Several of my friends absolutely swear by these double-skinned winter walking trousers from Craghoppers, and being a fan of the summer version myself I recently took the plunge and ordered a couple of pairs.
The Kiwis feel like they’re made from a heavy cotton fabric, but in fact they’re a part-synthetic brushed polycotton which means that if and when the drizzle-proof coating on them gives in and they start to soak up water, they will dry out reasonably quickly and not sap as much of your body heat as, say a pair of jeans.
That waterproof coating isn’t a selling point of the Kiwis, but my friends who have owned pairs for a couple of years report that they’re pretty good at holding off a light shower when you get caught outside. Craghoppers are more conservative and describe them as weather-resistant.
The double layer of the Lined Kiwis makes it feel like you’re wearing your PJs under your trousers. It’s a cosy and snug feeling which seals in the warmth even on windy days and despite the temperatures having hovered around 2-3C for the last week of morning’s I haven’t once had chilly legs.
The Kiwi is a relaxed styling, with a loose fit which suits casual walking well. There’s an elasticated waist for those large pub-lunches, and an adjustable webbing belt for when you can’t afford your kecks to fall down.
The Kiwis feature normal hand-pockets and an extra zippered security pocket to stop things falling out when you’re sat or hanging from a harness. There are also zippered backside pockets, and on the right-hand side a large cargo pocket which will fit an OS map. Inside the cargo pocket is an elasticated phone pocket, but I never use those because I’m lazy.
There’s not a lot else to say about the Kiwis really. They’re dependable and reliable, well built trousers which will see you through winter. They are sold at an RRP of £50, but this is Craghoppers so keep an eye out and you’ll probably find them for £15 at a discount outdoor retailer soon enough. I’d happily pay £35 without batting an eyelid, such is their comfort.
SUMMARY: Warm, weather-resistant winter trousers for general activities or mooching at home. They’re solid, which is a compliment, and reliable. Nothing fancy going on, but heck; they’re only trousers. They’re available in Mens and Womens fit.