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Shola 230 Esker Hat


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Our Esker hat boasts some remarkable temperature-regulating properties.

Made from our pure yak wool technical fabric, it's exceptionally warm, yet breathable and moisture-wicking too. So you'll stay cosy but cool when you step up the pace.

Fine-knit and lightweight, it easily fits under a helmet or hood, or in a jacket pocket.
Fabric & Care
Yak wool evolved over millennia to protect against the extreme Himalayan climate.

We've spent years transforming this astonishing fibre into a range of technical fabrics for outdoor adventurers, through our in-house development programme Hima-Layer™.

Our ShoLa hat is made from Hima-Layer Original 230 fabric, using yak wool sourced from nomad families on the Qinghai Tibet plateau in the Himalayas.

  • Even better than merino. It’s 66% more breathable and 40% warmer, weight for weight.
  • Wicks moisture efficiently and allows sweat vapour to escape from your skin, so you won’t overheat or feel clammy.
  • Built-in, 40+ UPF protects your scalp.
  • Feels soft like cashmere - and there’s no itch.
  • Naturally odour-resistant, so it will smell fresh for longer.
  • Ideal for outdoor adventures in autumn, winter and spring.

Caring for your hat

  • Cool machine wash on wool setting at 30˚c.
  • Line dry in the shade.

As long as you follow our care instructions, any shrinkage will be minimal.
Product Design
  • Double layer of fabric for added wind proofing and comfort.
  • Reversible. Logo can be worn on the inside for a simpler look (just remove the care label).
  • Tape on edge of hat depicts contours of the Himalayas and colours of Tibetan prayer flags.
What The Experts Say
Our Esker Hat is new, so we don't have any expert reviews to share just yet. In the meantime, here's some praise for our ShoLa Zip base layer, which features the same high performance fabric.

Awarded 'Best in Test'. "Warm enough to be worn on its own on a cool day and makes a good layering base when up in the mountains in poor conditions."

Gear We Are
Awarded ‘Recommended Product’. “If I’m being asked to part with £105 for a baselayer, I want it to work some minor miracles. I’d want it to be massively warmer, much more breathable, better wicking, lighter and less likely to get smelly than any other baselayer I owned. And I’d want it to look good too. So, imagine my amazement as this new Yak Wool (Yes, Yak. The hairy mountain beasts from the Himalayas) ticked all of those boxes and lived up to some bold claims by its new British manufacturer.”

Scotland Outdoors
Awarded five stars. “I wore the yak wool baselayer when cycling, running and Munro bagging. And so far there has been no sweaty whiff whatsoever...At no point did I feel damp on my skin and even after exercising, when I stopped to get into the car and drive for an hour, I stayed warm and dry.”

The Great Outdoors
“It feels very soft and comfortable next to the skin, wicks moisture fast and dries fairly quickly...The top doesn’t smell after continuous wear – I slept in it on the overnight trips, so it was worn for 30-plus hours non-stop – or after strenuous sweaty exercise... if you want a cool weather base layer this is one of the best around."

A Luxury Travel Blog
“These garments are incredibly warm and will serve as an excellent base layer in even the most extreme environments.”

Washing Machine Post
"Achieves everything promised by the manufacturer and then some....if you're a fan of merino, or sad enough to be still clad in polyester, you might be happy to join the vanguard of odourless winter toastiness with a covering of yak wool; it just gets better and better."

Delivery & Returns

We hope you'll love your garment. If you don't for any reason, just return your (unworn) item to us within 30 days of purchase for a full refund or exchange. For more details visit our customer care and returns page.


Delivery prices

Key: Standard Express

Country / RegionShipping timeCost
UK 2-3 working days £5
  next working day £10
EU 6-10 working days €12
  1-4 working days €18
China & SE Asia 3-16 working days US$15
  1-2 working days US$24
Hong Kong 1-2 working days US$5
USA 6-8 working days US$10
  3-5 working days US$32
Canada & Mexico 3-16 working days US$16
  4 working days (CA)
5-6 working days (MX)
South Pacific (NZ & AU) 8-15 working days (NZ)
7-11 working days (AU)
  5-6 working days (NZ)
4 working days (AU)
Singapore 3-16 working Days US$15
  3-5 working days US$24
Rest of the World 3-16 working days US$15
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