Craghoppers Kids’ Kiwi Winter Lined Trousers


What do you mean winter’s nearly over? You still need to wrap up warm…

Kids need the right outdoor kit, too – and it’s easy to forget that they need to wear decent clothes in the freezing conditions Scotland can throw at them.

Kiwi-GraniteCraghoppers know a thing or two about trousers, having launched the famous Kiwi on an unsuspecting public 50 years ago. Now a global brand, they boast a massive range of diverse outdoors clothing – some of it endorsed by Bear Grylls, no less.

My 13-year-old son Charlie is no Bear Grylls, but he loves nothing more than coming out for a dog walk. It’s been quite chilly recently, though, and lately he’s been a bit reluctant.

So when I showed him these great winter lined trousers from Craghoppers, he perked up a bit, got off the sofa, and tried them on. They were a pretty good fit, with an elasticated waist allowing for any ins and outs, and belt loops, too. This is the largest size they do (13yr), but they were a good length, and a slim fit in the legs. They have a dart in the knees to make them a bit roomier when you’re on the move, and four pockets – two hand-warmers, a zipped one in the seat, and a kind of thigh pocket, roughly phone size, and also with a zip.

buttondetailThe first thing Charlie noticed, though, was the cosy polyester lining in the legs. “These are brilliant,” he declared, “I won’t be cold on walks any more”.

Well, there is no stopping him now. We’ve been all over the Pentlands in arctic conditions – the wind flapping about his ankles – but he’s impervious to it all. The SmartDry cotton outer seems to be self-cleaning, and is water repellent, up to a point. There is even a UV element to the fabric – so in the winter sunshine your legs are protected.

zipCharlie loves the zipped phone pocket, but thinks the hand-warmer pockets could have had a cosy lining, too, so we’ve knocked off half a star – otherwise these would have got full marks.

Other features:

• 240g polyester lining
• SmartDry fabric outer
• Solarshield UPF40+ protection
• Knee darts
• Elasticated waist
• Four pockets, two with zippers

RRP £30 See Craghoppers.

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