Keela Prosport (2015)

Features

The Keela Prosport features System Dual Protection comprising of a 2-layer waterproof and breathable stretch outer with a high-wicking ADS laminate lining to manage any condensation, so you stay dry from both rain and sweat. You also get pit zips for venting, and three outside chest pockets plus a dedicated map pocket under the stormflap. The hood has a wired peak too. 5/5

Fit

The size range is huge, with the men’s version available in XS-XXXL and the women’s in 8-20. The four-way stretch fabric allows a closer fit and movement in theory. On me the fit was slightly looser than some and did not quite cover my bum, which is like many jackets. The hood fits closely though and moves well with the head. 5/5

Comfort

The Keela Prosport is heavy at 837g (size L) and feels bulky and obtrusive compared to other jackets. It’s also a little warmer due to the System Dual Protection construction, so in summer it may be too warm, but you can wear less underneath in winter of course. The good news is you don’t get any condensation build-up inside as this system does manage it very well. 4/5

In use

The weight and bulk are drawbacks for year-round use but the features are quite good. The hood fits and moves well and has a wired peak so vision is great. The two main pockets are map-sized and easily accessed while the third chest pocket is great for a GPS receiver or phone. The dedicated map pocket inside the main zip stormflap is great. 4/5

Value

There are a lot of features here so the Keela Prosport has to be good value compared with many jackets, but it is very heavy. 4/5

Verdict

If you want a lot of great features and can tolerate the weight and warmer design then the Keela Prosport is ideal, particularly at this price. It wins Trail’s ‘approved’ accolade. 4.4/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2015

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