Designed for technical trekking, the Fjällräven Keb trousers feature a dynamic construction ready for varied conditions. Although primarily an outdoor manufacture (and not historically/specifically a climbing manufacture), Fjällräven have targeted this pant for 'alpine trekking that requires climbing' which sounds right up our street! So from the approach to the climb, here's how they performed... [gallery columns="4"…
Fjällräven Keb Trousers Review
Fjällräven Keb Trousers Review
Comfort & Fit
Very rugged and packed full of features - this heavyweight trouser is ideal in more harsh environments
User Rating: 3.29 ( 20 votes)
Designed for technical trekking, the Fjällräven Keb trousers feature a dynamic construction ready for varied conditions. Although primarily an outdoor manufacture (and not historically/specifically a climbing manufacture), Fjällräven have targeted this pant for ‘alpine trekking that requires climbing’ which sounds right up our street! So from the approach to the climb, here’s how they performed…
Comfort & Fit
What immediately stands out is the heavily contrasted panelled construction – Fjällräven have added durability or stretch as needed across the entire trouser resulting in an excellent fit. The entire waistline of the Keb is a very stretchy and a secure double fastener ensures a snug but totally free fit.
Comfortable even in a harness, the Fjällräven Keb Trousers (right)
The knees are pre-shaped, so much like the trigger finger of a winter glove the Keb trousers anticipate the knee flex which results in good free movement even though the knee is heavily reenforced. The cut of the trouser is certainly relaxed but slim enough not to encourage excess material getting caught when scrambling. Although we tested a ‘long’ version of the Keb, at 186cm (72kgs) the regular would have been a better fit in length.
The G-1000 Eco fabric is seriously tough.. The reenforced knees and hem feel and are very hardy, probably more so then any other trouser we’ve tested. From thorns to sharp limestone, the Keb shrug off the general abuse of hiking and climbing with little effort, the stronger panels have been placed generously on the classic high wear areas such as the knees, bottom and lower legs. The durability of the trousers starts to etch away at the high price tag, the Keb trousers are certainly built to last.
Fjällräven Keb Trousers (left)
With hardy fabrics and resistance to the elements, breathability often suffers – and there is no exception here. In warmer conditions during intense activity the Keb do get a bit sweaty on the inside, and whilst Fjällräven have added more permeable fabric in key areas (such as behind the knees) the pants are still far away from being ‘breathable’.
However, before you get too disappointed, they have added very extensive ventilation which goes quite a long way in solving the breathability issue. From the hem to the knee, and from above the knee to the upper leg, there are ventilation zips which when fully opened add a massive amount of airflow – although more of a reactive (rather then preventative) solution, this does provide good ventilation when the mercury goes beyond what the trousers are designed for (bare in mind, this is certainly more of a alpine pant).
Wind & Water Resistance
Fjällräven use a more traditional waxing method to waterproof their garments, we found this to be effective in repelling rain water, much like a DWR finish, but will show some limitation in submersion or persistent heavy rain and isn’t a substitute for a gore-tex equivalent although much more effective then some other softshells we have tested. After washing, re-waxing is fairly straightforward…
Aside from the panelled, reinforced stretch construction, ventilation and pre-shaped knees that we have already mentioned, the Keb trouser also feature reinforced seams, two leg pockets (just low enough or access when wearing a harness) which also contain mesh storage, stretchy hand pockets (which are fairly deep) and hem adjustment with fastener which is ideal for use with ski boots when touring, or with mountain boots when walking in powder snow.
The Fjällräven Keb trousers are certainly a product of their environment, the Swedish company know the outdoors, and the Keb feel like a trouser that have been developed through the experience and demands of those looking for a highly durable and versatile trouser. We really liked the hardcore construction and intelligent panelling, however the weight (a heafty 630g in size EU 48) and lack of native breathability left us reaching for other options in warmer climates. Overall the Keb is an excellent trouser for cooler trekking, touring and climbing that’ll last much longer then your waistline, snyggt gjort!