Fjällräven Nordic Heater

February 28, 2019

One of the things I look forward to each year, is going out doing photography in the midst of winter, especially when it drops below -20°C. And most of my readers will surely remember some of those times.

Aurora borealis over a winter landscape in Replot, Finland.
Northern lights in 2012, Replot/Björkö, Finland.

When I started with photography way back in 2011, my first winter excursion was quite tough, I didn’t own the gear that I needed to keep myself warm for a long period of time outside, nor did I even know what kind of gear I needed.

A car driving on an winter ice road over a lake during dusk in Vaasa, Finland.
Winter ice road just outside of Vaasa, Finland.

Nowadays, I’ve got a bunch of gear, and I’ve tested even more, and some things, like my Heat 3 gloves, are things I would buy again without a flinch, they’re just that good.

Back in 2016, I decided I wanted to invest in headgear that would be able to keep me warm at any temperature. I already owned a random assortment of beanies, with different kinds of insulation levels, but none of them were able to keep me completely warm unless I had my parka hood over my head.

Me wearing the Fjällräven Nordic Heater trapper hat

After looking around, I found the Fjällräven Nordic Heater, sure, it’s not the prettiest of hats, but I’d be damned, it does look warm. And generally with good winter gear, function trumps looks.

The front, and the flaps of the hat are lined with faux fur, which keeps the wind and snow out of your face, whilst the outer liner on the back of the hat is Fjällräven’s water- and windproof fabric.

I went for the black version, but now in retrospect, I would’ve rather chosen another color (like the brown for example).

So it’s been a couple of years, and the hat has past all of my tests, my only grip with it, is, that it’s actually a bit too warm – which means it’s not the be-all and end-all solution, your still going to need a random assortment of other beanies and caps.

But it handles all situations that I’ve thrown at it, from stand still photography at -25°C, or just a day out in sledding with the kids (although, you tend to overheat with the hat if your doing any physcial activity).

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