LTR - Mountain Khakis Convertible Pants - Ben Mansfield
- My LTR is posted in the test folder, here: http://tinyurl.com/c9j6kug
and the text version is below. Thanks in advance for the edits.
Long Term Report
29 November 2011
Long Term Observations
I've continued to wear the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Converible
Pants on my outings this fall, and I'm happy to report that I finally
had some weather that allowed me to wear them as pants as opposed to
shorts only. I added two more trips to the Allegheny National Forest
for a grand total of 16 days of trail use.
I'm still in love with these pants, probably even more so now that
I've seen how multi-dimensional they can be, replacing a pair of pants
and an extra pair of shorts for warmer days with a single piece of
gear. They've proven to be plenty durable - no visible rips, tears,
scuffs, snags, or other damage can be seen despite the use I've put
them through. I certainly don't baby them, and I'm perfectly
comfortable charging through areas of trail that are overgrown or
thorny. I have noticed that the pant cuffs can get a little dirty,
especially with a somewhat wet trail, but that's a non-issue for me,
especially in the backcountry. They're not so long that they drag on
the ground, just long enough to get a little muddy and wet. They do
dry quickly once in camp - quickly enough that they were dry in time
for me to climb in to my sleeping bag at night without worrying that
I'd get the bag wet or dirty.
The fit for me is still spot-on, and I'm impressed with how well they
stay in place despite long days of hiking with my pack's hip belt
doing its best to push them down. Zipping the pant legs off and back
on is easy, though I do wish the colored zippers were a little easier
to distinguish at night... perhaps tactically different zipper pulls
or a more obvious color difference would make it a bit easier, but a
bright moon or a headlamp easily mitigates this concern.
As far as care is concerned, I've had no issue just putting them
through regular machine wash and dry cycles with other laundry (though
my wife prefers if I wash them separately, or at least with other
hiking kit if they're really dirty). They've always come out as good
as new, plenty clean and no shrinking or deformation.
I love these Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Convertible Pants in a lot
of ways. They're comfortable, they fit great, they are stain and
abrasion resistant, they don't get wet easily and when they do, they
dry quickly. On top of all of that, they are good looking - so much so
that I wear them around town quite regularly. I think I may pick up
another pair or two to put away in cold storage in case Mountain
Khakis ever decides to stop making them.
They're comfortable, they fit good - even with a backpack, and they look good
Stains and abrasions are not welcome to hang out with these pants
They shed water readily and dry faster than bottle of water spilled in
Areas for Improvement
Would be nice if the pant leg zippers were a little easier to
distinguish in dark
I would like to thank Mountain Khakis and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test the Granite Creek Convertible Pants.