For cyclists and runners, the Saxon is highly technical, lightweight and waterproof.
Made from Flylite Aqua fabric, it has an adjustable hood to fit over helmets and reflective piping to give high visibility. It’s ideal for fast-moving sports and takes up a tiny amount of room in your rucksack.
These colourways are discontinued and have limited availability, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
No further discounts can be applied to this item.
The Saxon includes a helmet-compatible hood and scooped back (perfect for stopping drips when leaning over a bike)
Reflective trims help to increase your visibility in low light, and the orange version has extra reflective patches
Zipped Back Pocket
The back pocket is easy-access storage and perfect for popping your smaller bits and pieces in if you’re out on your bike!
- 3-way adjustable hood
- 2 zipped hip pockets
- Zipped back pocket
- Thumb loops
- Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
- Active cut with scooped back
- Reflective trim
- Water-resistant centre front zip
The Saxon uses Keela’s own Flylite Aqua fabric, and our test sample was in a fluorescent green. There are also reflective logos and piping to help visibility.
The main zip has a single puller and is backed by a stormflap. The jacket hem has drawcord adjustment with spring toggles.
There are two zipped handwarmer pockets and the jacket also has a rear pocket with zip, low down on the scooped back, a feature designed for cyclists.
The sleeves are articulated and the cuffs have lightweight rubberised hook-and-loop fastening strips for adjustment. There are also fabric glove loops inside the cuffs.
The hood has a wired peak and shockcord adjustment in a halo arrangement with rear spring toggle and side cords with spring toggles. These allow the hood to be cinched in snug against the face to keep out the weather. The hood turns with the head when tightened in. It’s also roomy enough to accommodate a climbing helmet.
The Saxon uses a ‘2.5-layer’ construction, with the inner face of the jacket comprising a printed pattern.
The Keela jacket is the most competitively priced in the test, and packs down well, with a fairly low weight. It is ideally suited to runners and bike users, though walkers and climbers will appreciate its lightweight construction and the fact it has plenty of features more likely found in a heavier garment.
We used it both on our bike and while walking, and the Saxon worked well for both. It kept us dry and the light weight of the jacket is useful for moving quickly. Breathability was good, but the inner face did get a little clammy after prolonged uphill sections.Read the review here
A feature-packed, all-weather activity jacket.
If you are weary of being cooped up indoors exercising at the gym and yearn to enjoy some fresh air, choosing the right attire to help face and fend off the inclement weather is vital.
For those who aspire to a decent balance of protection and breathability in their clothing, the Saxon jacket from Fife-based Keela might be just the ticket.
The Flylite Aqua waterproof fabric provides a sufficient barrier to withstand harsh downpours while circulating enough air to remain cool and comfortable.Good Points?
The oversized hood has been developed for cyclists to cover their helmets and this works extremely well. Traditionally if you wanted to protect your head from rain either a cap or helmet cover would be essential. While both would do a great job, you would likely end up with a noggin drenched in sweat into the bargain.
Having air flow between the hood and helmet makes for a more pleasant ride and means you can arrive at your destination feeling fresh.
The scooped design at the back helps guard from soggy bottom syndrome which can occur with wheel spray from the bike or foot pick-up while running. This is a real bonus as many active wear manufacturers forget this vital area.
Additional features include adjustable cuffs, reflective trim and three zipped pockets.Bad points?
Very few. But remember it’s a thin shell so layering up underneath is essential.Best for …
Urban and rural adventurers who crave being outdoors all year round.Avoid if …
Binging box sets in the warmth until spring arrives is more your speed.
Score: 9/10.Read the review here
The inner face of the jacket is a honeycomb and patterned design. Breathability was quite good, though there was a clammy build-up inside the jacket when working hard. The sleeves are articulated and cuffs have hook-and-loop adjustment. There are also thumb loops to help keep the hands covered by the sleeve cuffs.
The sleeves were generous enough to allow them to be pushed up to allow cooling when on tougher sections of routes.
The Saxon has two zipped medium-size hip pockets. The rear pocket, with water-resistant zip and reflective trim is a good size and will actually take an OS map.
We’ve used the Keela Saxon Jacket extensively, both on the hoof and in the saddle, and it worked well. The snug fit was good on the bike and the rear pocket was useful when cycling. For runners and walkers, the jacket is small enough to roll up into a small pack and, in fact, it fitted into the bum bag I use for walking on warmer days and while on the bike.
The women’s version, the Storm Jacket, is cut to fit the female form and has an additional zipped breast pocket.
Price was competitive for a versatile waterproof jacket which, as well as suiting runners, mountain bikers and cyclists, worked well while walking too.
Grough – On test: Keela Saxon