Kit Focus – Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Hiking Boots Review

Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Boots review
2021 started with a lot more hiking than normal. A fall on ice on Christmas Day morning enforced a need to take four weeks off from cycling, kayaking, or sailing—due to a broken elbow. I embraced the demand for change though, pulling on a new pair of hiking boots from Craghoppers and heading out on the coastal paths and hills of the Isle of Wight…

The Craghoppers Kiwi Trek Hiking Boots appear to be traditional leather hiking boots at first glance, but in truth they are a modern feature-packed boot for off-road treks and hikes.

The Kiwi Trek boots have a full leather construction, with classic d-ring lacing and a soft leather lining. A Vibram outsole supplies the grip required for all surfaces, and the Aquadry waterproof membrane ensures your feet stay dry and comfortable within.

The full-grain leather construction has a padded collar and tongue for added comfort; the latter has been treated with Craghoppers’ patented NosiLife tech—to keep those pesky insects at bay in the summer months. Then there is a padded EVA footbed and midsole to offer cushioning and comfort.

Out on the trails, the Craghoppers Kiwi Trek boots feel light and nibble. The soft leather tongue avoids uncomfortable hotspots, and the high cut ankle and adjustable lacing offer a great amount of support. I was thankful to find the boots have a good large toe box to allow for comfortable wiggle room even when your feet are a little warm and swollen.

On the outside, the Vibram sole has held its own on slippery winter slopes and beaches, whilst the Aquadry waterproofing has been indispensable in the wetter weather.

Well-built, comfortable, and very adaptable to differing weather conditions and terrain. The Craghoppers Kiwi Trek boots are a superb example of an all-season hiking boot with a classic style and modern features. 

Disclaimer: Craghoppers supplied a set of Kiwi Trek Mocha Boots for test and review


  1. I have just purchased these to replace my trusty old Brasher's that are falling apart. From the first short hike they are light and comfortable, very comfortable but still feel robust enough to look after my feet. I am a traditionalist when it comes to boots and like a good leather pair all year round.
    Thanks for the review, it tipped my choice and I am not disappointed.


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