Heading into the hills during the British summertime requires certain level of foresight and forward planning. The weather can change multiple times within a single day in the mountains and a glorious sunny morning can quickly turn into a wet and windy afternoon. Choosing the right kit to pack for a day in the wild can be quite tough then, especially if you’re moving fast and travelling light.
Packing full Goretex waterproofs for a summers day jaunt could be seen as excessive, but taking nothing would be foolish. A lightweight, packable alternative is needed for single day summer adventures, whether out running the trails, scrambling on rock or riding your bike.
The Saxon from Keela is a perfect summer jacket for when you want to reduce pack size and weight, but also have confidence that you’re going to stay dry if (when) it rains. Weighing in at just 260g, the Saxon jacket is super lightweight, and packs down very small- even small enough to stuff in the pocket of a cycling jersey. Constructed from Flylite Aqua fabric, the Saxon isn’t the hardest shell, but what it lacks in toughness, it certainly makes up for in weight saving. Compared to a Goretex pro shell, the Saxon is considerably lighter and packs down to a fraction of the size.
The longer fit of the jacket is designed to keep your back covered when cycling, and the rear pocket is super handy for storing essentials like your phone or camera. Two further zip pockets can be found on the hips, however, there is no chest pocket. The hood is designed to fit over a helmet and does so comfortably. The orange version which we’ve been testing out has reflective strips on the front and back, making it an ideal companion for evening rides when the light begins to fade.
The Saxon deals with rain like a jacket double its value and keeps the cold winds at bay when faced with exposure. With regards to breathability, the jacket performs as well as any other thin shell we’ve tried.
As a summer jacket, the Saxon from Keela performs excellently and what’s more, looks great too!
Keela is a high quality UK brand based on the East coast of Scotland. For over 30 years Keela have been designing and manufacturing outdoor gear of the highest quality and providing the Emergency Services, Military and Mountain Rescue with equipment which allows them to fulfil their duties with confidence.
Keela pride themselves on producing high quality garments in an ethical and sustainable manner, whilst remaining competitive and innovative.