For more than forty years, BDU pants have been a staple in American apparel. Developed by the US Army in the late 1970s, BDUs were intended to replace the uniform pants used in the Vietnam era. Today, agencies and civilians across the world wear BDUs for work and play.


What is the "BDU" in BDU Pants?

The abbreviation “BDU” stands for “Battle Dress Uniform,” which was the official term that the US Military established when the pants came out in the 1980’s.

Why Are BDUs Popular?

The three main reasons BDUs are so well-regarded are:

  1. Ruggedness & Reliability
  2. Affordability
  3. BDUs are iconic after being the US Military standard for~30 years

Whether you’re on the job or just need a pair of pants to go camping, BDUs offer a classic looking rugged and functional design that’s ready for anything. In addition to being composed of durable ripstop fabric, BDUs have large pockets, reinforced stress points, and adjustable waist lines. Also, some BDU variations now sell in a variety of colors, materials, non-military issue camouflage prints, and have adopted the use of the zipper fly (instead of a button fly). Altogether making these pants even more desirable to an even wider range of users around the world.

BDU Pants

BDU Sizing

It may be challenging to determine which size BDU pants to get, especially when you need to ensure that they remain roomy enough for ease of movement. Additionally, choosing the correct length is its own issue, as they tend to come in short, regular, and tall, which is vague and not necessarily reflective of a clear sizing guide to base your decision on. Check out our size chart to learn more!

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How To Wear BDUs

As a general rule of thumb, aim to buy BDU pants with pant legs that fall between the start of the ankle and the floor. This ensures a proper length when wearing boots and shoes. From there, deciding on the waist size can be a bit confusing due to the adjustable straps featured on the waistband of BDUs. A good rule to remember is to select the next size up if you are somewhere between two sizes or wanting a more “roomy fit”.

BDU Trousers

Propper's Uniform BDU Trouser

The Uniform BDU Trouser offers durability and the functional details you expect from a traditional BDU, but at an even more affordable price. Unlike the traditional BDU pant, the Uniform BDU features a few improvements. The button fly has been updated to a modern zipper fly, and the pants are offered in two modern fabric options.

  • 60% cotton / 40% polyester ripstop
  • 65% polyester / 35% cotton twill
  • Zipper fly with button closure
  • 6-pocket design
  • Durable drawstring leg closures
  • Felled inseams, outseams, and seat seams
  • Fused pocket flaps for clean, professional look
  • Adjustable waist tabs for secure fit
  • Reinforced knees

The World’s Supplier of BDU Pants and Uniforms

Propper has been manufacturing and supplying uniform apparel to the U.S. government since 1967. There are no other manufacturers or suppliers of military uniform pants and BDUs that have the history and experience of Propper International. Buy with confidence. Propper stands on our long history of military contracting, and is dedicated to equipping those who commit their lives to serving others. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.