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Yes, there have been changes...but they are for the better!
on July 31, 2013
Hi all. I've had 5 pairs of the Teton Twill pants, my first pair being purchased about 6 years ago. That pair is still going strong - but I've stained them up over the years to were they are only good for weekend duty.
Like some others, I recently ordered a brand new pair from Amazon here and noticed the fabric felt lighter. Concerned that this was reflective of a lesser quality product, I wrote Mountain Khaki's customer support, inquiring about a change to the fabric weight or weave. This is their reply:
"Thanks for your email and your interest in MK. Although we do strive to offer unmatched quality when it comes to our pants, we strive even harder to provide unmatched customer service.
As a small, young company, Mountain Khakis has had to make some changes over the years. However, all the changes we've made have been in an attempt to better the product. There is no question the pants from past seasons/years have slight differences, but we believe they are much improved from our first few seasons. We have honed in on better points of measurements and standards as the company has grown.
The fabric specs remain the same with a few slight washing and treating modifications. For example: the old supplier added a ton of starch and too much enzyme wash to the fabric. This may have made the fabric seem more durable, but the reality was it made it stiff and board like. The super tight weave also made the fabric wrinkle more than we liked if laundered incorrectly. As a result, we removed the starch, changed the enzyme wash, and opened the weave by a fraction to have a nicer hand and drape. Durability has yet to be an issue-although some people find the fabric to be "lighter", it is simply not the case from a technical standpoint."
So there you go. They will feel lighter because they opened the weave and took some starch out of them. I can tell you, after washing this new pair, they do wrinkle much less than the older pairs. The new pair also is the best fitting. I ordered a second pair today, and when they arrive I'll update this if there is any inconsistency.
Hopefully this helps some of you who, like me, may have concerns over the way these pants "feel" now. I think they'll still be just as durable as the older ones.