Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket 2008

A regular winner of Trail reviews of kids’ jackets, the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is still very hard to beat. It’s made from a good waterproof and breathable fabric with a mesh lining, so it should be comfy. The chest pocket and lower pockets are all zipped, with stormflaps to keep the rain out. The front zip gets a large, fleecy chinguard too. The hood is particularly good, with face and volume adjustment plus the ability to roll it away in the collar. Finally, reflective piping adds a little security for when the nights draw in. But the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket’s fabric is not as waterproof or as breathable as some other fabrics.

Outer Rainlife 5000 Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2 to 14 years
Weight 554g (11/12 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK no info provided
Verdict
The Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is an ideal jacket for most children heading outdoors in all weathers. It was awarded both ‘Best Value’ and ‘Best in Test’ in our review.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008