Mountain Pant

Big Game : Open Country
(64 Reviews)

The Mountain Pant is–hands down–the Swiss knife of big game pants. From glassing elk in Alberta to stalking pronghorn in West Texas, this pant will be your go-to. A tapered construction of 4-way stretch woven polyester with articulated patterning and a gusseted crotch allow for maximum range of motion. Removable knee pads for increased protection and a DWR finish for shedding light precipitation are added extras to this already rugged big game over-achiever.

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  • GORE™ OPTIFADE™ Concealment Open Country is scientifically optimized for engagement ranges of 50 yards and beyond at ground level in rocky terrain above the timber line.

  • Weight: 26.2 oz. // Size: L

  • Fabric: 4-Way Stretch-Woven Polyester.

  • Durable Water Repellent finish resists light precipitation and prevents the face fabric from wetting out.

Wind Protection
Water Protection

Why We Made This

Mid-season hunting is known for its constantly changing environmental conditions, and it’s difficult to find a pant that can perform at a high level within such unpredictability. We sought to deliver a versatile and fully-featured, mid-season hunting pant that will outperform in these varied situations. We built the Mountain Pant to be durable, breathable and harder-working so that when you’re humping through your day, you can focus on the hunt and not your pants.

Features & Benefits

Articulated Patterning

The Mountain pant offers an articulated fit with tapered legs and a fully gusseted crotch for maximum range of motion with minimal bulk to reduce friction and noise.

Removable Knee Pads

Removable knee pads offer additional protection whether you’re scrambling through talus in the Northern Rockies, picking your way through cactus in the Sonoran Desert, or field dressing an animal.

Product Care 

Routine Care and maintenance ensures the optimum performance of your SITKA Gear.
Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s care instructions –typically found on the inside tag.
- Machine Wash Cold Delicate + Tumble Dry Cool
-Do Not Bleach + Do Not Dry Clean
- See Care Guide to better understand DWR and how to revitalize it.  

