Our original review of Mountain Khakis apparel was two years ago now so I thought it was time to see what was new with this authentic mountain apparel brand. For this review we chose the pants that started it all, the Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants and for something with a few more features and a little lighter fabric the Mountain Khakis Camber 106 Pants. Keep reading to find out all about these two offerings from this Jackson Hole apparel manufacturer whose motto is “Bold, Durable, Timeless, Premium”.
Both the Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants and the Mountain Khakis Camber 106 Pants on a light hike.
Colours: Freestone, Ranch, Yellowstone, Terra. Gunmetal
This is the original pant that started it all (as the name indicates) and they are still in the Mountain Khakis line up and for good reason. They just work. Nothing over styled, just a durable 2-ply 100% organic cotton canvas which makes them good and tough. Reinforced pockets, triple stitched seams, multilap reinforced heel cuff and bar-tac reinforcements add up to a pretty tough pair of pants.
Colours: Slate, Classic Khaki, Yellowstone, Terra, Tobacco
While Mountain Khakis Original Mountain Pants were the original, the Camber 106 Pants add some additional functionality and style to the line. With a non-organic cotton and a little bit of spandex in the mix the Camber 106’s are a more supple than the Original Mountain Pants. While the fabric is lighter in nature it still stands up to abuse and isn’t as rigid of a fit so you can move a more freely for those more aerobic activities. The Camber 106 Pants also have articulated knees and a low-profile cell phone pocket with zipper enclosure—something this reviewer can’t live with-out.
Both the Mountain Khakis Camber 106 and Original Mountain Pants fit me super well, I chose the classic fit in the Camber 106 mainly because that's the only option and the slim fit in the Original Mountain Pants. Given that the Original Mountain Pants are a heavier fabric I didn’t want them to relax too much after a few wash/wears and then be too baggy. I’m glad I went this route as both fit perfectly—although I would have liked to see articulated knees on the Original Mountain Pants as I find this just enhances the cut and fit. Once you’ve chosen your Pant style the difficult choice is colour as Mountain Khakis offers up so many great colours choices.
As far as features go, I'm so used to the cell phone pocket on Kuhl pants that I was a little disappointed that the Original Mountain Pants didn’t have this feature built in. While the Camber 106 Pants does have a dedicated cell phone pocket it sits in front of the thigh seam and impedes the flexibility of the pants when you are active. I much prefer Kuhl’s approach to placing the pocket behind the thigh seam where it is more out of the way, I also like that they don’t use a zipper on their pocket design where as Mountain Khakis does—It makes access much more convenient without the zipper while still ensuring the phone does not fall out (unless of course if you were suspended upside down). Mountain Khakis Camber 107 pants do have a cell phone pocket that straddles the thigh seam and has a snap instead of a zipper so this could be a good compromise for those of us that prefer a less thigh centric location with a zip.
On both pants the diamond-shaped action gusset in the crotch helps with mobility and fit while the bar-tac reinforcements, triple stitched seams and multilap reinforced heel cuff ensure that these pants are durable. While they're made for working in, they're also refined enough to wear anywhere.
If you are looking for a great fitting pair of pants that aren’t ‘mountain man’ technical in design but that can still take some abuse out on the trail and then go out for dinner, Mountain Khakis is a brand you should consider. Their pants have lots of great features, the fabric blends are bomber and the price is right—you can’t go wrong.
Mountain Khakis Camber 106 Pants
Mountain Khakis Camber 106 Pants
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