I AM a big fan of Fjallraven clothing, so I was looking forward to receiving a sample jacket from the new environmentally friendly Keb Eco-Shell collection.
The Swedish brand is renowned for offering functional, durable garments, and this collection will prove no exception, as it pairs fully recyclable, mono-material constructions of new and recycled polyester with an eco-friendly and fluorocarbon-free, water-repellent impregnation. In a nutshell, on offer will be ultra-minimalist shell garments with clean lines and carefully designed features.
The stretchy Eco-Shell jackets and trousers feature a performance cut, which offers enhanced freedom of movement. Combine that with the pliant, soft and quiet nature of the fabric, and you have garments that gracefully follow the body’s movements for superb mobility and comfort. In fact, every aspect of the design has been carefully considered, adding to the overall functionality.
The collection, which complements Fjallraven’s award-winning Keb product family, was inspired apparently by the rugged terrain surrounding Mount Kebnekaise, Sweden’s highest mountain, so you can expect it to perform when on the most challenging treks in dire weather conditions.
The collection will no doubt prove a perfect choice for those who enjoy trekking and ski touring. The hood can take a helmet, with easy adjustment for excellent protection without limiting vision or head movement. The two-way waterproof zipper opening comes with an inside protective flap, and proved easy to operate at both ends for ventilation. The spacious chest pockets have hidden bellows and are accessible when wearing a backpack with hip belt. Elastic mesh inner pockets keep small items in place, and will even take a mobile phone. Excess heat can be expelled via two-way side zippers.
Features include drawcord hem adjustment and Velcro at the cuffs, YKK zips and YKK Aquaguard front zip with rear storm flap, three-way adjustable hood with reinforced peak, and two generous chest pockets. If style is important to you, then you could always opt for the Anorak version (above), which will share many of the same features as the jacket.
If you are seeking a jacket that can be worn year-round with superb protection from the elements, then you could do a lot worse than this storm trooper. The Keb Eco-Shell jacket has an RRP of £390, and the collection will be available at Cotswold Outdoor and selected independent outdoor retailers from Autumn 2015.
Further details and full stockist information can be found at www.fjallraven.co.uk