Blog: Leonie BarrieVelcro comes unstuck with US Army

Leonie Barrie | 17 June 2010

The US Army has decided to withdraw Velcro from active service in its uniforms after complaints from troops that the pocket flaps on their cargo trousers kept falling open.

The 'hook-and-loop' fastener has been on front-line duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, but proved unpopular with soldiers who say it clogs up with dust and debris, frays, disintegrates with repeated laundering, and struggles to keep full pockets closed. What's more, Velcro's ripping noise betrays the wearer's position to the enemy.

After listening to grumbles from military personnel, the army is issuing new trousers in August - with pockets that button up instead. Not only are buttons silent and easy to replace in the field, but using them will save 96 cents for each uniform, Debi Dawson a US army spokeswoman, told USA Today.


BLOG

Busana Apparel on an expansion drive

Busana Apparel Group, Indonesia's largest woven apparel exporter, is on a drive to expand its domestic capacity, has set up its first factory in Ethiopia, is exploring opportunities in Vietnam, and ey...

BLOG

Act now to keep receiving just-style newsletters

You may have noticed a red alert bar at the top of just-style’s weekly and daily newsletters asking you to “Act now to keep receiving the just-style newsletter.” ...

BLOG

Apparel imports into the US rose in June

Apparel imports into the US rose in June as merchants stocked up for summer and prepared for the back-to-school season, with imports from Vietnam continuing to surge....

BLOG

US retailers under pressure to grow sales as mall traffic slows

Under Armour is to close stores and cut jobs – around 2% of the company's global workforce – as part of new plans to build a stronger and smarter company with faster go-to-market speed and greater dig...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?