Cargo pants or cargo
trousers, also sometimes called combat
trousers (or combats)
after their original military purpose, are loosely cut pants designed
for tough, outdoor activities distinguished by one or more cargo pockets.
A cargo pocket is a form of a patch
pocket, often with accordion folds for increased capacity closed with a
flap secured by snap, button,
Velcro common on battledress and
hunting clothing. Variously, cargo pockets may be hidden within the legs.
Cargo pants are made of hard wearing fabric and ruggedly stitched.
Increasingly they are made of quick-drying synthetic or cotton-synthetic
blends, and often feature oversized belt loops to accommodate wide webbing
The garments are characteristically designed to allow bending at the knee
and hip and sewn with felled
Cargo pants were first worn by members of the British
Armed Forces in
1938, and were introduced to the United
the mid-1940s during World
The large pockets characteristic of cargo pants were originally designed to
allow paratroopers more room to hold radios
and extra ammunition.
Cargo shorts are
cargo pants shortened at the knee. Some cargo pants are made with removable
lower legs allowing conversion into shorts.
EMT pants are cargo pants
which have 6-way cargo/scissor pockets on one or both legs each with a
hidden zippered pocket on top of cargo pocket, a bellowed flap pocket with
increased carrying capacity, Besom pockets on calves for glove storage, and
3 slots for scissors (2 two fitted with snap closures).
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