Designed and tested in Scotland, the Keela Talus is a hardworking insulated jacket, very well-suited to challenging weather – great value for money.
Stretchy side panels
Fit is fairly tight
Not the warmest jacket on test
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The Keela Talus is an absolute workhorse of a women’s insulated jacket. Stuffed full of synthetic 60gsm Primaloft Gold fill, its Cordura ripstop outer material is far more resistant to tears and scratches than most down jackets (which can often rip at the slightest brush with a thorn) and you can tell this jacket was designed in Scotland, where four seasons in a day are more than likely.
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Flexible, fleece-lined panels run all the way up the inside of the arms and offer great freedom of movement – coupled with a lighter dose of synthetic insulation, these make the Keela Talus ideal for outdoor sports. The hood and sleeves have adjustable cuff tabs with elastication to keep warmth in. Other features include three outer pockets (two body pockets and another on the chest), plus an inside chest pocket.
• RRP: £140 (UK) / $194 (US)
• Fill: PrimaLoft Gold
• Sizes: 8–20
• Weight: 460g / 16.2oz
• Colors: Marine / Dark Purple / Deep Blue / Red
In the field
We found the Keela Talus to be water-resistant enough to put up with sudden rain showers, and although it’s not the toastiest puffer jacket we have tested, its synthetic insulation still offers warmth when damp, and then dries quickly. It is also windproof enough to cut chill, making it a great standalone jacket on warmer days. The two zipped and fleece-lined ‘handwarmer’ pockets are a comforting extra touch. A reinforced peaked hood keeps water and sun out of your eyes, and it is also compatible with a helmet.
The Talus’s fit runs small, and we’d advise going up a size if you want to wear anything more than a base layer underneath, although the great stretchy side panels will keep you snug even as you pop layers on and off beneath them. Overall, we were very impressed with the value for money offered by the Talus, which is as versatile and warm as competitors available for double the price.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.