Mountain Khakis Lodge Jacket Review
Mountain Khakis Women’s Lodge Jacket is a prime example of the companies mission to be the best mountain-inspired lifestyle-apparel brand. The Lodge Jacket is versatile as it can be dressed up or dressed down: it looks a bit classier than a shell or puffy when worn with skirts/dresses and tights or dress pants, and can also dressed down with jeans/cords and boots, without looking out of place.
Fabric and Warmth
The Lodge Jackets owes its’ versatility to the combination of merino wool and boiled woven nylon, as well as its trim cut. The fabric combination is lightweight, flexible, and surprisingly pretty warm in temperatures down to the 20-30s, when layered over a sweater. One downside of the fabric combo, is that it attracts fur/hair pretty easily. Thankfully, my dogs are non shedders, but I am and I use a lint brush on the Lodge Jacket at least 2-3 x’s/week.
The jacket features a demi drop nylon taffeta lining, which means a lining that can be found in the arms and at your core, stopping at just below your ribs. This lining helps provide some wind protection and traps body heat. In temperatures below 20F or on gusty days, the Lodge Jacket needs an additional insulating layer underneath it to help keep you warm. Additional warmth inspired features include: internal wind cuffs that are soft and do their job, 4″ collar with soft chin guard, and integrated drop hood. The hood does not feature any cinch adjustments, however its low profile and snug fit help to add a little protection if you find yourself without a beanie.
Mountain Khakis Lodge Jacket features a slim cut and has some nice accents that set it apart. For starters, the front of the jacket features princess seams. For those unfamiliar with this term, princess seams are seams used to add shape or a tailored fit to closely follow the woman’s shape; the Lodge Jacket features these seams from the waist up to the arms. At the rear of the jacket, there is a center back waistband to add to the tailored look featured on the front. There are also two hand-warmer pockets placed at a slight diagonal on each side, which are plenty deep to stick your hands in, store gloves, cell phone, etc. The two way zipper stops approximately 6 inches from the bottom of the jacket, which allows for greater freedom of movement.
The Lodge Jacket is available in three colors for this season: White, Oxblood, and Black. I tested out the jacket in black and loved the classical style it provided. I have never owned a white jacket and feel that with two dogs, or if you have kids, that it wouldn’t stay white for too long.
I tested out a size medium and was a bit thrown off with the sizing. The body or area around the waist was plenty roomy and features an a-line silhouette. While the length of jacket was also excellent, hitting just above my knees. Through the shoulders and arms I experienced some issues. I have an athletic build and typically wear a size small for down jackets and other insulating layers and either a small or medium when it comes to technical shells or casual jackets. I found the Lodge Jacket to fit tightly through the shoulders, and found it difficult to layer the jacket over sweater dresses and medium weight sweaters without feeling too constricted.
The upper arms and forearms were also way too tight. For instance, when bending my elbows while driving, I felt as if my forearm muscles were being compressed and it was uncomfortable enough to the point that I wanted to take the jacket off ASAP, no matter if I was cold or not. I don’t believe that the outer layer of the jacket is sized inappropriately, rather that the Nylon Taffeta lining is not forgiving and is cut smaller than the jacket itself, which is more pliable. The cut within arms makes it difficult to wear this jacket comfortably, unless I simply have a short sleeve or light weight long sleeve t-shirt underneath. This is a bummer for me, as I really do like the overall style of this jacket and feel that it could be a versatile “dress up” fall/winter jacket for me out here in Colorado.
Perhaps, my problems would be solved by going a size bigger. However, then I feel that the waist would be more than quite generous. Based on the size guide, I am between a small and medium. Therefore, I don’t feel that this jacket runs true to size and recommend anyone with broad shoulders to try this jacket on before purchasing from the web.
Overall, I loved the style features and fabric of the Mountain Khakis Lodge Jacket. Unfortunately, due to some sizing issues this jacket is not meant for me. I hope others have better luck as it is a great looking jacket for work and play.
Available in size XS to XL