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Tyler | 09. 24. 19
Wish I could wear these everyday they are by far the most comfortable pants I’ve ever owned I have two pairs and definitely think Santa will bring me another pair this year. If your on the fence about the Dirt color just know it’s only a couple shades lighter then the mud color grinder or Dakota pants. Matches really well with my marsh camo Dakota hoody!!
steve tittsworth | 05. 16. 19
I love em all but if I could only choose one out of the entire line, this is it!
Jeff D. | 02. 25. 19
One of the first pants I bought years ago and is still a mainstay in my pursuit of elk. Thick enough to get through the dense ground cover of the PNW, yet light enough for early archery season in Montana. Pockets are plentiful and in just the right places. I now own this pant in both Open Country and Subalpine colorways, each working great in their respective environments.
Kelly K | 12. 27. 18
Mountain Pant. These feel like a cross between sweatpants and pajamas; they are so comfortable and feel great. They fit and wear perfectly, take a lot of abuse in the field, and wear well under the Thunderhead pants. The pockets are convenient and store everything I need. Will buy another pair in the solid color as work pants. This is a winner.
GeorgeE | 12. 06. 18
I have the older Mountains as well, really one of my favorite late season pants...These will get a test this month on a late Moose Hunt in AK! Typical comfort and fit you expect from Sitka, as others pointed out...Like a few as well, a knife pocket would be perfect!
Nathan H | 11. 14. 18
Best pants I have ever owned. Extremely versatile. Spot hunted mulie deer in single digit temperature. Sitka Core Lightweight and Core midweight under these pants was perfection!
SITKA Gear Customer Service | 10. 21. 18
Hi David - Thank you for your feedback. The Mountain Pant is our most versatile pant but it's not our must durable. If you spent a lot of time glassing, sitting on sharp granite or if you took a few spills above tree line on shale you will damage just about anything. If you need to bump up in durability, take a look at the Timberline Pant. Thanks again - SITKA Gear CS Team
David Rozanski | 10. 21. 18
Just returned from a 5 day Mule Deer hunt in Washington and was very dis-appointed with the Mountain pants. After wearing just 5 days the seat of the pants developed to wear spots.. Not the type of quality I have experienced with other Sitka gear purchased in the past... Will be sending back!
Tyler | 10. 16. 18
This is by far the best "all around" pant i have ever owned. At first i wasnt sure if i would like the knee pants, however, i found them quite handy in the field. I've put these through a beating getting deep into timber and very breathable coming out of hellish canyons in western/eastern Oregon. They kept warm when needed (with an extra layer) and also cooled well while hiking. I'd say the perfect pant for the all around season hunter.
Zachary Sabolsky | 09. 05. 18
I live in West Yellowstone Montana. I just purchased these pants and wore them for the first time Monday and they are amazing. They’re versatile and lightweight. The zipper pockets make keeping track of your gear a breeze. I would highly recommend these to anyone looking to purchase long lasting equipment.
Jimmy | 08. 18. 18
Pants held up great for 3+ years. They even survived a 3K + bail off a shoot after harvesting a Dall Sheep, they survived when my boxers didn't.
Zowie | 05. 13. 18
Purchased at the beginning of the last season. Used it for DIY elk in Colorado. The best pants I’ve ever owned for hiking up the mountains with 60+lb on my back! In my previous hunt similar to the last one I was short on $ so I was wearing still-hunt white tail pants.. every step up was a struggle. Especially after that, I felt so good with the mobility, comfort, and protection this Sitka pants gave me! I’m sold!
David | 01. 17. 18
First time Sitka owner here. I am impressed! I bought the Sub Alpine Mt Pant and a jacket just before my January deer hunt. I had to try something different. A new camo as these open country mule deer are hard to get close to. Not only was the comfort outstanding, but I got close enough! What a hunt! Can't wait till September Elk!
Stewart Steel | 12. 19. 17
Definitely Recommend the Sitka Gear Subalpine Mountain Pant.
Josh | 12. 10. 17
These pants are awesome! With a base layer or two they perform great down to mid twenties even with wind and or precipitation. By far my favorite all around pants.
Glenn | 12. 06. 17
