Keela Saxon / Storm (2014)

Features

At just 251g (men’s L) the Keela Saxon definitely won’t weigh you down – and that is the big feature here. To save weight, however, it is a little lacking in features. So there are just two body pockets, no external stormflap on the main zip, and no pit zips. But you do get a hood with wired peak, plus rear and face drawcords that can be rolled to the collar. 4/5

Fit

The men’s Saxon comes in sizes XS-XXXL and the women’s Storm in sizes 8-20. The body is short (as are most lightweight jackets) and did not quite cover my bum. The body does fit very well though with excellent movement in the sleeve without the cuffs or hem riding up. The hood fit is outstanding with excellent movement to allow really good vision. 5/5

Comfort

The Keela Saxon/Storm made from 2.5 layer Flylite Aqua, which won’t be as comfortable as those made from 3-layer laminates or those with mesh linings. But it is still waterproof and breathable of course. There is no external stormflap over the main zip, so it’s possible this area may be cold or even damp in really bad weather. Also, as this is quite a thin fabric, it generally does feel a little colder than stiffer, air-trapping fabrics. 3/5

In use

The low weight is a real performance benefit. The pocket access is not ideal when wearing a rucksack, however, which is a drawback, but the hood is superb and really is better than many higher-priced options. So it’s a mixed bag of pros and cons here depending on what your performance preferences are. 4/5

Value

The Keela Saxon/Storm’s performance and features are limited and I suspect many would prefer a more general hillwalking jacket for a few pounds more. 4/5

Verdict

Ideal if on a budget and low weight is your main need.

4.0/5

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Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine November 2014

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