This jacket is designed for adventures, but adventures don’t have to be conquering mountains or trekking into uncharted forests.
For most of us, an adventure entails a brisk Sunday afternoon hike followed by a pint and a bite to eat at a cosy pub. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
Of course, even on these mild adventures, we still need to stay dry and comfortable and that’s why we’d recommend something like the Cairn.
Keela make clothing that is used by the military and emergency services so you know it’s going to be good quality. Not only is the Cairn water and windproof and extremely lightweight, it features Keela’s Aquaflex fabric, which uses three-layer technology to provide breathability and durability.
Other features include plenty of pockets, articulated sleeves and adjustable cuffs and a two-way zip with inner storm flap.
And if you really want to go proper adventuring it also features harness compatible pockets and a helmet compatible hood.
Gear Review: Keela Cairn Jacket
If you are looking for a rain jacket that folds into a pouch, stop here then. This fluorescent beauty (available in less flashy hues) is the handiwork of Scottish brand Keela. Keela know a thing or two about staying dry, and it shows in this versatile, first-class jacket.
You get a lot of bang for your buck. The 3-layer Aquaflex fabric is thin and lithe, and it kept me dry whenever the skies opened, ‘breathing’ well on the go as well.
The main, two-way zip is water repellent, as are those for the three roomy outer pockets, complemented by a fourth inside (annoyingly a little too small for chunkier smartphones).
The hood is helmet compatible and so rather large – prone to catch the wind. Happily it’s also fully adjustable, but I had to pull all three shockcords quite tight for a snug fit.
The wired peak helps keep vision clear too. The collar comes up fairly high, which was welcome in wind and driving rain, and the long, articulated sleeves gave my arms excellent freedom of movement.
The Cairn is also very light and packs down small into its hood. My only qualms are the thin tabs on the zips, which proved slightly fiddly to grasp with wet gloves on.
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