These are classic walking trousers that are well-proven winners on and off the fell. Made from polycotton, so they are fast-drying, lightweight and reasonably durable, the Kiwi Cargo is a more stylish version of the standard Kiwi. The women’s version is the Kiwi Makino, which has a lower waistline than most. You get loads of pockets including two map-sized hip pockets, two hidden map-sized hip pockets and a massive map-sized leg pocket as well as two zipped seat pockets. The waist is elasticated with a belt. The loose styling makes them reasonably comfy for general walking. These are very practical walking trousers that don’t shout “take me to the hills!” The price is excellent too. But they are not stunningly cool due to the rather boring styling that is a little conservative compared to some. The fabric is not stretchy either and you don’t get a diamond crotch or knee articulation, so others are better for climbing, scrambling and mountaineering. They are also not the most durable or water-resistant. The wide, non-adjustable ankle cuff is not ideal for walking.
Colours: smoke, pewter
Sizes: S-XL (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight: 566g (men’s size L)
Made in Far East
Stores in UK: England 500; Wales 50; Scotland 80; Ireland 40
Verdict: Buy these if you want a pair of good walking trousers that won’t look out of place in the pub and are reasonably comfortable when walking.