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Ketill Canvas Pants

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Inspired by the Rus pants of the Eastern Vikings, the Ketill Canvas Pants come in a pattern that allows excellent freedom of movement. These baggy trousers fit loosely around the waist and upper leg before snugging tightly around the calf. The medieval pants tie at the waistband and just below the knee. The hip of the Viking trousers is very wide, allowing you to tighten the fit according to your preference. These extraordinarily comfortable historical pants work great for re-enactments and the Renaissance fair, showing off an authentic period look.

During the Viking age, some Vikings journeyed to lands that later became known as Russia. Vikings adopted many local customs of the Rus people, including their distinctive loose pants, which used as much as 50 yards of fabric to create their baggy design, according to some accounts.

This item is handmade, therefore, it may vary slightly from what is shown above.

Hand washing this item is recommended. Do not dry in dryer. Do not bleach. Item may be ironed on a low setting.

Key Features:

  • Available in black and brown
  • Features fitted calves
  • Ties at waist and below knee
  • Ideal medieval or Viking apparel


  • Made from 100 percent cotton

Care Instructions:

  • Handwashing this item is recommended. Do not dry in the dryer. Do not bleach. Item may be ironed on a low setting.


  • X-Small/Small: Waist – 48 Inches, Inseam – 30.75 Inches, Length – 41 Inches, Drawstring (Knee) to Hem – 13.5 Inches
  • Medium: Waist – 57.5 Inches, Inseam – 33.5 Inches, Length – 44.25 Inches, Drawstring (Knee) to Hem – 15 Inches
  • Large/X-Large: Waist – 62 Inches, Inseam – 36 Inches, Length – 47 Inches, Drawstring (Knee) to Hem – 18 Inches

8 reviews for Ketill Canvas Pants

  1. Josh G.

    Purchased the medium size. I’m 6’1″ and have long legs, these fit me with some length to spare. The waist is quite large around, which surprised me, but this size is by design for the “freedom of movement” they mention in the description. Drawstrings on waist will get the job done.

  2. Chris C.

    I like the way these pants look, and the fabric is comfortable. But whatever is happening in the waist area is not good. I’m assuming I ordered the correct size as per the sizing chart, but the pants tie well below the waist, and leave no room in the crotch. Which seems odd being how baggy in general they are. And as hard as I might try to tie them, they fall. I’m not sure if they would stay up better if they were actually around my waist. I had to attach a leather buckle to get them to stay up, but the fabric now bunches up strangely. And my stuff is still all squished up. I’m not sure if a medium would be better, but I’m not going to spend the money to find out. It’s a shame, because they are very nice otherwise.

  3. Tiger B.

    im 5’11” and i ordered the medium size in black. they are awesome! they fit me perfectly, and are suprisingly comfortable. it sounds like the guy in the other review ordered a size too small. also for reference on the color, the pictures only depict a few, and the default picture IS NOT black. the pair i ordered in black are a very solid and deep midnight black. doesn’t get blacker. i was quite pleased with this. i wouldn’t yank the drawstrings at the waist too carelessly either, like i did at first, i tore a thread or two. tighten them carefully. that being said the drawstring itself is very strong and and works well. i like these so much i might order more, and start wearing them casually lol.

  4. Jacob A.

    Firstly, I love these pants. From the style, to the fit to the function, it has it all. The canvas is as expected, somewhat rough and airy. Despite that, it’s more comfortable than other canvas clothes I’ve worn which is a definite bonus. I’d wager sleeping in them, but I’m a somewhat rugged person and that’s probably just me. The pants themselves allow for any range of movement imaginable, I found myself perfectly able to perform full stretches, lunges and splits without any issue at all. Out of the box it comes with some loose ends but is otherwise perfect. The canvas gives it a very period look which is great. All around a very satisfying buy. I recommend this to anyone who plans to actually fight and get a bit dirty in their gear.

  5. Kyle P.

    I preface this all with the fact that I’m not a small guy. I’m 6′ and 300lbs so I used the measurements listed I selected medium. The shipping was fast and they looked and felt great! But unfortunately, like reviewer Chris C said, the crotch area was lacking in space. Everything else fit great, but it just felt the crotch area was too limited. Either you are wearing them way below your waist and risk having them fall down, or you strangle your goods. They are wearable, but I don’t think I will be comfortable in them all day/weekend at the fair. I might have to alter them a little to make them a little more comfortable for me. Again, I admit I’m a big guy so your mileage may vary.

    Other than that, they are great. I haven’t taken them out to the fair yet, but other than the fix to the crotch, they appear to work well.

  6. Darren L.

    Fits perfectly and is very comfortable.

  7. Gavin G.

    There isn’t much crotch space. I ordered a size bigger than I normally am and there still isn’t enough crotch space. It’s not too hard of a fix though.
    The material is nice, durable but not too rough, and besides the aforementioned issues, they are quite comfortable to wear.
    I’m afraid they aren’t terribly breathable. But, all in all, they’ll do quite nicely for a costume.

  8. todd.e.schreiber (verified owner)

    I’m 6′ 1″, 34″ waist, 32″ inseam. The length is fine should work for everyone except the extremely long legged people. The crotch length, is pretty short, taking a star for that. It fits, but just barely, should have added 2 inches of crotch depth. The waist size is about 48″, lots of room there. But the crotch is so short, I imagine larger waisted people may want to avoid these due the the shallow crotch depth. Really tough thick canvas pants though, overall really nice.

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