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ATHLETE-LED DESIGN

TEST. ITERATE. REPEAT.

The only way to become the best is to work with the best. To create gear that’s built to perform at the highest levels, we collaborate with a team of some of the most obsessed and passionate athletes in the world – on the design, development, and testing of our gear. Ultimately, our goal is simple: to create gear worthy of the world’s top athletes.

Tactical Games Field Test

Tactical Games Field Test

FIELD TEST

Through rigorous testing by members of the Special Operations community, we’ve developed a pant that extends the utmost mobility and protection from coarse environments. Seeking the most grueling challenge for the Tactical Pant, we knew The Tactical Games would be the ultimate test. see more

Tactical Pant Community Field Test

Tactical Pant Community Field Test

FIELD TEST

When it came time to send the Tactical Pants out on a Field Test, we gathered Don Tran, Tyrus Griffin, Albert Chheang, and Rick Briere. All four men have incredibly specialized skills from their time in the U.S. Military and they’re no stranger to Ten Thousand or to each other. We challenged all four of them to throw down on an outdoor obstacle course designed to give this elite crew a run for their money. see more

"The current product is nothing like what was originally prototyped, and that speaks to the Company’s willingness to take on constructive feedback and its dedication to making the ultimate tactical products."

Michael O'Dowd

ATHLETE

"Being involved in the design and testing of various Ten Thousand products throughout the the last few years meant countless prototypes, calls, feedback sessions, and surveys. Throughout that process, it was abundantly clear that the team at Ten Thousand is committed to bringing the best products to life, so that athletes like us can bring out the best versions of ourselves on the track, in the mountains, weight room - you name it."

Mark Bottenhorn

ATHLETE

Fight Short Field Test

Fight Short Field Test

FIELD TEST

Richie Van Houten’s fitness resume is impressive: a former professional MMA fighter, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black belt, and brown belt No-Gi world champ, he now owns and operates his own gym in Hoboken. Newer to the Ten Thousand athlete team, Richie stresses he’s been wearing Ten Thousand gear for far longer than the five months he’s been with the company and he was absolutely stoked to take the Fight Shorts through a proper Field Test. see more

Tactical Pant

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Inspired and co-created by members of the U.S. Special Operations community, the Tactical Pant was built to be the ultimate combination of durability, comfort, and functionality for men who live with intention, purpose, and readiness for the unpredictable. Every detail of the Tactical Pant was created for optimal performance anywhere and everywhere — from a long ruck to a day on the range — while maintaining an understated aesthetic for everyday wear. see more

Michael O'Dowd

"It’s been great working with Ten Thousand to help develop their tactical line of products. It’s evident that the company listens to its athletes and experts to create some of the world’s best athletic wear and accessories. I wear Ten Thousand gear literally every day and it’s because I know the clothes can stand up to whatever beatings I put them through."

Michael O'Dowd

ATHLETE

Joey Miuccio

"I've been working out for about 10 years now and being able to add input for improvements on gear I wear daily is huge. Having the insight of how these products are developed and tested gives me great confidence in the future of the brand. The Ten Thousand team is constantly working on improving the current gear and testing new gear to ensure the quality is always on the next level."

Joey Miuccio

ATHLETE

Filson Field Test

FIELD TEST

At Ten Thousand, all our gear is built for toughness. The Versatile Shirt, Tactical Short, and the Training Crew Sock are some of those products. We designed this gear to be strong enough for the first responders whose fitness is absolutely essential to not only their own lives, but the lives around them as well. You can wear this gear to the gym, you could wear it on an off-trail hike, you can wear it on the job, and our dream was that it would wear the same no matter where you are. The only thing left to do was put the gear to the test, and we knew Alex Fitchler was the man for the job. see more

Foundation Pant

PRODUCT LAUNCH

From powerlifters to CrossFit games winners, our team of lifters emphasized the need for a training pant purpose-built for how lifters train. From an ultra-durable fabric that resists snagging and pilling to upward-facing seams that prevent catching on the bar to four-way stretch for max range of motion, the Foundation Pant is packed full of features to meet the demands of your toughest lifting sessions. see more

Mark Bottenhorn

"After hundreds of miles in all imaginable conditions, I knew the final version of the Distance Short was a winner. As a final test, I logged 96 miles and the fabric remained perfect. I did not chafe - a first for me in a big volume week. These shorts handled every single thing that I threw at them."

