Hand knit in small women’s co-ops outside Kathmandu, the Khedup is made from 100% lambswool and, while coarser than the Spitsbergen, thankfully this thicker construction made it a little more windproof. It was very cosy, the Polarfleece® lining added extra insulation in a band around the ears, but didn’t make you over-heat. The chunkier knit makes it more durable, however was also quite large – one size doesn’t fit all. Given it is a woollen hat, it also suffered from the damp wool smell after a rain shower, but luckily it did keep my head dry. A well-priced option given Sherpa’s mission to create ethical and environmentally conscious products.
VERDICT: A thick and hard-wearing beanie.
BEST FOR: Chilly mountain days where you want a reliable piece of kit.