Fjällräven Keb Pants Review

Getting a refill of water in the Fjallraven Keb Pants

Getting a refill of water in the Fjallraven Keb Pants

Bottom Line:

A 4-season pair of pants that is versatile enough to be used in a variety of biomes from winter in the alpine to summer in the forest. Durable, yet comfortable. Aesthetic, yet functional. You really do get what you pay for with these pants.

Fjallraven Keb Pants

Observations:

My first impression when I got my hands on these pants was that they are extremely burly. I noticed the word “G-1000” on one of the cargo pockets almost immediately and needed to look it up. Turns out that this fabric, which makes up the high-wear areas of the trousers such as the knees, seat and ankles, is designed specifically by Fjallraven. You can wax it to make it waterproof, it’s incredibly durable, breathable and mosquito safe (which is awesome as I’ve had mosquitos bite me through heavy jeans).

Cargo pockets on the front of the thighs for phone, wallet or multi-tool

Cargo pockets on the front of the thighs for phone, wallet or multi-tool

The fit is definitely athletic so if you like a little more room I’d recommend going one size up depending on your preference, but otherwise I found them very comfortable. In areas of your legs that will stretch and contract like the waist, knees and thighs there is a stretchy fabric to accommodate this range of movement. It’s really quite something to experience. Outwardly, the pants have the “feel” of an extremely durable pair of canvas pants, but when moving in them the experience is like being in a pair of articulated and flexible climbing trousers.

Scrambling over roots and rocks in the Fjallraven Keb Pants

Scrambling over roots and rocks in the Fjallraven Keb Pants

Overall I really enjoyed my experience in them. I scrambled along some rocky, granite slabs to get up close to a large waterfall and the pants withstood the abrasion from the rock and beaded off the water spray from the falls, so no need to wax them yet.

Below are some photos of some of the additional features of these pants that I really liked.

Strap adjustment with button fastening at trouser end.

Hook to secure to ski boot or hiking boot.

Hook to secure pants to lace on hiking boots or shoes

Hook to secure pants to lace on hiking boots or shoes

Ventilation Zips on Legs.

Pros:

Durable: The G-1000 fabric feels and looks very durable. Resisted abrasion against coarse granite rock.

Comfortable: Stretchy fabric panels make these pants extremely comfortable to move in. Even when executing awkward scrambling moves around downed trees and tricky boulders.

Cost: In my opinion, I consider the cost reasonable considering these could replace my hiking pants, climbing pants, around town jeans and even my winter snowshoeing or skiing pants. Having one set of pants that has multiple uses makes more sense than paying for 4 different types of trousers that have a single use.

Cons:

Rear Pockets: I personally don’t use rear pockets often on my pants but it’s worth mentioning that these pants don’t have any. Pockets have been placed at the hips and thighs instead.

Buy It If:

You are looking to simplify your closet of technical clothing and get a single pair of pants that will be versatile in any number of outdoor situations. Highly Recommended!

More Info:

Cost: ~$224

Weight: ~600g’s

Materials: G-1000, Stretch

Manufacturers Website: Fjallraven

More Pictures:

The Keb Pants would look at home in the forest, mountains or even the city sidewalk.

The Keb Pants would look at home in the forest, mountains or even the city sidewalk.

No rear pockets on the Keb Pants

No rear pockets on the Keb Pants

No tight spots or pinching when high-stepping or scrambling in the Keb Pants

No tight spots or pinching when high-stepping or scrambling in the Keb Pants

Button down cargo pocket

Button down cargo pocket

Internal mesh pocket for phone, wallet or keys

Internal mesh pocket for phone, wallet or keys

Legs detail of the Keb Pants

Legs detail of the Keb Pants

The Fjallraven Keb Pants

The Fjallraven Keb Pants

Author: Leigh McClurg

I grew up in County Dublin, Ireland and moved to British Columbia, Canada with my wife in 2010. I fell in love with being in the Backcountry and Mountains that are all around me here and try to spend all of my free time exploring those wild places. My main goals are to chase happiness, see as much of this planet and its cultures as possible and grow every day through knowledge and experiences.

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