A recent sit outside a cafe with a nice cup of tea reminded me that the vast majority of outdoors enthusiasts in the UK are a quiet, non-technical customer who just likes to potter in the garden, visit the allotment or walk the dog, and brash logos and technical wizardry are of no interest whatsoever to them.
So, when Keela sent over their Kintyre jacket for review, we decided to team it up with one of those quiet masses for a test which was real-world for the type of person who would rather wander around architectural marvels than scale mountains.
What Keela have done with the Kintyre is hide a technical jacket in an unassuming shell. It features their RainLife 5000 material which is waterproof enough to shed off pretty much anything that a dog-walk can throw at you, and yet breathable enough that you won’t get in to a mess by the time you’ve stomped around your third castle of the weekend and are in desperate need of a cuppa.
The cut is classic and understated, with straight lines that encourage shedding of drizzle and look smart over a shirt (as above). However, if the weather does turn ‘British’ then there are Velcro storm cuffs and bungee bands to seal out the breezes and upwardly-mobile rain.
You can also see on the above picture that there’s a second, inner zip for attaching one of Keela’s fleece mid-layers, and potentially extending the Kintyre’s life in to the depths of winter as an insulated jacket.
The Kintyre is designed with nice deep, zip-closed hand-warmer pockets which are also ample enough for a wallet. And there’s a zippered chest pocket which will hide away an OS map if you need it to.
The weather-proofing continues with a rollaway hood. It’s big enough that it doesn’t feel claustrophobic, and it has a wired peak which means that rain won’t roll in to your eyes on windy days. A 2-way zipper and large storm-flap seal the front of the Kintyre and in our tests no rain found its way in there or any of the seams.
Our reviewer noticed how pleasant the Kintyre was to wear and commented on its breathability and un-sweatiness. The jacket has become a firm favourite in the last few weeks.