Field Cuff KHP Marsh Pants

Waterfowl hunting and upland bird hunting pants keep you in the field longer.


To describe the genius of these pants, you have to start at the cuff, an area overlooked in the design of most upland and duck-hunting pants. The rack-on-rib knit wool cuff snugs to your hunting boot top—keeping out the cold—or to your ankle, which makes sliding into high rubber boots or waders easier. KHP canvas is field-tested briar pants material. We sourced this 11.5-oz. cotton fabric from the original manufacturer of a pair of briar pants worn by three generations of our chairman's family. The fabric is heavily washed to tighten the grid-like weave and to soften the pants. Lined at the seat and thigh with a moisture-repellent cotton poplin. Internal suspender buttons. Cotton web with leather tab suspenders sold separately. Pants feature deep, 11" front pockets and rear button-close flap pocket. In field khaki. Washable. Imported.
Even waist sizes: 34.


Overall: Show Rating Distribution 3.9 / 5 based on 8 reviews


6 of 8 reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.

  • 5/5

    excellent pants - 1/26/2015
    By: from Newfoundland ,Canada

    Fantastic concept ,the pants work just as described and make a great upland pant when wearing high boots ...I was very disappointed to see that these are no longer offered,and second pair would be great

  • 5/5

    BRING THESE BACK - 9/10/2014
    By: from Houston, TX

    Why are they no longer available? Please bring them back, or tell me where I can get them. I have one pair and I want at least one or two more.

  • 4/5

    Close very very close - 6/19/2014
    By: from Minnesota

    I like the pants, seem tough, cuffs are comfortable, but durable. Key is to get a couple sizes larger in the waist, as to leave room for long johns and as the cut is tighter than say your comfortable jean cut. Use for dog work, and upland hunting, and will give them a shot this fall for waterfowl too. Made in China.

  • 1/5

    cheap material - 2/13/2014

    my first pair were great, enjoyed them so much I purchased another pair, big mistake the second pair I received seemed to be made with cheap inferior fabric half the weight of the previous pair, why did they change material dah???

  • 4/5

    perfect pants for duck boots - 2/8/2014
    By: from Alabama

    These heavy weight, brush, if not thornproof pants fit perfectly with duck boots/wellingtons. The knitted cuffs don't bind in the boot. For anyone who hunts in tall boots, especially 10inches or more, these are just what the doctor ordered.

  • 5/5

    great hunting pants - 1/31/2014

    I love these pants this is my second pair the first ones are 25 years old my grandfather had a pair very close to these which I out grew

  • 2/5

    Disappointed - 10/8/2010

    The concept of the cuffed bottom marsh pants is excellent. However, after washing & drying them per instructions they shrunk considerably. I also found the cut of the pants to be too tight in the legs; specifically my calves and thighs. I bought the pants for upland hunting but they are too restrictive to wear while hunting in the woods. Not what I was expecting from Orvis.

  • 5/5

    great field pants - 8/4/2010
    By: from Massachusetts
    Top 250 Contributor

    Just got these pants. The fabric is bulletproof and moderately water resistant. While they are a little on the heavy side. they will definitely stand up to tough field conditions, and the elastic cuff works great both over work boots or inside rubber boots.

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Field Cuff KHP Marsh Pants

Innovative pants from an expert hunter

For those living in downeast Maine in the early 1900s wing shooting was for the pot not for sport. Inhabitants of towns like Larrabee took from the land and sea what food those moody mistresses were inclined to surrender.

Our Field Cuff KHP Marsh Pants are near exact duplicates of a pair worn for years by Robert Pettegrow, Robert handed them down to his grandson, Brent Pettegrow, who became the Ducks Unlimited State Chairman from Maine. It’s the most practical, versatile, traditional hunting pant we’ve ever offered. And it’s the toughest. It’s hard to imagine a more rigorous field test than that performed by Robert Pettegrow on these pants.

Wedging into duck blinds along the rocky shoreline, pushing through the chest-high tangle of wind-beaten coastal shrubs, or slogging through tidal marshes in pursuit of moose, Pettegrow put the pants to the test to put food in the larder. The genius of these pants start at the cuff, an area overlooked in the design of most upland and duck-hunting pants. The rack-on-rib knit wool cuff snugs the pants to your field boot top to keep out the cold, water, and debris. And it holds the pant close to your ankle when you step into your boots.

Depending on what the day brought, a trip to Hen Grays Cove or to Yoho Cove on the Kennebec Bay side of Machiasport, Robert Pettegrow might vary his footwear – field boot, hipper, or wader – but his choice of pants varied little.

Shipbuilding was central to Downeast Maine in the early 1900’s. Robert Pettegrow’s work clothes were cut from sailcloth, well suited for the rugged, damp conditions. We located the manufacturer of the sailcloth fabric that went into these pants. It’s heavily washed to tighten its grid-like weave and to soften the pant. Robert Pettegrow didn’t have the advantage of a heavy wash to soften his sailcloth pants. The elements did that for him.

On gray winter days he’d run his dory onto large ice cakes far up the Machias River and float with the floes down the river and onto the flock of goldeneye and black duck in the bay.

Our pants, like his, are double layered with moisture-repellent cotton poplin at the seat and thigh to hold off any moisture that might make its way through the tight canvas weave.

"My Grandfather maintained two duck blinds on what I always knew as Churchyard Cove on Machias Bay – one on Birch Point, the other on L-Point – from which he hunted for eiders and golden eyes. I hunted these coves for several years and had the pleasure of taking my grandfather on his last hunt on Birch point in 1979."

Placing his shotgun inside the door, Robert Pettegrow said, "That’s it. I’m done" satisfied in the knowledge that he’d passed on the tradition to his grandson.

He’d also passed along a legacy of practical, rugged, functional clothing that Orvis is proud to continue.

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