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The new Craghopper Kiwi,
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I've been wearing Craghopper Kiwi trousers for about the last 10 years and seldom wear anything else, the generous cut allows for total freedom of movement, the material is great for all seasons- quick drying and hard wearing. Having just ordered a couple of new ones I was amazed to discover that the design that has been tried and tested over the years has been abandoned, and is superseded by altering the tailoring around the crotch area and reducing the width of the thighs by 7 cm. The result is that they have designed the legs to be too tight, and the pockets which were quite generous, have now been reduced so much as to be useless. Craghopper, you have lost the plot and a regular customer.
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Initial post: 27 Apr 2013, 01:59:44 BST
7day worker says:
if they lost you i am off -disgusting
In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jul 2013, 18:19:35 BST
Dave's review is spot on. I've just returned mine for a credit. Quality is very poor, seems like they are trying to make them a slimmer fit but I have no idea who they had in mind when redesigning them. Only hope is to find some older stock from another seller.
Posted on 24 Sep 2013, 13:13:40 BST
J. Jenkins says:
They have lost my family as customers as well. Terrible quality, terrible fit and how do you get your hands in those pockets?
Have bought Craghoppers since they first started trading but no more!
Posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:13:15 GMT
I must have got through 8 pairs over the years without any problems, but my last pair also I am afraid. They have been slimmed down to the point of uncomfortable.
Posted on 25 Apr 2014, 10:29:15 BST
J. Lalor says:
Reducing the pocket size has made the trousers much less attractive to an experienced walker.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2014, 20:21:39 BST
Tricky Tree says:
Could not agree more. I have a pair which are 6 years old; been washed loads of times and still as tough as ever apart from the velcro going on the pocket and a bit of fading. Bought some new ones and they are too tight and much poorer quality. Now only aimed at a "fashion" market in my opinion.
Posted on 28 Jun 2014, 10:10:08 BST
thanks david, and others who agree .. possibly saved me from making a frustrating decision ..
Since you all sound more experienced than I here, and share the same concerns with this product .. are any of you able to suggest another brand or product, that you feel is a satisfactory alternative, that oozes quality where this lacks ?
Posted on 31 Jul 2014, 00:44:26 BST
They are still a good product but no where near as good as they were. Have been wearing them for 10 years or more and still have originals which I now use for decorating and DIY. The old ones definitely fitted better and still do when I use them today. The waist band actually had substance in it for one. Layers of material with reinforcement (not just the elastic, which was stronger then too). They also stay up without a belt which newer ones don't. There was more depth in the waist to crotch area I think.
Hip pockets were a little deeper and the zips were better. Pocket lining and secondary reinforcing panels are in a lighter weight (cheaper) material apparent in Bark.
I still wear them most days and have several pairs. They launder well and the cargo pocket is useful for wallets/phones/maps/pens(in the inner sleeve).
Haven't tried the base camp variant but it looks a watered down version.
For the price (discount not full) they still offer a good compromise for day to day wear combined with outdoor pursuits. There are better more functional items for a price and some much much worse.
Apart from the stronger stitching and heel tape the older variants were better.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2015, 13:13:05 BST
I disagree that they are still acceptable. My last three pairs are totally unnacceptable due to useless pockets, poor thin material and poor comfort. My advice is do not buy.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2016, 16:50:52 BST
I used to buy Kiwis regularly but never will again. I discovered Fjallraven Karl trousers which are everything the Kiwi could have been but isn't. They're more expensive but you get what you pay for and the difference is night and day! I really love the Karls - great fit, high quality, hugely versatile, way better design. And the pockets are superb too. Try them on and you'll see what I mean.
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