For some time I had my eyes on the KEELA TALUS Jacket for evaluation in this section ~ finally I got one and, as it transpired, at a very appropriate time, writes Mike Gormley.
This is one of those garments that seems to work for many applications. It is light, very packable, warm and highly wind- and water-resistant. So it ticks a lot of boxes for many times of the year.
This jacket from KEELA works well as a mid or top layer. If doing so was possible these days, it is plenty smart enough for a visit to the pub. The TALUS Jacket, available in Blue in six sizes or more tactical Charcoal in three, has 60gsm Primaloft Gold as its insulation so straight away you know it will be good. It has two useful sized ‘hand pockets’ which are part-lined with soft feel fabric, an internal pocket and for me, importantly, a decent sized chest pocket. We all have and use mobile devices these days, to stay in touch and often to track and navigate with and to grab those photo opportunities when out and about, so it is essential they are handy.
The TALUS has a built-in fixed hood. This is a good one and very usable. Not only is it a good and adjustable hood, but it also works really well as a neck warmer. A feature I have found very handy when out early on cold mornings. As I mentioned above, the timing of this was ideal. I got to wear the TALUS pre-lockdown but, once limits were imposed, I took to getting out for exercise very early to avoid other people both on my bike and on foot. Mornings were often frosty and quite breezy especially on my bike, but the TALUS has proved to be ideal. No worries if I encountered a shower of rain, as it is able to cope with that as well.
This jacket is made for active use, with adequate room in the arms to allow for movement and with elasticated cuffs to keep the chill out. Also elasticated are side and part arm panels, so again when fully zipped up the jacket will move with you and allow for your movements without rucking up. All together very comfortable and easy to wear. At the front is a two-way zip with a storm flap so it is both easy to adjust for airflow ,if needs be, or to keep that dreaded cold breeze outside. The TALUS has proved to be all I was told it would be and I can assure you I have worn it a lot and will continue to for sure.
Alongside the TALUS on my chill dawn outings I have also been making use of some other KEELA items worthy of note and previously covered in my Gormley’s Gear section. The SCUFFER TROUSERS make an ideal match for the TALUS, being light and stretchy, very wind-resistant and good on the bike – No, I am not a black Lycra cyclist! The EXTREME GLOVES have also proved to be appropriate, as has my time-served MICRO PULSE fleece top (not reviewed on here). All in all, these added up to be a great combination for my early morning sojourns.
[ Images © Mike Gormley ~ self-shot under COVID-19 restrictions ☺ ]