden is a good reminder that I'm in charge of my own health. Thanks for making such a high quality product that I am certain will last me long beyond when the gyms re-open.

  • 5
    Great product made in USA

    Posted by Erick Velazquez on Oct 12th 2020

    even my brother like it.... i think he is gonna buy one....