Ever since I discovered Mountain Khakis, I’ve been intrigued by their Traverse pants. They’ve got a yoga pant look but brag about being tough enough for rock climbing. They’re also DWR coated, meaning water falls right off them.
When the seasons change, I poke around at my favorite brands to find out who’s got the best sales. The Traverse pants were on sale for $20, a huge discount from their usual $90 price tag. The only hiking pants I had at the time were too big and soaked up the sun like no body’s business, leaving me uncomfortably hot on my once a week field geology treks. I ordered a pair the same day, even though I had to buy a 4 petite. (I usually wear a 2 regular.) Would they fit? I wasn’t sure, but for that price, I was willing to find out.
The good news: they fit! If you compare the fit when I wear them to the fit on the models, you can tell they’re a tad off—they sit a little lower and the hips are a slightly different shape. It’s not obvious, though, and because they sit lower, on the wider part of my hips instead of at my natural waist, the petite inseam isn’t an issue.
If you compare the fit when I wear them to the fit on the models, you can tell they’re a tad off—they sit a little lower and the hips are a slightly different shape. It’s not obvious, though, and because they sit lower, on the wider part of my hips instead of at my natural waist, the petite inseam isn’t an issue.
I’m kinda in love with the fabric. It’s super silky but strong, and I’m not worried at all about transparency or ripping. It’s also super comfortable in the heat, as long as you’re not sitting in broad sunlight for long periods of time.
I was surprised by how much I liked the color. It looks kinda “eh” online, but it’s much more pleasant in person. It’s neutral, but not boring, which I appreciate.
The design is 90% yoga pants (the fit, the waist, the fabric), 10% hiking pants (there’s a logo on the back of the calf and the legs have those odd, sporty cross-calf seams). They’re not tight around the hips, like so many yoga pants are, which I appreciate.
The only real downside to these pants is that they can’t really be dressed up. They look a lot better than regular hiking pants if you want something versatile, but the yoga pant style waist and hiking pant style legs make it clear these pants are meant for moving, not pairing with pumps and heading to a ballet.
The verdict? I like them enough that if something happens to them, I’d be willing to shell out the 90$ non-sale price for another pair.