Jakewrote a review of Fjallraven Keb Eco-Shell Jacket - Men's on August 15, 2019
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
After a year of using this jacket in a multitude of different environments, situations, and conditions, I highly recommend it.
I've found the jacket to be extremely durable. I've used the jacket while hiking through dense vegetation, while carrying logs, and I even had a large river stone explode just a couple of feet away from me and only had minor scuff marks even though I was hit by several large shards of rock. After multiple backpacking trips where I had to wear the jacket for extended periods, there seems to be very little wear and tear, fraying, or anything like that.
The jacket is really breathable in cooler temps, with a couple of different options for venting. The zipper is a two-way zipper so it can be adjusted to dump heat, even when it's raining or snowing. The pit zips can be zipped and unzipped easily while on the move, and open up quite a bit. I was worried rain or snow would get inside, but even when fully open I didn't have any issues except during a torrential downpour. Overall it's extremely waterproof.
The pockets are massive. I really don't like the styling of the chest, but it's amazing what you can cram into the chest pockets. I've never run out of room to stash gloves, a hat, phone, keys, wallet, maps, PB and Nutella tortilla, and compass, and that's just in the two main chest pockets. I don't use my earbuds on the trail, but you can also weave headphones through a handy hole that leads up from the lower left inside pocket.
Hood is great. Easy to adjust and it has a really stuff brim thanks to a wire insert.
I am amazed by how warm the jacket is. When I'm hiking or backpacking in temps 30 and above, I usually just wear a lightweight capilene or wool longsleeve shirt. If it's between 0 and 35 with minimal wind I'll wear the longsleeve shirts with a shortsleeve shirt over it. Anything below 0, I'll use a heavyweight wool undershirt over a short or longsleeve wool or capilene shirt. I've worn it in temps down to -30 with sustained winds of 25mph and gusts of 60mph and it never felt like it was letting me down in terms of wind resistance.
There are a couple of minor issues. The first is the zipper. Even after a year, I still struggle with getting the zipper completely lined up to zip. It can be a real struggle at times, to the point that it took me so long in one instance that I was worried I was getting hypothermia because I just couldn't get the thing zipped. (It was day 3 of a deep winter backpacking trip.) For $400, it should be dummy proof. I also find the fit to be a bit off. I'm 5' 9