The ETRE FORT EF-OT are a higher quality remake of the original EF sweatpants and based on the early training style within parkour.
Better quality control, the same high functionality, and unmatched durability make the ETRE FORT sweatpants a no brainer.
The only downsides are a premium price tag, which I believe is well worth it if you can swing it, and they are too heavy for warmer weather.
- Simple, minimal design
- Many functional features
- Discreet pockets
- Use as a decent bag
- Premium price
- Not suitable for hot weather
- Adjustable pullies break easily
Sweatpants are what ETRE-FORT is known for and the “EF-OT” doesn’t disappoint. The “OT” standing for “Original Traceur,” these pants are based on what we knew in the beginning. For those of you who were around, these guys sport the classic grey/black or black/grey found on most sweatpants in the olden times. That’s of course if you weren’t wearing those lame swishy joggers, like me. Same minimalist design, just different colors.
The ETRE-FORT sweats are the most functional, bar none. They feature a key leash in the right pocket, two stash pockets on the interior (for phone, wallet, or other material that needs to be hidden), a t-shirt holder on the back right side (for obviously additional swaggage), zippered side pockets (to make it harder for thieves to pickpocket you while traveling in the sketchiest of places), as well as adjustable drawcords at the bottom of each leg (which I dislike thoroughly, as they always break). Basically, these pants are designed so that you can train without carrying additional baggage, or in general, your things. In terms of additional use functionality, I’ve used my pants for other uses because of their durability. When in Seattle with Eric Wolff, I did not have a smaller bag to carry my things in, so I took my pants off and made a bag out of them. This bag held an additional outfit, phone, wallet, camera with one lens and a balled up pair of Feiyue. Also works as a standard pillow, neck pillow or small emergency blanket. They are also unbelievably comfortable. If you know anyone with EF sweats who only wears sweats, you may know that they never take them off. They’re sort of like a warm, little home that you can replace every two years or so. My only real gripe with the EF pants has been the weight and the fact they are not suitable for hot weather, which is why their shorts exist and need to be back in stock.
Something I noticed upon opening examining the “OT” was the quality control seems to be immaculate compared to my first pair of EF sweats and ones I’ve seen. Everything was solid from the stitching along the seams to the construction of the zipper pockets. These guys are much better designed all around and I’m looking forward to seeing how long these hold up. The first pair I owned a few years back, gave me a run of about 2 years, through super heavy use as pants and a bag, and still exist, although look like a pile of shit. I forsee these ones holding up much longer, aside from the shitty adjustable pullies. I would love to see them changed out for a simple lacing system.
Unlike, other EF products, I’ve always felt that the sizing is a bit strange. The average men’s size is a 2XL, but it fits the waist like a large. I understand the idea was to create baggy sweatpants that actually fit, and that the size is relative to the product itself, but I knew it threw some people off. Just make sure to look at the sizing guide prior to purchase.
Now, to where everybody who doesn’t own a pair gripes, the price. The pants along with shipping end up being over $100, however, you aren’t simply paying for $7 throwaway sweats but investing in a premium product that lasts. I used to be all about bargains, and still am, but I’ve learned a lot about quality product investment through my time as a professional photographer. You can buy a cheap $300 lens with decent to good optics that may last you a few years, or you can invest in a $1000 lens (still on the lower end) and be assured that your product will last because it was created with good to immaculate optics and durability in mind. Same goes for anything, including sweatpants. You can buy those $7 Walmart sweats that last 3 months to a year or two, depending on the use, or you invest in something that will last. No, these sweatpants are not for everybody: Whether due to economic situation or climate, they are a premium product and have a premium price tag. However, the premium price is only relative, since a large portion of parkour practitioners are broke or cheap. In terms of premium pricing and relativity, these are pretty low on the scale, as you can purchase other designer sweats with none of the functionality for 3-5x the cost.
So the verdict, if you don’t own pair of EF sweats and have the moola to invest, do. You won’t regret it.