Why We Chose The Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Walking Boots: Classic aesthetic, modern technologies, and a NosiLife bonus
A full-grain leather construction, classic ghillie lacing, and mocha brown colour – this new launch from Craghoppers certainly brings to mind those classic-style walking boots from years gone by. But there’s still some decent tech beneath the bonnet, including an AquaDry waterproof membrane, Vibram sole and built-in insect repellent. What’s more it costs just £105 which ain’t bad at all.
Who Are The Kiwi Trek Boots For?
You could say this boot is for the nostalgic type, but really, it’s for anyone. It’s a functional three-season boot that’s at home in the hills, on country walks or even about town (because walking boots are fashionable these days, you know).
The size options range from 5 to 13, and it brings a slightly more relaxed fit on the inside for long-distance comfort.
The upper of the Kiwi Trek is made from full-grain leather. It’s quite a thin and flexible upper, more so than you’d expect given the hardy, old-fashioned aesthetic. Underneath, it has Craghoppers’ proprietary AquaDry membrane for waterproof protection and then a comfortable, wicking lining.
The ‘ghillie’ lacing system includes an adjustable tripe-hook design for optimum lock-in-ability and the boots come with black and orange colour options.
The upper collar is coated in NosiLife anti-insect mesh treatment (the same stuff that you find on Craghoppers trousers and shirts) to prevent insects, such as ticks, from hitching on to the exterior and making their way up the boot. This stuff has always impressed us in the Craghoppers clothing we’ve tested so it’s good to see it applied to boots.
“Nostalgia is part of what makes the Kiwi Trek so appealing.”
The outsole is made from Vibram rubber, with decent lugs, a slight heel brake and a nice sticky compound. The midsole is constructed with a lightweight EVA foam footbed that moulds to your foot shape and brings good shock-absorption.
The collar, the tongue, and the inner parts of the boot are comfy too, with extra padding for podiatric support.