Week 4 has come and gone…and my Vertx pants are finally displaying more than the casual wear generated through ever day use. While I have performed over 1,500 tire flips and hundreds of squats, Olympic lifts and deadlifts, the wear exhibited is due to tire flips. Examining my photographs, you’ll notice the wear is contained to the right pants leg — specifically the upper thigh region, which is the stress point when using the leg to assist in flipping the tire.
Upon a thorough examination of the pants, I can find no other fault…either in the stitching, bar-tacks, zippers, elastic side panels, nor the waistband button closure.
While some catastrophic failure would make for interesting reading, at least in determining what caused the pants to reach their failure point, the pants are currently exceeding Vertx’s marketing claims.
Concealed zippered security pocket – Up until the end of this week’s testing, I had completely forgotten about the concealed pocket. However when I first received the pants and examined the security pocket, I was somewhat disappointed by the small and somewhat anemic zipper. While I tried to remain neutral and avoid any preconceived judgements, I thought that if there was going to be any failure in the pants, it would be security pocket’s zipper. However, even after 4 weeks of wear and hundreds of violent and large range of motion exercises performed, the pocket and its zipper had gone by unnoticed and more importantly, still functions as new. Yes, the pocket and zipper are that unobtrusive.
Side cargo pockets – Having worn BDUs in the US Navy, I couldn’t tell you how uncomfortable and unsightly the cargo pockets become after frequent use and washings. Having the cargo pockets sewn to the outside of the pant leg, while reducing cost and labor, would cause them to snag and rip once they expanded when you carried anything in them. The Vertx low profile cargo pockets, with their inset design, prevents any snagging and doesn’t scream “tactical.”
Articulated knees – easily my favorite feature of the pants, the articulated knees have exceeded my expectations. When I first performed deep squats (hamstrings touching the calves), I was extremely worried they would either split down the crotch (not good) or the material around the knees would squeeze the *&*% out of them. Fortunately, this didn’t occur and my knees were greatly appreciative. The articulated knees allow for full and quick bending motions without need to “prep” by pulling excess slack up over your knees, prior to moving. And while I have seen other tactical clothing manufacturer’s attempts at articulated knees, Vertx’s version doesn’t appear baggy or as if you’re wearing knee pads underneath. Which is a good thing, especially if you’re marketing the pants for discrete wear.
Coming up: Week 5
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