With Fjällräven’s new and updated Keb collection, enjoying the adventure – whether over snow, ice, rock or dirt – has never been easier. The Keb range of trekking garments is already one of Fjällräven’s most technical. But the new additions extend the range’s adaptability to weather, landscape and activity. And it’s becoming more flexible, literally. New stretch materials are bringing greater freedom of movement to an already advanced collection. Fjällräven truly believes “there is no bad weather, only bad clothing”. With the new Keb Updated Collection, ventures into nature are warmer, dryer, safer and more comfortable.
The Keb Touring garments are my new favorite for all my winter activities,” says Elisabet-Elfa Arnarsdottir, the designer responsible for the collection.
“With full range of motion without restrictions, I feel I can move freely in the mountains, where my mind becomes my only limitation.”
Winter expeditions over snow and ice: Keb Touring
The new Keb Touring Jacket and Trousers are designed for winter trekking and ski touring. They are the perfect combination of wind resistance, warmth and ruggedness you need on challenging winter adventures in tough terrain. The new weather-resistant stretch fabric, that’s heavier and more robust than previous Keb products, has a double weave construction that transports moisture and air efficiently.
Keb Touring Jacket
The jacket has a helmet compatible hood, articulated sleeves, large chest pockets and an upper arm pocket, so is ideal for climbing and glacier travel when harness and helmet are essential. Zipped ventilation under the arms and gusseted sleeves mean you won’t get all hot and bothered on tough pitches or when scrambling over uneven, steep terrain. And seeing as your mobile phone is often your camera when you want to keep weight to a minimum, Fjällräven has included a secure internal phone pocket.
Keb Touring Trousers
The trousers are equally well thought through. The inside of the lower leg is reinforced to help protect against the accidental brush of a crampon. The hem is expandable to fit over ski-touring boots and, of course, there is zipped ventilation on the outside
of both legs for letting off steam on steep ascents.
Outdoor expert Johan Skullman recommends that you start with a wool base layer, including wool socks. Then add a mid-layer, the new Keb Wool Sweater is ideal, as it’s made from 40% polyamide and 60% merino wool ensuring its wicking, odor resistant, temperature regulating and durable.
The perfect work layer, for when your skinning up on snow, scrambling over rock or crampon-stepping over ice, is the Keb Touring range; the Keb Lite range (see below) is better for warmer winter or cool spring excursions, ideal for sea to summit adventures when you want to be efficient, secure and comfortable. Finally, you should always have an insulating layer for coffee breaks, chilling by the fire or when you’re generally taking things a little easier. The Keb Touring Down Jacket and the Keb Lite Padded Jacket, both offer warming insulation when you need it most.
Spring tours over varying terrain: Keb Lite
The Keb Lite Jacket and Trousers, although less robust than the touring garments, are even stretchier, thanks to a four-way mechanical stretch fabric and single weave. They are designed for use from autumn through to spring, on trails covered in snow, stones or grass – often all three. They are much lighter than the Keb Touring range, so not as warm or wind resistant, but won’t restrict movements or leave you sweating when taking on new challenges.
Keb Lite Jacket
Light is the name of the game here. Fjällräven designers have kept things simple: pockets are minimal – just on the chest – so as not to get in the way of a harness or swinging arms carrying walking or ski poles; there are reinforcements over the shoulders to protect against wear and tear from backpack straps, but they also provide a little extra comfort when carrying heavier loads. The material itself is the most important part. Rip-stop, four-way mechanical stretch together with a weight of just 185g per square metre, offer protection from the elements without hindering your movements or slowing you down.
Keb Lite Trousers
The same material applies to the trousers, too. And the same attention to keeping things simple. But spring mountain hiking and exploration are kept in mind with details like zipped ventilation on the outer sides of both legs, quick access buttoned leg pockets, articulated gusset inside the legs to reduce chafing and reinforced hems to resist rubbing from rocks.
Aside from the clothing listed above, Fjällräven recommends always having a map and compass inside your pack, “weather can change quickly in the mountains,” says Johan Skullman, “and sometimes visibility goes from great to awful in a matter of minutes”. A compass – and knowing how to use one – can get you out of a bind. Sunglasses, hat, beanie and gloves are also essential; it’s often ‘four seasons in a day’ in the mountains. A well-stocked first aid kit is a must, as is some high-energy food (gels, nuts, Snickers) and a headlamp with a spare battery. The perfect backpack for all this, and your winter and spring high alpine adventures, is Fjällräven’s new Keb Hike. It comes in 20l and 30l sizes and includes space for a hydration bladder; it has ski holders, a detachable hip belt and it’s made from waterproof 500D recycled nylon, which repels snow and ice.