The Keela Simpson is a frequent winner of this category and there is a special limited edition colour available this year: Tyrian Purple (in this colour the Simpson comes with a matching scarf). The price remains the same as last year though, as do the basic features. The full-length zip gets external stormflaps to keep the rain out and there are two equally well-protected pockets on the body too. I particularly liked the large fleecy chinguard, which is ideal for protecting the child from the main zip. Also there is reflective piping on the front and rear of this jacket. The hood can be rolled into the collar when not needed, but it also 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. But if you pay more you can get a jacket made of fabric that is rated with higher performance levels in terms of breathability and waterproofness. Some jackets are also lighter than the Keela Simpson, which you may feel is important if you are going to end up carrying it more than your child wears it!
Outer Rainlife 5000
Inner polyester mesh
Fabric waterproofness waterproof
Fabric breathability breathable
Sizes 1 to 14 years
Weight 416g (3/4 years)
Made in Sri Lanka
Stores in the UK 30
The Keela Simpson is a great jacket at a great price for kids heading outdoors in all weathers. It won the ‘Best in Test’ accolade.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine November 2010