Built for the Mountain Life: Mountain Khakis Review and Giveaway

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This winter, I became an official “Bad Ass” – A Mountain Khakis “Bad Ass” Ambassador. Now, in my house words like “ass” are generally frowned upon, although our younger son enjoys making the case that ass is an acceptable word because it’s in the Bible. This argument does have some merit – but only as long as my son is referring to livestock and not his brother.  Of course, now, he can refer to me, but only so long as he prefaces the “bad” word with the word “BAD.”

As an Ambassador, I have some duties. I write for the MK Livin’ blog. I connect Mountain Khakis with events and nonprofit organizations (for example, MK is a sponsor of the Colorado MS 150 bike team for which my sons and husband ride). And, I wear Mountain Khaki clothing and write product reviews. And that, dear reader, is the purpose of today’s post. That, and to give away a $50 MK gift card.

If you haven’t run across Mountain Khakis on your travels through outdoor stores and the internet, here’s your introduction. Mountain Khakis is a men’s and women’s clothing company based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In the past, the company has focused on men’s apparel. But as of right now, Mountain Khakis is full-on in the women’s clothing business. Here’s my take on a two items from their spring and summer line.

Oxbow Skirt

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The minute I saw the Oxbow skirt, I knew I wanted it. Unfortunately, so did lots of other women and the small sold out almost immediately. Luckily for me, this is a versatile skirt and thanks to the elastic smocking at the center back waistband, a medium works just fine. I think I might actually like it better because it fits perfectly on my hips, as opposed to my waist.

Now that I’ve got this skirt, here’s why I love it.

Versatility. Yes, the fit is versatile, but so is the styling. Mountain Khaki clothing has a certain western flair and cowboy boots rock the Oxbow skirt. But so do Chacos and Tevas, and even Mary Janes. Dress it up, dress it down. Wear a t-shirt, a tank, or go uptown with something black. You can’t go wrong.

Pair it with an MK tee.

The Oxbow skirt is made of a light, slightly nubby chambray fabric, shot through with random white threads. It’s not quite a solid color, but not patterned either. The skirt fastens with three buttons and hook-and-eye closures at the top, which I didn’t think I’d like. I pictured myself ripping right through the hook-and-eyes. But so far, so good and they do prevent gaps.

My favorite details are the side pockets. They are much deeper then they look, extending on the inside down to the bottom edge of the little pleats. Hide your keys, lip balm, or a phone and they won’t fall out.

The upshot: The perfect skirt – it morphs into whatever you want and need.

Oxbow Long Sleeve Shirt

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I am all about long sleeve shirts for summer. I know that sounds crazy… and hot and sweaty. But I don’t like sunburns and I don’t much care for sunscreen either. So, if I can find a light-weight breathable shirt that will keep the sun off my arms when I’m hiking, gardening and hanging out in the mountains, I am happy.

The Oxbow long sleeve shirt meets most of my criteria. First of all, with long sleeves and a collar, it makes it easy to cover up. Secondly, the fabric is light and loosely woven, letting air in. Mountain Khaki makes no claim about the sun protection qualities of this shirt, so I don’t expect any. They let the Granite Creek Long Sleeve Shirt make that claim.

The first shirt I got was a small, which fit perfectly, except through the elbows, which were surprisingly tight. The medium is a bit big for me, but fits better in my arms, and let’s face it, if you can’t bend your arms, you can’t do much.

As for styling, this shirt is western with subtle cowgirl details on the pockets and shoulders. The tails are long, because it’s meant to be tucked in. I am not one to tuck anything in, so I wear this shirt over a tee, roll up the sleeves and tie the tails around my waist. It covers my arms, keeps me cool and looks cheerful, too.

The upshot: A well-made shirt that’s more country than rock ‘n’ roll. Sizing is a bit tricky.


Leave a comment below and you’ll be entered to win a $50 gift card from Mountain Khakis! The card is good at the MK website, but not in retail stores.

One winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Tuesday, May 8th at 8:00 a.m.

Good luck!

To facilitate this post, Mountain Khaki provided me with the items reviewed. As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell me family and friends. 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Erin (who blogs at For the Love of Disney Running)!

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    • says

      I think you’d love the women’s trousers. I really like how they are sturdy, but different from jeans. I was joking this winter that “business casual” for me is a pair of Mt Khakis and a black sweater!

