Why We Chose The Keela Munro Jacket: Well-built, tough, protective
The Keela Munro jacket has been a mainstay of the Scottish brand’s range for over a decade now and in that time it has built a dedicated following, one which includes plenty of gnarly Scottish mountaineers and multiple Mountain Rescue Teams. In other words, serious mountain types.
Who is the Keela Munro Jacket for?
It’s the archetypal ‘bombproof’ mountain jacket – one that would really come into its own in ‘orrible conditions, and we don’t just mean a bit cold, wet and windy – we’re talking seriously fearsome winter weather. Think Cairngorms blizzards and other Scottish white-outs.
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The Munro is big, burly and protective. In fact it’s a little too warm and too heavy to wear in the warmer periods of the summer months. It’s also undeniably a ‘put it on, leave it on’-type jacket – this is no light, packable layer to carry around with you all day. If you’ve got it with you, you want to be wearing it, as it weighs in at over a kilo.
But if you’re in the market for a burly fortress of a jacket to wear on cold and wet weather mountain adventures – and it would probably also make a decent ski jacket as well – this one’s a compelling option, especially when you consider the relatively reasonable price tag. Okay, it’s about £200, but given that a top-end Gore-Tex Pro shell can set you back £400+ these days, that’s not too bad.
Keela uses its proprietary System Dual Protection for the Munro jacket. So, it’s essentially a 2-layer hard shell that combines a waterproof and windproof outer fabric with a special drop liner. The laminated face fabric keeps water out, while a high wicking hydrophilic mesh inner draws moisture away from the body. Between the two layers, an air gap creates a natural thermal barrier, protecting against heat loss. This system isn’t dissimilar to the way that Páramo’s Nikwax Analogy works – although, unlike Páramo, Keela’s version is based on the familiar concept of a waterproof-breathable membrane.