The British Army MTP Combat Pants are an excellent example of current military thinking for clothing. There has been a movement towards lighter weight pants and shirts to give greater flexibility for soldiers in the field. These pants demonstrate this thinking as they are very light and comfortable making them ideal for being worn by soldiers and civilians. Gone are the days of combat pants that are tough to maneuver or run in we are now in the era of mobility on and off the battlefield for combat clothing.
These pants are soft, thin and light-weight. They should vent well and be comfortable in warm weather. I am not sure how well they will hold up against thick brush and thorns, however.
The pants I received have mild color fading and moderate wear. They have the soldier's name written on the tags and along the inner waist line. One pair has a faint purple stain on the leg (ink pen rupture?). No rips or material fraying was present.
The front, slashed thigh pockets are unfortunately made of mesh and may snag on keys and wear-out more quickly than a normal cloth pocket. The left, front pocket had both mesh and cloth compartments, however. The large, outer thigh pockets are made of cloth with button closures and there is one small, cloth rear pocket.
Overall, these are well-used combat pants that should still have some life left in them. A bit expensive for their condition but not too unreasonable as MTP camo is hard to find outside of the UK.
I am a 38-40" waist depending on retailer. Chose the 39" with a 31" inseam and fit perfect. I did also buy a 38" waist (same inseam) and not even close to fitting around my gut.
Quality - Well used with no rips or tears. Have that thin, broken in feel to them and will make a great pair of warm weather pants. Do not expect base exchange quality. These come in wrapped in a small plastic bag. Excellent for backpack use as takes a very small amount of space.
Hope this helps in your decision.