With great anticipation I ripped open the Mountain Khakis box containing the 6 pairs of pants that would be put to the test over the next 4 weeks. Original Mountain Pants, Canyon Cords and Teton Twills would all be pushed to their limit over the next 30 days as the 6 float chairs worked and lived in their pants.
To place some context with the story, each year Baylor University hosts the nation’s largest collegiate homecoming parade. Fraternities and sororities compete for the coveted First Place Judges Award and spend over 60 days welding, cutting and constructing a fantasy land atop old school bus chassis or trailers. The students that orchestrate the work for each one of these organizations is called a float chair. Each year, I literally tear through a pair of Wranglers during float season, because after a month of crawling around on an angle iron and jagged rebar jungle gym, no pants should be left unscathed.
That is the context in which this four week challenge takes place. After the first 6 days, my pants are still tough as ever. My Original Mountain Pants even saved me this week from a serious burn. I was welding a piece of angle iron on the underbody of the bus and a piece of molten slag hit the gusset of my pants and I was left unscathed. My MK’s only suffered a small pinhole burn. When my friends ask me, “what kind of pants are you wearing?” I smile and say, “these aren’t pants. They’re Mountain Khakis.”