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Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II Trousers | Review

A dependable pair of trousers that offer performance at a good value

Craghoppers make a bunch of different garments for the outdoors, from winter coats to hiking shirts, but it’s arguably walking trousers that they’re best known for. Why? Well, if we were to try to put our finger on it, it would be the high performance they offer and the good value that they come at. 

“Over 90% of the material used here comes from recycled content.”

This particular pair, the Kiwi Pro II, sits right at the top of their best selling Kiwi collection. They’re trousers made for general outdoor wear; an ideal pair of backpacking, day hiking and scrambling from spring through to autumn. Come winter, they’ll be a little cold by themselves but will work well over a pair of baselayer leggings.

Pros: Excellent cut, functional fabrics, good value
Cons: Slow to dry once wet

Why We Chose Them

The Kiwi Pro II are excellent value for what you get. That’s the main reason why we chose them. In our tests in the Cairngorms of Scotland, they proved to be highly durable, water resistant, windproof and also very nicely articulated. You get a completely unhindered stride while wearing these – even when you’re lifting your knees up for a foothold or leaping over a stream. 

Our tester Cat using the Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II in the Cairngorms. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

We also liked the fit. This particular version of the Kiwi has a nice casual cut; it’s not too skinny and not too baggy either. 

Details and Materials

A Polyamide weave has been used here. It’s a material that’s water resistant, breathable, wrinkle resistant and it’s also good for protecting your skin from UV rays and from biting bugs. All of these qualities are certainly apparent in these trousers. Craghoppers actually rate these to UPF 40+. 

There are two zipped handwarmer pockets, a zipped pocket on the backside and a zipped thigh pocket that’s big enough for a map that’s been folded in half. There’s also a nifty sunglasses wipe in the left hand pocket.

Overall, they weigh less than 300g so they’re reasonably light for a pair of three-season trousers. That makes them a handy choice for long trips where they might be in your backpack when the weather gets warm and you want to switch into shorts.

On the sustainability side of things, over 90% of the material used here comes from recycled content and no nasty PFC chemicals are used in the DWR.

Tester’s Verdict

Hannah White, Outdoors Magic tester

These have become my go-to hiking trousers. They’re comfortable to wear, have all the right details and features for hiking (including loads of useful pockets) and they’re able to repel light to medium-heavy rain really well. I had them in my usual size and they fit me really well. I also found that I can wear a pair of waterproof trousers over the top of them comfortably.

Other Key Things Answered

Are they waterproof? No
Are they machine washable? Yes
Are they suitable for plus-sized people? Craghoppers go up to a women’s 24L and a men’s 44

Craghoppers Kiwi Pro II

Selected for the Outdoor 100 Winter 23/24
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