Cold Weather Hat

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  1. Squirr

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    What is every ones go-to hat for really cold weather? I love my stormy kromer, but I feel like there is something out there that would be warmer. I was thinking about a mad bomber because I have read so many good things about them, but I wanted to get every ones opinion here before I spent the money. Thanks in advance.
     
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    I picked up a couple of wool felt 'crushables' a few months ago that I'll be trying out. And a friend gave me a good looking leather hat that I'll give a go, especially during some of the rainy times (but it's kind of heavy).
     
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    I've yet to come across a situation where my Polartec beanie didn't keep my head nice and warm. Light weight but warm as heck.
     
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    I have a couple of thin Smartwool beanies I wear one of almost 24 hours a day in the winter. When it gets really cold I layer a merino wool hat my wife crocheted for me over the beanie.
     
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    Down here in LA, I wear a blaze orange watch cap/knit hat or my homemade fleece hat (for sleeping).

    When I lived up North, I preferred a fairly standard ski hat (like the watch cap, only longer, and it could be rolled down farther). I also liked the military balaclava I was issued for when it was booger-freezing cold.
     
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    I have an old wool English driving cap with ear flaps that both blocks the wind and is very warm.


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    I've got a mad bomber waxed canvas hat and I really like it . Definitely warmer than my stormy kroner. In fact when I hike in the winter, I carry it in my day pack and put it on when I stop to rest. Otherwise I get too overheated.
     
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    I had a stormy but wasn't satisified with it. I bought a filson duck hunting hat, they are waterproofed canvas with wool lining that can buckle down over your ears. I worked on the mississippi moving barges and was out in all kinds of weather, all year round. You won't be sorry, they are a little expensive but it will last forever. Good luck
     
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    I have tried so many I lost count but my favorite is still a noname fleese beanie I got on clearance for $2. It's super light weight, folds to near nothing and hides in a pocket without a huge bulge, and has always kept me warm.
     
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    For real cold around here I like this one

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    I have a few G I wool beanies and a few turtle fur wool beanies. Can't get the ears cold!!
     
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    Brother Amen My Dad got me one a few Years back, Love it in cold weather with a Buff (wool) it Great!!
     
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    For normal cold weather, I'd say 15+ degrees I like a military issue wool watch cap, very comfy. For colder I wear a rabbit fur hat, not sure make and model, my bro got me and my dad one each for Christmas a few years back, now that badboy is warm.
     
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    I use a Columbia rabbit fur lined hat when cold or a under armor cold weather beanie
     
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    I have a Mad Bomber and absolutely love it, but be warned, it is either for extreme cold, or in my personal findings, best when not doing a lot of activity. It's very easy to work up a head sweat with that atop your head. It's a great hat though.
     
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    90% of the time, I use a wool beanie hat from Marmot. If it's below 0F, I use a German milsurp flecktarn 'Mountain Cap' with the fold down ear flaps. That thing is toasty toasty warm, AND super cheap. I think Sportsmans Guide still carries them.
     
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    I'm not big on toboggan/toque/watch cap styles. I do have a US Army wool watch cap with the bill (Radar O'Reilly hat) which is decent - I like bills. My other issue with these types of headwear are that they do not block the wind well unless they have a Windbloc membrane and where I'm at the wind almost always blows.
     
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    Rick, are you talking about the Tin Cloth Wildfowl Hat?
     
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    Just a repeat that the rabbit fur bomber hats are very warm good for standing around ice fishing or other low activity level stuff other wise you are sweating in them, I actually carry 3 or 4 hats with me and vary them with the activity as I have a shaved head the no hat usually isn't an option during cold weather but I have a heavy synthetic cloth headwrap(do wrag), a light knit cap, a two layer (camo one side orange the other) knit cap, and the rabbit fur bomber.
     
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    I was extremely disappointed with the Kromer.
    It doesn't fold down to completely cover the ears as I thought it would, sizing was off slightly on the large side, rendered it useless for cold weather ATV use. Inadequate coverage, blew off at speed.

    OK for around town use, still wear it occasionally, but a true cold weather hat it isn't.
    Wanted it for the water-repellent feature of the "oilskin" material AND to cover the ears. Don't quite understand why it's constructed the way it is, looks like the tied-off "straps" over the bill would lower, but they don't.

