Craghoppers Ashton (2015)

Features

The Craghoppers Ashton is all about the length, as it’s one of those rare models that’s long enough to really cover the bum and allows you to get your hands into the hem pockets below a rucksack hipbelt. It uses 2-layer Gore-Tex with a mesh lining, which makes it heavy. The hood is also not quite as well-featured as the better jackets. But if you want length, this is it. 4/5

Fit

The men’s Ashton comes in S-XXL (the nearest women’s option is the Madigan – £100, 8-20 – which is of a similar length but uses AquaDry, not Gore-Tex). The long body fully protects the top of the legs and fit is similar to most general jackets with some movement in the cuffs when you raise your arms. The hood fits closely but doesn’t move with the head easily. 3/5

Comfort

The Craghoppers Ashton is a heavy jacket at 771g (size L) so in your pack it weighs you down. When worn it feels more restrictive than others, but it is made from a soft version of Gore-Tex while its 2-layer construction means there’s a mesh lining for more comfort. Some will feel this is comfier than skimpy lightweight jackets; others will feel it is cumbersome and obtrusive. 4/5

In use

This jacket’s length is the real bonus here for walking in foul weather as it offers so much more protection than others. You can access the base pockets below a rucksack hipbelt but you have to open the front zip to find a map-sized pocket. The hood has a stiffened peak, but it doesn’t move well with the head so it’s a little irritating compared to others. 3/5

Value

The Craghoppers Ashton is made from 2-layer Gore-Tex and it has a long length that makes skimpy, shorter jackets appear quite pricy by comparison! 4/5

Verdict

If you want a longer jacket then the Craghoppers Ashton is a rare example, but it has drawbacks in terms of weight and features. 3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi (2015)

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Features

The price is the main feature here as the Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi was the lowest-priced jacket we received for our test. It weighs 505g (size L), which is reasonable. The hood has a stiffened peak, and there is a rear volume adjuster and captured face drawcords. There are only two lower pockets, which are not large enough for OS maps, plus a third OS map-sized chest pocket on the inside. 4/5

Fit

The Kimba comes in sizes S-XL for men and the Ruhi in 8-20 for women. The fit is shorter and closer than pricier jackets here; and the mesh lining protruded from the cuffs in use. The hem and cuffs also ride up more easily than higher-priced jackets. The hood can be adjusted to fit, but does not move so well. 3/5

Comfort

It is made from AquaDry fabric with a mesh lining. The waterproofness and breathability figures are as good as the much higher-priced jackets, while that mesh lining aids comfort. The short body, close fit and sleeves riding up limit the comfort a little, compared to better-fitting jackets. 3/5

In use

The lower pockets are not easily accessed with a rucksack and the OS map-sized chest pocket is inside the jacket, so you have to open the zip and will potentially get wet if you want to read your map or retrieve your GPS or compass. The hood movement, short length and other features combine to make the Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi less than ideal in wet and windy weather. 3/5

Value

It is a very low price and if this is your budget then you may be able to tolerate its drawbacks, but more cash brings far better performance for the British mountains. 5/5

Verdict

The Craghoppers Kimba/Ruhi’s value for money is superb but the performance is the bare minimum for staying dry and comfortable in the hills. 3.6/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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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

www.craghoppers.co.uk

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2014

 


Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long (2014)

One of the most common requests we get at Trail is for more reviews of longer waterproof jackets. So here goes! The Craghoppers Kiwi for men and Madigan for women come in a ‘standard’ version (£90) and the Long version featured here at £100. A damp derrière is a thing of the past when you are wearing this jacket – and you can leave those waterproof overtrousers in the rucksack longer too, as this really protects those nether regions! The material is heavy-duty polyester with a waterproof membrane, which while not offering the lab test results of higher-priced waterproofs still controls condensation well, thanks in part to the mesh lining. The styling may be a little too ‘traditional’ for some users; but you do get six external pockets, and an OS map just about fits in the chest pockets, while all the pockets can be accessed while wearing a rucksack with a hipbelt. The hood can be zipped off and has a stiffened peak, but it does not move with the head as easily as others. The main drawback here is the weight of 1080g (size men’s L), which is pretty heavy. Some weight could be shaved with small design changes, like fewer pockets for example, but a longer jacket will of course always be heavier than a shorter equivalent. The Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long is a lot of jacket for the money though.

