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Keela Women’s Munro Jacket Review

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Keela Women’s Munro Jacket Review


  • Overall Rating

    : 3 out of 5

Pros: Good value, tough, full-featured

Cons: Heavy, warm

For Lucy Wallace, this Keela staple is not ‘the one jacket to rule them all’ by any stretch. Here's why.

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

I was keen to test something from this reputable UK-based company, so I opted to try the Keela Women’s Munro waterproof jacket, which has long been the staple of many mountain rescue teams and has previously appeared on our guide to the best waterproof jackets

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 storm guards 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.  

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  • Price


  • Weight

    1042g (Size 12)

  • Materials

    shell: 100% nylon w/PU coating. Liner: 100% polyester w/PU coating

  • Features

    6 pockets, waist drawcord, removable snow skirt, wicking lining, pit zips

  • Sizes

    UK 8-20

  • Men's version


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Lucy is a Mountain Leader (Summer, Winter and International), and wildlife guide who has worked professionally in the outdoors since 2007. She is based on Arran and works throughout Britain, Europe and Tanzania, on everything from environmental conservation, the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme to Mountain Leader training and assessments. She has tested and reviewed outdoor gear for various titles since 2012 and joined the review team in 2019.


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