Designed for a wide range of outdoor activities, the versatile Prosport Jacket is a waterproof, windproof and highly breathable 2-layer hard shell.
The outer fabric offers a generous — and extremely comfortable — four-way stretch for completely unrestricted freedom of movement.
SDP Condensation Control
Our unique SDP system means you can stay dry inside your jacket, even if you’re fighting through the worst conditions
Handy zips under the arms can be opened during periods of increased activity to help keep you cool and comfortable
Made with fabric that can stretch in 4 directions, the Prosport allows the ultimate freedom of movement
- Waterproof, windproof and breathable multi-activity hard shell
- System Dual Protection (SDP) technology
- Four-way stretch fabric for comfort and freedom of movement
- Regular fit allows room for layering
- Fixed hood with protective peak and volume adjuster
- Front zipper with double storm flap, hook-and-loop closure and snap fasteners
- Two large, zipped chest pockets protected by storm flaps
- Additional chest pocket with water resistant zip
- Concealed pocket, sized to take an OS map
- Underarm ventilation zips with double storm flaps
- Hook-and-loop adjustable cuffs
- Long scooped back for extra protection
- Locking shock cord adjusters at the neck and hem
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.
Keela’s unique System Dual Protection which isn’t new but which I’d not used before. As the name suggests it involves two waterproof/breathable layers, one attached to the outer fabric and one to the free-hanging mesh lining.
Keela says the air gap between the two layers protects against heat loss, reducing the need for other layers, and, combined with the wicking properties of the lining, regulates body temperature, minimising overheating when active. This sounds excellent. Does it work? Yes it does... The jacket is certainly warm compared with most waterproofs and on a strenuous hill walk in a stiff breeze I had no condensation inside.
The Prosport Advance is well-designed. Keela hasn’t gone with the trend for exposed watertight zips but stayed with the very efficient double-front flap over a standard zip.
The key feature of Keela’s ProSport Adv Jacket is its waterproofing technology called System Dual Protection, or SDP. Keela says that the standard test method for breathable fabrics is conducted under dry conditions – conditions that in real life are only found in the Sahara Desert.
SDP is intended to be breathable in realistic conditions, both wet and dry. It achieves this by using two membranes with an air gap in between the two: as with double glazing windows, this gap should stop the build up of condensation by preventing cold air from coming into contact with warm air.
This double membrane also increases the jacket’s durability, as the garment will still perform if the outer layer is damaged. As well as the innovative waterproofing system, the jacket has a large hood which adjusts to fit the head well (although you do need to use two hands to make the adjustment). The two main pockets are high to keep them out of the way of a rucksack’s waistband; they’re also mesh lined for added ventilation.
More ventilation comes from mesh-lined zips under the arms, although the mesh stops them opening very far; the two-way main zip, and the Velcro-sleeves have lots of space to be rolled up.
The hem is easy to adjust with one hand; zip pulls are chunky for when you’re wearing gloves, and there’s a large storm flap over the main zip, held in place by Velcro, to keep the rain out at this weak spot.
We test the Keela Prosport Adv to see just how good this well-designed jacket for all-round mountain use really performs on the mountains.
The Prosport Adv jacket uses Keela's 'System Dual Protection' to repel the weather, and as such it's just as well suited to foul conditions in the British hills as it is to winter in the Alps.
The outer fabric features a breathable membrane teamed with a mesh lining that has a high-wicking hydrophilic membrane laminated to it - these two layers of fabric create an 'air gap' providing a natural thermal barrier, protecting against heat loss and reducing the need for bulky layers - The resulting relatively light and loose feel of the Prosport is one of its great features.
Meanwhile the hydrophilic membrane rapidly transports moisture away from the body, keeping you dry and comfortable.
Keela have then incorporated all the major features you need in an outdoor jacket. What you get, then, is a fully-adjustable hood with great peripheral vision, and a high, microfleece lined collar, beneath which sit a zipped internal pocket (big enough for an OS map, incidentally), a small zipped chest pocket and two generously sized zipped hand pockets. There are also pit zips, Velcro adjustable cuffs and an adjustable hem.
All in all the Prosport Adv is a great value, rugged and versatile jacket that you could use year-round in the hills at home and abroad.
Waterproof hardshells have a reputation for being on the minimalistic side, but this isn’t an issue with Keela’s prosport offering.
As well as passing the waterproof, windproof and breathability tests with flying colours, we found that the prosport gave us more storage than any of the other jackets we tried.
In addition to two deep front pockets and a roomy chest one, the jacket even has its own concealed security pocket that’s big enough for an OS map. Although a little on the heavy side for a waterproof, we forgave it this slight issue because we rarely had to take a bag when wearing it.
Warm, spacious and cosy, the Prosport compromises two layers - a waterproof, breathable outer and comfortable, moisture wicking inner - between which an air gap helps reduce the build-up of moisture. The hood can be tightened securely, and pocket design is well judged. The Prosport fits large, leaving lots of room for underlayers.
VERDICT: Warm, comfortable, affordable; excellent pocket positioning.
The Prosport is a conventionally styled jacket that uses Keela’s System Dual Protection to keep the weather out and the condensation minimised.It makes for a fairly thick jacket and the Keela garment was the second-heaviest in the test.
The fabric is soft feeling and not as noisy as some. It also has four-way stretch, which allows good movement on more technical routes. Fit is regular. Length is standard, and the Prosport has a scooped back
The lining of the jacket is a very fine mesh construction, which helps reduce moisture build-up.
Out on the hill, the Keela jacket kept out the wind and rain and provided a little more warmth than some of the thinner jackets. Breathability was good. The hood stayed up well in a headwind, but the adjuster cords could be felt against the face when cinched in hard. It moved with the head when turned.
Keela avoids the use of PTFE laminates in the jacket and says it sources materials from sustainable sources. It also says durability is good, leading to a longer life for garments and fewer ending up in landfill. The company has signed up to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. It also offers, at a small cost, a repair service for its clothing.
The Prosport offers good value for money, with all the features you need to keep you protected on Britain’s winter hills. It’s fairly traditional in design, so will appeal to those who prefer that look to a slimmed-down minimalist look.