FjallravenKeb Pant - Women's

Technically-advanced and eco-friendly.

Fjallraven meets the demands of eco-conscious alpinists, trekkers, and climbers with the Women's Keb Pant. Made mostly of recycled polyester and organic cotton, the Keb achieves a green status while still remaining highly durable for the rough outdoors. Fjallraven waxed the shell with G-1000 for improved durability and increased water-resistance, and you can reapply the wax in different thicknesses to accommodate each season accordingly. The Keb also features articulated knees for a full range of motion, zippered openings from knee to hip for ventilation, and a strap adjustment at each cuff for boots. There are pockets designed specifically for a knife and a map, and there are more pockets for personal organization.

  • G-1000 Eco shell
  • Articulated knees
  • Zippered ventilation opening
  • Strap adjustment at each leg
  • Knife and map pockets
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Compared to Vidda Pro

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Size Bought: 42

I've just tried these on a few times and have initial impressions. I wear a size 40 in the Vidda Pro pants (normally a size 29/6 in women's pants). Due to the tight thighs on the Keb pants, I needed to size up to a 42. This leaves the waist a bit loose. The material of the reinforced areas (knees, pockets, seat) is the durable, rigid G1000 that the Viddas are made out of. The rest of the Keb pants are made with a lighter weight, very stretchy fabric. The length on the regular seems a tad long, but there are adjustable ankle tabs to tighten the hem. I could probably wear a short length comfortably, but not have a lot of room for give when bending my knees (the pants would likely ride up). I'm 5'9" and 145lbs, athletic build. If I had to choose a length I would go with the regular length. I like that the pants have zipped vents on the sides, much more convenient than stopping to zip off pant legs.

Sizing Report

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 36

I just demoed these pants. They are very comfortable. The sizing can be tricky, though. I'm normally a tight size 4 pant because size 6's are always really baggy in the waist and butt, so I'm cursed by being an inbetweener.

I'm definitely a 36, the 38's were baggy, as was to be expected. These 36's are tight on me as well, but look right. They just squish the butt a little, is my only complaint. But, just a little.

Classic pant!

Part of an unofficial uniform

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: 36

Way up in the high arctic, on the island of Spitsbergen, Svalbard, these pants are pretty pervasive amongst the populace. Walking down the street (in any season) you will see mothers pushing strollers in them, students walking to university in them, and mountain guides leading groups of tourists...all clad in the pants. One of my professors even used to refer to them as "Svalbard Adventure Pants".

You may be asking yourself what makes the pants worthy of being called "Adventure Pants"... well first of all, they are down right practical. They can be windproof and waterproof in the front, and breathable in the back - great for backcountry trips. The stretch in the pant legs allows for you to easily add some wool layers underneath, something crucial in the wintertime. The stretch also allows for easily scaling mountain sides. The adjustable ankles and boot hook are OK for keeping unwanted snow from sneaking in... but if its really snowy consider adding some gators.
The pants also have all these little nuances that will make you think 'damn, they thought of that too'. For example: one of my friends (who also has the pants and worked for the red cross) cut out pieces of foam to stick inside the reinforced knee (there is a little hole at the bottom) so that he could kneel in the snow for long periods of time without having to worry about it... great for someone doing first aid.
These pants are also totally customizable to your own breathability/waterproof preferences with the ability to add or remove wax as needed (to be done before heading out). The side zips are perfect for when you need that extra cross breeze.

With proper care, the pants can be very durable (they need some TLC and rewaxing from time to time). As a geologist, who wanders around in the arctic, I spend a lot of time up against some pretty abrasive rocks...and the pants take it in full stride - no holes yet. Full disclosure: I have owned two pairs, but only because I picked up trail running my waist shrank at least 4 sizes before the pants showed much age.

These pants are so comfortable I almost never want to take them off. So its a good thing they are stylish enough to be worn running about town.

The only possible occasional con for these pants is that waist/belt area is lined by a thin piece of cotton (same material as the knees and such) rather than the stretchy material. Sometimes in the deep of winter the pants may get a bit tight around the waist, but thats my own fault... And trust me, it is there for durability reasons... you wouldn't want the waist to stretch out and fall down over time.

As a side note: I believe Fjallraven added a 'curved' model to their women's pants which took into account the tight thigh issue some people may mention. I do not know if Backcountry carries those, as I did buy both pairs whilst up in Svalbard. My first pair were the original women's, which I had to size up in due to the tightness around my thighs/butt, while my current pair are the curved version. I have strong thighs and hips, so the curved version is amazing for me.

Long story short, if I am headed out into the field for a day or 3+ weeks, these are the only pants I pack.

Part of an unofficial uniform

Thanks for the fantastic review and photo, Christiane!

Great Pants! Great color

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

These pants are super durable and great for any adventure. They are a heavier weight and I love them for hiking in fall/winter. I am 5'2 and always have trouble finding hiking pants that aren't too long. Love that these come in both regular and short lengths. I am a size 28 in the US and am in between the 36 and 38 EU size. I went with the 38 short and they fit pretty great. I'd always rather my hiking pants have some flexibility versus being too tight.

Great Pants! Great color

How would these be for snow shoeing with some tights underneath?

Hey Jayelinn, These pants would be great for snowshoeing - especially with the built in gaiter. They'll fit well with a pair of leggings if you get the right size. They have vents on the thighs as well if you overlayer!

Unanswered Question

What is the inseam length on the Fjallraven Keb Trouser 36 regular?

Worth the wait

    I had been saving up for these pants and going back and forth for I kid you not like months! I finally took the plunge after going camping and wearing leggings of some sort and wishing I had these bad boys on.
    The fit: 5' 3" 130 pounds I fit into the 36, (got regular length but should have gotten shorts) otherwise well. A little tight in the booty but that's my body shape. Love that they can be tightened to be boot cut style or let loose to fit around some high hiking boots.
    The quality: indestructible fabric from what I can tell?? I put these things through the wringer. Also heavy weight so if it's chilly these are perfect... if it's hot I might reconsider. But great for camping i enjoy where lows are around 35.
    All in all a great pant for your outdoor adventures and will definitely be back for more styles

    Awesome pants but only sold in "Short"!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: 36

    I received these pants as a Christmas gift and they are really cool! Unfortunately, even after doing extensive research on sizing and referring to the size chart, they were too small. I am usually a US size 27 or 4 in pants, which means I should be 36, but they were pretty dang tight around my upper thigh and could barely button them. Also, I received a "short," which was not specified when choosing a size.
    I spoke with a Backcountry employee and she said that they only carry the "short" length because the pants run longer than most other pants. Unfortunately for me, I usually am between a "regular" or "long" in length, so these pants were too short for me as well. I will now be returning these pants and buying directly from Fjallraven so I can get my correct size.
    Other than sizing issues, these pants seem awesome! I got the Tarmac/Dark Olive color and they look very nice. The darker parts are a durable, stiffer material, while the lighter parts are a super stretchy material, making them flexible and durable in the parts that need it.
    Now that I have received the correct size, which turned out to be a 40 (which is the equivalent to a 10, what the heck?!?!) they fit great and I am very excited to actually use them!

    Unanswered Question

    Do you have a product short 40 size?