Weight 1080g (size L)

Fabric AquaDry polyester

Lining polyester mesh

Men’ssizes S-XXL (Kiwi Long)

Women’ssizes 8-20 (Madigan Long)

External pockets 6

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit zips? no

Website www.craghoppers.co.uk

Verdict

The Craghoppers Kiwi Long/ Madigan Long’s longer design will please many, the style may be less appealing and the weight is a drawback for backpacking. But no complaints about the price!

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2014

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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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Craghoppers Miya Stretch (2013)

It may be heavy, but the soft and stretchy fabric makes it great to wear. The AquaDry fabric is waterproof, and a mesh lining throughout will help wick away sweat. It’s got a lovely snug, high collar to trap warmth and keep out rain, and the hood’s a decent size too – let down by a floppy peak and not enough side protection but it will stay on when tightened. It also zips off if you don’t want it, although the zip adds weight and detracts from the fit. Loads of pockets, including an inside map pocket – although you’ll have to completely unzip to get at it.

 

Sizes: 8-20
Fabric: AquaDry
Weight: 520g
Men’s version: No
Contact: 0161 749 1300; www.craghoppers.com

 

* Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2013.


Craghoppers Hsuki (2013)

The Craghoppers Hsuki is made from a very soft and slightly stretchy fabric with a loose mesh lining, which makes it instantly more comfortable to wear than many waterproof jackets in our test. Like many jackets it is a little short and the two hip pockets are easily obscured when wearing a rucksack, so it could be much better. But you do get two Napoleon chest pockets that are map-sized and very useful when hillwalking for maps, guidebooks or a GPS receiver. There are pit zips too in case you should overheat. The main zip isn’t protected on the outside by a stormflap but it is a water-resistant zip and there’s an internal flap to funnel leaks away. The zip-off hood fits well and moves well with the head. The peak is stiffened but not wired, although it still provides a good degree of protection. A nice addition is the brushed lining to the collar, which further adds to the comfort – and all that for £120 is a good deal.
But it is a bit heavy.
 

Weight 661g (size L)
Fabric Aquadry polyester ripstop
Lining mesh
Men’s sizes S-XXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 4
Wired hood no
Side/pit zips yes
Website www.craghoppers.com

 

Verdict

The Craghoppers Hsuki is a good hillwalking jacket at a good price that’s particularly comfortable, but some others have better-designed features.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013


Craghoppers Kiwi Gore-Tex (2012)

This is a superb 2-layer Gore-Tex waterproof that’s casual enough to double as an everyday jacket. It’s got a decent hood with an excellent wired peak; and the collar is high and fleece-lined. The external double storm flap fastens with pop studs: fiddly but solid. The main pockets are a little on the low side, and aren’t particularly generous; and it has a deep internal pocket that’s compromised slightly by the narrow opening. The cuffs use both Velcro and elastic – a great combination, and it uses drawcords at both the waist and the hem.

Sizes: S-XXL
Fabric: 2-layer Gore-Tex
Weight: 740g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0161 749 1300; www.craghoppers.com


Craghoppers Buenos 2.5 Layer (2012)

This jacket’s 2.5-layer fabric bonds a stretch face fabric with Craghoppers’ AquaDry water-repellent finish. It has a tough, soft, shell-like appearance, but don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s as breathable as one! Inside, the fabric has a plasticky feel that can be quite clammy against bare skin. The stretch fabric gives great freedom of movement, though, and overall it’s a nice jacket to walk in. It’s got a high collar, although unfortunately it’s rather stiff and chafes cold skin. The zip-off hood is a decent size with plenty of adjustment, although the peak is too floppy to work well in heavy rain. The two hip pockets are difficult to access when wearing a pack, but it does have a useful chest pocket for valuables.

Sizes: 8-20
Fabric: AquaDry
Weight: 375g
Men’s version: Yes (Iguazo)
Contact: 0161 749 1300; www.craghoppers.com

 

Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2012


Craghoppers Byron

A low-key styled jacket with a 2-layer Gore-Tex membrane tucked away inside to keep the performance levels up. You could easily get away with this jacket in town thanks to its casual looks. The 2-layer Gore-Tex means that there is a semi-loose lining layer inside trapping heat, making this one for cooler days. The fleecy lining to the collar is also a nice place to bury your face when the wind is blowing. The fit is fairly long, so it does cover the top of the legs, which is another bonus for casual walks when it’s not quite wet enough for overtrousers. The two waist pockets aren’t great for use with a pack as they fit right under the waistbelt. The hood is also more for emergency use, although it folds away into the collar.

