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Sent: Friday, 1 January 2010 4:59 AM
Subject: [backpackgeartesters] FR - Mountain Khakis Flannel Lined OMPs -
Happy New Year, Mark.Below is the plain text of the Field Report section on
the Lined OMPs; full report in html is in the Tests folder at
December 31, 2009
I have worn the trousers often these past two months - at least half a dozen
day hikes, one overnight backpacking trip, almost daily on my morning walks
with my two dogs, and frequently as casual wear on weekends. The trousers
were the most welcome on a five-day trip to Jackson, Wyoming and Victor,
Idaho just after Christmas. I wore them the two days I was in town, in
temperatures ranging from 7 to 25 F (-14 to -4 C), with little wind and
In Texas temperatures ranged from 25-65 F (-4 to 18 C), often with brisk
winds that made it seem considerably colder. The coldest reported wind-chill
(I live about a mile from the airport where this is officially measured for
Dallas) was on a morning walk at 5 am - 5 F (-15 C). Twice I wore the
trousers in a steady rain, many more times in a drizzle or damp fog, and
twice when it was snowing.
On the overnighter and day hikes I wore merino wool or Capilene boxer shorts
underneath; in the front country the boxers were cotton.
I've washed the trousers probably five times. They are tossed into my
front-loading washer with other cotton items (and garments of any other
fabric that will tolerate fabric softener) and washed on a normal cycle,
with warm water, and then dried over medium-high heat in my dryer. I use
standard laundry detergent and fabric softener in the wash and a fabric
softener sheet during drying.
Fit and Comfort. After the use and laundering described above these pants
still fit me very well. As is true of many cotton trousers I've worn over
the years, even those advertised as "pre-shrunk," these pants tend to shrink
slightly in the waist from the dryer's heat, but expand back to normal after
less than fifteen minutes' wear. I'd say that these are sized a little thin,
for they have not slipped down during use, fitting my 37 inch (93 cm) waist
a bit more snugly than most size 38 pants. Fit in the seat is just right,
suggesting that this measurement is slightly larger than usual; if available
I buy "Tall" sizes, which have a longer seat.
These pants also remain comfortable when I'm walking, with no chafing in the
crotch or waist, due in part to the fact that I haven't worn them during hot
weather or heavy aerobic exercise and so haven't perspired much. The flannel
remains soft and smooth against my skin. The heavy canvas feels about the
same too. As noted in my Initial Report this fabric's hand is much less
abrasive than its heavy-duty appearance suggests, quite comfortable against
my skin when I'm wearing my unlined OMPs. In fact comfortable is
understatement. As the temperatures drop and the winds pick up the lined
OMPs are rapidly becoming my favorite wintertime leisure pants.
Durability. Perhaps the color has lightened a tad, but otherwise the pants
look like new. I haven't ironed them, and when they come out of the dryer
they look a bit rumpled, but after a short time on my legs that look
vanishes. I inspected carefully but couldn't find a loose stitch. Many of my
day hikes and dog walks involve charging through the sage and other
underbrush on the Texas prairie, and if the pants picked up a scratch it was
gone after emerging from the washer.
Warmth. I've been quite comfortable throughout the temperature range in
which I've worn these pants, never overheating when hiking. That's a
pleasant change from other lined pants I've worn in the past, in which I
usually start to perspire at 50 F (10 C) during even moderate exercise. The
lined MKs either breathe better or use a lighter-weight flannel than the
others I've worn. Whatever the reason, these are versatile trousers.
Wind resistance is these pants' best attribute, though the wide temperature
range is a close second. I had a chance to discover how much of this is due
to the lining in mid-December, on one of the colder and windier days I
experienced. I had run a wash overnight, so the lined MKs were unavailable
for my walk with the hounds. I wore my unlined OMPs (by accident, they
happened to be on top of the shelf), and quickly noticed how much colder my
legs were than the previous morning, despite comparable weather conditions.
I now choose the lined MKs whenever I expect strong winds, and schedule my
laundry to make sure I can wear them when colder weather is forecast.
I have encountered one problem with warmth, however, which in my view limits
if not destroys these pants' efficacy in the backcountry. Mountain Khakis
does not advertise the lined OMPs as treated for water resistance. In snow
or light rain the tight weave of the canvas does an excellent job of
repelling water, aided no doubt by the extra thickness the flannel provides.
But a splash from a puddle or direct exposure to heavy rain wets the fabrics
(canvas and liner) through, and once soaked the two stay wet for a long
time. Cotton is cotton, after all, and this is very heavy cotton. This isn't
particular to these trousers; the same thing happens with my favorite blue
jeans. In cold temperatures the damp fabric against my skin chills rather
than insulates. Because of this, as with any other all-cotton garment I
hesitate to rely on the lined OMPs in any situation when a dry pair of
trousers is not readily available. For me that means no backcountry use.
Just as I have no wish to wear a sodden pair of cotton trousers (hazardous
to my health), I have no wish to carry a sodden pair of trousers (heavy and
difficult to isolate in a pack).
Packability. With their bulky fabric and second layer these trousers don't
pack down very small. Even when dry they're heavy too, compared to several
pairs of waterproof-breathable alternatives in the closet. This is another
reason that I can't recommend the lined OMPs for backcountry use.
Summary. For casual wear the Mountain Khakis Lined Original Mountain Pants
are terrific: comfortable, warm, casually stylish, and durable. The fabrics
that make them so comfortable around the house, however, in my opinion make
them unsuitable for winter backpacking.
My Field Report ends here. Please check back in two months' time for my Long
Term Report. My thanks to Mountain Khakis and BackpackGearTest.org for this
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