Fjallraven Ovik Review
Fjällräven is the perfect example of creating something out of necessity. You’re not happy at how things are? Well, try and improve them. That’s the message from one of Sweden’s most beloved entrepreneurs. Åke Nordin.
He was just a 14-year-old boy when he was preparing to go for a summer hike in the northern part of the country. But he was left disappointed with the design and the lack of functionality of the backpacks in that day and age. So, after extensive research, he realized that the backpack should be designed better. Nordin then took his mother’s sewing machine and made one for himself. He used that very same pack for the hike, but it was years later that he founded the company.
But that does the name even mean? Fjallraven is the Swedish term for Arctic fox, and a red Arctic fox can be easily seen on the Company’s logo.
Norden officially founded and in Fjallraven in 1960, and the first months, he operated the manufacturing and selling of the merchandise from his basement. But over the years, the company grew. And today is one of the best retailers in Sweden that specialize in outdoor equipment.
However, let’s take a closer look at the very special Ovik jacket. What makes it special? Scroll down and see for yourself. Hope you’ll like this review and this particular product. Enjoy.
Fixed style of hood
An inner jacket that’s detachable
This is a hip-length jacket that has an adjustable hood and a zipper that goes in two ways. The zipper is on the other hand hidden behind a protective panel (a flap if you will), and that panel not only acts protection for the zipper but for your body as well. And last but certainly not least, the two hand pockets on each of the sides, are designed at the lower point of the jacket, just to make things easier for the person that’s wearing the jacket.
But if you’re feeling very adventurous and highly protective of this particular garment you’ll definitely want to use Greenland Wax. What is a Greenland Wax you might ask? Well, it’s a special mixture of paraffin and beeswax.
If you’re looking for a way to make it more durable and even more wind-resistant you’ll apply a thin layer of the wax on the surface of the jacket. By adding the layer of wax, the jacket will become sturdier, firmer and a lot more wind/moisture resistant, but if you remove the wax it will make the garment breezy, light and airy.
However, don’t mistake the power of the wax and think that it will make the Ovik waterproof. No, it will make it water-resistant to a certain degree, but not completely waterproof. When you’ll actually purchase the jacket, it will be delivered already pre-waxed with the Greenland wax, but inevitably after multiple washes, the wax will disappear from the surface, and another coat needs to be applied.
Fjallraven will always advise you to use an additional layer of was to the areas that have the most friction, like the elbows for instance. They’re the areas that get the most contact with other surfaces, and you really should be quite generous in those particular areas.
it will be a lifesaver on so many occasions, and you'll find yourself always reaching for one or the two layers. It will become a must-have item fairly quickly.