These are the most comfortable hunting pants that I have worn. The fit was perfect, the zippered pockets are a plus as well. Do yourself a favor & get the Sitka suspenders to go with them, buy far the best set up you can imagine. I do a lot of hunting in north central PA for deer & bear and spend my time in the thickest mountain laurel that you can imagine. The knee pads work well in the laurel saving your shins from getting beat up & they are a real plus when it comes time to get to the spotting & stalking. These pants are quiet and tough. After this season they look like they did when I got them (no wear or tear anywhere). They are not waterproof but do very well in every other condition. I can't say enough good things about these mountain pants.
Stewart Steel | 11. 23. 17
Sitka Gear Mountain Pants in Subalpine have replaced previous years Sitka Ascent in Open Country. The Ascent pants got a bit to close to the campfire and the Sitka Gaiters can only do so much. Very happy with the New Subalpine Mountain Pant Sitka Gear has delivered. The fit is perfect for concealed movement with all the right "stuff" in all the right places. Purchased from Cabelas after a fitting check. The selection there was plentiful for sizing. With the fabrics abilities to stretch over time in the mountains layering is a not a factor so a good relaxed fit is perfect. The 34 Ascents are now the New 32R Sitka Subalpine Mountain Pants. Highly recommended for active individuals seeking Higher Ground.
Moe | 11. 14. 17
Truly the most comfortable and most functional pant produced. Performed flawlessly climbing up and down the mountains with a pack on. No pressure points form loops and very tough. Never felt restricted from any movements. Sitka knocked this one out of the park!
Shawn | 11. 09. 17
Picked these up for a recent trip to CO for elk. Opening day had 7" of snow. Second day mid 40s. Temps were all over the place. Conditions too. Glad I spent the cash on these fancy pants (nick name hunting buddies gave me). Worth every penny. Wish they came with a belt. Zipper is handy. Fit was great. Buy em. You will like them.
chuck | 10. 23. 17
very comfortable and rugged. Used to hunt caribou and black bear in interior Alaska.
Ryan Bell | 10. 21. 17
Best hunting pants I've ever bought, perfect fit, extremely comfortable to hike in and they pick up zero stickers and burrs. I will buy again.
Loren | 10. 16. 17
I have a few pairs of the older design mountain pants and love them. The new design changes are not better. They will not stay over my hiking shoes( not big pac boots) because they're tapered at the ankle. The shoes fills with dirt. The pockets at the waist now have a zipper that makes it hard to clip a knife. I also wish they still came with a belt, but that can be purchased separately. Please make the ankle circumference bigger and I will deal with the other issues.
Caleb | 10. 10. 17
These are by far the best pants I have worn. The knee pads are a limb saver for when crawling over dead fall and over rocks!
Joey | 10. 04. 17
I just recently used them on an antelope hunt and did a lot of stalking. With all the cactus on the ground I was lucky to have the knee pads. They breath great and are extremely comfortable. I've tried pants from different companies and they were thrashed after a day of hard hunting. These pants took an absolute beating for 5 days and worked flawlessly. I cant recommend them enough!
Shane Maurice | 09. 08. 17
Pants fit great quiet and comfortable what I am disappointed in is the durability I've worn them twice and have already ripped them just getting into a tree stand... will sew and continue to put them through the paces I Northern Maine guiding bear hunts and a moose hunt in October but so far they don't seem like they will hold up to the thick Maine woods
Foy Walker | 05. 26. 17
Sitka has nailed it with the fit and functionality of these pants. I have the 90% pant and love them and these are as good if not better. The knee pads are a nice addition and will definitely come in handy.
Brett | 02. 13. 17
I'm 6'3 215lbs with long legs and the 36T fits me perfectly! I struggle with finding pants that are long enough usually so I was happy that Sitka nailed the fit on these. Can't wait to get them on the mountain.
Matt | 01. 01. 17
Knee pads are a must for high country, rock crawling, Alaskan sheep hunts. The durability and fit of these pants are 2nd to none. Well designed, and love the new material and belt option. Can't imagine using any other pants.
Colin Crosby | 12. 26. 16
Wore the pants for the first time here in Texas. It was a freakishly hot December day but I didn't care....wanted to try them out. The fit is perfect and could tell these will be great pants in cooler weather. I took the knee pads out before I left to the tree stand and man...Love everything about these....Great job guys.
Michael Scott | 12. 14. 16
I can't say enough good things about these pants. They're very convenient, and the stretch in the material keeps them comfortable in all range of motions.
Ryan | 12. 09. 16
I have one pair that I've been wearing the for 5 seasons now. The most functional and comfortable pants I've ever worn hunting. I've worn these through some extremely rough stuff and these things have been indestructible.
