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#154173 - 11/03/08 11:39 PM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Pansy]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2250
Loc: Colorado
I have had a few wool ski caps over the years. They are warm, but I must look like some kind of psycho when I come off the hill, throw off my cap, and start scratching my head like a deranged madman!

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#154174 - 11/03/08 11:46 PM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Did]
wildman800 Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 2829
Loc: La-USA
Tu parle Anglais bon. Much better than my rarely used French. I am glad that you are giving us your opinions and experience.

Vive la France!!!!
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#154194 - 11/04/08 12:59 AM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: haertig]
Susan Offline
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Registered: 01/21/04
Posts: 5163
Loc: W. WA
"...I must look like some kind of psycho when I come off the hill, throw off my cap, and start scratching my head like a deranged madman!"

Two things to remember about wool.

1. Never buy a product unless it is clearly labeled "Virgin Wool". This is new wool, fresh from the sheep, it is NOT an indication of what the sheep are doing at night. All other wool is reused wool; the fibers have been cut and all those cut ends are what makes you itch. True wool allergies are rare; most people who think they are allergic are wearing "old" wool or incorrectly washed wool.

2. Take care of your wool by washing it correctly. Wool is hair, so treat it like hair. Wash your woolens in cool or tepid water with a decent shampoo. Soak and squeeze, don't rub or scrub. Rinse with clear water, and preferably with a decent hair conditioner. I use Finesse shampoo and conditioner for both my hair and my woolens, but a similar type is fine. Since wool is hair, it doesn't absorb water, and it quick to dry. Air-drying is best, but I dry my wool blankets in the dryer on Low, for only 10 minutes or so (queen size). If they get rolled up into a ball and the center is still damp, fluff it out and add 5 minutes of drying time.

3. If you have some nice, soft, virgin wool, and want to make it hard and itchy to give it as a gift to someone you hate, be sure to wash it in hot water with a harsh laundry detergent, then dry it in a hot dryer for 40 minutes. Wear gloves when you take it out to gift-wrap it. smirk

Sue

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#154220 - 11/04/08 02:37 AM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Susan]
bluenorth Offline
Stranger

Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 12
Loc: Ontario, Canada
I picked up one of these yesterday:


http://www.canada-goose.com/103pr_merino_wool_beanie.htm

Merino wool with a polyester lining. Feels very nice. Maybe it's the best of both worlds (synthetic/wool).
[sorry about the huge image]

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#154239 - 11/04/08 03:30 AM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: comms]
kirbysdl Offline
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Registered: 09/24/08
Posts: 20
Originally Posted By: comms
I don't go anywhere without a Buff. Seriously, I always carry one in my EDC.


Hear hear. The basic version can't compare to a heavy beanie or balaclava, but as an EDC item that will also be useful in the other three seasons, it can't be beat. Watch the crazy man in the first video here:
http://www.buffwear.com/pages/technical/ways-to-wear.php

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#154267 - 11/04/08 04:57 PM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: kirbysdl]
Jakam
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Ditto on the buff- I have 3 different colors, from pseudo camo to bandanna paisley to black. They are form fitting, can be neck gaiter, attitude hat, eye-cover, balaclava, it's the best.

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#154374 - 11/05/08 06:29 PM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Leigh_Ratcliffe]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
I find that I prefer fleece to the knit types. It's softer and more comfortable, and snow "bonds" less with it in my experience if I fall when I'm out XC skiing or snowshoeing. I think it's also quite a bit lighter. I find that Windstopper type fleece blocks the sound so much that I'm not even willing to wear it. Very uncomfortable feeling.

In high winds, regular fleece doesn't cut it, but GoreTex hat with fleece lining works well (and also conveniently answers a question posted earlier).

Originally Posted By: Leigh_Ratcliffe
Just out of curiosity, does anyone know where the gore-tex lined version can be had?
I've got something like this http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_detai...845524442622388 It fits nicely over my fleece hat and does well when it's rainy, extremely cold, or windy.

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#154417 - 11/05/08 11:46 PM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Hikin_Jim]
eric_2003 Offline
Journeyman

Registered: 09/14/07
Posts: 56
Speaking of the fleece and windbloc fleece etc, I found a great post here on soft shells, and his reviews of other types of gear is great too. Has a nice post on wool too.

http://www.psychovertical.com/?thebestsoftshell

Eric

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#154422 - 11/06/08 12:18 AM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: eric_2003]
Hikin_Jim Offline
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Registered: 10/12/07
Posts: 1804
Loc: Southern California
Great link. Thanks!
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#154874 - 11/11/08 03:51 AM Re: In praise of the lowly knit cap [Re: Hikin_Jim]
bigmbogo Offline
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Registered: 02/11/05
Posts: 82
After a search for the perfect classic wool watch cap, and seeing only itchy cheap mil-surp ones, I finally found a really nice Filson one. It's really thick, and soft, and doesn't itch a bit. It's very comfortable. I paid some stupid amount of dough for it, like $40 or something, but it is a real pleasure to wear, and looks like it will last forever.

David

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