Kiwi clothing from Craghoppers is an extremely popular range with walkers and travellers – and the addition of the Pro Stretch Active Trouser provides something for the more demanding user at an excellent price. For just £45 you’re getting a two-way stretch fabric that’s also guaranteed to provide UPF 40 protection against UV rays from the sun. The cut of the trouser is ideal for walkers and backpackers as it is reasonably close without being restrictive. The waist is elasticated and has belt loops. You don’t get a diamond crotch panel, but the stretch fabric provides plenty of movement here. There is some articulation in the knee and the calf area is not too baggy, which is good as there is no adjustment in this area. The pockets are all zipped and the leg pocket is wide enough for an OS map, but it isn’t deep enough to fully accommodate it. These trousers aren’t perfect, but at this price they’re more than good enough for most walkers heading up the valley, across the moors or into the mountains; but you will get a better product if you pay more.
Fabric Solar Shield Stretch (96% polyamide, 4% elastane)
Colours dark khaki, black, elephant
Weight 360g (L)
Men’s sizes S (32-36), R (30-42), L (32-36)
Women’s sizes none
A superb price for a very good trouser that provides most of what people will need when moorland, hill or mountain walking and backpacking. The Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Stretch Active Trouser won ‘Best Value’ in Trail’s test.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine April 2013