When I head to the mountains, I carry a beanie. It doesn’t matter if it’s 90 degrees at home or if the forecast is clear. I never know when I could spend an unplanned night on the trail or when the weather will take a turn for the worse. While I am concerned with pack weight, my safety take precedence. I have been able to keep my pack weight manageable through the use of UL gear.
Weighing in at under an ounce, The Original Down Beanie is the flagship product of Seattle-based Black Rock Gear. Seeing their reviews online and seeing the beanies in a backpacker.com article piqued my interest.
- DWR treated 15d Fabric. DWR is a coating that repels rain, snow and sleet, while being breathable.
- Sweat wicking Dryline Headband
- Premium 950 loft Goose Down
- Guttermann Polyester Thread
- BlackRock Clip Point Label
- 27 grams (<1 ounce) for size large
- The Good
- Extremely light and packs down very small. When It arrived in my mailbox, I didn’t realize there was anything in the box other than paper.
- Soft and very comfortable. It covers my ears, while not putting any pressure on them. This has been a problem when I wear beanies with glasses.
- Not itchy like the wool hats I’ve struggled with in the past
- The Bad
- Expensive, but the craftsmanship and materials are of high quality. I have yet to find inexpensive, quality UL gear.
- The Bottom Line
- Further testing is needed, I am impressed with weight and craftsmanship of this hat. I plan to carry it on my hikes this winter.
Before publishing a full review, I need to test:
- the beanie in cooler temperatures (I’ve only had it down to the low 40’s) to see how it performs
- the beanie’s durability
- if sweat becomes an issue with the hat being insulated with down. Part of the hat’s interior is lined with Dryline which is advertised as having excellent wicking and antibacterial properties (no stink).