Described by a friend as a cross between wearing armour and wearing nothing, I took the plunge last Autumn and ordered a pair of Fjallraven Keb Trousers in the outstanding Lava Red colour.
What it is – Fjällräven describe them very well…
They are technically advanced trekking trousers with optimised fit and carefully planned details. Intended for alpine trekking that requires climbing — where mobility is just as important as durability and protection from sharp stones, etc. For this purpose the rear and knees are pre-shaped and have extra strong seams. The trousers also have durable G-1000® Eco at the rear, front of the legs, the knees and on the inside bottom of the legs, where there is also a second layer of fabric for reinforcement against wear from hiking boots. The seam on the inside of the thigh has been moved and replaced by a connecting fabric panel to reduce the risk of chafing and wear. A zippered ventilation opening from knee to hip and along the calf releases excess heat. The trouser fly is also extended to enable extra ventilation. Two leg pockets with pocket cover flap, one with a zip and one with a mesh pocket inside for bits and bobs. High hand pockets hold their contents even when sitting down and there’s a strap adjustment with button fastening at the trouser end, plus hook, to secure to ski boot or hiking boot.
G-1000® Eco: 65% Polyester, 35% cotton, G-1000® HeavyDuty: 65% Polyester, 35% cotton, Stretch: 63% Polyamide, 26% Polyester, 11% Elastane
How I’ve used Keb Trousers and when I choose to wear Keb Trousers
I’ve had these for a couple of months now and have loved them from the start, they are superbly comfortable and hard wearing with a great set of features. I have used them for skiing, walking, rock climbing and, surprisingly, stand up paddle boarding.
They keep a lot of weather out; although not waterproof they keep out wind and rain to a good degree and dry quickly. It hasn’t been warm enough to use the vents yet but they should be cool and comfortable in warmer weather when the thermometer climbs again.
The left front pocket is zipped and works well for valuables or a ski pass when on the slopes. The right hand pocket has a mesh pocket inside, perfect for my mobile phone.
At the bottom of the leg is a poppered cinch and a very useful gaiter hook for long grass and heather. Add a bit of extra Greenland wax and this hook removes the need for a set of gaiters.
Pros and cons signs of wear and tear
As to cons, I haven’t found any yet. They are not cheap but I expect them to outlast a lesser trouser by a factor of two or more and to stay smarter for longer, so the cost is similar or cheaper in the long term and the landfill burden less. (They are made with organic cotton and recycled Polyester too). The stretch material makes them superbly comfortable and the G-1000 Eco is super tough and can be made very water resistant with applications of Greenland Wax. The pre-bent knee makes them work very well on the hill, and all the materials are weather resistant and dry quickly.
The only sign of wear I have seen is a little bobbling on the soft shell material where I have repeatedly caught them with sharp ski edges.
Buy some Fjällräven Keb Trousers in our online shop or the ProAdventure shop in Llangollen, you won’t look back. They’ll outlast and outlook any lesser pair of trousers with comfort and great functionality. Fjällräven make a great range of colours in both men’s and women’s. Men’s come in standard and long, women’s in standard, short and curve fit.