The Gurkha trouser takes its name from Nepal’s elite soldiers of the same name, and the Gurkhas themselves derive their name from the Nepalese Kingdom of Gorkha. At the Gorkha military fort of Nalapani, the British military, in the form of the East India Company, came into conflict with the Gurkhas in around 1814, and their bravery and ferocity came as something of a shock. Armed with intricate knowledge of the terrain, superior stamina borne out of living most of their lives at high altitude, and complete fearlessness, the Gurkhas held out at Nalapani against a British force around six times their size until they had exhausted all food, water, and ammunition. Even then, they chose not to surrender, instead of fighting their way out of the surrounded fort and escaping into the hills.
The British eventually overwhelmed the Gurkhas through sheer numbers, and the Nepalese were forced to settle for peace with them at the end of the Anglo-Nepalese war. However, the British were so awed by the combat prowess of the Gurkhas that they created the highly unusual Treaty of Sugauli, which allows the British Army to recruit Gurkhas into their military to this day. The modern Gurkha recruitment program is known for being one of the world’s most brutal, famously including a 5km uphill run, which has to be completed with 25kg of sandbags strapped to the recruit’s head.
The Gurkha trouser was borne out of this alliance as well - rooted in British military tradition but explicitly modified for use by the Nepalese. The pant is defined by its double-pleated front and high, cummerbund-style waistband with buckle fastenings.
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Great pair of pants, look exactly as advertised. Nice midweight fabric, colour is nice as well. I typically wear a US 34 in. waist, size no. 8 is a snug but comfortable fit.
My work department is safari themed so I wanted vintage pairs of pants that fit the theme, is unique and practical. I am 5’10” and 200lbs and the No.8 size fits me well after a little tailoring!
I love these pants -- they are wide legged without being extreme. They reminded me of a 90s throwback in the best way possible.
Had them for a few weeks and really enjoy wearing them. Still breaking them in, washing them with the regular weekly laundry, and trying to fade them a little. I live in the midwest and we are experiencing colder weather lately and I can wear them comfortably. I recommend them highly with one exception. If you get the pair with the side buckles, don't wait too long if you have to go to the bathroom :) Not good in emercencies. :)
My fault entirely, but I got the wrong size, and they do not shrink! Great reproduction though. I used to have these in the 70's when I served.
These remind me of my army days! I have not washed them yet, but as they appear to come up a little large, I do not anticipate problems with shrinkage. BUT, I bought the wrong size (going mad?) and I have not got around to returning them...
Like all my Bronson purchases, the quality is far better than many more expensive brands, and reminds me of a different era. Thank you, Bronson, for another great product.
These remind me of my army days! I have not washed them yet, but as they appear to come up a little large, I do not anticipate problems with shrinkage. Like all my Bronson purchases, the quality is far better than many more expensive brands, and reminds me of a different era. Thank you, Bronson, for another great product.
Really great trousers !!
Size is perfect for me (1m71-size4), lot of space for my thigh, like the matter.
But there is few little scratches (around three - size around 1millimeter each time). It's not really important on the global view, but they are here.
These are great casual pants! Wide legged but I kinda like the vibe. You buy this because you have something in your mind. Go get it!
Parfait ! C'est bien le pantalon que j'attendais. Merci de l'envoi.
Decent quality, very good price and quick shipping. Always recommend Bronson
Love these trousers. Very good quality and comfortable (once you've mastered doing them up!) excellent value too.
Great fit. The fabric could have been more rigid tho.
Love it. Arrived sooner than I expected. Great material and colour. Are you going to make the Gurkha shorts in different colour? Olive, black or navy! I will definitely buy them all. Thank you again for the excellent service!
Great materials and well made.
Extremely happy ... my second purchase ‼️‼️Cheers‼️
Very good, love it! thx
Nice pants, fit good, very nice details! thx
Really great pants - high quality craftsmanship and easy to wear.
I love the design and the fit of these pants. Money very well spent.
Fit great after 30 minute rinse!
Looking forward to the fades
Perfect fit. Love the quality and the detail of the trousers. I’ll be visiting soon.
The size 8 fit perfectly! Very well made and very comfortable.
I really like the quality of this product, the style, the design, all of it. It does fit, but I think a size larger would be better for me. Unfortunately, it's a size 10, which is the largest Bronson produces. Please start stocking larger sizes, Bronson - your products are wonderful and I'd buy more of them if I wasn't on the very edge of your size range.
Great quality material and cool style. These pants are highly recommended for those who are bored with standard pants. The built in belts are highly unique.
Great fit and good quality
Great quality and the fit is great!
Customer service was good too.
A decent high rise trouser for a great price. I bought one of each colour. Overall these are very nice pants for the price. Decent fabric, overall good construction, and of course that nice vintage fit.
My two pairs had a few flaws which I had to fix. Firstly, the buttons on the fly and pockets were coming off when I got them, an easy fix with a needle and thread. Secondly, the inseam length is listed as 34", but both of my pairs measured 29"? This is a bit too short for me, and gave them a "highwater" look. I unpicked the hem and restitched them with as little a hem allowance as possible, allowing me to just squeeze out an extra inch of fabric, now they just fit me, whew!
As for the fit, I too decided to size up on these, and I'm glad I did. I'm a 34" waist but went for the size 10 to be safe, and the fit on the waist is perfect.
Overall, great pair of pants.
Perfect product, perfect size!
Awesome pants, great quailty!
I'm a size 34/86cm waist and bought the size 8. They fit perfectly and I do them up on the lower end of the holes.
I really don't think Mr. Phoenix is a true 34 but a fashion 34 which is usually more towards the size 36+
Always use true measurements when buying online!
Pants are awesome, like description and photos.
Maybe I should have bought a size more, I usually wear a W34 and I can wear the size 8, that I purchased, at the largest position, using the last holes available.
I hope I won't gain weight in the future!
However, we are talking about a beautiful replica of a historical garment, well made and of quality.
I will purchase again form this guys!
I really like these pants. Sturdy construction, awesome style! I'll be buying another pair.