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Zuma Pants in Frogskin Camo

Limited Edition of 50

Our classic Zuma pants reworked in 10 oz. USMC Frogskin camouflage cotton herringbone twill (HBT). Casual button up pants with large scooped asymmetric side pockets and a relaxed cut with tapered leg.

This cotton twill has been specially custom-made and dyed for us in Okayama, Japan. Matching the original wartime Mil Specs, it is incredibly accurate fabric, with the correct weight, weave, colours and substantial handle that is found on original military garments of this era.

In the early part of the Vietnam War some US Special Forces units which required clothing that offered better camouflage qualities than the normal issue 'greens' had custom ‘incountry-made’ garments made from a variety of camo print materials, garment were also purchased from US hunting manufacturers such as KAMO. These garments were also issued to the USSF Montagnard strike teams.

Among these camo prints was the US Marine Corps Frogskin pattern, the first American attempt at a printed camouflage uniform, coming in 1940 when the US Army Corps of Engineers began experimenting with a disruptive-patterned overall that was tested but never issued. The pattern dubbed "frog-skin" or "leopard spot", was then rushed through testing and approval and shipped to US Marine Raiders in the Solomon Islands. Marines are traditionally involved in amphibious operations such as beach landings. When going into a beach landing the Marines would wear their Frogskin garments with brown side outer most, so as to be best concealed on the beige coloured sand. Once inland they would reverse their garments around to green since they would then be in terrain with mostly green foliage.

The US would later supply the Frogskin pattern to France who issued it to their 1st and 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiments during the First Indochina War in South east Asia. In 1961, the Cuban Exiles Brigade were issued the Frogskin pattern by the CIA for the Bay of Pigs invasion.

 We recommend buying your usual size in these pants.

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