If the name Mountain Khakis sounds familiar, it’s because I’ve reviewed several women’s wear items from their travel and organic offerings already, and Tim’s reviewed the innovative organic men’s polo. Now I’m back with three versatile and hard-working pieces for summer and fall travel from the Granite Creek line.
Mountain Khakis’ Granite Creek long sleeve shirt is both stylish and practical. It’s a bit spendy (details below), but what you get for the price is a shirt that pulls triple duty: it’s multi-seasonal, multi-functional (you can dress it up or down), and, as with all Mountain Khaki wear, it’s tough as nails.
This lightweight long-sleeved collared shirt is tailored with a women’s fit (a medium fit me nicely, but it is a bit narrow in the arms and shoulders). It features an over-sized collar that looks almost elegant when paired with a light jacket or blazer, or can be buttoned up for wind or sun protection. The material is peached Taslan, and while I’m not sure what that is, exactly, it’s buttery soft and UVA-UVB-resistant (50+). The shirt does wrinkle a bit with wear (mostly along the arms) but the wrinkles come out pretty effortlessly with a little wrinkle remover or steam. It’s also very quick to dry and wicks away moisture…it’s also water resistant, and water beads off of it (think light rain or water splashes). The sleeves roll up and can be secured with a button catch, but since the arms are a bit narrow, I found that when rolled up, they became too tight. You also get two chest pockets and a very generous zippered pocket along the bottom side, which is amost invisible to the eye.
The shirt is totally machine washable, and comes in Pool Blue, Linen, or Truffle (light brown). It retails for $89.95 at Mountain Khakis, or can be found at Amazon for the same price.
The Granite Creek short is made from quick-dry, lightweight nylon and offers the same UVA-UVB 50+ protection of the shirt. I love how easy it is to move in these shorts, partly due to the lightweight material (that’s Scotchgard treated) and partly due to the feminine but practical cut (with seven inch inseam). You get a ton of pockets: two flat cargo pockets in the back, two angled pockets in the front, and a zippered change pocket.
The shorts come in a nice range of five colors, and at $62, you’ll want to pick up a couple pairs to keep you going all summer long. Find them at Amazon for less.
Lastly, the Granite Creek Capri is a cooler weather wear version of the short; made of the same brushed nylon with the same sun and stain protection, the capri is a cute option for mornings or evenings or cooler climates, such as northern beaches or foggy cities. The only difference between the capri and the short are some darts at the cuff (the capris have a bit more ‘flare’), but you can move in them just as easily as in the shorts. I did find the capris and shorts to run a bit big…size down if you’re on the cusp.
The capri comes in five (slightly different) colors and retail for $79.95. As with the short, Amazon offers it at a slightly lower price. Both the shorts and capris are machine washable, just like the shirt.
You can also find these items and others at Sierra Trading Post.