Review by Arnie P
- The Granite Creek convertible pants were provided by Mountain Khakis for the purpose of this review.
- The Mountain Khakis Granite Creek Convertible pants are available in the following colors: Ash, Birch, Earth, and Pine and sizes from small to XXL. The material is 6.3 oz 100% Nylon, with a brushed finish that is soft to the touch. Other highlights are triple stitching on major seams and a quick drying fabric. The fabric is protected by Scotchguard for stain resistance while allowing the fabric to remain breathable and soft.
- UVA & UVB : UPF 50+
- Zippered side and back pockets
- 10 in zippered cuff
- 9 in inseam on the shorts
- The 6 pockets are conveniently placed with 3 on the left side and 3 on the right side. The 3 left pockets are side pockets. The topmost left pocket has a vertical opening and is made of mesh. Of the other 2 left pockets only one is visible. The outer pocket has a horizontal flap which is attached by a hook and loop closure. There is a smaller zippered pocket inside the previously mentioned pocket. These pockets are the same type material as the pants. The right side pockets are all made of mostly mesh. The back left pocket has a horizontal zipper. The 2 front pockets have vertical openings with foremost on open and the other is zippered. I think all the pockets are generous, but not too big. They seem to be easily accessible. I would like to have a left back pocket.
Approximate pockets sizes
- Vertical front pockets 7 in by 6 in
- Left side horizontal flap pocket : 6 in by 6 in
- Left side zippered pocket : 6 in by 5 in
- Right side zippered pocket 7 in by 6 in
- Back right side zippered pocket : 6 in by 6 in
Granite Creek being reviewed:
- Color : Pine
- Waist : 36 in
- Length : 30 in
- Measured weights
- Pants : 18.4 oz
- Shorts : 11.5 oz
- This has to be one of the best things to happen to hiking pants. To make it even easier the zippers are color coded so matching the legs properly is quick and easy. Since my legs are shorter than the 30 inch length I have to be zippered completely otherwise the bottoms of the pants may drag a little. I noticed that with the shorts on my knees are exposed. The down side of that is if I have to get down on my knees they may get soiled. On the good side, I will be cooler on hot days.
Trying them out
- The fit was very comfortable. I may have to get a belt when I start wearing a lighter shirt or have more things in my pockets a belt. The belt loops are large enough for me to use my 1 5/8 in by 1/8 in thick leather belt to fit easily.
- In summary the Granite Creek pants are very attractive and I plan on wearing them mostly hiking and backpacking and also at seminars and social functions. I like the comfort and freedom of movement. Please check back in about a month when I will have more to say about the Mountain Khakis.
- Memorial day weekend is almost here and this review is due. I have used the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants in various activities. I have worn them hiking in Franconia, New Hampshire, walking locally, working in the yard, going to the gym, and taking the dog for almost daily walks. The conversion process This has been a season for many quick temperature changes. There is a saying in New England that goes “If you don’t like the weather, wait 15 minutes. It’s bound to change.” It sure is living up to this saying this year, but I don’t have to be concerned because in less than a minute I can change from shorts to long pants or visa versus.
Going to the gym
- I have been wearing the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants to the gym on all my visits. One day after I arrived and opened my gym bag, I discovered I had forgotten my gym shorts. I removed the detachable bottoms and I was ready for my gym activities. I had as much or even more movement in these shorts as my regular gym shorts. This was especially noticeable on the treadmill as I was taking longer strides. My gym has recently added some rock climbing equipment and I did try a few things with the extra ease of movement in these pants. One day, the bottle of spring water I had with me at the gym spilled on my pants. I was surprised how fast the pants dried.
Walking in the neighborhood
Since my daughter acquired a medium sized dog I have been taking the dog for walks in the neighborhood. These walks are on the streets and in the forest in this area. The walking in the forest is mostly bushwhacking and I appreciate the protection against the sometimes thorny bushes. This is very handy when the dog decides she wants to investigate some scent and starts to drag me.
Working in the yard
The Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible shorts came in handy when I had to get on the roof of one of my sheds for moss removal. I needed all the flexibility of movement when scrambling from my home made ladder to the roof and back. There were other tasks like mowing the lawn with a non motorized reel lawn mower. I wore these pants to spread mulch in my yard and construct a patio block walkway from the driveway to the back entrance of the house. I get hot doing this kind of work and the pants ventilated well so I did not feel uncomfortable or overly sweaty.
- I was in Franconia, New Hampshire and hiked Bald Mountain and Artist Bluff. Although hiking this loop is only about 1-½ miles it is very steep and the last 0.1 mile to the top of Bald Mountain is a scramble. The Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants were more than adequate for the task. I needed all the ease of movement in my legs that I could get and these pants did not hinder me at all.
I attend a lot of technical meetings and seminars. The dress at these events has become more casual over the years. I have worn the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants on several occasions. Unless you are an owner of these pants you would not think they are hiking pants. Temperature control in many public places is a problem with the temperature varying a lot from hot to cold. Regardless of the temperature, I felt a lot more comfortable in these pants probably because of the better ventilation. I will conclude for now by saying I like the comfort, softness of the material, the quick drying, and conversion feature. My only minor problem is I still find myself trying to put something in the nonexistent left rear pocket.
- Please check in about a month when I will have a last look at the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants.
A last look
I am finally getting to write about my last look at the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants. I have continued to wear these pants almost daily. The weather has been hot and humid, making it very difficult to be comfortable. I have been hiking in the Harold Parker State Forest a couple times a month. Washing I put the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants in the regular wash, and hang them on a line to dry. I hang dry most all of my synthetic products. This goes back to having put a synthetic product in a dryer and coming back to find it had melted and was coating the drum on the dryer. This has not happened again since I have stopped using a dryer for all my synthetic products. When they have been air dryed I put them in my dryer on fluff for about 10 minutes. This give the clothes uniform softness and removes any remaining lint caused from other items that were in the washer. I am guessing the dry time on the line is less than 2 hours. The results have been very good. The pants come out clean, soft, and looking almost new.
Harold Parker State Forest
There are weekly hikes run by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DRC). These hikes are on Wednesday mornings at 10 am and last for about 2 hours. The trails are not strenuous but do have a lot of rocks of all sizes and numerous roots that one has to watch carefully. Occasionally we do some bushwhacking and I was well protected from the bushes. I have hiked these trails 5 while wearing these pants but during 2 of the hikes it was very hot and I had removed the lower part. I did carry lower sections in my pack in case of rain.
Right side front pockets
When I first started wearing Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants I was putting stuff into the zippered pocket some of the time. When I was retrieving something I was always looking in the non zippered pocket. Sometimes I could feel the item and realize my mistake. At some point I decided I would keep the zippered pocked closed and use it for items that I was not going to access a lot or for items that were more valuable and I would not want to lose or damage.
There is no doubt in my mind that the Mountain Khakis Granite Creek convertible pants are the best convertible pants I have worn especially in the over 90 F temperatures and extremely humid conditions. When they get sweaty or wet from water they dry quickly. I like the fit and softness of the fabric. I wish to thank Mountain Khakis and 4alloutdoors.org for the opportunity to review the Granite Creek convertible pants.