£104.95 inc VAT
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.
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!
Weight – 250g | Code – 00020
- 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
With the change of routine over recent months, I’ve taken my running in different directions. For a while I focused on shorted more intense runs. More recently I’ve been able to go a bit further.
What I’ve discovered through this period is the importance of the right tech and kit to support performance and ensure I have everything with me I need. Previously I hadn’t given run packs and jackets a huge amount of thought, but having the right materials, fit and storage has become much more important.
Through the winter I have also tried out a range of Keela clothing that employs new design or material technology. The Merino top did a good job of keeping me warm on cold mornings, while the Neck Gaiter added some further wind proofing in this crucial area.
However it was the Keela Saxon jacket that was the real star. Not only did it keep out the wind and the rain, but I could pack it down small enough to fit in my backpack. Also there was some really intelligent design around the hood, which offered a structure that created a peak to stop the rain dripping down onto your forehead.
Keela says the Saxon Jacket is designed with active sport users in mind, and cyclists and mountain bikers will appreciate some of its features, though it will also serve walkers who want a lightweight waterproof.
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.
What is it?
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.
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.
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.
I’ll be 100% honest and at first I was not looking forward to testing the jackets as cold weather and probably rain would be needed and they seemed a little scratchy for my delicate skin! That aside, I gritted my teeth, waited for the next windy and wet night and kitted up.
It didn’t rain so I did not get to test how water tight the garment is, but given the care of construction this should not be an issue. I have cycled in the jacket, run in the jacket and tried it out in the house. All good. On the bike the hood did actually fit over my bike helmet as claimed and zipped up to half cover my lower face to protect me further from the elements. I liked that!
On the run I usually like a soft, non-rustley shell, so I was a little concerned that the fabric was a little more rustle than I like. Again, out and about it actually was fine and didn’t annoy me. "Of note too are the pockets, and in particular the rear pocket which has a decent sized zip to allow easy use on the move.
In addition at the rear, the jacket has its scooped shape to cover your rear on the bike and it works whilst running too. The jacket is fully bonded at the seams, there are draw cords for a snug fit and it is lightweight and packs down into the rear pocket.