Thursday, 05 September 2019 08:56

KJUS Keano Half-Zip tested and reviewed

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It's easy to forget that golfers spend as much time outdoors facing the elements as many hillwalkers, and as a result there's potential for clothing designed for golfers to overlap into the more mainstream outdoor field. We take a look at one such product, the KJUS Keano Half-Zip. 

As multifaceted as you are: this half-zip, lightweight midlayer is made from thermoregulating fabric that helps to trap heat and keep you warm while allowing moisture to escape. It also dries out in record time and provides UV protection. And if the temperature really starts to fall, layer it with an insulated jacket for maximum effect. 

KJUS Half Zip 1 

What the manufacturers say:

Versatility in its finest form.
As multifaceted as you are: this half-zip, lightweight midlayer is made from thermoregulating fabric that helps to trap heat and keep you warm while allowing moisture to escape. It also dries out in record time and provides UV protection. And if the temperature really starts to fall, layer it with an insulated jacket for maximum effect.
 
Features:
  • Halfzip opening with YKK® zipper
  • Ergonomically shaped seams for perfect fit
  • Flat-lock seams
  • Raglan sleeves

 

KJUS Keano Half-Zip on test:

It may seem strange to be reviewing a product designed for the golf market, but it's actually symbolic of the cross-discipline nature of many outdoor clothes. Over an extended review, wearing the product in excess of 50 days the:Keano has been put through everything from 30 degree sunshine to a classic wet Snowdon summit and from the hills to indoor caving.

The Keano uses a 100% Polyester 4-way-stretch fabric that's extra lightweight, fast-drying, and highly moisture-absorbing; attributes as welcome to hillwalkers and cyclists as golfers. Used in the classic midlayer mode it slides on easily over a baselayer and works equally well under a shell.Being more typical of golf styling in its cut and simplicity it looks perfectly at home off the course/mountain as on it, and the discreet branding will appeal to many.

KJUS Half zip 4

Being designed for golf rather than more extreme outdoor sports there are some distinct differences from the classic midlayer; the sleeves aren't elasticated or designed to prevent heat escaping, and similarly you won't fing toggles to cinch it in around the waist. Compared to the usual midlayers we look at then it's positively simplistic in design - but somehow it's become the most used single garment over the last three months!

KJUS Half zip 5

The reason it's become such a well used midlayer over the test period is as simple as its design - it has that wonderfully comfortable fit and feel that's like having a pair of socks for your upper body. It has an ability to feel as though it's always at body temperature irrespective of the external temperature. Used as a single layer the flat seams eliminate any rub points while the 4 way stretch allows full freedom of movement. If the temperature climbs, as it did for a couple of weeks in this record breaking summer it shifts moisture extremely effectively, especially combined with the half zip for added ventilation.

KJUS Half zip 6

 The high neck, with double layer of fabric, is high enough to keep that warm, comfortable, feel without feeling constricting and it may seem a small thing but the zip is probably the best we've come across in terms of not moving of its own volition. You can pull it down a few centimetres and the zipper naturally lies against the zip, refusing to slowly slide down with body movement.

KJUS Half zip 7

KJUS use "Antibacterial technology" to reduce odours without specifying the actual technology used. It's not quite up to Merino levels but it's good for 3 days, or so, of walking in summer with a bit of more strenuous activity thrown in.

At a list price of £89 it's just above mid-range in pricing for a walking/adventure midlayer and has turned out to be surprisingly durable. To date it's been worn for over 50 full days and up to 6 days continuously with no quality control concerns. The stitching has held up perfectly when faced with activities considerably more demanding than swinging a golf club and we're really looking forward to seeing how it handles the lower temperatures of winter. If there is to be a concern about how long it lasts the chances are it will only be because it's become a default item of clothing day in day out. It's so versatile it fits in from the high street to the golf club to the hilside, and so comfortable we've got into the habit of putting it in the wash overnight so it's ready for wear again next morning - and that's just around home/work!

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