9 Special Forces-Approved Fashion Pieces For Men

The Special Forces is among the world’s most respected military groups, and for good reason – they’re built to conduct high risk operations around the planet in the most inhospitable environments and trickiest of situations.

As you can imagine, the UK’s elite fighting force relies on high performance clothing in order to perform at the highest level, which is how ThruDark was born.

Founded by a team of Special Forces operators, the British brand produces high-tech clothing that’s been rigorously tested in the field, ensuring it can stand up to the harshest of weather and most demanding of activities.

Tested By Ex Military Personnel

Not many brands can claim to guarantee such an impressive research and development programme for its garments. But with ThruDark’s network of serving and ex-military personnel, each garment it produces is pushed to the limits by those who demand perfection.

Only once a product has been field-tested through numerous stages of development and exposure to the world’s toughest terrains and conditions is it then deemed worthy of putting into production. But while each piece is designed to perform first and foremost, and is over engineered from world-leading fabrics, they’re also designed to look good.

ThruDark’s garments are highly technical, yet the clean, understated styling ensures they’ll slip undetected into your lifestyle. Much like the men that wear them.

9 Special Forces-Approved Pieces

Here are nine Special Forces approved pieces from ThruDark’s collection you can wear right now.

Charge Combat Shorts


A practical alternative to chino shorts, combats are particularly handy with their side pockets and comfortable, relaxed fit.

This pair comes in a durable four-way stretch fabric as well as two flap bellows pockets allowing for impressive day to day storage.

Strike Utility Pants

Cargo trousers, while practical, can be a little on the bulky side. This is why Thrudark has opted for two streamlined side pockets, which sit flat against the thighs when not in use.

Made from a highly durable dryskin fabric developed by Schoeller, they are waterproof and dry quickly, making them ideal for hiking in adverse weather.

Seamless Base Layer

Arguably the perfect base layer, this slim-fitting, long-sleeved top is made from a blend of merino wool and polyamide, which combines the natural, quick drying properties of the former with the durability of the latter.

It will keep you cool and comfortable whether you’re hitting the gym or scaling a mountain.

End Of Days Parka Jacket

The aptly named End of the World parka is engineered for just that. Made from a waterproof eVent 3L fabric, it’s been coated with Dyneema, which is the same material used to make modern ballistic armour.

Incredibly warm thanks to its goose down fill, this highly technical, multipocketed coat might just be the only cold-weather piece of outerwear you need.

Black Ops Hoodie

In typical ThruDark fashion, this is far tougher than a regular hoodie. Crafted using a specially developed fleece, it’s elbows are reinforced using Cordura and Dyneema.

Both abrasion resistant and incredibly lightweight, this classic looking hoodie is built to last a lifetime.

Hybrid Shell Jacket

How many brands can claim their jacket’s pockets are battle tested? Well, ThruDark’s Hybrid jacket’s have been, so you can rest assured they’ll keep your daily essentials secure on the morning commute, whether you’re heading to the office or being dropped in a war zone.

Force Velocity Technical T-shirt

Made from a high-performance fabric that’s moisture-wicking, thermoregulating and abrasion resistant, this might just be the ultimate activewear T-shirt.

Finished in black with reflective panelling, it’s ideal for wearing to the gym or pounding the pavement at night.

Mantra Gilet

Perfect as a middle layer, this gilet is both warm, practical and looks the part. It’s made from Polartec Thermal Pro, a synthetic fibre that looks like natural shearling but is far more durable and won’t wear as quickly.

Finished in a versatile grey shade, it comes with a handy zip pocket at the chest for storing a phone or wallet.

Force Drirelease T-shirt

Extremely lightweight and comfortable, the Force T-shirt is made from a unique Drirelease blend, which combines cotton with polyester.

With plenty of stretch, it moves with you and keeps you dry during the most rigorous of workouts.

Charlie Thomas

Charlie Thomas is a writer and photographer, contributing to publications including The Independent, The Times, The Rake and Black + White Photography magazine. His photography has been exhibited by Photofusion, Central Saint Martins and Photo Co-Op.