• Windproof and breathable, with a fleece-lined ear band for comfort.
• Full ear coverage for warmth.
• Stretch fleece back panel creates a snug fit.
• Weight: 2.8 oz. / 80 g.
• Body: Jacquard Sweater Fleece.
• Lining: AirShield Fleece.
• Panel: Stretch Fleece for Baselayer 285gm;AirShield Fleece
|(100% polyester) Panel:||Stretch Fleece for Baselayer 285gm, AirShield™ Fleece (96% polyester, 4% elastane), (100% polyester)|
|Weight:||3 oz / 80 g|
|Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon||$27.99 - $36.00|
|Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon Cap at SunnySports||$24.95|
This hat is insanely warm. I've found I can only really use it in very cold temperatures or very windy temperatures, maybe around 15 degrees F or below.
I may be weird, but my ears don't like to be covered up unless the weather is really intense. I always end up flipping the earflaps up, making me feel like Robin Hood... Which could really be a pro or a con depending on the situation (it's a pretty big con if you happen to be dealing with the Sheriff of Nottingham).
That being said, this hat is one of the warmest I've ever worn and if you have trouble keeping your head warm then look no further. It's also great if you need a bit of sound muffling in a cold crowded climbing hut. My hearing drops about 25% with the ear flaps down, they kind of make me feel like I'm wearing headphones.
I need to declare that I am a member of the Gore Mountaintechs product testing community, therefore I sometimes have the privilege of testing and reviewing sweet swag from W.L. Gore and Associates. Regardless, my words stand for this hat, I have a pretty deep love/hate relationship with it, love shines through most often though.
I have a 61cm head -- between sizes L and XL. I ordered the XL, and it doesn't need to stretch to go around my head. That means it's a tiny bit loose, allowing layering if needed. (Winter lows where I am are -20F or lower.)
Ear coverage is excellent, and my ears stayed totally toasty during a 30-minute walk in 28F weather. The hat noticeably impairs your hearing. You're still able to hear traffic, but it's noticeable.
When pulled totally down over the head (just above the eyes), the top of the hat is flush with your head. Worn at 'normal' height, there's a little loose material up there. No big deal.
I found the main body of the hat to be slightly less warm than I was expecting, perhaps because it was breathing well, or perhaps by comparison to the ear band: I noticed that my ears were warmer than the top of my head. The top feels roughly equivalent in warmth to a Smartwool beanie. But I was completely comfortable at the end of my walk.
In short: the ear band makes this hat a winner for winter. For fall I'll probably stick to a more compact beanie; perhaps the Nakaya Dome Beanie.
I've been wearing the Dome Perignon for 12 years and absolutley love it! I have five of them and use them for alpine & XC skiing and any other winter activity you can think of. Very well made, durable, warm, and windproof. It keeps my ears and forehead warm very nicely. It's a little bulky to fit under a bicycle helmet, but I use the MH microdome beanie for that in winter. One disappointment however, is that this year or last they stopped using the Gore Windstopper material and went with something called AirShield (I think it's a MH product). I prefer the Windstopper. Glad I bought several of them before they changed it! Can't go wrong with this hat for winter though.
Full disclosure, I test and review some products for GORE-TEX. This beanie has been with me on countless winter climbing trips, several 14ers, and around town on cold days. I have never had cold ears while wearing it! The hat does a great job of blocking the wind which helps keep the warmth next to your head. That also means that it can sometimes be hard to hear your partner, especially if they're soft spoken. The hat fits great under a hood and under a helmet (the picture shows both). It also fits well around my head; some other beanies I have can get a little loose and sloppy, but this one fits snugly all the time. Highly recommended!
I've been using this hat for about a year now and am quite satisfied with its quality, construction and comfort.
It blocks wind perfectly and is warm and comfortable. It's not the kind of hat I would wear around town, but in the outdoors it is the go-to cover for my "dome".
If you'd like a hat that's warm, comfortable and windproof then I'd recommend this one.
As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes, though this item I purchased on my own.
I have had this hat for about tens years. It doesn't look nearly that old. It is extremely well made and obviously a popular style, because they still make it. My only complaint is that while being totally windproof, my hearing is somewhat obstructed by the thick windproof fleece of the ear band. It isn't that big of a deal, but it is more noticeable than say, a knit hat. However, its warmer than most knit hats, so I guess it just depends what your looking for.
I used this hat for a couple trips until my son absconded with it (for proof of former ownership, see pic associated with my MH Power Stretch Gloves review). Hat was comfortable and warm. I'll get another someday.
Pic shows girlfriend sporting my Dome!
Hat was nice, but the unbearably large logo made me return it. Companies, stop forcing me to be an advertisement! If you want to brand your stuff, at least do it tastefully or quietly.