Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers review: decent quality, easy-to-pack, emergency waterproof trousers

Packable and richly featured, Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers can be found at a bargain price if you shop wisely

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers
(Image: © Craghoppers)

Advnture Verdict

Descent overtrousers for occasional use on the hills and trails when the clouds start opening up.


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    Available in Small, Regular and Long leg lengths

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    Two zipped pockets

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    Packs into a small pouch

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    Competitive price


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    Shorter side zips

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Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers: first impressions 

When these Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers are rolled into their small, neat pouch, it’s really very easy to forget that you are carrying them. Fortunately, the designers haven’t forgotten to add a host of useful features which secure them a place in our best waterproof trousers buying guide

Alongside an elasticated waist with drawcord, Velcro-style tape at the hem keeps them tight around your hiking boots, while two zipped pockets offer a waterproof sanctuary for a phone and wallet. 

Shop wisely and you’ll find these richly featured packable waterproof trousers for a bargain price.


• RRP: £45 (UK)
• Gender specificity: Unisex
• Sizes available: XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
• Weigh (men’s large): 275g / 9.7oz
• Materials: Polyamide / Polyester
• Colors: Black

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers: on the trails 

Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers

(Image credit: Jonathan Manning)

We put the Craghoppers Ascent Overtrousers to the test, during the typically mercurial conditions of a walk in the English countryside.

As we quickly discovered, the side zips only go as far as the knee, so they’re not as easy to pull on as some other pairs of rain pants we tested. I had to balance carefully before trying to slide my size 11s through the legs when it started to rain – I succeeded, but not without concern that I’d rip the fabric. 

There’s a slightly plastic feel to the trousers, but called into action during a squally afternoon it was reassuring to see raindrops bead on the surface, and I stayed dry throughout. 

Think of them as more of a better quality emergency pair of waterproof trousers, rather than an all-day downpour pair, and you’ll be happy with your purchase.

Jonathan Manning

After spending a decade as editor of Country Walking, the UK’s biggest-selling walking magazine, Jonathan moved to edit Outdoor Fitness magazine, adding adrenaline to his adventures and expeditions. He has hiked stages or completed all of the UK's national trails, but was once overtaken by three Smurfs, a cross-dressing Little Bo Peep, and a pair of Teletubbies on an ascent of Snowdon. (Turns out they were soldiers on a fundraising mission.)