Product Test: JCB Trousers

Product Test: JCB Trousers

Roger Bisby checks out JCB’s latest trousers.

JCB has introduced two standout work trousers to its range. The Camo trousers are a popular look, especially those who enjoy country sports, but these are dedicated work trousers. They have kneepad pockets and a zipped thigh pocket but no external pouches so they wouldn’t look out of place in the pub. Unlike many army surplus trousers, they aren’t particularly heavy so they are good for summer and the cut is generous so they should be ideal for those on the move or even those on manoeuvres. It reminds me of one of my favourite jokes.

“Wilkins, I didn’t see you at camouflage practice this morning!”
“Thank you, sir.”

Sorry I couldn’t resist.

The second pair of trousers we took out and about are a Western Jean work trouser with 85% cotton. Most workwear manufacturers have now introduced a heavy denim jean into their range, which has a certain irony because they spent years weaning us off jeans and into something more suitable. But these are jeans with workwear functionality. They have kneepad pockets and a good deep cargo pocket with zip on the thigh but again no pouch pockets. To make up, they have two large rear pockets with hook and loop fastening. Just don’t try putting nails in there and sitting down.

Both pairs of trousers come with a 32 inch leg, so if you are shorter then you’ll need to turn the hem up and if you are longer you will have what we used to call ‘half mast’ – which is not quite pirate. Luckily for me, I am a 32-incher – which meant I only had to find one other 32 inch leg person to try out the other pair and he happened to be standing right next to me. What are the chances of that? Well apparently they are very high unless you are in China or Holland, which is probably why JCB plumped for that size. Do your research and you won’t go wrong.

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