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    Default Swedish army wool trousers

    I'm trying to get hold of a pair of Swedish Army heavyweight wool trousers but can't seem to find anything online in this country. The only ones I've seen are in the US. Before I take that option I wondered if anyone could recommend a UK site which sells them? Thanks in advance for your help.

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    I looked for a while before caving and buying them from the left-side of the pond.

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    i had a pair a few years back and stupidly sold them on , now i have the same problem trying to find another pair.i have seen the odd pair come up but in small sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by treadlightly View Post
    I'm trying to get hold of a pair of Swedish Army heavyweight wool trousers but can't seem to find anything online in this country. The only ones I've seen are in the US. Before I take that option I wondered if anyone could recommend a UK site which sells them? Thanks in advance for your help.
    There is a few sites in sweden, probably cheaper shipping and you won't get hit by customs or VAT. The problem is that there is almost only small sizes available. These have been discontinued from the army since a long time so they are basically running out.
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    These are brilliant trousers.
    My bother nicked my last pair

    BigSwede what would you consider small sizes ? waist and hip I mean........and did they do a special cut for females ?
    I've been eyeing up the Danish ladies civil defence ones recently.

    If you can get British Army No2 dress woollen trousers, they're very good too. You need to get bigger than you need though so that you can pull the waist in to give you 'comfort' fit elsewhere.

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    I have a bunch of these swedish woolen trousers. Cheap as chips and comfortable to walk or ski if you use suspenders (though can be a little to warm). Very strong even if they were made during the second world war... The look isn't the best because the pipes get narrower at the bottom, and it's quite a baggy appearance at the rear... I say this after carrying them for about 2 years for most of the time (except summer).

    I bought them online and in second hand shops in Sweden. In most places they were running out, as bigswede mentions, and I'm not to sure of any place which has them. It's not only bushcrafters who buy the pants (or jacket), on the Jokkmokk market I saw a group of textile women who bought the pants and jackets for the material, cutting it up and making very nice filt clothes and items out of it. They too complained that the army filt was running out.

    @Toddy: There's no female cut

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    If you can get British Army No2 dress woollen trousers, they're very good too. You need to get bigger than you need though so that you can pull the waist in to give you 'comfort' fit elsewhere.


    Toddy,

    There seem to some of these around. I assume they're made of wool? Also I guess they aren't as thick as the Swedish trousers?? Could you tell me what you know about them, why they are highly rated? Thanks.

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    British army 49pattern battledress trousers are good and cheap(ive seen them go for a few quid) again though sizes are mostly small these days, usualy see them at militaria and reenactors events on the stalls here's a link to what they look like but the price is way to much.
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/British-49-pat...115158002r2845

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    The battle dress trousers were excellent I had a pair that I used camping when I was a teenager.

    The No2's that I had weren't as thick as the Swedish ones, but they were fine around fires and the like. My last pair were pure wool, they smelled like mothballs when I first got them I think I'd check the label these days, best be sure before someone goes up in flames

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    Get a small pair (for cheap only) and deconstruct and add/subtract where needed. Yes, you can add with these pants; the inseam variance is more than 26mm in the3 legs.. and there's plenty to play with. The biggest difference the swede variety have over other wool pants, is:
    1. they have a tapered gussett on the crotch inseam (as if these pants needed more room to roam )
    2. they are grey in color.. moreso than the typical olive drab of all the other woolen pants.
    3. They have the leather gaiter straps at the bottoms (as an option). Nice if you don't plan on carrying an extra set of snow blockers.
    4. Metal (tin?) buttons. Need there more be said?
    5. Side thigh pockets were later added . Often they were in a different dye lot, and somewhat more "purple"? in color (late 50's?).

    I've got 3 pairs @ 34"x34" inseam/waist.. the reference to bagginess is more of an evolutionary style dysfunction rather than the cut on the pants. Back in the 40's-50's men wore their pants much higher than currently. Suspenders were the norm and wearing pants lines at the top of the hips (yes, with the waistline being at the top of the ilium) were all the design.

    These pants stretch/move much better than their German and US counterparts. It;s a shame you can;t get them closer to home in a normal size. i would be willing to trade 32-34 inseam swedes for AaBe Dutch blankets (nearly non-exestent wool tweeds over here ) They are going for 30$US while the dutchie dekens are hitting 25-35$ and a constant 30$ isle side.

    hmmm
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    Quote Originally Posted by edispilff View Post
    5. Side thigh pockets were later added . Often they were in a different dye lot, and somewhat more "purple"? in color (late 50's?).
    Mine still have the tailor's chalk marking out the location for the retro-fitted pockets

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    Quote Originally Posted by edispilff View Post
    Get a small pair (for cheap only) and deconstruct and add/subtract where needed. Yes, you can add with these pants; the inseam variance is more than 26mm in the3 legs.. and there's plenty to play with. The biggest difference the swede variety have over other wool pants, is:
    1. they have a tapered gussett on the crotch inseam (as if these pants needed more room to roam )
    2. they are grey in color.. moreso than the typical olive drab of all the other woolen pants.
    3. They have the leather gaiter straps at the bottoms (as an option). Nice if you don't plan on carrying an extra set of snow blockers.
    4. Metal (tin?) buttons. Need there more be said?
    5. Side thigh pockets were later added . Often they were in a different dye lot, and somewhat more "purple"? in color (late 50's?).