Ron MacIntosh | 11. 17. 16
Awesome pant, by far the most comfortable hunting pants I have ever worn. I wasn't sure about the knees pads, but spot and stalking animals requires being on your knees a lot. This is a great feature, I look forward to purchasing the timberline pants next
Christopher swihart | 10. 13. 16
Listen up guys, I'm 6 ft 275 lbs and I love to hunt. I hike as much as my body will let me an I'm extremely ruff on gear. I've been putting theese pants to the test. I've hunted at least 20 times this season in theese pants walking through and on top of the nastiest buck brush and Manzanita. For some reason theese pants are still brand new.. I can't not explain how comfortable they are like I said I'm a big guy and the 4 way stretch makes climbing theese hills a breeze. Im from California and it's been almost 100 degrees a few times as well as down too 30 degrees and I haven't had any complaints. Thanks sitka
Brad B | 09. 17. 16
I really like the pants, they've held up well after 100+ abusive days in the backcountry. A recommendation for improvement however...add zip vents in the legs. Inner, outer, either or, both. That's the only thing these pants are missing. (None of the pants have them, and they all need leg vents) Won't add much weight to a pant that's a little on the heavy side already and can get hot hiking in warmer weather or during hard charges.
Richard Stapleton | 08. 25. 16
These pants were literally the most comfortable and useful pants that you could buy! I used them on an Alaskan Dall sheep hunt! We got a sheep and these held up to the abuse of sliding down a mountain covered in sharp rocks with 80 pounds of meat on my back. only a few small tears but any pants that would've happened to trust me. Thank you Sitka and your customer service is unmatched with any company ive dealt with. You will always have my business!
Jeff | 04. 27. 16
These are the best hunting pants money can buy.... This is just my opinion. I bought my first pair in 2010 and they are still going strong. They provide good stretch and do not limit your abilities. I used to hate the run of the mill camo pants that the crotch was half way down my thigh and I had to pull crotch up to cross a log. I remember telling people how much they cost and they would freak out... That was years ago though it seems more people have bought them now and it's not such a big deal. I have always said you get what you pay for....
Mike | 01. 27. 16
Love 'em. Tried all sorts of pants from everyone, and these are the best. Comfortable, great cut, quiet and durable. Can't go wrong with these!
Chris | 12. 30. 15
I bought these to wear on a 7 day elk hunt in CO this past September and they were AWESOME! They are a good weight as they aren't too hot and just right for those cool morning hikes. The knee pads are what drew me to the mountain pant and they performed flawless. They are priced a bit high but are worth every penny as I'm sure they will outlast other slightly cheaper brands. Money well spent!
Cody | 12. 01. 15
I wore and washed pants 9 days in a row during this years mule deer season. One small tear due to a bob wire fence. I have several items and this is by far one of the best.
Jamie | 11. 18. 15
I have had these pants for several years, just a great piece of gear!! Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho hunts all under the belt of these. Durability along with functionality and fit are superb!
Kurt McFarlane | 10. 31. 15
These are my favorite pants. I wear them all year. I wear them spring and summer bear hunting. Then all fall for Deer, Elk and sheep hunting. And they are my go to pants that I lion hunt in all winter. They are not to hot in the summer and real good for hiking all winter. I have crossed many rivers with them and with gaiters on I stay pretty dry. Then they dry out real quick. I wish they would start making them in lead color.
Josh | 10. 31. 15
The ultimate early season bow hunting pant. I have hunted/guided in the same pair of mountain pants for 40+ days for the past 2 falls. The fit and durability of the pants is second to none. The knee pads were surprisingly helpful. They fit true to size! What else can I say about how great they are. If you're a bow hunter buy em!
Chas | 09. 06. 15
First day in the Mountain pants and they were great. It was wet and they kept Me dry and warm. Very comfy pants.
Austin W. | 08. 19. 15
Absolutely love my mountain pants! I live and hunt in Utah, so in August when our season starts and the temps are in the mid 80s or low 90s my mountain pants are breathing and moving with me. Not sticking to my thighs or bunching up, my only complaint about them is that they aren't water proof!
David Smith | 07. 05. 15
I am 48 inch waist and 32 inch inseam. do you make these in my size?
Jake | 06. 20. 15
These pants are amazing. They move with your every stride and form with your body so you have zero constriction. One of the most comfortable things you will wear while elk hunting in September.
