There has been a growth in the number of military styles that have moved from purely practical to fashionable in recent years and one of the best examples of the trend would be the military trousers known as combat trousers or cargo trousers.

Wearing combat pants

The idea of wearing combat pants for casual wear came about for two reasons – one was the growing interest in military styles such as army trousers, khakis and camouflage patterns.  The other was the practicality of combats with their multiple pockets that can hold a range of small items.  This practicality was the reason that the tactical trousers were created for the military in the first place.

While there are many versions of cargo pants now available, they are still a large casual piece of clothing so most fashion-conscious men wear them for everything from camping and hiking to walking the dog, going for a casual afternoon beer with friends or running the barbeque.  They will likely never make it to being paired with suit jackets and dress shoes but that’s good because cargos weren’t born for that.

Getting the right combat trousers

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For a lot of guys, getting the right combat trousers is a question of what you plan to do when wearing them.  And whatever the style you are seeking, Military 1st have a solution for you.

If you are looking for everyday use cargos that have all the benefits of tactical pants but are also casual enough to wear to your neighbour’s BBQ, then the Brandit Royal Vintage Trousers are a perfect choice. Made of durable soft cotton, Brandit Royal Vintage Trousers have a heavy-duty construction with high tension worn stitching and come with a range of pockets. Both the waist and bottoms have drawstring ties, and there are vertical zippers at the leg bottoms for a better fit. Moreover, these come with classic suspenders loops and tough wide cotton belt for even greater comfort. Just remember the big question with these is do you wear a belt with suspenders or not? Imagine the kind of activities you will be able to do with the advantage of having these hugging your body.

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The Helikon Outdoor Tactical Pants, part of the Helikon-Tex Outback Line, were designed for travel and outdoor expeditions and are suitable for outdoor enthusiasts but also law enforcement and military professionals. These serious combat trousers have articulated ergonomic design and use highly stretchable and moisture wicking fabric which is also breathable. Moreover, they come with pleated knees and elasticated waist with Velcro fastener for yet greater comfort and fit. There is plenty of anatomically designed practical pockets and even a key loops that are D-ring and carabiner compatible. The seriousness of these quality cargos speaks for itself considering actual professionals use them too. However, if you’re not one of them and just looking for functional pants to wear while dog walking, hiking or climbing, you just found the perfect pair.

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The Pentagon BDU 2.0 Pants are based on the classic army Battle Dress Uniform and are part of the Combat Duty Series produced by Pentagon, a company renowned for its ‘tactical sportswear’. BDU 2.0 Pants were created and tested for combat duty and field performance activities which mean these are the ultimate tough cargo pants. Made of durable polyester and cotton blend – a hard wearing ripstop fabric, with reinforced knees and seat, and triple stitching on all stress points, you can be sure these combat trousers won’t fail you even in the most demanding situation. Yet, despite the serious look, they are remarkably comfortable and stylish thanks to casual jeans fit.

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There has been a growth in the number of military styles that have moved from purely practical to fashionable in recent years, and one of the best examples of the trend would be the military trousers known as combat trousers or cargo trousers.