Särmä TST M05 RES cargo pants
Our improved version of the Finnish military issue M05 summer woodland trousers. Looks just like the official issue stuff, but performs a little bit better! Officially M05 RES approved!
- High waist with elastic band adjustment. The band has to be used to make the waist sit right! Otherwise these will feel very loose on the waist.
- Zipper fly with button.
- 50 mm (2") wide belt loops.
- Elastic bands in the leg ends.
- Articulated knees and pockets for knee pad inserts.
- Two side pockets and two cargo pockets.
- Fabric: 50/50 CO/PES.
- All materials are NIR compliant.
In comparison with the Finnish military official issue M05 trousers we have lifted the waist higher, made the side slash pockets deeper and enlarged the cargo pockets to better fit maps etc.
Official M05 RES approved clothing
M05 RES is an official Finnish Defence Forces inspection and approval system for commercially produced military clothing. A garment that is M05 RES approved is officially approved for use in military military exercises and other fun activities that the FDF organizes.
The M05 RES system is a small step in the right direction and a huge change in the general attitude of the Finnish military complex. Whereas ten years ago a simple non-issue dump pouch could get you in trouble we now have the possibility to create commercial clothing that can be officially approved for use. For us Finns this is a very, very welcome change and a good beginning to build on!
The first number (6—9) of the three-digit size means length and the next two (44—60) stand for width in the European standard men's sizing. This is the official FDF standard.
The trousers have a loose waist, because this is how the FDF specified it: should you choose a precisely fitting waist, the thighs and hips will prevent you from squatting. Please use the elastic waistband to adjust the fit: pull the width of your palm out for a good starting point.
- Fashion fit: pick one size narrower than the official recommendation (realize you might not be able to squat)
- FDF fit: tighten the waist adjustment (will be a bit tight around the thighs and butt)
- Combat fit: pick one size wider and tug the elastic waistband until you're ready to kill-kill-kill!
The fabric will shrink in the first wash, this is accounted for in the cut. If you served in the Finnish army and these new clothes seem a bit larger than the issued ones, this is the reason.
These are one of our most returned products, all because people can't/don't use the waist band adjustment and the trousers are perceived as too large.
Fabric 3 50/50 polyester/cotton, 275 g/m2. This is the exact same material used in the latest production runs of the official issue uniforms. Naturally the camo print is totally NIR compliant, so you don´t need to fear looking all lit-up when viewed through NVDs.
To make sure the fabric does not lose it´s NIR compliant properties we recommend careful wash using only detergents that are free of optical brighteners, basically the more natural you get the better.
Särmä TST is Varusteleka's own in-house brand of clothing and gear designed for military and law enforcement end users. Our clothing and equipment are made in co-operation with a number of experienced manufacturers with a strong background in producing clothing and gear for military and law enforcement officials, most notably for the Finnish Defence Forces. For further reading check out the Särmä TST corner of our website.
Särmä TST products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
Sewn in Estonia
These are sewn in Estonia, by an experienced factory that has a long history of producing clothing for military, law enforcement and emergency services.
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does not recommend
Gelmi G. 18.11.2016 (Edited 28.11.2016)
Over all it a great item!
Jacob A. 19.01.2017 (Edited 02.10.2017)
This jacket is not comparable in workmanship to the Arktis line of jackets, but neither is the price tag. You will have to pay two times as much for the Arktis B110 and more than three times as muck for the Arktis B221. You could also get better quality for less money if you would be lucky enough to find the "right" surplus uniform, in near-pristine condition, and in your size. For your money, you get a reasonable priced, european produced jacket without all the unnecessary "whistles and bells" seen on some jackets and with an acceptable quality.
This jacket is made from single layer fabric which is M05 "summer" camo on one side and plain white on the other side. There are no lining and there are no special reinforcements on the elbow area or other places like the shoulder area. The fabric seems to be kind of doubled over the elbow area and lower under arm. The fabric appears to be of good quality (maybe excellent?) but I am no tailor and have only had this uniform for days not years.
Take into account that I have not been washing my uniform as of yet. I am 175 cm and 85-90 kg with large thighs, standard to large chest, short legs and short arms. I will normally wear size M to L in jackets and size 34/30 in trousers. I have a size 750 jacket and size 750 trousers. The jacket is a nice fit for me. The trousers is a nice fit standing but seems to be a little too tight when squatting down. If you have large thighs you might consider to og up one size in width. Trousers in size 752 would propably have been a better fit for me. This uniform is available in a large array of sizes which of course is a trade off between fitment options and overall production costs and logistical costs.
