Mountain Khakis recently gave us a blank order firm and asked what we’d like to test. They’re obviously known for their hardy but casually stylish pants, so we tried to order some of the fun newer items you might use this spring.
I had the chance to check out their Granite Creek Windshirt. Granite Creek is a popular line at MK, but the Windshirt isn’t what I expected. First, The Windshirt’s DWR finish and nylon shell make it feel like a high-tech hard shell. It’s lined with polyester mesh so it doesn’t get plastered against your skin. But in warm or steamy weather, the Windshirt didn’t seem well enough ventilated—I would’ve liked some armpit vents when I came inside out of the weather during testing. Also, with the mesh lining you might not be rolling up your sleeves to cool down.
All that to say, this is a great shirt for cooler weather. It’s completely wind proof, like a good shell, and the durable water repellent treatment meant I could wear it like a jacket on cool, rainy days. Teamed with a base layer, it may be all you’d need.
I loved the cut and style, with snaps and cool front pockets. The nylon is very light weight, and in a slightly cool environment, I was comfortable. Too warm and I steamed up.
This shirt would be a go-to for any moist spring or fall activity where the temps are low but not quite worthy of a jacket. If you’re river guiding or fly-fishing at the base of the falls, or if you’re a hiker in the Cascades or another rainy area, I’d highly recommend the Mountain Khakis Windshirt. If you’re in a dry, warmer climate, MK has better products to fill your needs for the $120 the Windshirt runs on their website.