A superb choice for kids heading outdoors, the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is a frequent winner of Trail awards. The fabric is waterproof and breathable, and feels robust enough to cope with scuffs and scrapes. The mesh lining adds a little extra comfort too. There is a full-length zip, and the chest pocket and lower pockets are all get zipped access. All these zips are protected by stormflaps to keep the worst of the rain out. There is a large, fleecy chinguard at the top of the main zip, which is ideal for protecting the child from the zip. The hood can be rolled into the collar when not needed, and it has a good chance of fitting well as it benefits from volume adjustment at the rear and elastication around the face. The hood also gets a wired peak so that the child can see more easily. Reflective piping is provided on the front and back of the jacket for night walks. But the Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket’s fabric is not as waterproof or as breathable as some others, but of course you have to pay more for that extra performance. Some other jackets are lighter too, which can be an advantage if the parent ends up carrying it all the time!
Outer Rainlife 5000
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 2 to 14 years
Weight 416g (3/4 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30
Verdict: The Keela Simpson Advanced Jacket is a great jacket at a great price for kids heading outdoors in all weathers. It won both the ‘Best Value’ and the ‘Best in Test’ accolades in our review.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2009