The Keela Cumulus MR Pro is designed as a 4-season jacket and it was developed in partnership with mountain rescue teams. On paper it sounds great and there are some instant boxes ticked in terms of its design. Firstly it’s made from Keela’s waterproof and breathable fabric, which has a wicking liner that rapidly moves moisture away, and this works well. You get four main external body pockets, plus a dedicated map pocket under the main stormflap and a small sleeve pocket. Only the dedicated map pocket is map-sized, while the two hip pockets have limited access when wearing a rucksack and the two chest pockets are a touch small for a map. The hood is pretty good, though, with a wired peak and good movement when adjusted. The body length is about average, but there are plenty of good longer jackets available. The major downside is that the Keela Cumulus MR Pro is quite warm and heavy, meaning in winter when it is worn all day it is good, but on a mild, wet day it may be too hot and when it is stashed in your pack its 900g weight (size L) will make a significant difference to your rucksack.
Weight 900g (size L)
Fabric Innovation 8 with System Dual Protection
Lining polyester mesh
Men’s sizes XS-XXXL
Women’s sizes none
External pockets 6
Wired hood yes
Side/pit zips yes
The Keela Cumulus MR Pro is a great winter jacket, although extra length and improvements in the pockets would make it even better. The drawbacks are the weight and excessive warmth.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine Spring 2013