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Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Walking Boots | Review

A lightweight reboot on an old-school design. The new Kiwi Trek features a traditional look with a modern twist

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.

Photo: Chris Johnson

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.

Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson
Photo: Chris Johnson

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“I like a classic-styled boot. Favourites of mine include the Hanwag Banks GTX (£199), the Scarpa Terra GTX (£160) and the Meindl Bhutan (£233). They’re all great, but as you can see from the prices there, they don’t come that cheap. That’s why I was drawn to the Kiwi Trek by Craghoppers. It has the same aesthetic as those boots, but at a fraction of the price.

“From testing the Kiwi Trek, I realised it is cheaper for a reason. I’m not by any means saying it’s a bad boot, but it certainly feels a lot less durable than you’d expect from a boot of this style, with a lot of flex both in the sole and throughout the upper and a very light feel overall. On the flip side, that makes these very comfortable to walk in. I’ve put in long days in these and found I’ve never fely in too much of a rush to take them off by the end of the day, and I think that’s why these also make for a good boot for off-the-hill use – for day-to-day wear as well as on-the-hill-wear, essentially.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

“They remind me quite a lot of the Danner Mountain 600 actually, with that same light, nimble and flexible feel. I loved those boots and was hugely impressed with them over the first few big hikes I wore them on. They met their maker when I walked the Cambrian Way, however, with the waterproof membrane eventually wearing out where the toe box creases. So far, the waterproofing on the Craghoppers Kiwi Trek has been fine for me, but I do think that if I really push it, as I did with those Danner boots, that membrane is going to nick sooner or later – just because the upper is so thin and flexible. Who knows though, maybe some TLC with regular waxing will avoid that.”

Photo: Chris Johnson

Craghoppers Kiwi Trek


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