Keela Munro 2008

The Keela Munro has been a popular low-priced option among winter jackets for many years and it is still hard to beat in terms of value. It comes with a unique fabric called Dual Protection System that ensures the wearer doesn’t suffer from the build-up of condensation often associated with other systems. It has loads of features including a removable snowskirt for deep winter snow. The jacket is a little longer than some and so the two external chest pockets can take an OS map at a squeeze and two hip pockets can be accessed below a rucksack belt. The rolldown hood, which has a wired peak, fits superbly and moves effortlessly. Use this in cold weather and it is ideal, particularly if you are on a tight budget. But the Keela Munro could be regarded as Best Value in our review, in many ways, but the lining adds a little extra warmth and weight to the jacket that is not welcome. The added warmth means you don’t need to carry so much insulation in colder weather but this is still a drawback in mixed winter weather. The chest pockets are a little smaller than ideal.

Outer: Innovation 5 Ripstop
Inner: High Wicking ADS Micro Laminate
Fabric waterproofness: extremely waterproof
Fabric breathability: extremely breathable
Sizes: XS-XXL (men’s) ; 10-20 (women’s)
Weight: 1015g (men‘s L)
Made in: Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK: no info provided

Verdict: The Keela Munro winter jacket is a  superb price for so many features and exceptional condensation control, but the weight is a drawback.

Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2008