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Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat review: the ultimate hat for exploring the outdoors

Keep cosy in the coldest conditions in the trapper-style Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat, a seriously warm piece of headgear

Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat
(Image: © Fjällräven)

Our Verdict

The big, burly Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat is the ultimate headgear for exploring outdoors in properly freezing weather – warm, waterproof and offering great protection for your face and head.

For

  • Very warm
  • Protects face and ears
  • Waterproof

Against

  • Heavy
  • Earflaps reduce hearing
  • Pricey

First impressions

It is all in the name – the Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat is specifically designed to offer great warmth in really tough cold climates, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from Fjällräven, a great brand that designs and tests their beautifully made outdoor clothing and kit in Sweden’s toughest environments.

This trapper-style hat is big and it means business, with a generous amount of faux fur lining the face. The wide ear flaps can be clipped and adjusted under the chin, protecting a fair amount of the face, or buttoned up to the side of the head in warmer weather or to allow you to hear better. Faux fur is ideal for snow and icy conditions, as it doesn’t freeze up. The tough outer canvas, which is available in three dark colorways that won’t show dirt, is fully waterproof, offering extra protection from wind and snow.

Specifications

RRP: $90 (US) / £66 (UK)
Gender: Unisex
Sizes: S–XL
Materials: Acrylic
Colors: Brown / Black / Blue

In the field

We tested out our Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat in the Arctic Circle and never, ever, felt the cold. The fact that you can clip the ear flaps together is also very handy in high winds or just for clipping your hat to your backpack when you’re pulling it on and off during the day.

The Fjällräven Nordic Heater Hat is definitely a winter-specific piece of kit. You’ll quickly overheat wearing it in less than freezing weather, but very that’s really not what the Nordic Heater is for. This may be the most expensive hat in our round up, but it is very much worth the spend if you regularly hike, camp, explore, work or even just walk the dog in sub-zero weather.