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Keela Pinnacle Jacket | Review

Performance fabrics, useful design details and a good price to boot

Keela, in case you don’t know of them, are a Scottish outdoor brand that, perhaps most notably, tend to be highly regarded amongst the UK’s mountain rescue teams. That should tell you enough about the reliability, functionality and durability of their kit. 

Here at Outdoors Magic, we’ve been using their waterproof and insulated garments for over a decade now and there are two things that we’ve come to know the brand for. First of all, it’s innovation; Keela really seem to think outside the box compared to other brands. Secondly, it’s in value; their kit tends to be quite reasonably priced for what you get, especially compared to some of its competitors. Do both those things hold true for the Keela Pinnacle then?

Who Is The Keela Pinnacle For?

This is a three-layer waterproof jacket that has the look, feel and performance that you’d expect from a Gore-tex jacket, only it uses Keela’s proprietary Aquaflex Extreme fabric. This offers a high level of protection, good moisture vapour management and it’s also very durable too.

OM editor Will wearing a Size M. Will is 5 foot 10. Photos: Dave Macfarlane

From our experience using it, we’d call it your three-season work horse. It’s the kind of jacket that will come in handy for anything from alpine climbing and graded scrambling through to hillwalking and just day-to-day use. We’d say it can even serve as an option to wear for winter hillwalking too, though for the worst of conditions you’d probably be better off looking at the Keela Munro


This has lots of climber-friendly features and features to make life easier when on a hill in rough conditions. It has a two-way zip, for instance, so that you can throw it on when you’re wearing a climbing harness, it has underarm vents, a fully adjustable helmet-friendly hood and glove friendly cuffs and zipper tabs. It also has two handwarmer pockets and two napoleon pockets too.These will all easily swallow a map that’s folded in half. 

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

I’ve been using this in a size Medium, my usual size, and I really like the cut of it. It’s got a fairly athletic fit but it still accommodates a reasonably thick layer of insulation underneath. I’ve worn it a few times with the Keela Talus synthetic insulated jacket and it makes for a great system for winter use.

There’s also nice articulation in the arms, so you can reach up for a hold without feeling the hem lifting up and the slightly dropped backside keeps the jacket from riding up and over your hipbelt too.

One thing I particularly like about the design is the high collar. In bad weather you can nestle your chin – and even your nose – in behind it and cinch in the hood as well to really block out the elements, leaving just a slit to peek out of

“We’d call it your three-season work horse.”

The fabric has a real robustness to it; you can really put this through some rough stuff and count on it shrugging it off – I think the slight stretchiness to the material helps there. Overall, the Pinnacle has got a satisfying functionality to it as well, with glove-friendly, easy to use zipper tabs, faff-free underarm vents and cuffs that you can easily slide a gloved-hand through.

Lewis Brown, Mountain Leader trainee

My initial impression was that the outer fabric and general construction felt absolutely bomber. Following two days of consistent scrambling with multiple waist belays and South African style abseils (clothing’s worst enemy) this proved true, no scuffing or damage to be found. Despite this, I was pleasantly surprised with how small I could pack it down into my bag. I found the pocket placement and size really convenient, the chest pockets easily accommodating an OS map in a full sized map case.

It felt breathable enough on long uphill slogs, and did a great job of keeping the wind chill off on the summits. The hood construction was possibly its best feature, being incredibly comfy in normal use and providing excellent helmet compatibility. In fact, I think it’s the best helmet compatible hood I’ve ever used, even compared to much more expensive alternatives. Having fleece lining around the chin area also added a decent amount of comfort.

Keela Pinnacle Jacket

Selected for the Outdoor 100 Winter 23/24
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