    I went back to my 1941 wool-lined cotton caps that the Filson version was based on.
    Picked up two many years ago at a surplus joint, bought a couple more recently from Numrich.
    That design allows three options for wear- Everything folded up, the rear pulled down completely over the ears, or with the full skirting down and buckled under the chin to cover the neck and cheeks.
    I also like the bill, need something to shade my eyeballs in the sun.

    I've worn them in a blizzard, they work great. Same in temps as low as the 40s on the ATV.
    Dunno how thickly insulated the Filsons are, but my old WWII caps are quite warm.
    I like the design & if I didn't have my surplus caps I'd be wearing that Filson.
    Still may buy one for a rainy day. :)
    Denis
     
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    I love my waxed stormy kromer for three season wear, it's comfortable and keeps my head dry when I get caught in the rain. I would love to have one of Filson's waterfowl hats but I just can't see myself paying 70 dollars for a hat. Maybe one day, but not soon.
     
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    I have a coyote fur ushanka (think soviet soldier fur hat) that I got from the thrift shop. Otherwise my beaver Stetson is fine.

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    Denis,

    How about a pic of one of your 1941 hats?
     
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    Not very bushcrafty but I ware a Turtle Fur beanie everywhere. Fleece inner and wool outer. I have had mine for a couple of years and no longer see the particular one that I have on their website. http://www.turtlefur.com
     
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    Three of my favorites (Yes it got down to 32 degrees at my home on Maui, and below freezing up on the slopes of Mt. Mauna Kea, and Mt. Haleakala):

    Russian Army Ushanka Hat
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    Alpaca Wool Hat
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    Wool Jeep Cap
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    Were did you get that alpaca wool peruvian hat? I like the peruvian style hats.
     
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    Fleece Beanie
     
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    U.S. Issue wool watch cap 90% of the time. Rabbit trappers hat with ear flaps for those balmy -30C days.
     
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    Vdeal,
    Were I not so technically inept, I would. :)
    Pretty much identical to the Filson, but in dark OD green.
    Denis
     
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    Justin, you could get those at EMS for a while. I got one made by the North Face at EMS in Boston a few years ago. It was Peruvian made and alpaca and everything.
     
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    I really like my Beaver Brand hat made in Missouri (maybe out of business now??). It's similar to the Stormy, I guess. Wool outer, nylon inner, Poly insulation. It has ear flaps that fold down from inside the hat. It is super warm, especially when you wear the flaps up in the cap for a bit, then fold them down. Sooo toasty :)
     
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    I got them directly from a seller in Peru on eBay. Very warm and not as itchy as sheep's wool.
     
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    Mountain Hard Wear, Dome Perignon. Warmest hat I have owned. Blocks the wind great also.

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    Only downside is it insulates so well it blocks your hearing a bit. A bit pricey too, but well worth it.
     
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    I have a military style "fargo" hat my dad gave me. I dont know the actual name for the style but its plenty warm even when its been -10 with windchill
     
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    I don't do a lot in really cold weather anymore, but when I do I take the lead of those who live in the artic and wear a parka with a hood. The two jackets I have are both Goretex lined (for wind protetction) and have "cobra" type hoods to keep peripheral vision. I have a few caps I wear under the hood. One is a double-layer ragg wool watch cap with a poly-pro liner I also wear in the sleeping bag. If it is really cold I use a ragg wool balaclava that covers my neck and ears. A GI wool tube scarf covrs my neck and lower face.

    Other caps I use from time to time are an OR Hat For All Seasons with a bill and a liner and a "real" wool toque. The toque is knit as a long closed tube, pointed at one end and rounded at the other. The rounded end is pushed up inside the tube to form an inner cap and giving me two layers of heavy knit wool over my head. This is the classic headgear worn by the voyageurs.
     
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    Fleece beanie or in extreme cold my rabbit fur lined bomber if you get cold in that hat it wont be the hats fault.
     
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    Sorry didn't see this

    That is the filson I bought, but I got it in shelter cloth instead of the tin cloth one. I find the tin cloth a little stiff. I'm sure it would be fine for a hat but the pants are pretty hard on you for the first few years!
     
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    I got a Russian rabbit fur hat that has the ear flaps and a face flap. It looks goofy but it's great to wear to bed. Pull the face flap down and your nose is warm all night...come to think of it, it might be Chinese. I got it at a surplus store (Micky's) here in Kansas city.
     

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