The bad: my Pathfinder shirt had no hook and loop on the sleeve pockets, despite what the advertised design said. I assume they will be fixing this on production runs. As it is, I will probably pick up some color matched hook and loop from OC Tactical and have a local tailor sew it on. I was also hoping that they would have taped buttons vice the standard US BDU style. I shouldn't have been surprised that it had standard buttons, but still a bit disappointed. It's a weird personal preference.
The good: far outnumbers the bad. First off, pockets. They didn't play around with the pockets on these BDUs. They advertise that the rear pants pockets can be used as dump pouches. Believe me, they can. If you use these pockets for your wallet, not only will you be wasting a ton of space, but you'll never find your wallet again. The thigh pockets are large and will easily hold a blowout kit, MRE, or other larger items. Instead of going with the tilted pockets that other uniform makers have used, they simply put a zipper on the front of each thigh pocket so that you can access them while sitting. The pants also have calf pockets ala the ACU. The bicep pockets on the shirt are large and close with zippers. Each pocket also has a pen pouch behind the pocket. Chest pockets are angled outward slightly and close with hook and loop. They seem easily accessible, but I almost never put anything in my chest pockets anyway, so it's a bit of a moot point for me. Other features - the belt loops are large enough to run a Cobra Rigger's Belt through without dis-assembly, which was not possible with BDUs, ACUs, or the Crye I was issued once upon a time (the picture shows a Shellback Tactical belt being threaded through). Very few things are more annoying than having a belt with a buckle that you have to remove to put on. The waist adjusts with a drawstring like the ACU, and the pant legs have have shock cord instead of the grosgrain ribbon from the BDU. For the shirt, the collar can be worn up or down, but doesn't have hook and loop or zipper to close it, a feature I happen to like, since every time I ever tried to close my collar with one of those methods, I always felt like I was being choked. The uniform itself zips up like an ACU, and the sleeve cuffs adjust with hook and loop.
Overall, after pulling it out of the wrapping, I'm pretty thrilled with the possibilities. I'll give it a wear test on Sunday during the Heroes Run 5k and report back. Just from my initial impressions though, as soon as I can save up, I'd love to get another set, probably in Badlands.
If you are interested, the manufacturer's site is http://www.hydedefinition.com/bdu.html
|Thigh pocket with button flap and zipper|
|Shock cord blousing band|
|Detail of front/rear slash pockets and belt loops|
|Chest pockets and zipper|