For over a year now I have been wearing, and I mean beating up, a pair of Oxcart Renditions. They have been my go-to pair of denim for the entire time I have owned them. Prior to owning them I wore Triple Aught Design’s Intercept denim pants and was never really happy with the cut. The Oxcart pant seems to nail all the crucial areas; cut, sizing, style, utility and elasticity for movement.

Fast forward to today and Oxcart has now become, Adaptiv X, the apparel arm of Dynamis. Dynamis is a veteran-owned company that prides itself on providing solutions, training, gear, and tools for a member of the military or an every day prepared citizen. With the acquisition of Oxcart, it gave Adaptiv X an outstanding platform to develop a product that attempts to solve the age-old problem of comfortable, practical, low vis EDC pants.

Adaptiv X’s story is as follows (take from

ADAPTIV-X has “closed the loop” on the manufacturing to end user process. Our background allows us to thread real-world experience into premium apparel and equipment. We are committed to providing you the highest quality apparel and gear systems by only utilizing American manufacturing.

First Impressions

I for one was very excited to see Oxcart’s amazing product join the ranks. I knew straight away I was going to own a pair for work and use while out and about with my family. Looking at their retention system that is built into the pants it reminds me of the 757 Jeans released by S&S Precision some years ago. However, from what I can tell, the difference is the Adaptiv X uses a heavier material for the webbing and it is lined with multicam, which I dig. The increased rigidity of the Adaptiv X retention system is just enough for me. The waistband doesn’t feel too stiff yet it is still solid enough to support your EDC items.

The IWS system is nice, the materials used are premium. They look and feel worth the money and you can tell the choice of materials was based on their strength and weight saving properties. They weave easily into the pre-cut holes, which are spaced well to give the user plenty of options for mounting locations. The pants themselves feel nice. The weight of the denim isn’t too much and just like the OXCART pants, the cut is athletic and the pants stretch nicely during activities.

I used them while working several different security contracting jobs (CONUS) and they performed very well. They look professional enough to wear in front of high net worth clients, yet casual enough to wear on the streets of L.A. dealing with the crowds on Fairfax without looking the part.

IWS Pouches

I used several of the Adaptiv X EDC offerings, one is their knife sheath and the other is for the concealment of my personal identification. As of this writing, I do not have the pistol holster but will be purchasing one very shortly. I used three different knives in the Dynamis sheath. One was the Dynamis Razorback, a Half Face Blades Gulo and a Half Face Blades Senator. The sheath is well made and has smooth edges for comfortable in the waistband carry. Even with the non-Dynamis Gulo the sheath works well and provides adequate tension. It will not work with every blade like this, just similar size and length blades.

The EDC utility pouch is a nice touch and with the sizing a little larger around the waist. I had plenty of room while still maintaining proper fit. One thing I was very impressed by was the quality of the material used in the pouches. The carbon fiber is top shelf, the pouch material is very durable and the cuts are clearly done by laser.


The biggest difference I noticed between the new Adaptiv X EDC pants and the OXCART predecessors is the EDC system. I feel that if you don’t have the need to conceal carry a pistol or AR mag, I would size down one size so that they fit better for slimmer EDC carry items. I wear a size 34 and could easily wear a 32 if I weren’t carrying a pistol. Keep this in mind when you order as order the pants and remember they are built for a purpose and they should be used as a tool.


Yes, they look good, have a modern fit and made of premium materials. However, they beg to be used as designed and I think you will really like them. The more you wear the pants and take advantage of their versatility the more you can justify the $220 price, especially if you are a professional and they can be added to your uniform of the day.

IWS Jeans

Utility Pouch

AR Mag Pouch



Half Face Blades (Gulo)

Material Disclosure

I received this product as a courtesy from the manufacturer via Spotter Up so I could test it and give my honest feedback. I am not bound by any written, verbal, or implied contract to give this product a good review. All opinions are my own and are based off my personal experience with the product.

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By Jason Silva

Jason Silva enlisted as an 0311 prior to 9/11 and served in OIF 1 with RCT-1, he also held secondary MOS’s of Range Coach/PMI and was an Assault Climber. Upon returning from Iraq he was hired at Richmond Police Department in California, there he served just over 10 years. While at Richmond he worked in patrol, street enforcement teams, the dirt bike unit, homicide detective and 7 years on the departments SWAT team. While with the department SWAT team he was the less lethal weapons instructor, entry team and sniper team. He also worked with the departments Marine Enforcement Unit which patrolled and coordinated with federal agencies to protect critical infrastructure within the San Francisco Bay Area. In January of 2015 he was officially retired from the police department due to a series of on duty injuries. Upon entering the private sector, Jason took his love for gear and quality, American made products and was hired to work at Triple Aught Design. While there he started a side hobby as a Cerakote applicator and his own brand of AR10/15, Echo Armory. After TAD he did security contracting with several tech companies in the San Francisco Bay Area to include Dropbox, Apple and Facebook. Since November of 2015 he has primarily contracted with Salient Operations Group for security, consulting and EP services and is now an account manager for the company as needed.

One thought on “Adaptiv X IWS Pants”
  1. Some years ago, I purchased 2 pairs of pants from your company, I tried to purchase more pants, however, they always out of stock. The pant style were western style with side pouches, are they available? Thank you and God bless

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