    I've got 3 pairs @ 34"x34" inseam/waist.. the reference to bagginess is more of an evolutionary style dysfunction rather than the cut on the pants. Back in the 40's-50's men wore their pants much higher than currently. Suspenders were the norm and wearing pants lines at the top of the hips (yes, with the waistline being at the top of the ilium) were all the design.

    These pants stretch/move much better than their German and US counterparts. It;s a shame you can;t get them closer to home in a normal size. i would be willing to trade 32-34 inseam swedes for AaBe Dutch blankets (nearly non-exestent wool tweeds over here ) They are going for 30$US while the dutchie dekens are hitting 25-35$ and a constant 30$ isle side.

    hmmm


    Edispliff,

    I would be willing to trade a 3kg Dutch Army wool blanket for a 34inch waist 32inch inseam pair of Swedish army trousers. Please let me know if you're interested.

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    treadlight... Hmmm sounds like opportunity has knocked I'll try to manage something sometime after the holidays. I'ver bookmarked this thread so i should have an adequate reminder. In the event it is forgotten, please remind me

    presently i've ordered a few from a supposedly 'reliable' vendor here in the states. we'll see how they pan out.

    Thanks for the opportunity!
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    Quote Originally Posted by edispilff View Post
    treadlight... Hmmm sounds like opportunity has knocked :d i'll try to manage something sometime after the holidays. I'ver bookmarked this thread so i should have an adequate reminder. In the event it is forgotten, please remind me

    presently i've ordered a few from a supposedly 'reliable' vendor here in the states. We'll see how they pan out.

    Thanks for the opportunity!


    ok............................ ..................

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    Due to my spreading waistline I am now on my second pair of these, Codet Wool Cargo Pants, the first pair has lasted me 5 years, now the property of my mate who loves them as much as i do...I bought my first pair in Canada but my new ones came from Ebay. Just type in their name and you can get them for £30 plus £16 postage, you will have to run the gauntlet of HM Customs but you just cant get quality wool trousers for this money in the U.K. There green aswell wjth loads of pockets.....Fantastic value!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GlenM View Post
    Due to my spreading waistline I am now on my second pair of these, Codet Wool Cargo Pants, the first pair has lasted me 5 years, now the property of my mate who loves them as much as i do...I bought my first pair in Canada but my new ones came from Ebay. Just type in their name and you can get them for £30 plus £16 postage, you will have to run the gauntlet of HM Customs but you just cant get quality wool trousers for this money in the U.K. There green aswell wjth loads of pockets.....Fantastic value!!!

    Glen
    Thanks very much for the heads up Glen.

    How do you find the sizing? Should I go for my normal UK size would you say?

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    Codet is a Canadian company so the sizes are the same as here, my new one's are 34" waist with a 31" leg and they fit ansome! There's even a set of buttons for braces should you need them.

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    Last edited by LM J; 15-12-2009 at 22:43.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LM J View Post
    Thanks for that

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    I was getting all excited until I saw the £7.50 delivery cost !

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    You can get a several items delivered for the £7.50 though. Would it be worth ordering as a small group, do you think?

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    Ouch, £25?!?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt.S View Post
    Ouch, £25?!?!
    Yes and assuming they got them from www.europeanarmysurplus.co.uk like most surplus stores, they will be "Vintage Grade 1". Sounds worse than normal Grade 1 to me.
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    That price seems to be around the same ball park as Grade 1s from the States.

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    Check ePay. I got an unissued pair delivered from the States for under £20 all-in. Mind, perhaps the size (30x35) played a part. (I'm not actually that tall, I turned them up.) Perhaps to some people the convenience is worth paying £25/pair plus P&P. Not to me tho.

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    These guys seem to have them in all sorts of sizes. Cheap too. They're a bit after though, the company I mean, probably no international service. But mail them and see.

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    How do people think a pair of Fjallraven Foresters in combination with Woolpower 400 Long Johns would perform? Plenty warm enough? I have credit note so a pair would only cost me 20 quid. Would have 200s and Ventiles as a back-up for extremes.

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    thanks for the link big swede, will give them a mail myself

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    Quote Originally Posted by LM J View Post
    How do people think a pair of Fjallraven Foresters in combination with Woolpower 400 Long Johns would perform? Plenty warm enough? I have credit note so a pair would only cost me 20 quid. Would have 200s and Ventiles as a back-up for extremes.
    It would probably be about as warm -- give or take -- but have different characteristics. The outer pant would make your system more resilient initally to getting wet, but would be more sensitive in the long run to becomming cold & wet. In other words it is a decent substitute, but not one I personally would chose for a longer stay.

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    From britisharmysurplus: "this item is sold as a vintage item, it may have some small marks or buttons missing"
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