Having the ability to increase the water resistance of a garment is very useful, and with the Fjällräven Abisko/Nikka you can tweak it as required. It is made from G1000, a polyester cotton mix that can be made more water-resistant by applying Greenland Wax (sold separately, or done for you at a Fjällräven ‘wax station’) to appropriate areas. In autumn and winter I’d suggest proofing the seat, front of thighs, knees and ankle cuff areas, while keeping other areas more breathable for extra comfort. The seams will still leak so you’ll still need your waterproof overtrousers during heavy rain. There are also stretch panels, reinforced areas and a diamond crotch panel to improve the comfort and fit, and as the leg length is unfinished this can be fine-tuned, suiting those with shorter or longer legs. The Fjällräven Abisko/Nikka’s waist area is plainer than others, with no additional lining and no stretch, but you do get belt loops. The pockets are very good, taking an OS map in the thigh pocket, a small GPS receiver in another smaller thigh pocket and an OS map in two zipped hip pockets. There is no internal gaiter, so these are biased toward wet autumn weather rather than any early snow and they’re less stretchy than some more dedicated mountaineering trousers.
Fabric G-1000 (65% polyester, 35% cotton), Stretch (98% polyamide, 2% elastane)
Weight 481g (size 52)
Men’s sizes 44-60
Women’s sizes 34-48
The ability to proof localised areas, coupled with good general features, makes the Fjällräven Abisko/Nikka trousers useful for wet autumnal days in the hills.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine October 2013