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If you only hit the slopes occasionally Craghoppers' Kiwi Thermic may well be the jacket for you.

craghoppers kiwi
Overall Score
Decent value for occasional skiers
Snow can easily get into the pockets

From the start we should point out that the Kiwi Thermic is as much a country walking jacket as a ski jacket, but for those who only occasionally clip into skis and don't need a bona-fide ski jacket it will do the job.

This is mainly because it offers a combination of Craghoppers' AquaDry waterproof/breathable fabric with warm synthetic insulation, thus keeping you comfortable in cold weather at a bargain price. However, this does mean you get extra weight and bulk with the jacket.

There's a detachable hood - we'd recommend taking it off for skiing as it doesn't offer great adjustability or peripheral vision - and the other main features include a high, microfleece lined collar, one small inner pocket and one larger inner pocket, which will hold an OS Map. Both have zips. There are four outer pockets - two chest, four hand - two of which are zipped, Velcro adjustable cuffs and adjustable waist and hem.

So, not one for the purists, but for weekend warriors on a tight budget who are looking for a jacket they can wear in town and country as well as on the mountains it's worth a once over.

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