Zenith Pro Jacket
£99.95 inc VAT
Keela’s Zenith softshell maintains the balance between lightweight, breathable mid-layer and weather defensive outer layer.
Constructed with our redeveloped AirXtream fabric with fleece backing, the Zenith ensures maximum breathability, weather resistance and is completely windproof. Flexible and highly versatile the Zenith gives maximum comfort and performance.
The Zenith balances lightweight breathable mid-layer with weather defensive outer to create the perfect versatile softshell
A level of water resistance means you can stay protected while you head for shelter if you’re caught out in a shower
Smart & Classic
With a subtle and clean design the Zenith is great for the outdoors while also having that professional look
- Water Resistant
- Breathable thermal fleece lining
- Zipped hip pockets
- Zipped chest pocket
- Underarm zipped ventilation
- Hook and loop adjustable cuffs
- Scooped back
- One-handed drawcord at hem
- Navy only – includes interactive zip
When we were away in The Forest of Dean I tested out my new soft shell from Keela. I’ve been wearing Keela gear for a few years now and am especially keen on their trousers which I love wearing climbing. The new jacket in question is the Zenith Pro Jacket. What drew me to this softshell is that it is suitable for wearing as both a lightweight, breathable mid-layer and an outer layer which will defend you against the weather.
The photographs that I’m using during this review were all taken at the beautiful Puzzlewood, a location so otherworldly that they even filmed the latest Star Wars film there. It’s a wonderful place with totally unique woodland that’s different to anything I’ve seen before….Anywho, back to the coat… I was happy that I had chosen to wear it around the woods as it has a rugged feel, with a tough ripstop outer fabric. Some coats feel that if you were to snag them on something the whole coat would tear and would be ruined. The Zenith Pro however is a different beast and although being light weight, could definitely handle some abuse and I can see it lasting for many years ahead.
The cut of this jacket is awesome. It has a really nice, active fit and is excellent for energetic sports like cycling and running. I found the length of the arms and at the bottom of the coat to be spot on. Sometimes on jackets these can be a little bit long, which would make using this as a mid layer awkward. However, you can wear another layer over the top of this jacket without getting to much fabric at the cuffs.
Speaking of the cuffs, they have a really nice “velcro style” fastener. The hook section is made from a more modern and stronger looking material which has been engineered to a particular pattern and shape rather than just a piece of hooked fabric. This is one of those quality features which makes the Zennith Pro stand out and particularly desirable.
The fabric of the jacket is highly waterproof and during my time wearing it I’ve been caught out in the rain several times. It’s always held up really well and the rain has done that beautiful thing where it beads on the coat. However and rather obviously, with no hood it’s not great out in the rain without a further layer!
In Puzzlewood humidity was pretty high and walking around it was noticeable how good the breathe-ability was on the jacket. If you start to get really hot under the collar there are two large venting zips under the armpits which can help you shift any perspiration even faster!
There are two zipped pockets in the normal position. As well as this there is a higher, smaller pocket on the chest. This is great for storing a phone or when climbing as it is out of the way of any harness.
The Keela Zenith softshell is highly versatile and gives brilliant comfort and performance. I’ve been really impressed with lots about it. The windblocking properties are good, its AirXtream fabric will fend off the rain brilliantly and it has been really well designed with loads of great features and nice touches. Most of all as it is so well made and Keela have used such tough materials I can really tell that it is a piece of clothing that I will wear on many an adventure.
Kitwire – “Great quality and a great price”
Keela’s Zenith Pro and Zenita Pro softshells are perfect for year-round use. Ideal as a weather defensive outer layer, they also work superbly as midlayers when conditions get more hostile.The new Zenith Pro and Zenita Pro softshells are durable and versatile, can be worn just about anywhere and just about any time. Great quality and a great price: typically Keela.