Kenny | 11. 06. 14
I absolutely love the feel, fit, stretch, durability, and everything else there is about them. The only con I have is there was a small 1 to 2 inch tear on the inside of the pant around the ankle area. This was probably do to packing out a cow that my buddy harvested in September. Sometime that night going back to camp it happened and boggles my mind because these pants are truly tough, bomb proof pants. I've taken them in some pretty nasty terrain and never seen so much as a fray anywhere. I assume it was due to a really sharp rock where the elk died. I purchased a set of these and the Kanab First Lite pants last August. I wore the Kanab's the first day, then tried the Mountain Pants on the second. I honestly prefer the Mountain Pants over the Kanab's. I love how they move with your body and keep you more comfortable than sweat pants. I didn't put the Kanab's back on until later in the season. I can't say enough about these pants as well as the Merino Quarter Zip Shirt from Sitka.
CD | 10. 20. 14
Buy. These. Pants. I wore these on a caribou hunt in Northern Quebec. Temps ranged from the 20s to the 50s. The wind blew into the 40s one day and was still the next. It rained and snowed--in the same hour. Had to break trail through heavy brush on the way out and the way back from camp. These pants were perfect. I was comfortable, warm and dry the entire time and had no complaints. Bottom line is you get what you pay for. If you want to buy your last set of hunting clothing; buy Sitka. It ain't cheap; but the good stuff seldom is.
Steven | 10. 18. 14
Love these pants. Wore them recently on an 8 day Mule deer hunt and they were amazingly comfortable and the flexibility is incredible. My only complaint with them is the material color is much more tan than any of the other pieces that bought at the same time. Other than color they are every bit the gear to have for Eastern Oregon hunting.
Sitka Customer Service | 09. 12. 14
Hey Clint - We appreciate the feedback. We strongly recommend wearing them around in the field a bit. The foam knee pads will form and loosen up a little with use. They do ride low but the reason we designed them that way is because your pant leg will rise when you take a knee. This positions the pads exactly where they need to be. If the knee pads were higher you would loose that protection. We could shorten them up but we appreciate the additional protection that length and position provides your lower knee and upper shin in uneven terrain. Designed with intent. Try them in the field and if your not happy with or without the knee pads give us a call to discuss a different option for you.
Clint | 09. 12. 14
I just received my mountain pants in the mail today so I haven't tested them in the field yet. They are well made and very comfortable. My one complaint thus far is that the knee pads hang too low with the top of the pad hitting the top of my knee cap when I walk. This is annoying and distracting. I looked to see if there was a size 36" waist with a shorter length available so that the pads would ride in the right place. I was disappointed to find that a shorter length is not available.
Remington | 08. 29. 14
These pants have been my go to pants. Before these pants I was wearing some old, camo denim and that was all I knew. When I begin wearing these, I realized how much weight I had previously been carrying. I also noticed the flexibility and give that these pants have. The Mountain Pants are strong, yet flexible, they dry quickly, and have held up very well to the Oregon high country! For the mid to late season hunter that wants a do all pant, meet the Mountain pant!
Kevin Swedin | 08. 25. 14
I wear these pants almost every day of the season in almost any condition, from early season into some pretty cold weather. They are super tough, tear resistant and the knee pads are a total must-have when stalking mule deer in sage and cactus covered areas. The fit and four way stretch is perfect when packing heavy loads.. even when you are sweating like crazy the pants don't get heavy and retain their fit, allowing your legs to move with ease. I've put mine through some serious abuse and they've held up extremely well. I get to test products for Gore, and the mountains pants are by far one of my favorite pieces of gear.
Sitka Customer Service | 08. 25. 14
Hey Glenn - Appreciate the insight and the kind words! The Mountain Pants are highly abrasion and tear resistant but there are certain types of Thorns that can damage just about anything that's not 500D Cordura.
Glenn | 08. 25. 14
These pants are tremendous for moving quickly across rugged terrain. The cut is slim without being confining. I never have to wear any layers underneath unless I plan on sitting in cold (below 0 degrees Celsius) for more than an hour. One minus is that the material gets small pulls on it after bushwacking through thick rugged brush. This is disappointing as the pants are explicitly designed for this type of rugged use.
