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The editor shows us his new pants, if you know what we mean ...
The editor models the latest Pentagon Ranger trousers from Military 1st
Trying to find suitable trousers for hunting is something I find difficult. Many hunting trousers are very thin and light, and that’s nice for the summer, but way too chilly for the winter. I don’t wear waterproof trousers very often because I find them too sweaty and often restrictive. I want fabric about as thick as denim for some insulation and protection, but not made from pure cotton that absorbs water and remains cold and clammy all day.
Digging around in the Military 1st website, which I recommend to everybody, by the way, I came across the Ranger ‘pants’ from Pentagon Tactical Sportswear. They’re made from 60% polyester, 37% cotton, 3% elastane in a ripstop fabric. Something with a bit of stretch appealed to me, so that when I’m crouching or crawling they won’t be restrictive. I have to say that I was staggered by the number of pockets they have, until I read that they’re based on trousers worn by emergency medical staff, who often have to work crouching down, and having pockets on the front of their thighs makes perfect sense so that they can access vital kit quickly. I particularly like the fact that the fabric is double thickness over the knees, offering some comfort when I’m crawling toward my quarry.
The cut and fit looks odd on a coat hanger, but makes perfect sense once you have them on. All sorts of extra inset panels and strange-shaped areas add up to humanform clothing that puts performance before looks, and I found them comfortable from the minute I put them on. The number of panels and shapes is quite bewildering and they all pay off when it comes to fit. I don’t like baggy, flappy trousers. I prefer a neat cut, but one that allows full freedom of movement, which is a tricky balance to create. The Ranger pants use high-tech design and stretch fabric to reach this elusive goal.
The catalogue describes the colour as camo green, and it’s a slightly odd blue/ green in my eyes, but perfectly usable all the same. I don’t tend to worry much about camo on my legs anyway. The fabric was thick enough to keep a zero degree day at bay whilst I was on the move, and never felt sweaty on warmer days.
Time will tell just how hard-wearing the Pentagon Ranger pants are, but they certainly feel robust, with triple stitching on all high-stress areas and a fabric that, so far, looks untouched by several trips into the field. I’ll be giving mine a hard time this winter into spring because I feel they’re just what I’ve been looking for.
Clever design and stretch fabric make these durable trousers comfortable as well