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11/2/2020 6:38 AM
 

It seems in the past 20 years there has been an evolution from the old BDU to what are called battle pants.  There is much discussion on the attributes of various brands such as Crye Precision which seem to be focused on appearance (camouflage), functionality, durability and neat features such as internal knee pads. 

As a traditional bowhunter and former mountaineer, what seems absent is information on how quickly the fabric dries and how it contributes to body heat loss.  I am struggling for the correct term but on one end there is cotton which gets wet easily, like a sponge, is slow to dry, and greatly steals heat from the body.  Cotton also does not allow minimal passage of moisture among layers of clothing and has a negative insulation value.  Wool is at the opposite end.  Also, how noisy are the fabrics used in combat pants.  Cotton and GoreTex are loud when rubbed up against sagebrush but most wool weaves are pretty quiet.

 

 

 

 
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11/2/2020 3:08 PM
 
For what you're talking about as your end use, you might want to look into Sitka gear - taking some of those military advances and they apply them to hunting apparel. I personally don't have any (because I'm not their demographic, since I don't actively hunt), but they are very well regarded by the folks I know who do.
 
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11/3/2020 6:11 AM
 
You might look at the Crye All Weather pants. They are designed to dry quickly.

The standard Crye Combat pants are a poly cotton blend, but with panels for synthetic at the knees and crotch and dry pretty quickly. I have about 5 years experience in the Crye pants, both Combat and Field versions, as well as several year in their Combat shirt. They may not be as quiet as wool, but they dry quickly, are supremely comfortable and durable. The Combat Pants are my go to bush and duty pant at this point.

The articulated fit of the Crye trousers is what really sold me on them. After buying the Combat pants, I ended up buying a set of the lower profile Field pants so that I could wear the same fit but in town on my own time. I have been tempted to buy a set of Crye Field pants and seam rip the external pockets off for an even lower profile pant.

For serious wet weather or wet snow, I have a set of Arcteryx Alpha bibs, they are comfortable and keep me dry, but are not quiet.
 
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11/3/2020 7:16 AM
 
You also might want to check out some of the offerings (tactical and otherwise) from Outdoor Research.
 
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11/3/2020 11:25 AM
 
Duluth Trading is my go to for outdoor pants. I am not sure they are battle pants but they are all I have worn in the field for a couple years now.

Co-Owner Hill People Gear "If anything goes wrong it will be a fight to the end, if your training is good enough, survival is there; if not nature claims its foreit." - Dougal Haston
 
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11/4/2020 1:34 PM
 
scothill wrote:
Duluth Trading is my go to for outdoor pants. I am not sure they are battle pants but they are all I have worn in the field for a couple years now.

 

Love Duluth pants. My everyday pants are the Firehose Flex 5 pocket jeans, which are also great for hiking. The Flexpedition are great too when temps are colder as the material runs warmer even though it's thinner. 

 
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11/7/2020 11:45 AM
 

You might check some offering from 5.11 . I currently wear a light weight pants from them that are good for my use both in the woods or in town.

https://www.511tactical.com/mens/mens-pants.html

 

https://www.511tactical.com/apex-pant.html

 
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2/4/2021 8:09 PM
 
It's hard to beat Duluth!
 
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