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Keela Heritage Trousers

Having a break on Dartmoor in my Keela Heritage Trousers - well protected from a damp behind [©JG]
Keela Heritage Trousers are made for the ‘everyday adventurer’ from weather resistant fabric with British Millerain Stay Wax cotton reinforcement panels, writes Mike Gormley.


I have been wearing these trousers, a garment from the Keela Heritage range, for some while now and really like the robustness and practicality. Definitely built to last if you are operating in more testing environments.

These Keela Heritage Trousers make a good team with the Keela Ventile Smock as reviewed long ago in my very first feature for this section [©MG]

If you have to be pushing through the undergrowth you know these will not get torn and, importantly, they will protect you from a similar fate. The base material, of olive green 50/50 nylon and cotton, feels a little bit like Ventile and offers excellent wind resistance as well as a good level of protection if out in the wet. The knees are of an articulated design to allow for movement, especially if you have to step up over rocks or stiles for example.

Here the British Millerain waxed cotton protective areas on the knees and inner legs can be clearly seen [©JG]

The knees and inner lower legs have a double layer of Stay Wax cotton, from British Millerain of Rochdale, which can be waxed for added water resistance. These offer added protection, as does the reinforced seat area, to protect against damp ingress when taking that well-earned rest on a damp rocky outcrop.

The left side thigh pocket has a very handy zipped front access for convenience when seated – also in shot the previously reviewed Land Rover Explore phone and Elliot Brown watch [©JG]

I particularly like the patch style leg pockets which offer easy access to items in them when on the move. One of these has an additional zipped opening so you can open the pocket when seated. A great idea. The two backside pockets – I never think these are that useful as you tend to sit on the contents at some point – have both press stud and back-up zip closure; I really wish Keela had incorporated this arrangement on the leg pockets as the larger opening in these is less secure. There are two normal slant pockets as well. On the right side is a long pocket suitable for the likes of a handheld radio, knife / tool or pruning saw.

The long pocket on the right leg, with double press stud fastening for bulkier cargo, is well suited for the likes this Opinel Folding Saw [©MG]

These are easy to wear, are very practical and tough trousers, and go well with the Keela Heritage range of tops.

The two rear (hip) pockets have both press stud and zipped fixings for added security [©MG]

[images © Jean or Mike Gormley]

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