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The modern incarnation of the Kiwi Pro Trousers take what was great about the originals and add select touches to make them even better.

Price
£55
Value
10
Quality
9
Performance
9
Looks
9
Comfort
9
Overall Score
9
+
Superbly comfortable
Polyamide material is a little shiny
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If comfort is your main concern, then you’re well catered for here. The waistband of the Kiwi Pro II trousers is elasticated so sits well without a belt, and the cut is ideal for both walking and travel. There is room to move and decent articulation where you need it, like around the knees, and because the fit isn’t too tight the Kiwi Pro II trousers work well in a number of different environments and situations. If you are 'articulating' a lot, for instance when scaling a particularly vertiginous hill, you will be glad of the stretch in the material, which adds welcome comfort in tight spots.

Being polyamide the Kiwi Pro II trousers are quick to dry, which is handy if you get caught in a downpour or need to give them a quick wash and dry to freshen them up. This material is naturally a little shiny but the khaki colour on test offsets this nicely and the general look of the Kiwi Pro II seems much more modern than the original.

In summer the Kiwi Pro II are airy and breathable, doing a great job of wicking moisture from the skin, and the UPF 40+ sun protection is handy when the sun is beating down. They aren't so thin though that they're useless in winter, we've worn these on icy cold days and once you get going they're fine. A winter lined version is also available for particularly chilly weather.

All the pockets are zipped, with the two hand pockets being big enough for modern smartphones. The thigh pocket is lined with mesh which makes it great for ventilation when your legs get hot.

Overall a versatile and durable pair of trousers for hiking and general travel through the seasons.