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Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket Review

By Phil on 2015.10.29 In Product Review

Last weekend I finally got to put my new Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell jacket through its first real test in the rain during a hike through Dollar Glen in Scotland.

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I ordered my Fjällräven Eco-Shell jacket from my friends at The Sporting Lodge where they also sell the anorak version.

The first thing to say about this jacket is that it is fluorocarbon-free and made from 100% recyclable polyester, meaning it’s environment friendly too. Hence the Eco in the name.

The jacket is slim fit and although I do wear size Medium in some of their products, I sometimes find the outer garments are slightly bigger fitting on me, so I went for the Small size in the Eco Shell jacket, as I have done with my Fjällräven Greenland jackets I own, so might be worth trying it on to get the size which suits you best.

It’s lightweight, weighing only 524g (for Medium size version) with a hardwearing stretchy feel material and doesn’t make the horrible rustling sound like some waterproof jackets I have worn in the past.

There are two large chest zip pockets on the outside, each with a small mesh pouch inside for things such a mobile phone. The chest pockets themselves could easily hold a folded map. There is also a zipped mesh chest pocket on the inside of the jacket on one side, which could be used for storing a wallet.

The jacket also has a two-way water-resistant zipper one either side under the arms with an inside protective flap, which is easy to open at both ends for ventilation.

There are no side hip pockets on the jacket, which when wearing the jacket out on the hills with a rucksack they would be covered by the rucksack belt and not easily accessible anyway.

The hood is fixed and has three way adjustment chord system to allow you to adjust to your requirements. There is also plenty of room for the hood to fit over the top of a helmet you might be wearing for winter or other technical activities.

All the zips include a long chord which makes them easy to access and use when wearing gloves when in wet or winter conditions.

The hem of the jacket can be adjusted using the drawchord and is cut slightly longer on the back, which I think is a great feature and gives extra protection from rain which may run down your back between your rucksack or from the outside and bottom of rucksack.

The cuffs of the jacket can be adjusted using the Velcro straps.

Verdict

Overall I’m well impressed with this jacket following its first real test in the Scottish rain. When I removed the jacket after the rain had stopped, my mid layer top was completely dry. There was also no sign of condensation inside the jacket like I have experienced with some waterproof/shell type jackets in the past. The jacket also offered great wind protection during my hike when it wasn’t raining. I look forward to using this jacket more during the upcoming winter mountaineering season as well as the more wet days on the hills over the coming months. As the jacket is fairly light for the protection it gives you, I will also use this more in the summer months to replace my lighter showerproof jacket when on longer treks. It offers great wind and rain protection and keeps you dry, which is what you want from a waterproof jacket. It’s lightweight and environmentally friendly too. What more could you ask for. Now I just need the matching trousers.

You can see the official Fjällräven video about the Keb-Eco jacket below:

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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

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