[This is a sponsored article with Thousand Miles.]
As someone who has been a couch potato for most of their XL life, the first step in getting out and exercising has always been a pain. I tried to make it a habit, but the slick Malaysian weather and my general laziness made it difficult.
Thousand Miles, a performance wear brand focused on function, comfort and style, approached us to review their shorts and pants. My colleagues challenged me to stand up as a couch potato and really test the pants the way they should be used.
I received the All Day Shorts (Omniflex) in Midnight Blue, the All Day Shorts (Elite) in Ash Gray and the All Day Chino Pants in Slate Gray.
Straight from the package, the shorts and pants looked like regular chinos, but with one soft and stretchy fabric. Unlike the shorts I usually own and pretend they’re made for exercise, they definitely look more presentable and would suit different occasions.
I put the shorts in my back pocket
Interestingly, the shorts are packable in your own back pocket. As in, you can fold it neatly, put it in your back pocket and close it with a zipper.
While the shorts took longer to pack than just throwing them in my pocket, I see the benefit for travelers and office workers who want to pack a change of clothes after work.
The shorts showed some wrinkles, but they were gone after wearing them for a while
First challenge: jogging / speed walking
While I may have a sedentary lifestyle, I go jogging in a blue moon once. So I put on the ash gray All Day Shorts (Elite), put on a trustworthy podcast, and jogged around my apartment.
- Look at these calves
- Here is my totally unstaged attempt at doing the “Photogenic Marathon Man” meme
Surprisingly, the pants were on a sunny day too breathable and I found that they weren’t full welding magnets, even after 20 minutes of speed walking with a few laps of jogging.
However, I can’t tell if the shorts will stay sweat-free after intense workouts like an hour-long futsal match or a hike as I’m not even at that fitness level yet.
My sweaty shirt (darker spots on the black shirt) against the Thousand Miles shorts
Second challenge: One Punch Man (OPM) Challenge
In OPM, the main character, Saitama said that his daily routine of a 10k run, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups, and 100 squats added to his superhuman strength.
I didn’t want to be a super fan and do everything in life in one fell swoop. I went for a tweaked version of the challenge recommended by Sean Seah, a Singaporean who tried it in 2019 with impressive results.
Sean also divided the challenge into different levels of difficulty. Level 1 begins with a 1 km run, 10 push-ups, 10 sit-ups, and 10 squats. This goes up to level 10, which was Saitama’s daily routine.
Crying in pain after 4 push-ups
While the first level sounded easy enough, the 10 pushups blew the wind away. The shorts served me well through Level 1, although I don’t see myself getting to Level 10 anytime soon.
Third challenge: Nintendo Ring Fit
I bought the Ring Fit at the beginning of the second MCO and thought that a “practice game” would get me to exercise more. But six months later, Ring Fit is gathering dust at my desk.
So I strapped one of the Switch controllers onto my left thigh, grabbed the Ring Fit controller, and started from the beginner level. I even activated the game in “Silent Mode”, which uses squats to move the character in the game.
Got to go down very deep
I completed the first level in 9 minutes and burned 54 calories in the process. For comparison, a McChicken has roughly 418 calories, and I consumed that burger in less than a minute in the same day.
At the end of the exercise, my heart rate was set to 140 beats per minute, which is a normal heart rate for a 30 year old, but I sure did not feel normal. The shorts remained sweat-free throughout and the Extensibility helped me keep my movements flexible while squatting.
- 9 minutes and 40 squats later, I’ve only burned 54 calories
- While my heart rate is said to be 140 beats per minute, I felt like my heart was jumping out of my chest
Fourth challenge: Fitness Marshall Workout
As someone who doesn’t have a single groovy bone, this challenge sounded difficult to me. Fortunately, The Fitness Marshall routines are broken down into different levels of difficulty, and I went for the easy routines.
The All Day Chino Pants in slate gray, stretchy and comfortable
The Fitness Marshall was wearing long pants in the video, so I pulled on the all day chinos and danced to his routine. Fortunately, my family wasn’t there to see me dance ugly to that simple song that still made me sweat.
My dogs were my only judicial audience
The pants are just as comfortable to wear as their shorts. Her pants also suit most social gatherings as they look like regular chinos, but I wish her cuffs were a little tighter. A thousand miles also claim that the pants are waterproof. So we did a little water test on the pants.
Surprisingly, most of the water didn’t get through the pants, and when they did, they dried up pretty quickly.
Testing the water resistance of the pants
The pants dried out quickly after the test
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The four challenges I made made my legs ache (and at the moment of writing they still hurt) but as they say no pain, no gain.
Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the Thousand Miles pants and shorts. They may not look like they were made for athletic activities as they are not made from the typical thin polyester / spandex blend in most sports shorts. But it turns out they are breathable, comfortable and stretchy for any movement in the challenges.
And if you are someone who leads a fast paced lifestyle, meet many of your criteria for shorts and pants that are suitable for various activities or just for everyday use. Thousand Miles will bring out a women’s collection in the near future. So pay attention to your social networks.
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