REVIEW: Elite Tactical ECU2 Combat Trousers -
Bang for your buck10
These things are a real treat – the amount of thought and design that has gone into these combats is really quite brilliant. The Elite ECU 2s are latest evolution of the ever popular Bulldog ECU Combats and are priced at £74.95, available at
I should start with the fabric. It’s made from an ultra-durable rip-stop PolyCotton blend that actually comes pre-washed so they don’t shrink or fade. From what I can tell it’s incredibly strong and can take a real beating. Something rather strange that I found is that I found it a little hard to actually get them dirty – Just last week I wore these while moving a tonne of wet, muddy logs from outside into storage and the mud just wiped off – they’ve not been washed since!
All jokes aside one of the most important aspects of any trousers for me; is the crotch. The Elite ECU2 Combats are designed with a slightly lower, gusseted crotch – what that actually translates to is maximum freedom of movement whilst not straining or indeed tearing the fabrics.
Another large factor is the built in knee pads. The Kneepads are made out of a hardened rubber and are actually fully removable too. What makes it even better is the fact that the knee pad is surrounded by the new addition of 4-way stretch material.
Secondly they are adjustable! There are little cords within the pockets that allow you to adjust the height of the knee pads should they be slightly out for your leg length as shown below. To ensure you get the perfect fit there is also velcro adjusters behind the knee so you can loosen or tighten the knee pad respectively – they’ve thought of everything.
One of the biggest improvements over the previous ECUs is that these include areas of stretch material – it simply allows great freedom of movement without the combats actually moving position on your body or having to strain the fabric/stitching. The four-way stretch material on the back enables the combats to flex whilst you kneel or bend over without revealing areas we’d rather not as well as providing that extra bit of breathability.
If you pay attention to the waistband you may notice its padded; the benefits are two fold. One, it feels nice and snug on your rump and it makes belts and specifically, belt rigs much more comfortable.
The pockets are a big improvement too; it’s more of a tactical layout that won’t interfere with your stances, plus the pockets are bellowed so it’s really surprising how much you can fit in there. I really don’t see much need for a dump pouch with these so I think it’s safe to say these would really suit a low profile loadout. Some of you may very well be boiling in fury at my heretic ramblings regarding not needing a dump pouch but just take a look for yourself
The picture doesn’t show it fantastically well, but there’s three mags chillin’ in the one pocket with loads of extra room – you’d easily fit six mags and that’s only one pocket; you have two of this size and six others to choose from. These combats are available at UKmcPro for £74.95 and while some of you might think that it’s a tad pricy, I’m here to show you otherwise.
They are made for Military use so you’d be right in thinking that it’d have to be designed to take some real punishment, especially when they come with a one year guarantee against faults and workmanship. One way they achieve this is by using military-spec double stitching in combination with the rip-stop PolyCotton fabric.
The last thing to really impress me which was a nice feature, especially for UK weather was the fact that the Elite ECU2 Combats come with built in waterproof, lower leg linings complete with pull string – they essentially act as gaitors and have worked perfectly so far. It’s always the little things that make me feel as though the purchase was worthwhile and wholly justifiable.
Honestly? These are the best combats I have ever worn and it is no surprise that these are quickly becoming renowned for their features and price. The money you ‘save’ on a cheaper pair of tactical combats will not make up for all of the big and little things you will be missing out on. On a final note, I would like to let you know that after reviewing these Elite ECU2 Combats, I went straight to my local pub and didn’t for a second think to change; I still had them on and looked liked one of those ‘survival’ types. As I arrived I did expect a lot of abuse from my friends – it’s what they do best but I didn’t get a single insult. I was gobsmacked by their next subject; they actually brought them up… They mentioned about the fit, the quality and how useful they would be, as they are all tradesmen. Suffice to say, two of them now own a black pair.