Mitch Henderson reviews the Keb-Eco Shell

The Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket M is one of my most used items of gear, period. It is the most versatile garment I own, and it finds its way into my pack for every adventure I embark on, regardless of the weather forecast. Whether it’s raining sideways, snowing heavily, or just blowing a gale, this environmentally conscious jacket is one that you can count on day after day, year after year, and you’ll never want to leave it behind.

The Keb Eco-Shell is a lightweight, easily pack able outer-layer jacket that is extremely breathable, and has a phenomenal 30k water column, meaning it will keep you dry in even the wettest of wet conditions. It has a stylish tailored fit that is not only comfortable to wear, but also extremely functional. The Eco-Shell material is soft to touch and has a pleasant degree of stretch, helping the jacket move with you, and not restrict your range of motion during vigorous tasks. The two large chest pockets can accommodate items like your phone, wallet, passport and head torch that you may find yourself reaching for at an unexpected time on your journey, and will save you from reaching into difficult to access pockets on your pack. The greatest part is that they are completely accessible even with your pack and waist-belt or climbing harness fastened, and the perfectly sized zipper tabs make opening and closing pockets and vents a breeze, even while wearing a pair of gloves.

If it’s additional airflow that you’re after, the Eco-Shell has two huge vents at either side of the jacket to turn the breathability up a notch when the going gets tough, and a two-way main zipper allows the option of venting through the lower part of the jacket while wearing a pack or harness. The Keb Eco-Shell has a spacious adjustable hood with room to accommodate a helmet, and is designed in a way to maintain freedom of movement. Additionally, the brim of the hood is reinforced to retain its shape and not limit your vision when the weather turns sour.

The sleeve lengths are generous, and adjustable Velcro straps mean you can adjust where they sit, or cinch them around a pair of gloves to prevent things like snow and sleet from entering and freezing your wrists. An elastic draw cord at the hem gives additional customisation to improve wind proofing and reduce drafts from blowing up your back when it’s cold and windy out. The two-way front zipper has an internal storm flap which adds an additional level of water and wind proofing when you find yourself in less than desirable situations, and the addition of a snap button closure at the bottom of the zip helps keep things fastened properly when you’re at your most active.

To sum things up, this jacket has been my go-to for all things adventure related; snowboarding, hiking, mountain bike riding, as a raincoat, a windbreaker, and even a groundsheet in the snow to prevent my butt from getting wet. If you can think of it, the Eco-Shell can do it. I have found that this jacket fits relatively true to size with a tailored slim and slightly longer cut. I can comfortably fit a down jacket underneath when it’s cold out, however the internal membrane is soft and comfortable against the skin, so wearing it over a base layer or T-shirt in wet or humid conditions is also a delight. When I’m not wearing the jacket, it rolls up nicely into its own hood and takes up a minimal amount of precious space and weight in my pack.

Finally, the Fjällräven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket is completely recyclable, climate compensated, and has a fluorocarbon free impregnation, making it one of the most environmentally friendly pieces of technical outerwear that will impress even the most environmentally conscious outdoor enthusiast. If you’re looking to invest in an excellent outer-layer and have the environment in mind, this is the jacket for you!

 

Keb Eco-Shell Jacket M

A pliant, technical jacket for demanding adventures in changeable weather conditions all year round. Made from stretchy Eco-Shell for high performance and low environmental impact. The material is hardwearing at the same time as it naturally follows the movements of the body and ventilates out moisture that builds up inside when you are active. 

 

About the Author:

Mitch is passionate about creating a healthier environment, and supports companies and organisations who aim to do better, and be more sustainable and environmentally friendly throughout their production process.Mitch Henderson is a freelance photographer based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, however his creative craft often has him travelling to beautiful destinations the world over. He is continuously seeking adventure, and his aim with photography is to create a sense of awe in his imagery and to inspire others to actively experience nature first hand.


To keep in touch with Mitch and his adventures, follow along on Instagram @just_mitch

 


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