Craghoppers Kiwi 2011

The Craghoppers Kiwi is a well-proven waterproof jacket that sits very much in the general outdoor clothing category. It is a bit heavy at 772g (men’s L), but it has advantages over some lighter and more mountaineering-orientated waterproofs. Firstly it is longer in the body than most jackets, which means you can get your hands in those base pockets while wearing a rucksack waist- or hipbelt. It is made of Gore-Tex Performance Shell, which is not the most breathable fabric from the house of Gore, but to add extra comfort you get a mesh lining. There is a traditional map pocket behind the main zip external stormflap that is great for guidebooks, maps or GPS receivers. The hood can be rolled into the collar and has wraparound face panels that mean you get good protection when this is fully battened down. When not needed the chinguards can be Velcroed away into their own small pockets. The hood has a wired peak that tends to flip up and the hood movement is not as good as higher-priced jackets. The Craghoppers Kiwi comes in a men’s and women’s version.

Price £175
Weight 772g (size L)
Fabric Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Lining polyester mesh
Sizes men’s S-XXL; women’s 8-20
External pockets 3
Wired hood yes
Side vents no

Features 3
Design 3
Comfort 4
Performance 3
Value 4
Overall 3

The Craghoppers Kiwi is a good jacket for the price, particularly if you like a longer design; but you do get better jackets at higher prices if you are prepared to pay more.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2011