Founded in Jackson Hole, WY, Mountain Khakis (MK) high end apparel is designed for long lasting, rugged outdoor use. After a successful near-decade of crafting mens clothing, and growing as a mountain-lifestyle inspired brand, they now also feature a Women’s Collection.
I love the MK Soul Statement: “For many outdoor and mountain enthusiasts pure freedom and rugged adventure has become a way of life. Mountain Khakis were developed specifically for this lifestyle.”
I tried out a couple of their pieces, and here’s how they fit and performed.
These pants are what I consider an “outdoors/hiking investment”. And I can give you a good reason why you need such a thing.
A few years ago I had a very unpleasant encounter with stinging nettles, while hiking a shaggy-with-vegetation trail. It was extremely painful and unpleasant, and after learning this lesson the hard way… I now strive to ensure I’m always wearing pants when I hike.
Granted, you would probably rather be wearing shorts if it’s hot outside. But if you will be brushing up against anything unknown in nature – please head my advice.
Queue the MK Granite Creek Pant, because that is what it’s designed so perfectly for.
For all its durability and strength, the Granite Creek Pant is also surprisingly light. Making them a protective, yet cool, option to wear while hiking. The nylon fabric is even treated with Scotchgard™ for long-lasting stain repellence and moisture-wicking properties.
And they dry very quickly. Which is always good on the trails, whether it’s from needing your stream-crossing soaked legs to dry out, or your sweat soaked base layer to dry when the late day temperatures start to drop.
They are cut somewhat uniquely – quite high in back, and lower in the front of the waist. Called a contoured waistband, I was very pleased at how they fit. They are quite comfortable, and (equally important) they stay put while in action.
One of the two rear pockets has a zipper close, and the front pocket has a “hidden” zipper pocket. This is a great security feature, giving you peace of mind especially when you don’t really want to loose that car key, credit card, or wedding ring you end up needing to stash away during your adventure.
Both the inner and outer leg has a double seamed panel, adding a cool detail. I am 5’10” and ordered a “Long” length (don’t you just love when they have that option?). They are about an extra 1 inch long for me which is how I prefer them, especially for this type of use.
And just so you are aware, they do not have the left leg zippered pocket, as shown in the catalog and web picture.
I love these pants, and they have become my new first choice that I grab for whenever we head out for a hike. The beauty of it is, because of their high quality fabric and construction – I have many years of use from my Granite Creek Pants left ahead of me!
What I loved:
- High functioning fabric – light, cool, tough, and quick drying… perfect!
- Quality construction – seams and details
- Two zipper close pockets – nice to have this secure option, especially in adventure wear!
- Style and cut of waistband – allows free movement, yet stays put and is extremely comfortable
What I didn’t love as much:
- The “Mushroom” color is almost a greenish-tan; I would probably select “Birch” next time
What makes this tank stand out as special to me is the cotton and linen blend fabric. It visibly has a classy, very unique “slub” texture to it which would help this piece easily transition from playing outside to a dinner date out.
MK describes the fit as athletic, meaning it is a somewhat closely fitted style. It is quite long, making it a good layering piece. It comes in 5 great colors, and you can score a discount code by sharing the product through your favorite social media platform – buttons located on the Anytime Tank product page.
What I loved:
- The “Burnt Henna” color is gorgeous and unique
- The cotton and linen blend textures makes it classy and adds interest
- Multiple uses, due to fit and cool fabric
What I didn’t love as much:
- The shoulder straps are quite long, and for me it requires layering another tank underneath when I’d like to be able to wear it alone (but this is simply a personal style preference)
Mountain Khakis Excellent Return Policy
MK works at building loyalty among their customers, largely by striving to provide exemplary customer service. I was extremely impressed with their return policy… free returns! Simply obtain a return code from MK for your item, attach it to your package and drop it off at the Post Office. No cost to you! A very rare, and much appreciated class of service.
Mountain Khakis has offered a $30 Gift Card to one of my readers! Enter using the form below.
Open to all countries, however… please note that the Gift Card can only be used online in the US. If you are outside of the US, you can call the MK Customer Service line to redeem your Gift Card.
I received the two items described in this post at no charge from Mountain Khakis, for the purposes of performing a gear review. All opinions are my own.