Thursday, April 28, 2011


Outdoor Retailer, SLC

Words/Images Judith Ecochard

Talk about the “it” pants for the upcoming seasons…

Khakis haven’t gotten so much fashion tongues wagging since those dancin’ Gap ads --- and the ubiquitous Dockers/casual Fridays phenom…but they’re back in vogue with that set ----with different fits (slim, flat front, military), cuffed or straight legs--- or the ultimate, we guess--- bespoke.

The costs of that finery might cause a cackle or two for a whole host of humans that have always worn this durable American classic of cotton canvas/twill, itself a fashion statement inspired by the Brit’s Corps of Guide troops in India as the dusty tan uniform of choice to avoid sniper fire.

Mountain Khakis, a Jackson Hole Wyoming based company got their take on this timeless rugged apparel ---100% right from the outset…with its Original Mountain Pant –made of proprietary 10.4 oz cotton canvas ---

And with the details that make all versions of them standouts: perfectly angled hand pockets, triple stitching, YKK® zippers, grosgrain lined waistbands, action gussets, antique nickel shank buttons…

MK Fall 2011 offers several new additions.

First we saw MK’s updated take on Men’s denim. Made of no-shrinkage 10.8oz denim…the dark and light rinses vary but the details…like triple stitching, drop yoke back pocket, action gusset, rivet reinforced stress points, 5 hand pockets---are the same. With a nod to have it your way---available in mid-rise, relaxed fit, or straight leg…$79.95 ships AUGUST 2011.

Also deliverable for August 2011-smartly made shirts and jackets, for men. 

The Stagecoach Jacket ($154.95) and Stagecoach Vest ($114.95) also make use of the 10.4 oz proprietary cotton canvas…and are handsome!

Design features include the same iconic angled pockets as MK pants, lined brush tricot core for warmth without the bulk, side panel gussets, drop tail back hem, western yoke back, 2 handwarmer pockets…

For the jacket=nylon lined sleeves for easy on/off.

For the vest-a low profile for easy layering, 

---a subtle, we think-mandarin style collar.

---And made so that the seams come together and the outside zips are concealed---consistent with the inside zipper pockets. In Granite, Pine, Ranch and Yellowstone.

The Old faithful Sweater ($119.95-Oatmeal, Charcoal, Storm Blue) is a multi-functional top. 

Made a soft feel 12.8 oz knit polyester, we loved the adjustable snap cuffs, and very nicely done chevron snap (antique nickel) chest pockets, YKK® zippers, and grosgrain-reinforced interior windflap.

The Teton Flannel Shirt uses MK’s heritage colors in a vintage flavored plaid/ 6.5oz cotton flannel---specially finished with an eco-friendly proprietary Lava Wash™ process for a terrific soft feel straight away. 

With the two chevron pockets, antique brass snaps---and like MK’s other tops, a drop hem that’s practical.

Other long sleeve options-the Original Mountain Denim Shirt ($79.95) of three season 6.7 oz denim---finished with the proprietary Lava Wash™ process. 

AND with a very cool, custom bison snap that celebrates MK’s western heritage…as does the western front yoke design.
Subtle branding...

Even urban office workers will want to work (hey, hey) the Teton Twill Shirt ($69.95) into their wardrobe…

The 4.80z cotton shirt, softened up with the proprietary Lava Wash™ process-has grosgrain reinforced placket and pocket openings and reinforced contrast cuffs…the casual fit is comfy, not sloppy.

A shirt worn since the pioneering days, the Trapper Henley refreshes a classic---made of a versatile and cozy blend of 9.2oz cotton/superfine merino wool blend. With a 3-button placket, drop tail hem and single rib knit cuff and collar. In four colors, it’s fine to wear on it's own or layer. ($54.95)

PLUS: Organic cotton T-Shorts, Organic cotton/recycled poly hoodies, headwear and belts…. and assorted versions of the coveted twill and cords MK pants that some customers clearly live in all year round.