The Keela is a delight of a waterproof and, marvellously, is located at the happy end of the price spectrum. While some jackets are grizzly by nature – tough shells designed to put up a fight against a mountain and all its fury – the Prosport takes a more softly-softly approach. The outer fabric is one of Keela’s own design, a mix of fibres with a stretchy, vaguely fuzzy feel. The inner is an almost papery weave of polyester. It's soft and cosseting with a roomy yet snug fit to match. And it’s surprisingly breathable. I kept it on all day on a Welsh backpacking trip without needing to unzip the underarm vents. It beat off the wind and I emerged bone-dry after larking about under a waterfall. Both side pockets will swallow a map, and can be accessed with a pack on. There’s a generous chest pocket too.
Fabric: SDP Innovation fabric
Colours: Blue, red, green, black
Men’s version: Yes
Contact: 01592 777000
A backpack-friendly waterproof masquerading as an insulating jacket.
Tested by Sarah Ryan
Country Walking May 2015