Tough yet breathable, cool and comfy – the Fjällräven Övik Travel Shirt is worth the spend if you’re after a well-made and long-lasting hiking shirt that you can wear for any outdoor adventure.
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Fjällräven Övik Travel Shirt: first impressions
If quality’s top of your list when shopping for women’s hiking tops, then the Fjällräven Övik Travel Shirt is a good place to start. The Swedish brand’s outdoor offerings always stand out for their use of great, long-lasting materials, and the Övik is no different – this shirt feels lovely to wear and will look good for years of hiking trips to come.
The fabric is a rather magical mix of light weight and breathability while still feeling comfortably solid and durable thanks to a mix of eco-friendly hemp and recycled polyester (see also: the best eco-friendly outdoor brands). Pull it on and the hemp fabric feels cool against the skin and does a great job of regulating body temperature. Two chest pockets and a very handy internal zipped security pocket hold smaller valuables.
• RRP: $122 (US) / £90 (UK)
• Materials: Hemp (55%), polyester (45%)
• Weight: 230g / 8oz
• Sizes available: XXS / XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Raspberry Red / Sage Green / Dusk
• Compatibility: This versatile shirt is happy hiking anywhere you roam
Fjällräven Övik Travel Shirt: on the trails
We wore the Ovik for a week of hiking in the Pyrenees and were impressed with how it proved breathable on baking days and warm and comfortable against the skin when the weather turned.
We also loved the fit – a boxier cut is comfortable and flattering, and the Övik is generously long, covering more of your hips and looking great when worn with hiking tights or leggings. We’d recommend picking the darker colorways, but whichever you go for, this is a great quiver-of-one outdoor shirt for daily use and for taking on the trail.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.