The Kiwi general-purpose jacket follows on from the very popular Kiwi trousers that Craghoppers makes. In both cases the products are items of practical walking gear that are great for wearing in the valley and wandering up the occasional hill. The jacket is made from Gore-Tex Performance Shell with a mesh lining inside so it is very comfortable and offers proven levels of waterproofness and breathability. But more importantly it is longer in the body than most jackets so you don’t have to wear overtrousers as readily and more importantly you can actually get your hands in the hip pockets while wearing a rucksack. There is a map pocket behind the stormflaps that cover the main zip too. The hood rolls into the collar and benefits from face and volume adjustment drawcords. It has a wired peak, but it does not have flappy wraparound chinguards that whack you in the face unless fastened. But at 772g (L) the Craghoppers Kiwi is very heavy. Also the hood peak, although wired, is not very stiff and so it does flip up too easily to be ideal. Higher prices access fabrics with more breathability such as Gore-Tex Pro Shell. Hood movement could be better too. So there are drawbacks, but these need to be weighed up against the positives of the jacket.
Outer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability very breathable
Sizes S-XXL (men’s); 8-20 (women’s)
Weight 772g (L)
Made in Indonesia
Stores in the UK no info provided
It needs a better hood and it is heavy, but if you prefer a longer jacket the Craghoppers Kiwi is an excellent choice for general walking.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010