£139.95 inc VAT
The perfect mid or outer layer. The Talus Jacket features a Flylite Ultra fabric with added Cordura ripstop for strength without weight. A combination of 60gsm Primaloft Gold insulation for warmth, and stretchy fleece softshell side panels for increased ease of movement, makes the Talus Jacket a great core item for all year round use. It also features a technical fixed hood and malleable peak.
It’s lightweight fill means it’s suitable for all year round use whether as an extra thermal layer in your pack for chilly summer summits to frosty winter days. It’s water resistant and windproof.
Less weighty Primaloft insulation in the arms means protection for your body without losing arm movement
Warmth without Weight
Primaloft insulation gives a high level of warmth, but without having to carry around lots of extra weight
Warm while Wet
Unlike down, the unique Primaloft insulation keeps working even when wet, so you don’t need to worry about getting caught in a downpour
- Water resistant
- 60gsm Primaloft Gold fill
- Attached hood with technical malleable peak and volume adjuster
- Chest pocket
- Two body pockets
- Articulated sleeves
- Elasticated Cuffs
- 2 way zip with inner storm flap
- Adjustable shockcord at hem and hood
- Inner chest pocket
Let’s face it, nowhere in the UK does cold and wet weather like Scotland. So we were interested to test Fife-based Keela’s synthetic Talus jacket.
It ticks plenty of boxes, utilising tried and tested 60gsm Primaloft Gold wadded sheet insulation for core warmth, with lighter Primaloft fill on the arms, plus side stretch panels made from a heavyweight, hard-face fleece fabric. This combination of fabric and fills makes it pretty much windproof, yet offers improved articulation over conventional insulated jackets. It's comfortable to wear, though roomy, and you may want to consider sizing down for a more tailored fit.
The jacket has twin fleece-lined zipped hand pockets, plus both inner and outer chest pockets. Elastic-bound cuffs and a hem drawcord help to minimise heat loss. The main zipper is a reverse coil design with an inner stormflap and a chinguard. You also get an excellent grown-on-hood with three-point adjustment and, uniquely among the synthetic insulated jackets we tested here, a wired peak. On test, it proved a cosy and protective layer that combined all the advantages of synthetics - superior wet weather performance and quick drying ability - with high comfort levels and practical features.
A no-nonsense synthetic layer that uses high quality fill and boasts plenty of features, offering performance, practicality and good value.
This is one of those garments that seems to work for many applications. It is light, very packable, warm and highly wind- and water-resistant. So it ticks a lot of boxes for many times of the year.
The Talus jacket has proved ideal for exercise periods outdoors in a wide range of conditions.
This jacket from Keela works well as a mid or top layer. If doing so was possible these days, it is plenty smart enough for a visit to the pub. The Talus Jacket, available in Blue in six sizes or more tactical Charcoal in three, has 60gsm Primaloft Gold as its insulation so straight away you know it will be good. It has two useful sized ‘hand pockets’ which are part-lined with soft feel fabric, an internal pocket and for me, importantly, a decent sized chest pocket. We all have and use mobile devices these days, to stay in touch and often to track and navigate with and to grab those photo opportunities when out and about, so it is essential they are handy.
The Talus has a very good permanent hood which is fully adjustable – the collar makes a great neck warmer when not in use as a hood.
The Talus has a built-in fixed hood. This is a good one and very usable. Not only is it a good and adjustable hood, but it also works really well as a neck warmer. A feature I have found very handy when out early on cold mornings. As I mentioned above, the timing of this was ideal. I got to wear the Talus pre-lockdown but, once limits were imposed, I took to getting out for exercise very early to avoid other people both on my bike and on foot. Mornings were often frosty and quite breezy especially on my bike, but the Talus has proved to be ideal. No worries if I encountered a shower of rain, as it is able to cope with that as well.
The side panel feature is elasticated for ease of movement when the wearer is active
This jacket is made for active use, with adequate room in the arms to allow for movement and with elasticated cuffs to keep the chill out. Also elasticated are side and part arm panels, so again when fully zipped up the jacket will move with you and allow for your movements without rucking up. All together very comfortable and easy to wear. At the front is a two-way zip with a storm flap so it is both easy to adjust for airflow ,if needs be, or to keep that dreaded cold breeze outside. The Talus has proved to be all I was told it would be and I can assure you I have worn it a lot and will continue to for sure.
Chest pocket is extremely useful for the likes of my Land Rover Explore phone, which I use to record and navigate on trips out as well as for taking photos
Alongside the Talus on my chill dawn outings I have also been making use of some other Keela items worthy of note and previously covered in my Gormley’s Gear section. The Scuffer Trousers make an ideal match for the Talus, being light and stretchy, very wind-resistant and good on the bike – No, I am not a black Lycra cyclist! The Extreme Gloves have also proved to be appropriate, as has my time-served Micro Pulse fleece top (not reviewed on here). All in all, these added up to be a great combination for my early morning sojourns.
The last piece of kit I reviewed from Keela was the Cairn 3-layer shell, which performed very well and won a 'Best Budget Buy' award, so I was excited to see what the brand had to offer in an inisulated jacket test.
As I found before, Keela knows how to put together a decent bit of kit, with a fantastic design and quality for the price.
For a start, the Talus jacket has a very good set of features. As per most jackets, there are two lined hand-warmer pockets, an internal zip pocket, elasticated cuffs and two glove-friendly hem toggles. Meanwhile, the hood offers a fantastic amount of warmth and pulls in nicely around the fce thanks to the volume adjuster at the rear and the two toggles at the front, both of which are simple enough to use while wearing gloves. This, along with a high level of insulation and loft, ensures this is a very warm jacket. Of course, this warmth also means that the Talus jacket is not especially lightweight (566g in medium) or packable, being one of the bulkier synthetic options here.
Generally speaking, the jacket fits pretty well, but I did find it a tad short (I'm 6ft 2in), while it can also feel slightly restrictive across the shoulders and upper arms if you have another layer on underneath. Having said that, the sleeves are plenty long enough, and everything comes together well to ensure no cold air can slip inside.
In a line - The Talus jacket offers fantastic warmth and a great set of features.
If you love the warmth of an insulated jacket but hate the Michelin man-style bulk of a puffer style, you’ll love Keela’s sleeker Talus jacket. It’s stuffed with 60g of Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation, so it’s still very warm even when wet, and the outer surface or the Talus is windproof enough to help trap in heat even when it’s blowing hard outside. We like the stretchy side panels, which are lined with fleece rather than insulation and are designed help the jacket to move as you do when you’re getting active.