Craghoppers Kiwi (2103)

The Craghoppers Kiwi has been around for some years now, and it has always been a good general-purpose jacket for walking. It is a little heavier than some others we looked at but in part that is due to it having a 2-layer Gore-Tex fabric with a mesh and polyester lining as well as being slightly longer than most other jackets. (That said, the Berghaus Hurricane is 3cm longer and 80g lighter if you are counting!) There are two base pockets and you can just about access these below a rucksack belt, but it is not ideal with some rucksack hipbelts. The chest pocket is tucked away behind the main double stormflap that protects the front zip, and this pocket is a good size for a map, guidebook or GPS receiver. The hood can be rolled into the collar and secured away very neatly, making this jacket ideal for more casual use. When adjusted to fit the head it offers reasonable performance too thanks to a stiffened (but not wired) peak, as well as the ability to tuck away the wraparound faceguards that often flap about in the wind when not fastened. The Craghoppers Kiwi feels very comfortable when on but is a little less well-adapted to hillwalking than general valley walking and travel, and this is illustrated when you climb over a stile as the hem has a tendency to ride up, which does not happen on more dedicated hill jackets.

Weight 774g (size L)

Fabric 2-layer Gore-Tex

Lining mesh and nylon

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes 8-16

External pockets 3

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents no

Website www.craghoppers.com

Verdict

The Craghoppers Kiwi is a good general-purpose walking and travel jacket that can be used for hillwalking, but it is not quite so well-designed for that activity compared to others.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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