Remarks (my personal opinion):
As mentioned this fabric is M05 "summer" camo on one side and white on the other side. This is not preferable, but not the end of the world either. I guess it keeps production costs down as the fix would be to have a more complex and thus more expensive dyeing process. The positive side is that you could turn the inside out and use this uniform as a kind of winther camo, but only with internal pockets (irony). The negative side is obvious in a tactical environment. This is not a problem with the trousers (as no male enemies are supposed to see the inside of your trousers), might be a nuisance with the jacket (in camp) and is a nuiscance with the hood as the inside of the hood is clearly visible when the hood is resting flat against your upper back. You will thus have to make sure that the hood is always cinched up whenever it is not in use. This will make it more annoying to use the hood. But this is propably more of an annoyance than a real problem.
I would have preferred normal buttons (not nescessarily canadian style buttons) at the thigh (cargo) pockets. Velcro is noisy, might freeze up in winther and hard to repair in field - all of which are not a problems with buttons.
I would have preferred some kind of dedicated reinforcement (cordura) at kness area for durability and water proofing.
I would have preferred smaller thigh (cargo) pockets on the shorter size trousers. Items, especially hard ones, wil thus bang against the back of your knees - a well known problem that is normally fixed by having two diffenret pocket sizes - one size for shorter size trousers and one size for normal and longer size trousers. This problem can be DIY fixed by closing off lower 1-2 inches of pockets with safety pins or with a horizontal stitching.
I would have preferred larger openings for the front (hand) pockets.
I would have preferred to have one or two open style back pockets. These are great for when you just need a "fast" temporary place for ear plugs and the like.
I would have preferred some kind of dedicated reinforcement at lower back area (lower 20 cm) for durability and water proofing.
I would have preferred some kind of dedicates reinforcement at crotch area. All "serious" heavy duty trousers should have some kind of reinforced wedge shape at this point or at least reinforced stitching.
Risto R. 20.01.2017
Teemu H. 23.02.2017
Gary S. 06.03.2017
Juuso H. 11.07.2017
Leif M. 05.08.2017
I understand there will be some shrinkage after the first washing, but how much can that be?
Right now I look like a tacticool Circus Clown.
On the other hand I do like the camo and the quality seems to be good. So I will order me a new pair in a much smaller size.
Samu S. Varusteleka employee 04.09.2017 (Edited 23.10.2018)
Christian F. 12.10.2017
Juho E. 30.10.2017 (Edited 31.12.2017)
Käytössä ollut nyt joka viikon lauantaina, eikä ole vielä pettänyt kummassakaan mikään. Takin taskujen vetoketjut on vain hieman vaikeat. Arvosana 3/5
Esa P. 24.01.2018
Kimmo S. 11.02.2018
Mitoitus on kohdillaan. Ei kulkusia kiristä eikä persvako vilku. Saman koon otin kuin mitä puolustusvoimissa olen käyttänyt ja istuvat just eikä melkein. Istuminen onnistuu nyt ilman kassien hioutumista. Reisitaskuun mahtuu mukavasti Lekan karttatasku, mutta myös karvalakki menee sinne jemmaan kätevämmin kuin esikuvassaan. Kestävyys tuntuu vähintään yhtä hyvältä kuin firmankin puvuissa, mihin ei paljoa vaadita, koska jakotavara on herkkää repeämään. Näitä en vielä ole saanut rikki, vaikka monet kerrat on metsässä tullut oltuakin näissä.
Hankin ennen näitä Inttistoren (rauha hänen muistolleen) m05-pukua kaksin kappalein, mutta toisen myin pois nämä saatuani ja toiset vein mökkikamppeiksi. Tosin jos housuja tulisi omaa kokoa vielä, niin todennäköisesti korvaan mökkikamppeetkin näillä. Erityisesti housuissa kun istuvuus on tärkeää.
Toutou S. 24.04.2018
The cut is really loose, i think there is almost 20cm loose at my waist, but this is ok since we have spring tensioner at the waist, this can work well in winter with few layers under. Anyway -0.5 star for "not that close" size charts
The overall quality seems solid.
Really happy with this trousers and my wife will order one soon :)
Alexander B. 30.04.2018
Albert H. 30.07.2018 (Edited 20.12.2018)
Erkki J. 15.08.2018
Juho m. 23.08.2018
Simo S. 10.09.2018
Intin aikana en onnistunut kertaakaan repimään housujani, enkä kokenut liikeratojeni olleen samalla tavalla rajoittunut kuin näiden kanssa, joten PV:n leikkaus vie siinä suhteessa voiton.
Tommi M. 14.09.2018
veeti l. 14.11.2018
Jeffrey M. 20.02.2019
Chris K. 27.05.2019
Arian W. 13.08.2019