Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: BDU's
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 19:30:23 -0500
Jim F of Troop 67 wrote:
I just went to an army-navy store to look at the BDU's with the beloved
cargo pockets and learned a few things. The BDU's are 50% cotton/ 50%
polester. Is that acceptable for autumn, winter, spring camping?? Isn't the
recommendation - NO cotton? ... The other surprise for me, not having been
in any phase of the services, was it had all buttons--- no fly! I guess I
could get used to that. Also the BDU's were $30. Not as much of a bargain
as I expected.
Well Jim I guess I can understand the FEAR of Cotton, but in answer to your
I submit the Following:
I can sew on a button in the woods, but I have never tried a zipper.
For your Cold Weather pleasure, there are what we in the service knew
as Field Pants, very similar in design as the OG BDU's that have been the
topic of this thread.
They have zippers, are not made of Rip-Stop as the BDU's are, have handy
loops for suspenders
as the restriction of a belt in really cold weather is a No-No.
I have worn these Field Pants with a Cotton/Wool Blend Longjohn in weather
of -50 F, during Arctic Warfare Training, in beautiful Black Rapids Alaska.
Granted the upper body requires exceptional protection
but my lower body never suffered, as long as one remains active or in the
of tentage or a very good sleeping bag. Common Cold Weather Sense.
"Let it Rain"