Mark Bottenhorn

ATHLETE

Don Tran

"During the time I served in the military and special operations community, I wish I had the ability to influence the essential gear I took on mission to fit the needs of our team. I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of the design and test team for the Ten Thousand Tactical Line, ensuring the top quality, durability, and functionality of the product. I stand by the final products that it will uphold during your mission and live up to the Ten Thousand standards."

Don Tran

ATHLETE

Sherpa Tech Jacket

PRODUCT LAUNCH

The limited-edition Sherpa Tech Jacket is designed to get you to and from every session and through every recovery day. Built as the ultimate transitional outer layer with an innovative recycled wool fabric, zippered hand pockets, and numerous heat-retention innovations, we built the Sherpa Tech Jacket alongside our athlete team to keep you feeling warm and ready to go, no matter where your adventures take you. see more

5 Biggest Mistakes in Marathon Training: Episode 2

5 Biggest Mistakes in Marathon Training: Episode 2

FIELD TEST

The New York City Marathon is almost here – and Dan Churchill is ready. Last week, Dan introduced you to his relationship with healthy eating as he trains for one of the nation's most venerable marathons. Now, Dan is taking it a step further. Follow along as Dan shows us exactly how he'll be fueling up – and the logic behind the decisions – as he gears up for the 26.2 mile distance. see more

Filson x Ten Thousand

PRODUCT LAUNCH

While Filson was born in the woods and Ten Thousand in the gym, our visions are strikingly similar: to create gear for some of the world's toughest, most adventurous men. That's why we've teamed up with the legendary American outfitter to launch a limited run of our most durable gear in Filson's signature Marsh Olive colorway.  Designed to meet the demands of men for whom failure is not an option, the Filson x Ten Thousand collaboration is built for our everyday heroes - the first responders and wildland firefighters for whom physical training is a way of life.  see more

Cody Allen

"Ever since my first days as a high-level athlete I always wanted to be able to make workout gear that was built for performance. Working with the product development team at Ten Thousand has been nothing short of amazing and inspiring. To be able to use their expertise in garment sourcing and combine that with my ability to test products and give feedback that is actually heard and accounted for is everything I could ask for."

Cody Allen

ATHLETE

Grant McCartney

"Being an athlete runs deep in who I am, which makes me really passionate about what I wear when I’m playing or competing. With Ten Thousand, I’ve been able to personally have input on fabric, feel, technical elements, and even colors."

Grant McCartney

ATHLETE

Churchill Marathon Prep: Episode 1

Churchill Marathon Prep: Episode 1

FIELD TEST

As Executive Chef at NYC’s acclaimed Charley St. and sought-after author, podcaster, and TV host, Dan Churchill is an authority on the intersection between healthy eating and performance. In his training for the 2021 New York Marathon, nutrition has played a key role in keeping Dan healthy and ensuring that he’ll perform at the level he wants on race day. Now, he’s bringing that expertise to Ten Thousand. Relying on his unique understanding of the role that food plays in training and his personal experiences alike, Dan is giving us an inside look into how to use nutrition to drive high performance distance running. Episode 1 is just the beginning. see more

Midweight Tech Jacket

PRODUCT LAUNCH

When it came to launching our first outerwear style, we knew we had to be thoughtful in our approach – it had to both look good for daily wear, and it had to perform so it could be worn after your sweatiest sessions. Developed in close collaboration with our top athletes, the Midweight Tech Jacket is designed to be worn alone or layered for added warmth around town, on your way to the gym, or during your next outdoor adventure. see more

Jake Boly

"As an athlete with specific performance goals, it's incredibly important to NOT have to worry about the gear you're wearing. The fact that REAL athletes are able to test and share feedback to improve Ten Thousand products firsthand with their product team makes the gear that much better. The process makes the gear a step above the rest."

Jake Boly

ATHLETE

Kaj Larsen

"I put the prototype of the tactical short through just about everything you can imagine. Cold, heat, surf, sand, rucking, shooting; you name it. Everything I broke on the first go around the product team redesigned to make an all-weather all-terrain practically indestructible beast of a short."

Kaj Larsen

ATHLETE

Colorado Crush

Colorado Crush

FIELD TEST

Rather than set out to beat someone else's record, this past summer Robbie Balenger invented his own challenge; the Colorado Crush. A marathon. Two ultramarathons. All 486 miles of the Colorado Trail. 58 mountain peaks over 14,000 ft. All without leaving his home state. see more

Dan Churchill

"One of the best things about working with Ten thousand is that they live and breathe what they are, ’training gear developed and tested by core athletes’. TT is the first that actually ask your feedback and implements changes based on your thoughts. They place such an emphasis on trusting us, the athletes. We live and breath the material and to be given the trust & freedom to test and give our honest opinions on the gear is why working with TT is best in class."

