Craghoppers Kiwi Long / Madigan (2014)

Features
A much longer jacket than most. (The Kiwi is also available in a standard-length version for £90.) A drawcord at the waist helps improve the fit too. This jacket is also ideal for those who love pockets as you get six on the outside, with an OS map fitting in the chest pockets. The hood has a stiffened peak with volume and face cord adjustment. 5/5

Fit
The men’s Kiwi comes in sizes S-XXL with the women’s Madigan in sizes 8 to 20 – a wider women’s size range than most jackets, which stop at size 18. The Kiwi Long covered my bum with ease and extended to the mid-thigh area. The sleeves and hem tended to ride up a little when stretching though, and while the hood fitted it didn’t move with my head easily. 3/5

Comfort
The Craghoppers Kiwi Long is a heavy jacket at 1032g (size L) so it weighs your rucksack down when stashed and also feels quite heavy on. The fabric is heavy and there is a mesh lining too, which all adds weight. The waterproofness and breathability from the Aquadry-coated polyester works well enough, though, although higher-priced fabrics would probably offer better performance in the long term. 3/5

In use
The perfect jacket for many walkers due to that length (I am a big fan of longer jackets). But if you want a jacket for scrambling then the hem and cuffs riding up is annoying, while in foul weather the fact the hood doesn’t turn easily with the head is a drawback. But overall it’s better than many jackets across all price ranges.  4/5

Value
It’s hard to find a great jacket at £100, so when you get one with lots of good features it has to be excellent value. 5/5

Verdict
The long body will make the Craghoppers Kiwi Long ideal for many walkers.
4.0/5

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Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014