The Keela Isla utilises the tried and trusted classic design for a general waterproof jacket. So it comes in a waterproof and breathable fabric with a mesh lining for extra comfort. The main zip has a double stormflap to keep the water out too (a relatively rare feature these days). The jacket has two base pockets but the body is long enough to allow access to these pockets while wearing a rucksack. The hood can be rolled into the collar when not required. On the head it benefits from reasonable fit. Drawcords at the hem and waist plus Velcro cuff adjustment mean you can enhance the fit and lock out the wind. This is a simple, sound and effective design that’s ideal for generally being outdoors walking. But the Keela Isla’s hood is a little strange as it has a wire at the base of the peak, rather around the peak rim. This wire doesn’t appear to help in any way to keep the rim of the peak in shape so it seems pointless to me. For more money you get less weight and more breathable fabrics of course. And it’s no good if you are male, either.
Outer 2-layer waterproof and breathable fabric
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness very waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Weight 608g (size 14)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict: If £80 is your budget then you’ll struggle to find a better general outdoor waterproof than the Keela Isla.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009