You know that kind of weather that's just a little too warm for a long winter parka but cold enough to want a proper jacket? That's the kind of weather the Fjallraven Keb Touring Jacket was made for.
When Fjallraven asked me to review this jacket last year, I was immediately game. After all, I'm someone who's super easily cold and so whatever piece of garment promises to keep me warm on wintery travels, ignites my interest.
As always, I've tested it thoroughly and on several trips before reporting back to you and now you can find my Fjallraven Keb Jacket review below.
Fjallraven Keb Jacket review
The Fjallraven Keb Touring Down Jacket is constructed from ethically sourced down of 800 fill power in stitch-through channels, encased in durable nylon polyamide fabric (which is 100% recycled) that lofts up quickly while remaining lightweight and soft.
The jacket's design prioritizes the regulation of body temperature with several adjustable features for trapping / releasing heat at the hood, hem, cuffs, and front zipper. It has an overlay of fabric at the shoulders, lower back, and sleeves for durability, and a two-way zipper with a large leather puller.
In keeping with its eco-friendly design, it is waterproofed using PFC-free impregnation, which contains a biodegradable active agent.
Features and performance
It may not be obvious from the outside but this Fjallraven winter jacket has plenty of pockets. On the interior of the Fjallraven Keb Touring Down Jacket you have two large mesh pockets.
In the left-hand one, there's a little hidden velcro-fastened pocket where you'll find two small patches of repair fabric, for slapping over any snags that might occur on your adventures. A thoughtful touch.
This Fjallraven down jacket also has two large side hand pockets (which are fleece-lined for extra coziness), one of which contains a small security compartment sealed with a zipper. It's ideal for stopping crucial items from falling out, especially if you're wearing gloves.
And then there's also one small interior pocket by at the top left.
There's nothing more annoying than having your hood blow off in windy conditions, but there's little worry of that here as the hood of this Fjallraven winter coat has an elastic fastener that you can tighten around the top of your head.
It's big enough to fit around a climbing helmet and tightens enough to fit snuggly around, well, a small head :-)
The front of the hood can zip all the way up to your nose leaving just a small slit for the eyes – vital in biting cold conditions. There's also a fleecy lining to the fabric over the lower face to safeguard against uncomfortable rubbing.
It's worth noting that this Fjallraven coat is water repellent, but not entirely waterproof. The jacket is treated with DWR (durable water repellent) so light rain won't penetrate and will brush off, but chances are it will get soaked if you're out in a downpour for too long.
A bit of a feat of multi-functionality, this Fjallraven jacket is a snug-fitting downy layer that can be worn as a filler between a lightweight base and a shell waterproof, or over the top of your other layers as your standalone outer coat. It's versatile in different temperatures and can have a different role depending on the weather.
Heat adjustment has been really carefully planned with this jacket, with a protective flap behind the zipper and poppers all the way up to provide a more ventilated option than the full zipper. The adjustable hood and collar lining, together with elasticated cuffs at the wrists and a draw-cord at the bottom of the jacket gives you the option of completely shutting out cold winds.
The jacket is also surprisingly warm for its lightweight and small size, so you don't want to over-do the layers if you're easily warm.
The fit is true to size. I usually wear a small in jackets and this small fits me perfectly.
The waist of this model is a bit centered, making it a little more elegant than your average down jacket, and the fact that it comes over your bum helps keep you warm even when sitting down.
The compressible fabric fits nicely around the body but remains flexible enough to fit over several other layers if needed. There are six different sizes to choose from.
I don't know if stowability is a word, but I think you get what I mean: it's very easy to roll the Keb Touring Down jacket into a ball and put it away in your backpack. This is great on those days where the mornings and evenings are chilly but the afternoons are warm enough to walk around in a sweater.
The fact that this jacket is so light, adds to the comfort of both carrying it on your body and in a backpack.
As you might have guessed, I love this jacket. The fit is perfect for me and even though it's light, it still keeps me warm on most winter days.
Unless you're going somewhere with icy winds and sub-zero temperatures, this is a good jacket.
The only downside to it, for me, is that it's not waterproof. Now, I haven't had any issues with this yet but I can think of a lot of trips where I'd prefer wearing this jacket over another type of winter coat for all its other features. I just wouldn't want to end up in a rainstorm then.
Where to buy
Convinced by my Fjallraven Keb review? You can buy this Fjallraven jacket on the official website or on Amazon.
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And that's it! I hope you've enjoyed this Fjallraven jacket review. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to let me know.
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I received a Fjallraven Keb down jacket for review purposes.