The Ventile smock you make is quite honestly the perfect garment for a woodsman. It’s breathable, super tough, and waterproof without feeling like you’re wrapped in plastic as with some gore tex type outerwear. The pockets are warm and generously sized, and the whole jacket is simple in its design so you’re not constantly snagged on pockets, zips etc…
Ventile Heritage Smock
£309.95 inc VAT
Combining 100% pure cotton Ventile fabric with ADS laminated liner, the Ventile smock offers complete protection while remaining almost completely silent.
Designed to be highly versatile, the smock features two large waterproof access zips allowing for easy putting on and taking off while offering additional ventilation; and easily accessible pockets ensure essentials are always within reach.
SDP Condensation Control
Our unique SDP system means you can stay dry inside your jacket
Enjoy the many benefits and long history of the classic Ventile fabric
The large front kangaroo pocket is great for storing bits and pieces in easy reach
- System Dual Protection
- Condensation control
- Roll-away & adjustable hood
- Stormflap with snaps
- Zipped vents
- Adjustable cuffs
- Large front pocket
- Large kangaroo pocket
Meet Mike Gormley, our Gear Tester and resident cold and wet weather enthusiast who seems to enjoy attempting to be comfortable in clearly uncomfortable circumstances and surroundings.
Recently, while the ‘Beast From The East’ was courting the Storm EMMA cyclone, our man Mike was out and about experiencing the worst of the weather. Here are his thoughts on the Heritage Ventile Smock from Keela.
This garment brings together some significant features to make it a bit special. The principal fabric is Ventile, a material developed during WW2 for the protection of pilots, especially if they had to ditch in the sea. It was a lifesaver.
Since then, Ventile has been used in garments for the likes of the first summit of Everest, polar expeditions and countless others. Made from a very specific cotton, finely and tightly woven, it is a very breathable, wind- and weather-proof fabric that is immensely durable, very pleasant to wear and notably quiet. All these, and in particular the latter, endear it to those who need to be silent in what they do.
I have used Ventile for many years and somehow it just has that ‘feel good factor’ when you wear it. When Ventile gets wet it swells, so sealing the fabric against water ingress. No need for treatments. Sometimes Ventile is double layered to make it even more waterproof and I have such a jacket, but this tends to be quite bulky and goes quite stiff when wet.
Keela have combined Ventile with their Active Dispersal System or ADS, part of their System Dual Protection. ADS is key in moving body moisture away from your body. This all adds up to a very comfortable and highly protective garment well suited to most conditions in both high and low level activity.
Clearly this is a classic smock design, favoured by many, and makes this unique Heritage garment from Keela one that will have many uses and last a very long time.
“If you’re looking for a jacket that comfy to wear all day long, tough enough to handle the rigours of woodland life, and waterproof to the nines… I’ve yet to find a garments that beats the Heritage Smock from Keela”