Fjällräven Övik Folk Knit Sweater Review
An in-depth review of the Fjällräven Övik Folk Knit sweater
Yes, microdown jackets keep you warm. Yes, a fleece is lightweight. Yes, a merino baselayer traps air efficiently. But no, none of them feel as cosy as a big lambswool jumper. None have that – beware: technical term here – snuggle factor. None is as pleasant to pop on with a pair of jeans in a mountain hut after a long day on the trails. And none we’ve found are as lovely as the Fjällräven Övik sweater.
This beautifully patterned garment – inspired by Nordic folklore and not a snowflake or reindeer in sight – is made from a soft, warm wool. Not that it’s just meant for fika by the fire. Wool’s natural properties are well documented: it wicks moisture away from a baselayer and insulates even when cold.
“Fjällräven believe in wool’s natural properties so much, they have started a sheep farm to just to study how to care for sheep and develop best practice."
The ribbed sleeve cuffs and hem keep it snug. This could easily be used as a warm midlayer. In fact, Fjällräven believe in wool’s natural properties so much, they have started a sheep farm to just to study how to care for sheep and develop best practice, as well as understanding more about how wool can be used in outdoor clothing. Their Wool Promise also guarantees that the sheep haven’t been subjected to mulesing.
The Övik range comes from the nickname for the frankly unpronounceable Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven’s Swedish home town. The focus with this range is on natural products and classic styles that will also perform in the outdoors - qualities that the whole Outdoor 100 team loved. This is perhaps the one garment we coveted most.
Fjällräven Övik Folk Knit Sweater Stats:
- Price: £145
- Weight: 550g
Shot on location in Chamonix
- Thanks to our accommodation partner Adventure Base