      Good luck!

  1. says

    I have always been a fan of Mountain Khakis for the guys. I had no idea they had a women’s line. Very cute, would love to see more but this was a GREAT start. Enter me in that contest I want some : )


  2. says

    I love Mountain Khakis … They’re as great and versitile for the beach as they are for the mountains and everywhere inbetween! Not to mention how fabulous their styles look while sporting a great pair of sandals, sitting in a bar or chowing down on a gourmet burger. No, Mountain Khakis are certainly BAD ASS, and I can’t think of a better Ambassador to share their greatness with the world. Congrats! :)

  3. Judy Berna says

    They look fun! And I’d bet they wash well and last for years, another feature I love in quality clothing…


  4. Tara says

    First of all I just wanted to say that I loved the start of this entry. There are quite a few ‘Badass moms’ out there and that term requires special merit…so I think you are okay with saying it. 😉 I’ve been a fan of MK for a little while now as I stumbled upon their gear from an online blog. Love the rugged yet simple style MK has and even though I wear guys clothing, I was very happy to see a lot of different selections for women as well! I have had my eyes on the M’s Oxbow Short Sleeve (stone multi) for the last few weeks…hadn’t pulled the trigger on it since I had some unexpected bills to pay. (Thank you stupid traffic ticket) A little help with a gift card would def. help. Regardless of whether I win it or not, I will pick it up sometime soon. They make such ‘Badass’ apparel! Keep up the bloggin’! :)

  5. Scott taylor says

    I pretty much live outside, work and play. I absolutely love Mountain Khakis. Thank you brave ski mom and Mountian Khakis for putting this on. Best of luck to everyone!

  6. Hamilton Barnes says

    thanks for the review, I love mountain khakis and might just need to get my girlfriend this skirt!

  7. Nancy E Monteyro says

    I wish I had your problem about them being out of smalls! Anyway, love it! Thanks.

  8. TAM says

    Need some new MKs. Lost weight and my old ones are now too big! I know, no sympathy for me. Hope I win, maybe it’ll prompt more weight loss!

  9. Morgan M. says

    Just discovered your blog and so far, am loving it! Loved reading about your mt. bike adventure and then just saw this post and giveaway! Really like the skirt – looks comfy and like you said, very versatile. So glad to have found you! Thanks for a chance at the giveaway! :) Fingers and toes crossed!!!

    • says

      Thank you so much for the kind feedback! I love hearing that you’re loving reading the Brave Ski Mom! Keeps those fingers, toes, arms, legs crossed! Cheers!

  10. Ginger M says

    I started following you this fall after having my first child and really enjoy reading your blog. The mtn. khaki skirt looks great!

    • says

      Thank you so much for such a nice comment! I am thrilled that you, a new mom, are following me! Congratulations on the birth of your child. Here’s to many adventures that you and your family will share together. Cheers!

  11. Linda Williams says

    I could use a wardrobe makeover. The MK line looks right up my alley.

  12. Patti says

    So glad to see stylish sturdy clothes for women. Why should men have all the comfort?

  13. Rich Schreckengost says

    I’m that type of guy who wears the SAME pair of pants for WEEKS, MONTHS on end. Not because I’m in a situation where I don’t have access to a clean pair of pants, but because I feel that a pair of pants, or any article of clothing, is dirty after wearing them once or twice. I wear the same pair to do yard work, I climb in them, I go to the bar in them, heck, I met my fiancé’s parents in a pair of pants that I’d had one for almost 2 weeks straight. One day I hope to be an official “Bad Ass” but I’m not sure MK gives that titles to lazy, part time, crap job having climbing bums. =) So this little ole gift card would almost make me feel like an official “Bad Ass”…and I won’t be stuck eating ramen and instant mashed potatoes for the next 2 weeks.

    Yes, that sob story just happened. =) Great review by the way.

    • Rich Schreckengost says

      PS. This “but because I feel that a pair of pants, or any article of clothing, is dirty after wearing them once or twice” was supposed to say “but because I don’t feel that a pair of pants, or any article of clothing, is dirty after wearing them once or twice”.

      I ain’t never got no good grades in English in school.

    • says

      Dear Rich, love your comment! You sound like a true bad ass and probably a fun guy. Your fiance is lucky…I think! Good luck!