GEAR | Autumn Walking in Craghoppers Airedale Trousers Review

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Craghoppers Airedale Trousers


What are they?

Women’s Airedale Trousers
Craghoppers £60
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Features

  • AquaDry Membrane
  • Stretch
  • Security
  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • 3 pockets

Craghoppers Airedale Trousers

In the last few years I’ve purchased 3 pairs of Craghoppers trousers, all of which are different colours and versions of the Kiwi Stretch Pro trouser, and in terms of summer warlking , they are hard to beat.

During the colder months I usually wear a pair of thermal leggings under my walking trousers, and I always pack waterproof over trousers too, so often during winter walks, I end up with three layers on. Far from ideal, but the best solution I had until I was sent the Craghoppers Airedale Trousers.

Craghoppers Airedale Trousers

The Airedale trousers feature Craghoppers’ AquaDry Membrane making them both waterproof and breathable. They also have a good amount of stretch making them very comfy, and essentially, easy to walk and scramble in. They have a stretch mesh lining, something I’ve not come across before, which did feel a bit weird initially, but I quickly got used to it.

One of the things I love about Craghoppers is that they provide trousers in three different lengths, making it easy to find the perfect fit. At 5 foot 6, I’m not particularly tall, but I usually choose long trousers simply because I prefer the look of longer legs and prefer trousers to gather slightly on top of my walking boots.

Craghoppers Airedale TrousersSecure zipped back pockets

The Verdict

These trousers offer a true to fit size, and I love the stretch they have to them. The waistband too, has an elasticated section which makes the trousers super comfortable and easy to wear. One of the things I like most about my Kiwi Stretch Pro trousers is the fact that they have a nice high waist on them, and the waist on the Airedale trousers does seem to sit very slightly lower, but they are still a nice fit.

I am quite warm-blooded, but on a day out walking in the Peak District in Autumn, I found they were ideal. We got caught in one very short and sharp downpour and rain simply beads on the trousers and then runs off.

A very promising first wear, and I look forward to updating this review again after I’ve worn them more over winter and in heavy rain!

Craghoppers Airedale TrousersThe velcro ankle strap which allows you to adjust the width of the bottom of the trousers

Favourite features

  • The trousers have got velcro adjusters on the bottom, so if you prefer to tuck your trousers into your socks, or don’t want them flapping around, they can me made narrower with ease.
  • The trousers have just enough stretch to make scrambling a cinch.
  • They are warm without being bulky or too hot.
  • The trousers fold away very small and don’t crease, so they are perfect for packing for weekends away or walking holidays.

Craghoppers Airedale Trousers

Thank you to Craghoppers for sending us the featured product to test.