Woman’s Kiwi Pro Convertible Trousers

No exaggeration here but from the moment I laid my hands on the ‘Kiwi Pro Conve rtible trousers’ I feel like I haven’t taken them off. Firstly I took them on a full-on weekend of camping putting them through rain showers, wind and plenty of knee action. This is when I decided these trousers are a keeper! The fit and feel was one of the best I have experienced from a low budget range of woman’s walking trouser.

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I have worn them on mountain walks and scrambles; they were very comfortable even when worn with a harness. When it came to battling the elements they weren’t as good. When out walking, I got caught in a heavy rain shower and got soaked through; didn’t notice the ‘SmartDry technology’ kicking in and the trousers took about 20 minutes before they started drying a little. I ended up wet and cold so decided to change them.

They were great in strong sunshine, well as strong as you get in the UK – didn’t get any sunburn, so the ‘SolarShield’ fabric worked well. The zip off trouser legs were excellent, being quick and easy to adjust on the go. The shorts looked good, although a very fitted look!

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I’m 5’5ft and the regular length was perfect, I would say I’m on the small side of a size 12 and the fit was just right. The cut was neat and flattering with the pro stretch material making them extra comfortable during walking, scrambling, biking, canoeing and travelling.


  • Comfortable, flattering fit due to the stretch material
  • Surprise removable sunglasses wipe in the pocket
  • Zip off trousers turning them in to shorts worked very easily and quickly
  • Solar shield material protection from UPF 40+ UV rays stopped sunburn


  • Only available in Navy and Cocoa – more variety would be good such as Black and Grey
  • Not very good in heavy rain, but they are not waterproof trousers after all
  • Would say the sizes are a bit on the small side


A quality product which I loved the fit and feel of – a great pair of woman’s trousers suitable for all outdoor activities and travel in my opinion. Will definitely be purchasing another pair!

Manufacturer’s Website: www.craghoppers.com 

MSRP: $85 US  or £50.00

Listed Weight: 360g

Materials: Polyamide elastane, Solar Shield – sun protective fabric. Smart Dry – reliable water repellent

Size/Model tested: Size 12, Regular length

Warranty info: 14 days full refund

Colors Available: Navy or Cocoa


Arlisa Lightweight Jacket – (Deep indigo)

I have put the Arlisa Lightweight Jacket through wind, gales, showers and heavy cold rain while out walking and climbing in the mountains of Snowdonia, Wales.

When climbing in heavy rain I didn’t feel like it was very breathable and felt really sweaty. It held off the heavy rain well and the hood was a real comfortable fit and stayed in place well assisted by the inner collar and chin guard. The zips were waterproof lined and felt strong and have a good quality feel.

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It performed well on windy walks, keeping me warm.


  • Appearance and bright colors were quite stylish
  • Very lightweight, to carry in your bag or travel with ease
  • Hood can roll away to fix out the way
  • Large pockets are really accessible and can hold maps folded


  • Doesn’t feel very breathable and you sweat quite easy in it
  • Not very fitted for a woman’s jacket
  • Not a true size 12 – felt bigger

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A good-looking bright colored lightweight jacket – but not for me! The fit was on the large side for a size 12 and not as fitted as I thought it would be for a stylish woman’s outdoor jacket, I found it quite loose around hips and had to tuck under more than any other jacket – but I think this is just the style of the jacket as has a inner drawstring hem.

Very lightweight and easy to pack away for traveling with, protects well in the wind and rain with a good hood.

Manufacturer’s Website: www.craghoppers.com

MSRP:  $90 or £75.00

Listed Weight: 450g

Materials: AquaDry Membrane polyester with water resistant finish

Dimensions: 27’ jacket length

Size/Model tested: UK size 12

Warranty info: All products come with a lifetime guarantee

Colors Available: Deep Indigo, Bright Turquoise and Canary.

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