I suppose it’s just a fact of nature that climbers like comfortable clothing.  In the outdoors, function always takes priority over appearance and very often that bleeds through into daily city life.  A pant like the Mountain Hardwear Loafer offers the same up-for-anything flexibility, but with more attention to the form side of things.

Mountain Hardwear Loafer 2 Features:

  • Cotton-poly-spandex blend is easily packed
  • Easy to wash and wear
  • Two back pockets
  • Extra-wide, soft waistband
  • Inseam: 30,32,34
  • Standard fit
  • Weight: 1 lb 1 oz / 470 g
  • Price: $70


Travel anywhere, climb everywhere

In many respects, the Loafers are an ideal traveling pant.  They have a moderate fit which is neither too baggy nor too slim, plenty of pockets and a comfortable feel which is ideal for traveling.  I’ve been testing the Loafers primarily at my local climbing gym and they’ve made forays into downtown Spokane, too.

I will clarify at the beginning that I am 5’11”, 185lbs and tested a 32″ waist line with the Loafer 2.  The waist was spot on and the fabric has a little bit of stretch, so it loosens up over time.  The pants are a good match for my body, with a moderate fit throughout.


The foundation of the Loafer 2 is a comfortable, soft fabric with an attractive grain to it.  It’s primarily a cotton blend with a little bit of spandex woven in to give it that coveted stretch.  Cotton is a summertime classic, of course, and it’s a nice material to wear if the temperatures are in the 90’s and you want to hop into a lake and then be wet for a long time.  Otherwise, though, remember that this cotton blend won’t quickly like synthetics well.  As I write this, of course, it’s February – I’m thinking of the long, hot summer days ahead.

The Loafer 2’s pocket design is unapologetically straightforward: two front pockets (one of which with a separate knife sleeve) and two back pockets don’t provide a ton of extra security for the traveler, but it’s certainly a time-tested design.  Mountain Hardwear supplemented this with a zippered pocket on the right thigh for a little extra security for your valuables.


In general, Mountain Hardwear seems to be displaying their logo a little more prominently on their Spring 2015 products and the Loafers features a stitched-on flap right next to the right butt pocket – but, fortunately, it’s done in a subtle grey fabric.

If you plan on purchasing the Loafer 2’s for a climbing pant, take note that they’re a trifle baggier than a dedicated climbing pant.  Every now and then I found myself shaking my leg to get a better view of a foothold; these pants are striking the balance between travel and sport, so keep that in mind.

The Good

  • Comfortable fit with stretch waistband
  • Fabric has a nice handle, pleasant stretch
  • Zippered security pocket is a great touch

The Bad

  • Perhaps a little baggier than suits my taste

The Bottom Line: Loafer 2 Pants

The Loafer 2 really are an excellent traveling pant and their stretchy base fabric has made them enjoyable for climbing and bouldering.  The zippered security pocket is a nice touch, but overall the relaxed and comfortable fit is what one me over to the Loafers.

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About Author

Kevin Glover is an outdoorsman living, climbing and biking in Spokane, WA. Originally from the Nevada high desert, he moved to the PNW for its mild winters and allergen-free summers. He has guided throughout the Cascades and Enchantments for Peak 7 Adventures.

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