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#191453 - 12/21/09 03:45 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: RobertRogers]
M_a_x Offline
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Registered: 08/16/02
Posts: 974
Loc: Germany
Our winters are pretty warm and comfy. We usually have about 0° (first Celcius than Fahrenheit). On really cold days itīs about -20°F.
If it isnīt broken, it doesnīt have enough features yet.

#191509 - 12/22/09 02:31 AM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: M_a_x]
comms Offline

Registered: 07/23/08
Posts: 1502
Loc: Mesa, AZ
Just got a very cool Christmas present apropos for this thread.

A friend just got back from a month in Nepal building medical clinics. He met a local woman who handmade wool caps, and even stitched in a wind blocker liner. He took it to Mt. Everest base camp and took a picture with it.
Don't just survive. Thrive.

#191526 - 12/22/09 10:33 AM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: comms]
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Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1371
Loc: Queens, New York City
A nice red wool hat similar to the classic watch cap for winter. When I need to keep sun/rain off my head in summer, I have a wide brim tilly, and my go bag has a now well crumpled boonie cap that has a LOT of 550 cord laced around the rim, for those times I don't have a hat, and suddenly need one (A brimmed cap keeps the rain off my glasses, and makes life a lot safer)
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#191546 - 12/22/09 02:38 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: KG2V]
Mark_F Offline
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Registered: 06/24/09
Posts: 714
Loc: Kentucky
Nothing fancy or hi-tec and no cool name but how about this:


Wish I knew the secret to making that appear as an actual link. Just copy and paste it in your browser. Very warm. I carry one in a parka pocket through the winter. On the down side it's not waterproof on its own but covering it with the parka hood does nicely for keeping dry. I also like just a plain old synthetic balaclava. Wear it as a watch cap in milder temps and pull down when the temps drop.

Haertig's Carrhart is a nice one too. I emailed that page to DW. Too late for Santa but maybe as an after thought laugh
Uh ... does anyone have a match?

#191563 - 12/22/09 05:12 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: Mark_F]
Doug_SE_MI Offline

Registered: 01/05/08
Posts: 35
Loc: Michigan
above freezing (and not windy) - felt fedora (Cabela's Three-Forks) as the brim nicely keeps sleet and other crap off my glasses and from going down my neck.

below freezing - an old fashioned watch cap (well the new fleece version, the classic wool having become harder to find).

nasty, windy or single digit temps and below - a Windbloc Headsokz. It is just plan cozy in the worst cold weather.


#191567 - 12/22/09 05:56 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: Doug_SE_MI]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Gotta get me one of these it looks like:

+ GoreTex on top would be awesome!

If I`m doing "WORK" outside my hat normally comes off shortly, unless it is snowing or raining. Even with a shaved head I warm up rather quickly!
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#191759 - 12/25/09 01:34 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: Todd W]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2887
Loc: USA
I have an acrylic watch cap that's quite warm. For Christmas I got myself and my wife wool Buffs. The big advantage of this combo for me is that I can keep both in the pockets of my coat with a pair of gloves, so my outdoor gear is largely self-contained and easily adjusts to various levels of activity and the very changeable weather around here. If it gets nasty I can make the Buff into a balaclava, put on my hat, and unroll the hood of my parka on top of that.

#191772 - 12/25/09 04:47 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: chaosmagnet]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 1999
Loc: NE Illinois
I've become a fan of Tilley hats. I bought my first one because I just couldn't find a nice had big enough for my giant mutant head.

For summer I use a Tilley LTM6 - with the mesh panel around the top and the wider brim.

For winter I use a combination of Carhartt knit hats (I like the blaze orange ones) and a Tilley TW2 Winter Hat. I like that the brim of the Tilley hat keeps the falling snow off my glasses, plus it has an ear warming flap and a forehead warming flap.

I was kind of surprised to find that the Tilley TW2 Winter Hat is dry clean only, though I've yet to need to clean it.

#191786 - 12/25/09 05:55 PM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: roberttheiii]
Lon Offline

Registered: 11/14/08
Posts: 115
Loc: middle Tennessee
My favorite Cold Weather (winter) hat looks something like this .
I was just searching for an example of my hat, and saw that style called "trapper", "trooper", or "bomber" on different web sites.
I had always called it my "Russian hat", because you always see some guy on TV named Leonid, standing on a podium watching a parade of tanks go by. laugh

I "customize" mine a little bit, by putting on a regular "ball cap" first, and then putting the Russian Hat on over that. That way, I have a "Russian hat WITH BRIM" !!! grin

#191823 - 12/26/09 01:51 AM Re: Favorite Winter Hat [Re: Lon]
KenK Offline
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Registered: 06/26/04
Posts: 1999
Loc: NE Illinois
I had one of those bomber hats when a kid. I loved it. I tried to buy one from Cabelas - got their XL size, but it didn't fit my mutant giant head ... gave it to my son - who enjoys it.

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