Soar Above the Crowd in the KÜHL Kestrel Jacket
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KÜHL Kestrel Jacket Product Review
What I Love
I received the Kestrel Jacket in time for a spring trip, and it was the perfect travel companion. Warm and cozy for the long haul, I conquered transatlantic flights with flair.
From the top of Danish Parliament to 17th century canal streets, I took in the sights and sounds in style and comfort. I even wore the Kestrel Jacket on a blustery morning run along the Copenhagen waterfront. I usually wear a light nylon women's jacket, but it wasn’t enough to keep the relentless wind at bay.
Adding the Kestrel Jacket as a top layer blocked the chill – without overheating me – so I could enjoy the first light hitting Denmark’s most iconic landmarks.
Fabulous Fabrics for Fit & Function
The Kestrel Jacket features 3D double knit fabric constructed of a sponge-bonded material for lightweight insulation. The heathered material adds richness and depth for a unique, nuanced style.
Deceiving at first glance, the unique fabric feels substantially thick to the touch. But when you slip the hiking jacket on, you’ll be surprised at how light it feels.
MØVA stretch knit fabric on the side panels and under the sleeves allows greater freedom of movement and creates a slim fit. Even with the form fit, the Kestrel Jacket easily layers over long-sleeve tops like the Sora Hoody and Belmont 3/4 without bunching up or looking bulky.
The Kestrel Jacket moves with you, and the weight is perfect for cool mornings when you need a light layer.
A drop hem on the back of the jacket provides full coverage. The curved hem won’t ride up, and ribbon detail down the center back adds yet another flattering touch to this well-designed women's jacket.
Different by Design
The Kestrel Jacket features two zippered hand pockets lined with soft nylon fabric. The deep pockets keep your hands warm and provide secure storage for your valuables. My passport, phone and a small wallet easily fit into the pockets.
The YKK Metaluxe™ center front and pocket zippers perform flawlessly, and custom reflective ribbon below the zippers prevents snags and increases visibility in the dark.
Signature touches like the KÜHL logo zipper pull, interior locker loop, coverstitch and raw-edge details demonstrate KÜHL’s commitment to superior products.
What I Didn’t Love
The sleeves on the Kestrel Jacket are a little long on me. Not a problem, but the longer length would lend itself to KÜHL’s signature thumb holes. This feature would have been perfect on my windy walks around Copenhagen.
The Kestrel Jacket features a tall collar for protection against the elements. The collar is too tall for me, so I folded it down instead. The jacket can be worn either way, so this isn’t a problem but a personal preference.
Making the Grade
Lightweight and slim fitting, the Kestrel Jacket earns a solid A for technical performance combined with stylish design.
Retailing at $149, this jacket makes a great light to medium layer for spring; it's also available in a Vest.
Different by design and construction, the Kestrel Jacket soars above the rest when it comes to performance and style.
I received KÜHL apparel for this review at no cost. I received no other compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.