Scottish outdoor clothing manufacturer Keela has built a reputation for producing innovative garments packed full of technology, and quite rightly so.
Established for over 25 years, the Glenrothes-based company specialises in providing a range of clothing and accessories for Police, Fire, Military, Medical and Tactical services around the world. It manufactures its garments right here in the UK, in an ethical and sustainable manner using the best quality materials. Plus, all that technical know-how and innovative design technology for outdoor professionals makes its way into their consumer range, which is great news for outdoor enthusiasts.
With Autumn upon us, it seemed the perfect time to take Keela’s Prosport Advance technical jacket out for a hike in the hills on a very cold late September morning.
First, the design. The jacket is created using a clever 4-way stretch fabric, giving a tailored fit while still offering freedom of movement. This is an outdoor activities jacket in every sense and I found no restriction of movement with or without a rucksack. Plus, it looks fab. In olive green with black zips it really stood out amongst the crowd and I had plenty of admirers.
Admirer: “What make of jacket is that, mate?”
Me: “Ah, Scottish manufacturer that makes clothes for tactical services. If I told you I’d have to kill you.”
You get the idea.
Anyway, back to the design. It’s laden with lovely touches, as you’d expect from Keela, including a scooped back, attached hood with peak and volume adjuster and nice wire rim that moves with your head, adjustable cuffs, double storm flap with guttering and snap closure and adjustable shock cord at the hem and hood. Pockets include two on the chest (which work great with the addition of a rucksack) and waterproofed zipped chest pocket. There’s also a concealed OS map pocket and further little zipped pocket for keys, change, etc, along with underarm zips for dropping heat.
The jacket also benefits from Keela’s unique System Dual Protection, which involves two waterproof, breathable layers that create an air gap protecting against heat loss. The lining features wicking technology which keeps the body temperature even and prevents any condensation from forming on the inside of the jacket. My hike was the perfect setting to try this out in – three hours of solid rain in temperatures just above freezing, followed by a balmy September morning of temperatures reaching 14 degrees. Throughout the trip, the jacket did its job superbly without any rain or moisture build-up. Bravo Keela.
Keela’s Prosport Advance is a well-designed jacket which looks great and performs above expectations. Casual hikers will love it, while the features will also appeal to more extreme outdoor enthusiasts. It’s also versatile enough to take on late spring ski/snowboard expeditions when a heaver jacket would be too warm.
For an all-round, outdoor activities jacket, Keela’s Prosport Advance has it covered.