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Vertx Tactical Pants Endurance Test: The Final Week

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:

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.

Over 3,100 tire flips within a 7 week period and this is the only wear.

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:

Intro

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

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Vertx Tactical Pants and Olympic Lifting

I wasn’t going to post this video, but one of my friends suggested I share this with you, as she felt it accurately encapsulated my Vertx Tactical Pants Performance and Endurance Testing.

Would you feel comfortable and secure performing this lift in your tactical pants of choice?

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Vertx Tactical Pants Endurance Test: Week 5

Week 5 and an additional 800 tire flips have been performed.  It’s only within the last 2 weeks that wear spots have appeared on the upper thigh region of the right pant leg.  Since I was on a consulting assignment and forgot my DLSR camera at home, these photos are the best I could muster.

Left Pant Leg vs. Right Pant Leg

Physical Effects of Being Worn Daily for Five Weeks and Performing over 2,300 tire Flips

Close Up of the Upper Right Thigh

With only a few weeks remaining in my endurance testing, I’m feeling especially challenged in finding a method for inducing a failure point…however, it must stay true to my testing protocol and mustn’t rely on artificial means.

Stay tuned for more info once I return to home base.

Here are the quick links for the previous week’s updates:

Intro

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

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Vertx Tactical Pants Endurance Test: Week 4

Over 1,500 tires flips performed in 4 weeks

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.

Right pant leg – thigh region

Oblique view – to better view the fabric’s wear

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.

Additional thoughts:

Don’t let the zipper’s appearance fool you – it’s held up to thousands of repetitions of extreme and forceful movements.

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

 Here are the quick links for the previous week’s updates:

Intro

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Vertx Tactical Pants Endurance Test: Week 3

Hard to believe three weeks has already passed, but as the cliché goes…time flies when you’re having fun.

This week’s testing protocol relied on an old favorite exercise, tire flips and introduced a new one, barbell split squats.  As I’ve already mentioned, when it comes to testing a material’s ability to withstand and endure  prolonged exposure to abrasive surfaces, a heavy equipment tire is hard to beat.  By the end of week three, I have already performed over 830 tire flips, with an average of 93 tire flips being performed per training session.

Monday’s session: 100 tire flips in under 30 minutes

The barbell split squat, was my go-to exercise for testing the functionality and execution of Vertx’s version of the gusseted crotch.  The purpose of the gusseted crotch, is to allow a great freedom of movement for the legs by sewing a delta shaped piece of material into the crotch region.

The barbell split squat, due to the extreme range of motion performed in a split stance, provided immediate feedback as to its performance…it worked as advertised.  Normally, when descending into a full split squat position while wearing exercise pants, the extreme stretch required, pulls down the rear wasteband…and worrying about plumber’s crack is not ideal when you have over 135 lb on your shoulders.  Additionally, I was able to descend into a full split stance without the need to prepare the pants by hiking the pant legs up over my hip crease.  A more experienced wordsmith would probably explain this better for you, but I have video…and if a picture is worth a thousand words, then my 1080p HD video speaks volumes.

*BTW, notice the pair of Magnum Cobra 8.0 boots I’m wearing allow for maximum ankle flexibility*

The rest of the week consisted of more tire flips and exercises I’ve already captured on video, so no need to re-visit those.

July 21, 2012

After washing the pants and allowing them time to dry, I noticed the first signs of wear on the right pants leg, specifically on the thigh region, where the tire makes contact with the pants.  If you recall from Week 1, I  decided to intentionally use the same leg for all tire flips during the nine week endurance test.  While this will lead to an overdevelopment of my right leg, it provides us an opportunity to compare the right pants leg vs. the left pant leg, which acts as a “control.”

Over 800 tire flips and the pants finally display some wear

The wear showing on the right leg, is not overly noticeable or even unsightly, but appears more of a slight discoloration.

Overall, the pants are performing well…perhaps even better than advertised.  However, we’re only one-third into the endurance testing and I still have a few more surprises in store.

Here are the quick links for the previous week’s updates:

Intro

Week 1

Week 2

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