Lucy Wallace tests the Keela Women’s Munro Jacket, a traditional staple of many mountain rescue teams ideal for foul days in the mountains.

Keela doesn’t make its two flagship jackets (the Pinnacle and Status) for women. This is a shocking oversight (is this still the 1990s?!); but I was keen to test something from this reputable UK-based company, so I opted to try the Keela Women’s Munro Jacket, which has long been the staple of many mountain rescue teams. 

Even at first glance, it was obvious to me why it’s been such a core product for so long.

The design is very traditional (going with the 1990s theme again here), with a lining and a detachable snow skirt plus a rollaway hood with a wired peak.

There are endless pockets (I kept finding new ones). The four external pockets are not huge, but there are two more tucked in behind the storm flab, one of which is cavernous, easily swallowing a map and plenty more besides.

The zips are of the old-school fabric type, but are protected by vast stormguards to prevent water from seeping in. The mesh lining is interesting as it is treated with a PU coating, which is effectively hydrophobic. This helps to force moisture from the body outwards and away from the skin, helping to manage sweat and general moisture.  

But, all this comes at a massive weight penalty. This is not a waterproof for throwing into your bag on a showery summer’s day, but it’s not a bad option for a foul day in the mountains where conditions can be difficult even in summer, thanks to our soggy maritime climate.

However, for me, it’s not ‘the one jacket to rule them all’ by any stretch, as it is just too heavy and warm.  

Discover the best women’s waterproofs tested by The Great Outdoors gear expert and Mountain Leader, Lucy Wallace.