Keela Pinnacle (2012)

Keela is well-known for producing fully featured, well-priced kit – and the Pinnacle is no exception. It’s made from a robust 3-layer fabric that is a bit stiff and noisy. Put the jacket on and you get a double stormflap over the front zip to keep the rain out with an extra map-sized pocket behind these flaps. There are two chest pockets placed very high on the body (in fact they are just a few centimetres too high), which are map-sized and can also be accessed while wearing a rucksack belt or harnesses. The hood gets a wired peak, volume adjustment and face drawcords, which helps it fit closely and move easily with the head. I have seen better hoods, but it is more than capable of providing good protection. There are pit zips under the arms for improved ventilation control too. The main problem with this jacket is that it is a little short and the sleeves ride up when stretching upwards while scrambling. The weight-conscious may also consider it to be heavy.

Weight 752g (men’s L)

Fabric 3-layer Blizzard

Lining none

Men’s sizes XS-XXXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Wired hood yes

Side/pit vents yes

Website www.keela.co.uk

 

Verdict

The Keela Pinnacle is a reasonable jacket for the price, but the short style, weight and high chest pockets are drawbacks that mean it is not the perfect hillwalker’s option.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012