Keela Saxon (2015)

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Features

The Keela Saxon is a very lightweight jacket at just 263g (size XL), and it benefits from a hood with a wired peak and two main pockets. There is reflective piping as well, which would be useful at night. For such a lightweight option the jacket is slightly longer than might be expected. But it does lack the extra pockets and pit zips of heavier models. 4/5

Fit

Available in men’s sizes XS-XXL and women’s 8-20, the Saxon did not quite cover my bum but was longer than some lightweights. The fit was slightly looser than some, while the sleeve movement was excellent with cuffs and hem staying put when I raised my arms. The hood also fits and moves exceptionally well. 4/5

Comfort

The Saxon is made from a 2.5-layer FlyLight Aqua fabric, which is light and thin, which means it tends to buckle in the wind and does not hide condensation as well as 3-layer or mesh lining alternatives. The pockets are also mesh-lined so care is needed to prevent leaks through them. But the low weight aids the comfort of course. 3/5

In use

The two pockets are mesh-lined and placed where access is easily obscured and there is no third chest pocket, so in use this is not as good as other jackets. The hood and sleeves are both great though and a major benefit. The weight is the biggest plus point here though, and for some it will be the feature that overrides any other drawback. 3/5

Value

The weight is superb and the price is superb, and if you are able to accept the drawbacks with the pockets this jacket will be considered stunning value. 5/5

Verdict

If you want a lightweight jacket this is the best here, but the features are not as good as in many higher-priced alternatives. 3.8/5

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2015

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