Dan Churchill

ATHLETE

Denver Athlete Summit

FIELD TEST

Our athletes are at the center of the design and development process. When creating every new product, we send prototypes to guys across the country who push the gear to its breaking point...and beyond. Last month, this formerly individualistic testing process came to life on a whole different level. see more

Session Pant

PRODUCT LAUNCH

To develop a running pant that provided protection where it was needed while remaining ultra-lightweight and out of the way, we worked with marathon record holders, sprinters, and everybody in between. see more

Brian Mazza

"Growing up as an elite athlete I wish I could have had input on what works and what doesn’t with the gear I was training in. It’s a dream come true I can test, train, and have my voice heard - which allows me to continue to be the best athlete I can. I need to have complete trust in my gear, and Ten Thousand's testing process removes any unknown variables."

Brian Mazza

ATHLETE

Eric Hinman

"To develop the upcoming Fall/Winter jackets, I received 3-5 samples of various fabrics, cuts, fits and features to test. I wore the jackets in the rain, snow, and wind, providing immediate feedback on how each prototype performed. I tested them hiking, mountain biking, trail running, and to/from the gym. I’m so confident that the final product will live up to the standards that I provided."

Eric Hinman

ATHLETE

The Speed Project

FIELD TEST

If you try to make sense of The Speed Project the way you would a sanctioned race - route, water stations, Biofreeze booths, where to watch - you won’t be able to. That’s the entire point. When they say #NORULES they mean it. There’s only one goal - to get from Los Angeles to Las Vegas as fast as possible. Read On

MAKING OF: FIGHT SHORT

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Built in collaboration with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champions and members of the sport’s founding family, the Fight Short redefines modern gear for no-gi BJJ and meets the demands of other combat sports. With a relentless focus on durability, range of motion, and support, we designed the Fight Short to meet the distinct needs of our wear-testing team members whose expertise range across martial art forms and fighting styles. see more

Tideline Burner

FIELD TEST

When we designed our Set Short, our goal was to make a short that could easily transition between land and water. We didn’t want swim trunks that sort-of worked on land or a pair of shorts that would be awkward underwater. Check It Out

Ryan Hall

"When testing prototypes for the Distance Kit, I ran in and washed each style over and over to make sure it stood up to every workout. The design team is always more interested in my criticisms than they are my praises and have that "beginner's mind," always looking for small ways to tweak, fix, and troubleshoot. This is why their gear is the best on the market."

Ryan Hall

ATHLETE

MAKING OF: DISTANCE SHORT

PRODUCT LAUNCH

Designed, developed, and tested by our team of elite runners, the Distance Short sets the new standard for high-performance running gear. With a relentless focus on lightness, range of motion, comfort, and fit inspired by the wants and needs of our wear testing team, we designed it to give our runners everything they need – but nothing they don’t. Simply, the ultra-lightweight and breathable Distance Short is built to meet the demands of the world record holders, ultra-marathoners, and run community icons that built it. read on

Seamless Shirt Feedback

CUSTOMER SURVEYS

Last month, 1,000 customers put our latest Field Test prototype to the test and through the wringer. We designed our Seamless Shirt in a way that we believed solves for the pain points of our competitors' offerings. But while we may think that, there's only one opinion that truly matters: yours. See More

Mike Aidala

"I was blown away by the gear testing process. I have never heard of a clothing company going above and beyond to make sure the clothes truly work for their athletes and customers. They don’t stop at “how does it fit” they want to know how every last seam, crease and stitch affects the gear. This is one reason I have only worn Ten Thousand since the first time I tried them 6 years ago."

Mike Aidala

ATHLETE

Bobby Maximus

"When I helped test the Fight Short I put the various prototypes through hundreds of hours of training. I relayed my feedback and Ten Thousand took everything into account until the shorts were perfected. The result of that rigorous testing is a short that is built to stand the test of time."

Bobby Maximus

ATHLETE

Tactical Murph

FIELD TEST

This workout requires the ultimate trifecta - speed, strength, and endurance. Luckily, the Tactical Short lends itself to all three. see more