I've sung the praises of Bills Khakis before. The Bullard came in first place at the Blind Khaki Tasting and it's an amazing pant. 10.2 ounces (per yard) of incredible wood plank khaki cloth that makes for a perfect Fall or Winter trouser. Might be a little warm in Spring and Summer though.
Back in late October Bills introduced a special Limited edition Cramerton 9.2 ounce khaki to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. They call it a WWII pant but I recently discovered that WWII khaki was 8.2 ounces. You're getting the same WWII Cramerton cloth but a little heavier.
This Cramerton is softer to the hand than the Bullard. Still, it's a gutsy pant with a beautiful finish. Something anyone who spent time breaking khaki starch in the army would appreciate. That's Cpt. Patterson up there. An old friend who served with the 7th Infantry Division (Light).
Cpt. Patterson's wearing a Model 2 which is trimmer in the rise than the Model 1 but he likes the fit. Model 1 is the baggier of the three plain front models while Model 3 is the more trim. The pleated versions or 'Warsaw Pact Models' will not be discussed here. Maybe some blogger in Estonia would like to run with it.
Some interesting details only the wearer will be in on. The watch pocket is a huge 3" x 4" and each front pocket is 14" deep. I don't think I ever put anything in my army khaki pockets...it messed up the starch. There's an interesting tab on the rear pocket and I'm gonna have to talk to Bill about it. There's also a beautiful raised seam on the outside trouser leg. Nice details invisible to all but the wearer and the khaki-cognoscenti.
Now for the bad news. They're $195 a pair. That's steep for a pair of khakis but look at it this way -- the US Army never issued a khaki this good. Weighing in at 9.2ounces, Uncle Sam never went over 8.2 ounces. And while the army khaki was issued, you sure as heck couldn't call it free. $195 is a small price to pay for the best khaki in the world and you don't have to enlist.
I will tell you that if you do enlist there's an organization you're gonna know Ricky -tick. The USO has been around for 70 years and I remember it well. When you're an E-1 going trough basic training at Ft Jackson you don't do a lot of socializing at the O-Club.
A lot of us made good use of the USO at Jackson and I have fond memories of the volunteers who worked there. Bill Thomas is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of this pant to the USO. That's a stand up thing to do for a pair of trousers that could probably stand up by themselves. Details for purchasing a pair and getting a free bucket bag are at Trad Approved.
The bucket bag will hold a six pack of beer and ice... just in case you're wondering what it's for.