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The Royal Netherlands Army which is commonly refered to as the Dutch Army has been in existence since 1814, with the Netherlands being a founding member of NATO in 1949. With this long history and close association with NATO, many Dutch military items have been influenced or licensed from other NATO members. One look at these combat pants and you can see that the Dutch Army licensed British Woodland DPM camouflage for their soldiers.
While the use of woodland DPM camouflage may imply these combat pants are copied from the British, that would be far from correct. The Dutch looked at the needs of their soldiers and incorporated them with the design of these pants. One of the most important features they took with these combat pants was to incorporate a total of six pockets, with the pocket layout being unlike any other combat pants. This was done to ensure a soldier had plenty of cargo space in their combat pants and that carrying volume was spread out along the length and width of the pants.
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The pair I ordered appear to be new/unissued. These trousers don't have drawstring hems so I used some boot blousing straps and they look sharp with a pair of old Corcoran Jump Boots. I'm 6'2", 170#, and wear a US 32-32 size pair of jeans. The Dutch Size 8090/8090 (70" - 74" tall / 31-35" Waist) fits me perfect. I tried matching these up with a (also new) British Soldier 95 DPM SAS Combat Smock and it's a VERY close match. You would have to be literally inches away to notice any discernible difference between the Dutch and British DPM pattern. This might change after they get laundered multiple times and some fading starts to occur, but for now the UK and Dutch camo combination looks pretty good. Would buy again and I probably will.
These trousers are in great like new condition for surplus. Easily worth more retail, the Dutch camo similar to Brit, but these have same features as desert pant , but more durable, color not washed out or broke in . Mine appeared unused surplus, got 2 on my order at this price , you'll like these!
These pants are great but when I first got them where a little tight but after a while they loosened up and after that they are pretty comfortable, I ware them all them time. All and all , a great buy.
These are, as with most military surplus, excellent quality pants. Mine did not appear to have been issued - I believe they are new. However, the sizing is off. I ordered the 7080/8090 (66" - 70" tall / 31" - 35" Waist) size, and I'm a size 33 waist. The pants have a Velcro waist adjustment and I adjusted them out as far as they would go and they were still so tight I couldn't wear them. I decided to keep them for my wife and order the next size up, 7585/9000, which fit fine. So keep this in mind when ordering. Otherwise, great pants, great price, great deal.