chris pascua | 06. 29. 14
by far my favorite early season elk pants, wore these for 22 days in September without any issue.
Michael Hayashi | 06. 24. 14
I just picked a pair size 34, I have shorter legs so it seems kind of long. And it's odd that the knee pads would be in a size Large. Seems like 34 waist should be a knee pad size Medium. Everything else is as advertised. I am taking them out a scout next week so they will be up for a summer adventure in Northern Arizona.
Josh D. | 12. 30. 13
I purchased these pants a few years ago and have to say that are well worth the investment. They are built with the backcountry bowhunter in mind with an athletic fit and quick drying materials. I have packed numerous elk out of the backcountry without a single stitch breaking and for me that is the true test of quality clothing. Great gear!
Brandon Purcell | 12. 17. 13
I bought these pants long before I was a Gore Hunting Tech, hands down the best pants ever. Bombproof construction. I bought these pants 4 years ago and have put them through just about everything. Antelope archery in August, where the knee pads are critical for long crawls across open cactus covered prairie. Hunting the high desert of Colorado, or the rugged badlands of eastern Montana. These pants do it all, and will hold up to anything and everything.
Mike | 11. 24. 13
Was pretty skeptical with the price. But after the first day in the woods in northern Vermont I was very pleased. Temp went from 22 to 50 degrees that say and there was a layer of tracking snow that melted by afternoon. I was dry warm but not to warm. The only thing I didn't like about the pants was the knee pads. When not kneeling I felt they were in the way so I took them out. And the pants worked great.
Chad Hensley | 10. 30. 13
I used these pants exclusively on our hunt in the mountains of Colorado for Elk and Muleys. They are by far the best hunting pants I have ever purchased. It snowed the first night we were there, so the next day we were in anywhere from 3" to 18" of snow, depending on how high up we went. The bottoms of the pants stayed tight to my boots, not letting in snow, and when the pants got wet, it didn't take very long for them to dry. That was the biggest thing, because I was in the snow a lot. I also really liked the knee pads. They weren't as cumbersome as I had thought they were going to be. I as on a lot of steep, slippery terrain and they paid for themselves in those conditions. It is also nice when you can drop down to your knees with a heavy load on your back without tearing them up. The one improvement I can think of is thin padding on the butt to protect from elements. That part dried the slowest, and was the only time I remember thinking my pants were wet.
Jason Phelps | 07. 25. 13
Whether hunting above timberline or riding my bike miles behind a gate these are now my go-to pants. These pants will work in any condition that early September to late November can throw at me here in Washington. I love the stretch and the pants ability to move with me. Being 6'4" the inseam is long enough to keep my legs covered while sitting.
Jason Peak | 07. 24. 13
In the interests of full disclosure, I test products for Gore. But I purchased the Mountain pants at full price and think they are worth every penny. These are my all-around pants. We get to hunt deer and antelope in Nevada in August when temps climb over 100. That is when I have my Ascent pants. But as soon as the colors start to change on the trees the Mountain Pants come out and I wear them until the end of the season. They are bulletproof--I have owned the same pair for three years and although they are a bit faded and have a few snags, they still perform. From the elk rut in September to sheep hunting in December, these pants have held up to extreme conditions. I rarely use the knee pads, so it is a nice touch that they are removable. They fit perfectly, the inseam is a bit long to cover you up while sitting down glassing, and they move like a pair of track pants. No binding or restrictions. Sitka definitely did a great job with these pants.
Ryan | 07. 14. 13
Took me awhile to swallow the almost 200$ price tag of these pants,but now I wouldn't think twice. The mountain pants are the most comfortable pair of pants I have ever worn afield. There are absolutely no movement hindering seams in them,they are form fitted to shape. I wear them from early to late season,whether it is mid summer or winter in the nw where I live they are perfect. I've always had hard time finding hunting pants that fit right ,but no more the talks fit my 36 inseam perfectly. I will never wear anything else while hunting again. Thanks Sitka gear!
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