Named after Sweden’s highest peak, Kebnekaise, the Keb Fleece has been designed for technical trekking with an emphasis on freedom of movement. It’s made from a blend of polyester, wool and elastane with Fjallraven’s hardwearing G-1000 material providing extra toughness at the shoulders where rucksack straps can cause damage. At £155 it’s an expensive piece of kit, so is it worth it?
At 510g it isn’t the lightest mid-layer in this test (issue 121 group test), but it packs down small. There’s a zip-up chest pocket, which is good, but it would have been nice to have some handwarmer pockets as well. There’s a hood which will fit under a helmet, the full-length zip is easy to use if you’re wearing gloves, and the cuffs and hem are elasticated to help keep cold air out.
The inside of the jacket is incredibly soft. It’s an athletic fit, but the stretch in the fabric gives an almost unhindered range of movement. In the recent cold weather I didn’t think this was the warmest mid-layer, so if you’re planning to venture out into sub-zero temperatures you might want to consider something that offers a bit more insulation. But it’s a beautiful looking piece of kit that’s a pleasure to wear in the right conditions.
In a line: Looks and feels fantastic.
This review first appeared as part of a group test in Adventure Travel magazine issue 121.