Belay Smock

£129.95 inc VAT

Originally developed for use by Tactical forces, the belay smock has now become a firm favourite for those that prefer an over the head design.

Featuring PrimaLoft® insulation with a highly functional design means this jacket takes its place for professional users.

Also available in Black and Wolf Grey

Product weight: 694g

Benefits

WARM WHILE WET

Unlike down, the unique Primaloft insulation keeps working even when wet, so you don’t need to worry about getting caught in a downpour

WARMTH WITHOUT WEIGHT

Primaloft insulation gives a high level of warmth, but without having to carry around lots of extra weight

COMPRESSIBLE

The lightweight filling means the Belay can be squashed down – perfect for shoving in a bag for use when needed

Features

  • Water resistant
  • Windproof
  • Neck baffle
  • Rollaway hood (not insulated)
  • Zip neck
  • Main chest pocket
  • Two hip pockets
  • Adjustable cuffs
  • 2 way zip ventilation from hem to upper arm
  • Adjustable side tabs
  • Approx pack size: Long 30cm, Width 20cm, Depth 15cm

Reviews

Smock Jacket

The Ventile smock you make is quite honestly the perfect garment for a woodsman. It’s breathable, super tough, and waterproof without feeling like you’re wrapped in plastic as with some gore tex type outerwear. The pockets are warm and generously sized, and the whole jacket is simple in its design so you’re not constantly snagged on pockets, zips etc…

Meet Mike Gormley, our Gear Tester and resident cold and wet weather enthusiast who seems to enjoy attempting to be comfortable in clearly uncomfortable circumstances and surroundings.

Recently, while the ‘Beast From The East’ was courting the Storm EMMA cyclone, our man Mike was out and about experiencing the worst of the weather. Here are his thoughts on the Heritage Ventile Smock from Keela.

This garment brings together some significant features to make it a bit special. The principal fabric is Ventile, a material developed during WW2 for the protection of pilots, especially if they had to ditch in the sea. It was a lifesaver.

Since then, Ventile has been used in garments for the likes of the first summit of Everest, polar expeditions and countless others. Made from a very specific cotton, finely and tightly woven, it is a very breathable, wind- and weather-proof fabric that is immensely durable, very pleasant to wear and notably quiet. All these, and in particular the latter, endear it to those who need to be silent in what they do.

I have used Ventile for many years and somehow it just has that ‘feel good factor’ when you wear it. When Ventile gets wet it swells, so sealing the fabric against water ingress.

No need for treatments. Sometimes Ventile is double layered to make it even more waterproof and I have such a jacket, but this tends to be quite bulky and goes quite stiff when wet.

Keela have combined Ventile with their Active Dispersal System or ADS, part of their System Dual Protection. ADS is key in moving body moisture away from your body. This all adds up to a very comfortable and highly protective garment well suited to most conditions in both high and low level activity.

Clearly this is a classic smock design, favoured by many, and makes this unique Heritage garment from Keela one that will have many uses and last a very long time.

JointForces.com - Review Keela Heritage Ventile Smock

"If you’re looking for a jacket that comfy to wear all day long, tough enough to handle the rigours of woodland life, and waterproof to the nines… I’ve yet to find a garments that beats the Heritage Smock from Keela”Read the full review here

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