Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants Review
Sometimes work, play, and just hanging out happen all in the same afternoon. I find this is often the case when living in the mountains of Colorado. It is great when you can find clothing that can be worn for all occasions. Over the past months I had the chance to try out the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants and have been excited by their versatility.
Initial Thoughts and Features of the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants
From the get go the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants are different than any other pair of pants that I own. They are made of a cotton-poly-spandex mix that gives them a very soft feel. The pants are comfortable and fit well. I am typically a 33” on the waist so the 34” that I have been trying out is just a touch big, so I would say that they fit true to size. Also, the waistband of the pants is soft and is made of the cotton blend material as well.
The Loafer 2 have two large front pockets that can easily hold a cellphone, keys, and two rear pockets that fit a wallet well. In addition to the traditional four pants pockets they also have small zippered pocket along the right leg that is perfect for storing a key on a hike or bike ride.
Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants Thoughts
I am a middle school science teacher in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. What this means as far as clothing is concerned is that I beat up my wardrobe. A typical day in my class may consist of being outside, meeting with parents and staff, hiking on trails, experiments in the classroom, jumping into a pickup game of basketball at lunch, lecturing in front of the room, and grading papers. There are very few pants that can fit the mold for this kind of day.
The Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants are a great mix of casual and activewear. These pants easily fit the bill for a casual work environment. When paired with a nice dress shirt they are perfect for attending meetings and going out on the town.
The other side of the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants is the active side. Over the past ten years as a science teacher I have given up on finding a casual work pants that can hold up in an active environment. I have relegated my wardrobe to second hand clothing as it would be easy to replace when I would burn through a pair of khaki pants during my outdoor science classes. Although this may be an affordable solution to my issue of destroying work clothes, these were never comfortable nor did they ever fit very well.
The Loafer 2 Pants are incredibly comfortable. The cotton/poly blend fabric is very soft and feels like a favorite pair of pants that are perfectly broken in. Within the fabric is a bit of spandex that gives a little stretch. The material flexibility is the greatest asset of the Loafer 2 Pants. That little bit of stretch allows me to be active and to not worry about the pants getting beaten up. When other fabrics would tear or wear thin I never found any issues with these pants. I have hiked all around Steamboat Springs with my students while wearing the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants and I could not be more comfortable in them. I now know to wear these pants on days where I have an active lesson planned.
When I’m not at work, the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants are still some of my favorite to wear. They are the perfect pant to bike downtown and grab a happy hour beverage, to take the dogs on a walk, or even make a quick stop at the river to make couple of casts. I don’t seem to have the problem of having to pack another pair of pants as these seem to perform equally well outside of work as they do on the job.
Final Thoughts of the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants
The Mountain Hardwear Loafer Pants should be a part of everyone’s wardrobe. They come across as business casual but wear like a pair of pants you could hike miles in. The cotton-poly material is super soft and is comfortable for the entire day. The spandex gives that little bit of stretch that allows these pants to have a great fit.
Specs of the Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Pants taken from Mountain Hardwear Website
- MSRP $70
- Cotton-poly-spandex blend is eminently packable and easy to wash and wear
- Two back pockets hold keys, ID, and other valuables
- Extra-wide, soft waistband keeps you comfortable packing in
- Body Fabric: Stretch Cord
- Apparel Fit: Standard
- Weight: 1 lb 1 oz / 470 g