Travel Quiz Why This is That on Military Travel Pants? #travelgear
The button fly is because zippers used to be terrible and failed much more frequently than buttons and were more difficult to repair in the field than buttons. Zippers have gotten a lot better since the pants in the video were made, and many military pants now have them.
The ties at the bottom of the pant legs are to tie the bottom of the pants around the wearer's legs to keep out rocks, dirt, soil, bugs, etc. Generally, they're tied over the top of boots to keep stuff out of the boots as well. This is called blousing boots.
The waist adjustment straps are to allow the wearer to size the pants differently depending on what might be tucked into the pants: pants that comfortably fit tucked heavy thermal underwear and a heavy shirt will be too loose with just a t-shirt. Also, the adjustment straps make sure the pants stay up if the wearer doesn't have a belt or has to use the belt for some other purpose, like a tourniquet. Finally, belts often have so much gear on them that they're not actually used for holding up pants. Look at a cop's duty belt, and you'll often see the belt doesn't even go through the belt loops on the pants.
Bob the Squid yo are nailing these travel quiz questions to the wall, truly a great analysis. I will add, that in ares with large amounts of mosquitoes they will enter up the pants. People where long sleeve shirts, collars that button at top, and anything to close the holes. I was not in the military, so I do not know any soldier instructions.
QUESTION? What is the difference between elastic waist pants and these military adjustments on the side, why would I like the adjustable more than the elastic?
A lot of military style pants seem to have elastic now. If I had to guess, older pants had the adjustment straps because elastic was probably much less resilient in the past and would fail frequently. I imagine that elastic technology is much better now.
If you wear elastic shorts, elastic underwear, or anything elastic for a week without taking it off, it will start to eat into you skin until you can barely stand it. Elastic on travel clothes, in the jungle is in my opinion, a no go under any circumstances. I wore a pair of shorts one time on the Island of Koh Taratao in Southern Thailand for a week, because I was camping in a cave I would suspect in WW 1 and WW 2, they wore their clothes. I hear in Vietnam the helicopters would drop in dry socks. There is extreme travel out there...