Cargo pants or cargo trousers, also sometimes called combat trousers (or combats) after their original military purpose, are loosely cut pants designed for tough, outdoor activities distinguished by one or more cargo pockets.
A cargo pocket is a form of a patch pocket, often with accordion folds for increased capacity closed with a flap secured by snap, button, or Velcro common on battledress and hunting clothing. Variously, cargo pockets may be hidden within the legs.
Cargo pants are made of hard wearing fabric and ruggedly stitched. Increasingly they are made of quick-drying synthetic or cotton-synthetic blends, and often feature oversized belt loops to accommodate wide webbing belts.
The garments are characteristically designed to allow bending at the knee and hip and sewn with felled seams.