From Ready Nutrition:
Ready Nutrition Readers, this segment provides a recommendation for you to help you “fly by the seat of your pants,” so to speak, from a survival/wilderness perspective. What’s in a pair of pants? Paraphrasing Shakespeare as such, plenty can be in a pair of pants, if you look at them not just as clothing but actually as a part of your equipment. I’m going to recommend to you what I use in the area of cargo pants, and tell you what I carry with mine.
Now some may point out that because of the nature of your work (uniform, business suit, etc.), that it is neither permitted nor convenient to have cargo pants every day. Not so. You may not be able to wear them every day, but remember going back to those segments I did on bug-out bags? Even if you have to wear a set of scrubs in a hospital or a suit for your trial (hopefully as a lawyer, not as a defendant), you can pack your cargo pants of choice…ready to go…in your bug out bag (I prefer “go” bag).
Along with that pair of pants, it must be able to carry a variety of gear therefore – it’s got to have pockets. As well, a good belt is a must. So, without further ado, here is what JJ totes in and on his cargo pants (the important stuff besides keys and wallet):
Left Cargo Pocket: Military cravat (aka “drive-on rag”) OG green; black Polartech hat; Djeep lighter; additional “sensitive” items. Right Cargo Pocket: Leather shooting gloves, 1 pair triple-flanged earplugs in a case; balaclava (for the neck and face). Flashlight (Coast-brand: uses 1 AA battery, with a clip for pocket and reverse-clip for hat visor). Buck knife folder with clip. Belt: 1 pouch to hold a mag; Gerber multi-tool; loop-lanyard Cordura clip for a thigh holster to attach to; Kydex clip-in holster. The belt is a good leather belt, nice and thick, not bonded leather or woven, but solid…those deliver the best performance value in JJ’s experience. Miscellaneous Items: Salve (I use Carmex); 1 other “sensitive” item. Looking For Durable Pants With a Lifetime Warranty? Look No Further
The cargo pants I prefer are a little more expensive than most and some may be skeptical about paying such a price until they actually see how they’re made: pure quality, plain and simple. I use and love Wrangler Riggs Workwear, my model of preference being the Ranger Relaxed Fit type. I prefer them in OG/olive green, although they have them in black and light tan. The latter are a little thinner; the OG and the black are really thick, fantastic material. They will run you $44.95 per pair. They have a lifetime warranty on them. In JJ’s experience, they are the finest pairs of cargo pants ever made, pound for pound and dollar for dollar.
The closest that I have seen to them is the US Army issue BDU trousers, and next are the ones by…