The master designers at Buzz Rickson's have recreated a GI classic made famous in the early years of the Vietnam War; officially known as "Trousers, wind Resistant," these formed the bottom half of the 1st-model jungle suit. This is the highly desirable, rare 1st model made of poplin with exposed gloss-finished buttons and outfitted with leg ties hidden in the cargo pockets, as worn during the early days in Nam, though sometimes seen still being worn even at war's end. This style clearly had its design rooted in the WWII U. S. Army parachutist's trousers, though issue of these trousers was to all troops and not specific. The trousers were made instantly recognizable and famous in the 1967 film "The Green Berets," prominently worn by John Wayne and the rest of the cast portraying members of the 5th Special Forces while "in country."
The overall design is incredibly practical, stylish, and so very functional in many capacities, thanks to the expandable cargo pockets with drain holes. Combat attrition, post-service life among the veterans, sales in surplus stores for hunters, fisherman, and the like, plus relatively low production numbers before they were replaced by the 2nd model, rendered the 1st-model trousers scarce not long after the events of the era; today, vintage examples in new condition will fetch a hefty price in the collector market.
No design detail has been missed on this Buzz Rickson's copy, which includes custom manufacturing of the lightweight all-cotton poplin on vintage looms to perfectly match U. S. Army specs., including assembly using vintage industrial sewing machines. The buttons have also been custom made of genuine urea, not incorrect, cheap plastic, and inside the jacket you'll find all of the authentic labels that appeared on these early trousers, making this the ultimate copy of an all-time classic. Of course, this Buzz Rickson's trouser copy comes crispy new and unwashed, so if you don't want to look like some FNG who just got in from the World, you'll want to wash them a few times before wearing.
The only other 1st-model "jungle trousers" to match the precision of Buzz Rickson's masterpiece are those prized, vintage examples in collections and veteran's attics. Please note all of these authentic features and details:
• Two expandable, bellows pockets outfitted with exposed buttons
• Custom manufacturing of genuine, gloss-finished urea buttons precisely matching the buttons of the 1st-Model trousers
• Button-down pocket flaps on butt pockets
• Two-position adjustment tabs at waist-back area
• Custom manufacturing of the exact weight and weave all-cotton, water-repellant poplin produced on vintage looms
• Custom manufacturing of the exact type of all-cotton labels found on 1st-Model trousers
• Hidden compass pocket inside left cargo pocket
• Leg tapes inside each cargo pocket
• Drawstring at the leg cuff opening of each leg
• Concealed buttons on frontal closure
• Internal flap with buttons behind frontal closure
Sizes available: Sm., Med., Lg. & XL. Please see SIZING TIPS to obtain the correct fit.
Buzz Rickson’s products are imported from Japan
Buzz Rickson U. S. Army Trousers, Wind Resistant (First-Model Vietnam Jungle Trousers)
About this Style: These are medium-cut, straight-leg trousers with a wide thigh and higher rise. Most customers love the fit and style of these, finding them to be very comfortable, stylish, easy to wear, and with ruggedness to spare.
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 XL has a maximum waist-circumference measure of 37", but by adjusting the tabs to the smaller position, a measure of 35" can be achieved. Conversely, a size Lg. has a maximum measure of 35", but it can also be reduced to 33", 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 36” in circumference at your waistline, order size XL. If you prefer a roomier or longer 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. Those with a waist measure that is more than 1” in excess of our largest size available should not order this product. 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 U. S. Army Trousers, Wind Resistant (First-Model Vietnam Jungle 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.