LTR - Mountain Khakis Granite Creek-Shane Williams
- Hey Kurt, Hope you're having a great weekend. This is my Long Term
Report for the Granite Creek Convertibles.
Text Version:Long Term Report: November 28th, 2011Field Conditions:
During this series of testing I've continued to wear the Mountain
Khakis Granite Creek Convertibles on overnight trips and day hiking
ventures in and around the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. This entails 1
overnight trip to the Sawatch Mountains and various day hikes around the
Colorado Springs area. During my overnight trip to the Sawatch Mountains
in central Colorado, I had a chance to test the Granite Creek
Convertibles in wintery conditions as I ascended the 14ers Mount Belford
and Mount Oxford. Above 13,000 ft (3962 m) temperatures dropped to 18 F
(-7.77 C) and wind speeds increased to a sustained 30 MPH (48.28). This
yielded a wind-chill between -5 F (-20.55 C) and 5(-14.99 C). Duration
above 13,000 ft (3962 m) was 5 hours. During this hike I wore these
exclusively in the long pant configuration.
The remaining hikes around Colorado Springs and in the Pikes Peak
National Forest around Woodland Park. These outings were all casual
hikes ranging from 2 to 4 hours. Conditions were sunny with temperatures
between 40 F (4.44 C) and 70 F (21.11 C). There wasn't a drop of
moisture in the region.
In addition I also continued to wear the Granite Creek Convertible pants
around the house and around town. I've worn them primarily as pants,
but have occasionally worn them in there zip-off short configuration.
Whether in there pant or short configuration, the Granite Creek
Convertibles continue to prove themselves to be rugged, stylish, and
comfortable. In my Field Report I mentioned that these pants were thin
and would probably not be a good candidate for winter hiking. During my
ascent of Mount Belford and Mount Oxford, I had an opportunity to really
test that theory. For this hike I wore them exclusively in the long pant
configuration and had a polypropelene base layer underneath. With the
base layer in place these provided adequate warmth even in the colder
conditions. That being said, I think it's important to note that
this was a very dry climate. While I did encounter snow, I had gaiters
that prevented moisture from saturating the pants. One thing that
I've noticed about the Granite Creek Convertibles, is that when they
become saturated, they feel very thin. If in wetter wintery conditions,
or a more humid winter environment, they may perform differently. With
the testing climate being dry and the inclusion of a base layer, they
provided adequate protection from the elements.
One of the things that I love about the granite creek convertibles is
the fact that they are stylish enough to be worn around town and rugged
enough to endure lengthy hikes in the back country. During this test
series I haven't had the first instance of binding zippers, pulling
seams, or any other issues related to product malfunction. They also
sustained significant abrasion from scree, branches and boulders without
showing premature wear.
Field Image: Mount BelfordSummary:
Mountain Khakis has delivered one of the most comfortable fitting pants
that I've worn. Their multi use functionality, durability and style
all culminate into an enjoyable experience. Should something go wrong,
such as improper sizing, Customer Support provides a hassle free
This concludes my Long Term Report. A special thanks to
BackPackGearTest.org and Mountain Khakis for the opportunity to be a
part of this test series.
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