Craghoppers Nosilife Convertibles 2010

Craghoppers is well-known for its range of trousers, but the Nosilife Convertibles boasts the addition of NosiLife, the world’s first permanent insect-repellent fabric, according to the manufacturers. The material feels like cotton and is very comfortable, and of course it should help keep away those insects in summer when you bare your legs most. There are two seat patch pockets and two map-sized hip pockets plus a zipped security pocket. But the strangest feature is the addition of a drybag in each of the map-width leg pockets to keep valuables like a mobile phone dry for example. More importantly the trouser has knee-length zips to make it easy to remove the lower leg. I also like the use of double stitching throughout to increase durability. An elasticated waist with belt loops helps them to suit the fit, and the not-so-fit, waistline! But I’m not sure if the pocket drybag is actually any use, as if you are going to get that wet then surely you’ll be wearing overtrousers? Would something like a mobile phone be better stored in a rucksack? There is no stretch fabric here and no ankle cuff adjustment either. I also found the pocket closure buttons annoyingly difficult to use compared with a simpler patch of Velcro or zip.

Material polyester with NosiLife insect repellent
Sizes 30-42in (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight 408g (size 34)
Made in China
Stores in the UK 35

Features that are wonderfully weird in places but comfortably practical in others sets the Craghoppers Nosilife Convertibles apart from the average.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine July 2010