Responding to numerous requests from US retailers, and leveraging from an overseas program we’ve been working on, we recently unveiled our new “Pathfinder” BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) – as detailed exclusively today on Soldier Systems Daily.
We used the popular American ACU-style cut as the starting point for the basic chassis of the uniform, but then added a number of changes and enhancements – such as improved pocket designs. For the pocket flaps we drew on the stylistic heritage of the WWII American paratroopers’ M42 jump suit, and the short-run Hyde Definition “Pioneer” BDU from 2008. Around the back of the trousers, we implemented a more dynamic and practical feature called the “Rapid Access Ditch Pocket” – RAD Pocket for short – in place of the next-to-pointless traditional style pockets. We also made the trousers legs a slightly longer length – and implemented shock cord in the cuffs – for better blousing over boots of a shorter height.
On the jacket we got rid of the ACU’s stiff Velcro-over-loaded collar in favor of a design which is both practical and functional – as well as flexible. We also brought back the practical-tactical outward angled chest pockets of a RAID-style BDU, and incorporated zip-opening bicep pockets.
Watch out for further details soon, in the meantime, check out the article on Soldier Systems Daily.