What are cargo pants? They have nothing to do
with freight cargo.
Cargo pants or cargo trousers, are loosely cut
pants originally designed for tough, outdoor activities, and whose
design is distinguished by one or more cargo pockets. Cargo pants have
become popular in many settings, since they are convenient for carrying
items. To be honest, it is very nice to have extra pockets for carrying
Cargo shorts are a shorts-length version of the
type of pant is sometimes
called combat trousers (or combats) after their original military
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, magnet, or Velcro common on battledress and hunting
clothing. In some designs, cargo pockets may be hidden within the legs.
Cargo pants are often but not always made of hard
wearing fabric with rugged stitches. Bar
tacking stitches are often used.
Often the cargo pant style uses quick-drying synthetic or
cotton-synthetic blends, and often feature oversized belt loops to
accommodate wide webbing belts.
The garments are characteristically designed to
allow bending at the knee and hip, and are sewn with felled seams for
strength and durability. Basically, they are made to be practical
for multipurpose activities including camping, hunting, workwear, hiking
etc. They are meant to be durable, functional, and comfortable.
Cargo pants are often made with camo prints for
hunting. They are also made in solid colors for casual dress.
By the way, cargo pants have nothing in common with
cargo freight (unless you are referring to a cargo pant shipment).