VITAL STATS
Sizes
: S-XXL
Materials: Two-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell
Weight: 626g
Pockets: 3
Women’s version: No
Contact: 0844 811 1022; www.craghoppers.com

 


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
Website www.craghoppers.com

Ratings
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


Craghoppers Endurance Lite

Quite heavy at 350g, and the Endurance Lite fabric is also very noisy to walk in, with an old-school plastic mac feel. It keeps rain out, although the fabric doesn’t breathe well, so watch out for condensation build up on the inside. However, it’s got a great storm flap, with a wide strip of fabric covering the main zip, secured by Velcro tabs. It’s also got a lovely high soft-lined collar that’s great to bury your face into. Unfortunately the hood is a bit of a let down; it’s too small for women with long hair, it’s got a floppy peak, and there’s no protection for your cheeks. It’s got drawcord adjustment, but even with the cords tightened, it’s hard to get the hood to stay on in the wind.

VITAL STATS
Sizes:
8-20
Fabric: AquaDry polyamide
Weight: 350g
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 08448111022; www.craghoppers.com
• Review from Country Walking magazine, May ’11


Craghoppers Explorer 2009

The Craghoppers Explorer general-purpose jacket uses 2-layer Gore-Tex Performance Shell for great performance; softer feel, more rustle-free; comfy mesh lining; long enough for access to pockets with rucksack on; map pocket; removable hood. But 890g (size L) is very heavy; hood movement and peak are not quite as good as some others.

Verdict: The Craghoppers Explorer is a good travel and general-purpose jacket, but others are better for hill-walkers.

 

First published in Trail magazine November 2009


Craghoppers Madigan

A good length in the arms and body. The zip-off hood is rather small, though, and didn’t protect the sides of the face too well. A feminine looking jacket that will keep you dry, although the AquaDry fabric isn’t the most breathable. The insulated “hot pockets” were certainly very warm and large map pocket was a bonus.

VITAL STATS
Colours: Cloud blue, dark navy, light damson, berry red
Sizes: 8-20
Fabric: AquaDry polyester twill
Key features: Detachable rollaway hood, map pocket, brushed chin guard, zipped inner pockets, interactive zip
Weight: 750g
Men’s version: Kiwi
Contact: 0870 220 6601, www.craghoppers.com
Verdict: An attractive waterproof jacket with the emphasis on comfort. Quite heavy, but well-priced and comes with a lifetime guarantee.

Craghoppers Faulkner/Shinoda

This general-purpose waterproof jacket is a reasonable length to provide protection around the bottom; base handwarmer pockets can be accessed below rucksack belts; mesh lining adds comfort; dedicated map pocket behind zip stormflap; excellent removable rollaway hood with wired peak. But 934g (men‘s size L) is getting heavy; higher level of fabric waterproofness and breathability come with higher price tags; external chest pocket is a tad too small for an OS map.

Verdict: A great jacket for the price and good for walkers, with only minor niggles.


Craghoppers Shadow

This waterproof jacket from Craghoppers has a fine contemporary design. The body length is slightly shorter than most, but the high, fleece-lined collar is extremely snug and comfortable, and the adjustable hood is excellent too, with a good wired peak. For a lower priced product, the Shadow performs pretty well. It keeps you dry and, while not quite as breathable as some, the fully adjustable cuffs and hem help keep you warm and comfortable on the hill. There is a useful choice of pockets, including two large ones inside. However, the handwarmer pockets are a little low to reach with a rucksack on.

Verdict: A well designed, fairly priced waterproof that looks good both on and off the hill. Not as breathable as some, but comes with many excellent features and, at only 575g, packs away easily too.

Colours: French blue, coulis (bright pink)

Sizes: 10-20

Fabric: Craghoppers Aquadry

Main features: Map pocket, taped seams, wired hood, fully adjustable hood, waterproof zips, moulded rubber cuff adjusters, waist/hem drawcords

Weight: 575g

Men’s version: No

Contact: 0870 220 6604; www.craghoppers.com