Yeah, I know…I’m a few weeks behind schedule, with this post near 4 weeks late. No worries, I’ll make it up to you. This final installemnt of my Vertx endurance testing, will combine weeks 6-7.
Let’s recap, here’s what the Vertx pants looked like July 1, 2012.
Here’s what they looked like August 18, 2012.
As I stated in my Vertx Testing Intro video, there are 7 movement patterns universal to every person, regardless of occupation. And my goal, was to utilize these movement patterns in my endurance testing, condensing 10-12 months of use into a 5-7 week period.
As a reminder, the Vertx pants utilized for testing were purchased with my own funds directly from U.S. Cavalry.
Over a period of 7 weeks, here’s what the Vertx pants endured:
- over 3,100 tire flips
- 1,324 full range squats
- sprints totaling over 19 miles
- over 1,000 lunges/split squats
- over 900 Olympic lift repetitions
- over 325 snatch-grip deadlifts
- worn for over 173 hours (4-5 hours daily, 5 days weekly)
- washed only 6 times (every Saturday)
- over 3 hours of dynamic and static stretching
Final Endurance Testing Thoughts
These pants are tough. I subjected them to anything and everything I could think of and the only wear and tear my endurance testing inducted, consisted of minor surface abrasions. The dark smudges on the right thigh, are a non-issue. While the pants were washed weekly, they were washed using a short wash cycle and cold water, without the benefit of laundry detergent nor stain removers.
And while I used tire flips to test the strength of the materials utilized, there was one exercise which tested not only the structural integrity of the pants, but the design and “cut” of the pants…the front squat.
Due to the range of motion required at the ankle, knee and hip, the front squat was the perfect exercise for testing the design of the articulated knees and higher cut rear waistband of the Vertx pants.
During the over 500 front squat repetitions I performed, at no time did I ever feel as if the pants were limiting my range of motion. Even more telling about the pant’s design, not once did I ever need to “prep” the pants prior to squatting, by pulling up excess material over my knees or at the hip crease. And to everyone’s benefit, at no time did the rear waist band ride down, exposing my backside. Additionally, I wore Magnum Cobra 8.0 boots for the duration of the testing and not once did the pants catch or snag on the boot’s high-cut upper.
After 7 weeks of trying to induce a failure point and failing miserably, I am extremely impressed by Vertx’s tactical pants. Vertx’s attention to detail in selecting a comfortable and lasting material, combined with a design allowing for complete freedom of movement, has resulted in a pair of pants which have greatly exceeded my expectations. And if the performance and comfort aspects of Vertx’s tactical pants are not enough reason for you to run out (or log onto the internets) and purchase a pair, consider this: you can get your own pair for under $50.
After 7 weeks of endurance testing, I can without hesitation, strongly recommend Vertx’s tactical pants. As for myself, they’re the only brand I’ll be wearing.
Thanks to everyone who emailed suggestions and words of support, they were greatly appreciated. I had a great time designing challenges for my endurance testing. Truth be told, my strong desire to induce a failure point in the pants, caused me to push myself physically and mentally, resulting in setting and breaking numerous personal best in various exercises.
Here are the quick links for the previous week’s updates: