"Tiger-Stripe” camouflage uniforms were developed in Southeast Asia in the early 1960’s and issued to military forces, most notably, special forces of the Army of the Republic of Viet-Nam (ARVN). When the U. S. Army began sending military advisors to assist the ARVN and its related government and other military forces, the U. S. Army had no camouflage uniforms of their own, thus they were given permission to wear the camouflage uniforms of the ARVN units to which they were attached or assigned. The style of trousers seen here became known as the "Advisor" pattern, due to its early association with these personnel.
This “Advisor” pattern became the typical tiger-stripe camouflage uniform worn by U. S. forces, though the coloring of the camouflage and the shape and density of the camouflage pattern itself led to a multitude of varieties as identified by collectors today, one of the rarest and most desirable being this specific bright-shade of golden-hued pattern now called “Golden Tiger.”
“Advisor” jackets and trousers have been prominently featured in films depicting the war in Viet-Nam, the most notable include: “The Green Berets” with John Wayne, “The Deer Hunter” with Robert De Niro, and “Apocalypse Now” with Martin Sheen,” naming but a few. Eventually, the exotic nature of the “Tiger” camouflage and its association with elite Special Forces and personnel of authority, power, and those having seen combat, spawned a huge demand for even more tiger-stripe camo. uniforms, as anyone seen wearing this camo. pattern in “Nam” was considered “hot stuff." Today, vintage tiger-stripe camo. from the Viet-Nam war is very rare, highly collectible, and very costly to purchase, as well as being just plain cool looking, making a perfect summer-weight trouser for wear with tee shirts and sneakers.
Buzz Rickson’s, a brand highly respected worldwide for its pursuit of fanatical, penultimate authenticity, has recreated the “Advisor” trousers in this new color shade of “Golden Tiger” coloring that is commonly associated with ARVN use. Never before has this camo. pattern been recreated to such an amazing degree of authenticity, including the employment of vintage shuttle looms to generate true selvage fabric as was used to fabricate the vintage sets in the 1960’s and early 1970’s, vintage-type dyes to craft the screen-printed colors and patterns of the camo. pattern, and vintage button dies to make genuine urea buttons that precisely match those typically encountered on the “Advisor” sets. And to preclude you from looking like some “FNG” who just purchased a set of “Tiger” camo. while in Ben Hoa, Buzz Rickson’s “Golden Tiger” comes in a one-wash finish, giving it a very slightly faded vintage appearance that deftly matches the coloring and overall “been-there” look observed on vintage sets.
Please note these authentic features and details found only on a genuine Buzz Rickson’s “Golden Tiger” “Advisor” trousers of this pedigree:
- Two two-button bellows butt and leg pockets
- Compass/lighter pocket on leg
- Bar tack reinforcements on all major stress points
- Double-stitched seams throughout
- Two-button tab at waist to allow for decreasing the waist size
- Custom manufacturing of genuine urea buttons (not cheap plastic) produced on vintage dies that precisely match the size and shape of those observed on vintage ARVN “Advisor” trousers
- Custom manufacturing of all-cotton twill selvage fabric produced on the original, narrow shuttle looms of the type employed to produce this fabric in the 1960’s and 1970’s
- Precise matching to vintage examples of ARVN bright “Golden Tiger”
- Screen printing of one of the most typical tiger-stripe patterns to a high level of precision using vintage-type dyes to re-create the rare, highly desired “Golden Tiger” bright color shade, then washed once for a “been-there” look of an “In-Country” veteran
- Exact copy of the original-style printed-on-cotton size label
- Asian“A” prefix ink stamping with the size, thus denoting a distinction between trousers of the same size but in a different size grade from those for U. S. forces. This is a cosmetic feature ONLY for the purpose of authentic appearance, and the fit of these trousers does NOT at all correspond with the original diminutive sizing found on the trousers actually made in Asian sizes.
Sizes available: Sm. - XL, fitting up to 38" waist measure. Please see our SIZING TIPS for advice on how to get the correct fit.
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Buzz Rickson’s ARVN Golden Tiger-Stripe Camouflage Trousers
About this Style: These are medium-cut trousers with a taper from the thigh down, following the original "Advisor" style and cut precisely. The cotton twill is sturdy and supremely comfortable, making these a favorite go-to style ideal for summer or everyday use.
There is an adjustment tab with two button positions located on each side at the waist providing for one-inch adjustments in size, thus the maximum waist-circumference measure listed under PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS can be reduced by two full inches. For example: Size Med. has a maximum waist-circumference measure of 34", but by adjusting the tabs to the smaller position, a measure of 32" can be achieved. Conversely, a size Lg. has a maximum measure of 36", but it can also be reduced to 34", though the rest of the trouser (thigh width, cuff opening, seat, etc.) will still remain in the proportions of a size Lg.
Tip 1: Follow the instructions entitled “How to Use Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit” listed under the PRODUCT MEASUREMENTS tab for this product. After finding no substantive conflicts with your body measures obtained under the BODY MEASURING tab, order this garment in a size that corresponds closely to the circumference of your waistline where you wear your trousers. For example: If you measure 34” in circumference at your waistline, order size Med. if you want a snug-yet-comfortable fit. If you prefer a roomier fit, then order the next available size after reviewing all relative measures that pertain to that size, and if you prefer a more snug fit, then go down one size.
Tip 2: Please note that your waist circumference measure is not necessarily the labeled size you wear in another pair of trousers you may own from a different maker or even the same maker, so please take the time to obtain your true waist circumference measure so as to compare to our chart of measures; this will enable us to perform a better job getting you the right size and minimize your chances in having to deal with the hassle and cost of exchanges.
Please ask us for fitting advice if in doubt.
Tip 3: Individuals who prefer looser fits can go up a size if they so choose. If you wear your trousers below your actual waistline, then please measure your body where you actually wear your trousers and use this measure to compare with our listed product measurements. If you are unsure of the size to order we will assist you; please contact us with the following information: Waist circumference measure at your waistline where you wear your trousers, inseam measure, as well as the type of fit you prefer: Trim or roomy.
Buzz Rickson’s ARVN Golden Tiger-Stripe Camouflage Trousers
The following table provides actual product measures. These measures are provided as an aid because, in conjunction with our SIZING TIPS for each product, they can sometimes be very useful when comparing the measurements from this garment to the measures of your body and other trousers you may own.
Our measures were derived from averaging many garments of the same size from each specific size in the range of any given product, thus the measures provided are representative for each size but they may not be exactly what you will receive. Some fluctuation in size is normal and to be expected, especially in these garments that have been manufactured on vintage machinery using natural fibers; the vintage machinery and techniques that create sought-after looks and fabrics are also less precise than machines contemporary to the current era. Please note that we measure the true waist circumference and we do NOT measure the waist by simply doubling the width of the waist area.
How to Use the Product Measures to Obtain a Good Fit:
1) Use the measurements listed for this product and information found under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS to understand our measuring technique.
2) Measure your waist circumference as per the tab on this web site specifically addressing BODY MEASURING (measure your waist either at its widest point or where you wear your trousers, or if you have a hefty mid-section and wear your trousers below your belly, then measure the circumference where you wear trousers). Compare your waist measure to the waist measure of this product.
3) Again, using the measurements listed for this product and information under the tab entitled MEASURING GARMENTS to understand our measuring technique, measure the various other areas of your body, such as inseam length and front rise, etc., then compare to our product.
4) You can also compare the measures of our product to measures on trousers you may currently own to see how our product compares.
5) Using your body measures and the listed garment measures for our product and/or any comparisons to trousers you own, follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab specific to this product to obtain a good fit.
A Good Fit:
This is highly subjective - what one person may think is too big, another may think fits perfectly. Some garments are cut quite generously and others are cut quite trimly. If comparing measurements of one of our products to another you may own, some individuals will surely find that none or maybe only one area of measure is commonly shared or remotely close to being the same. Ultimately, waist measure is the most important area to properly fit, then all other areas of measure will have to fall into place.
It is best to compare your actual body measures to the listed measures of this product AND follow the advice found under the SIZING TIPS tab to obtain a good fit.