Keela Cumulus MRT Pro (2103)

Designed in close collaboration with mountain rescue teams throughout the world according to Keela, and also the lightest jacket in its Dual Protection range, the Cumulus MRT Pro still weighs in at nearly a kilogram (size L). This weight is due to a huge feature set and the fabric. The material used is a robust outer and a liner that moves moisture away so that condensation is very well-managed, although these days most waterproof jackets do control condensation pretty well in a lighter package than this. However, there are four main external pockets, plus two additional Napoleon (chest) pockets under the main zip stormflap, so if you like plenty of storage then this is ideal for you. There is an additional small pocket on the sleeve too. I like pockets, but this is more than even I could use! The two hip pockets are well-placed to allow access above a rucksack hipbelt, but only the two pockets under the main stormflap are large enough to easily take an OS map, so it’s going to be hard to find a use for some of them. The Keela Cumulus MRT Pro can be quite warm due to the liner material effectively adding insulation, but there are pit zips to reduce overheating. The hood is very good, though, with a great wired peak plus superb fit and movement, making it by far the best feature of the jacket.

Weight 926g (size L)

Fabric Innovation 8

Lining ADS Laminate

Men’s sizes S-XXXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 6

Can hood be rolled down? yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.keela.co.uk

Verdict

Mountain rescue teams may love the Keela Cumulus MRT Pro; but for hillwalking there are too many pockets, which add to the weight. The hood and price are superb though.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2013

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