scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: New Shorts!!!
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG
Mon Jun 19 1972 - 08:06:13 CDT
On Sun, 18 Jun 2000, (MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle) wrote:
> They are looking at the zip-off legs because many of YOU (yeah, even some
> of you sitting in the back!!) have wrote to National asking about such a
> garment. I was told that there's two or three "Prototype" pair of pants
> being worn by Scouters out there, with them writing back and letting the
> Supply Division know of their durability, wear, and attractiveness with the
> official uniform. These pants are NOT in the official Scout color because
I have a "mommy" type question about these zip-off legs. Perhaps some of
you who are friends of the concept can answer ...
Since I sew, I am aware of the limited fiber options available for
zippers; I can put the same fiber zipper into a silk evening gown or a
pair of casual slacks; there's a heavier one for denims. (I'm not
talking about the teeth, I'm on about the fabric to which the teeth come
attached.) It is my life-time experience that zipper tapes/fabrics
INVARIABLY shrink when washed and machine dried. Yes, _often_ this can
remedied by line-drying and careful ironing,but sometimes you've just
ruined the garment.
The one pair of zip-off leg pants I've seen worn also suffered that same
fate: with the leg off, the hem of the shorts is puckered and gathered;
with the leg on, there is "waist" at mid-thigh.
It looks terrible, and I can't believe it feels a lot better. Since so
many Scouters are so hung-up on "neat" and "presentable", isn't this
going to be detrimental to those causes?
And then, what about those zippers at mid-thigh? Seems to me that either
the teeth are exposed to scrape against your skin and catch any hair you
haven't shaved off your leg, *OR* there is a an extra flap of cloth
behind it to prevent just that. And, extra flaps of cloth DO tend to
wrinkle and twist and turn themselves into tourniquets. Not to mention,
the flap will be a double or triple layer of fabric which will make a
nice bulge at mid-thigh for anyone who isn't wearing their pants in
"baggy" mode, which further reduces the "neat" look.
Why on earth are these things popular?!? (g)
I understand the concept that you have one pair of whatevers with both
length legs and that that is convenient if the weather changes
dramatically, and that it is convenient for reducing the weight in your
backpack. I get that. But otherwise the whole thing seems to be about as
useful as teats on a tomcat.