Helikon UTP Trousers
- By Chris Parkin
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- Last updated: 25/01/2017
I have been wearing Helikon’s BDU trousers in all conditions for over three years. Their relative light weight, noise free and tough durable cotton weaves have stood up well to physical damage, shedding water well and drying quickly after a soaking. They are available in multiple camouflage designs, as well as a rather ‘too pea’ green and the ever so popular coyote. I’m not personally a camo fan and Coyote is a little light coloured for my environments, so I was extremely pleased to see Helikon introduce a new ‘Mud Brown’, which to us shooting types, fits the bill superbly well.
Available in the latest ‘Urban Tactical’ styling, the trousers are an intermediate cut, so slimmer than the regular BDUs without getting too skinny. With seven waist sizes from S-4XL, with regular and long leg options mean that you will get a good fit without excessive bagginess, especially in the crotch area, which I despise in some competitor’s cuts. The rear of the waist has an elasticated strip sewn in, which alongside a Velcro fastener rather than a button, gives extensive adjustability and although seeming initially likely to fail after time, remains snug and with a slight amount of stretch in the material, an extremely comfortable fit without a belt.
The usual array of pockets is featured on the waist, hips, front and rear of the thighs and legs; pleasantly none of these are too voluminous, so unlikely to get overloaded and snag a combination of open, YKK zippered and Velcro fastenings. Extra thought has gone into the front hand pockets, with the edges left heavier for the clips of folding knives, over time these always seem to cut through, even the heaviest of fabrics, so a wise move. Helikon actually suggest sewing up or unpicking certain seams on pockets to modify their fit for everyday carry items like torches, the location of which you always want to know without fumbling, as for needing the internal telescopic baton pouch, well that is up to you! Both knees and crotch carry extra reinforcement to prevent the seat tearing and adding protection; the void they create can be fitted with padding if desired.
I have worn these UTPs day in day out through the spring and summer and liked them so much I have bought a second pair.
They are light and airy when the temperature has been touching 40-degrees, yet never seem cold in the night-time chill. I have never found a build-up of moisture inside, yet they also seem to keep wind chill at bay. The PolyCotton polyester 60/37 mix with just a tiny amount of 3% Spandex to add minute levels of flexibility seems to be a magic mix for everyday wear yet no abrasion, cuts or staining from mud or other dirt has been apparent. They throw in the washer at 30-degrees and come out like new and, although sceptical over the Velcro waist fastening, it has remained perfectly operable, although I do always wear a belt too. They are approximately twice the price of the standard BDU type trousers but details show where the extra money has been spent with generally higher quality of cut, stitching and seams laying flatter to the material. Critical to the hunter, they are quiet when walking too. An ‘Outdoor Tactical Pant’ OTP is also available with a slightly slimmer cut and 7% Spandex mix for more flexibility at £62.
Thank you to www.military1st.co.uk for supplying the trousers.
PRICE: £54 Inc. P&P
CONTACT: Helikon. www.helikon-tex.com
Zip fly with Velcro
12 pockets of various sizes
Knee patch reinforcements for longer wear
Pockets on each knee for padding