perfect for savage elements
This beanie is amazing and should not be used just for cloudy days. This is definitely a winter season beanie. It is a wool-like fabric on the outside, with a super warm, wind-stopper fleece liner. It fits pretty snug, but I like that. After a few days of adventuring, it will loosen up a bit. I have worn this while backpacking, and in very cold temps. Just recently, I wore it while snow camping at -8* in the Sierras. I wore it during the day and even in my sleeping bag, and it never "walked" off my head like other beanies have. It breathes, and doesn't hold onto that "unwashed hair/backpacking smell" like other fabrics do.
The not so great-But shouldn't stop anyone from buying this beanie- the color. I'm not very fond of the color and pattern, even though it is signature to Patagonia. People that hike with me say it's a plus, because they can pick me out from the brush or other people further up on the trail. The other downer, though not really a big deal, the back of the hat has a seam. And for most uses, this is no big deal. After wearing it for 3-4 days straight, the seam and the patagonia patch can be the teeniest bit annoying against your skin.
Why have just one or two beanies when you can have 5 or 6? Gotta admit I bought this one because it matches my orange jacket and I just felt like a new beanie. Glad to see there are at least a few half way decent color/design choices out there. The beanie itself is pretty basic. Not real high tech, but plenty comfortable for most all occasions. I particularly like the 50-50 wool-nylon outer material. Very warm. The polyester liner is way comfortable. Fits to my big dome well without extra air space. Doesn't require any readjustments once you put it on. Only time I won't wear it is skiing in a blizzard as I'd like something a little more hi-tech then Very satisfied.
Excellent wind protection
since I registered my account with patagonia I have been steadily buying various beanies. I am one of those people who doesent like hair and my head tends to get cold! I have tried several different beanies of varying materials and found that the fleece lined beanie gives extremely good wind protection(i work next to the ocean so wind is a major problem). I have yet to try it in an alpine setting but oceanside at 23 Deg farenhiet with 15 MPH wind was no problem! My only complaint is that it is a tad to short and does not cover the bottom of my ears
The perfect winter hat.
I'm a college student and I have to walk a lot (at least 3-4 miles a day). When the weather starts to get nasty in the winter, there are few articles of clothing more important than a nice warm hat. I've had my Patagonia hat for almost two winters now and it hasn't let me down yet. It's very warm and comfortable and it looks good. It covers my ears when I need it to and I can pull it up slightly when I don't. It's a high quality hat and definitely worth every penny.
Way too small
I have a number of fairly old Patagonia beanie hats with a wool exterior and a Capilene lining and they are all significantly larger then this one. I wear a size 7 5/8 hat and this is just too small. It would be useful if you would make this in 2 sizes and add a larger one. I ordered this thru your webstore, had I been able to try it on I wouldn't have purchased it. On the other hand, if it fit me, I would rate it an excellent hat.
I was a little reluctant to order this cap after reading another review claiming that the cap's lining is only stitched at the top. In fact, the lining is stitched at the top *and* the bottom, so the lining does not roll up. That said, this is an awesome cap. It's comfortable, warm and the lining makes it soft against my skin. I like it so well I ordered a second one in a different color.
this is the best beanie i have ever had. Got it a few years ago for christmas and during the colder seasons I don't go anywhere with out it. fits very close to the head, which I wasn't sure I liked at first but now I love the fit. It can either be found on my head, in the pocket of my retro-x fleece, or my mt. fitzroy down at all times.
It's kind of hard to screw up a beanie, Patagonia did a pretty good job here.
Pros: Nice soft liner, warm and good construction.
Cons: For the UL'ers it is heavier than my arcteryx but they seem to both keep my head warm.
When it comes down to it I think with beanies it is what you want your head to look like. My wife wanted mine to look like a fish I guess.
Exchanged a reversible beanie for this hat because it was too small (kid sized). This seems to be a good size for me, but I could understand how it might not fit comfortably on some people.
Overall, it is comfortable and warm even in strong northern winter winds.
The only bad thing is that it can get a little itchy.
Not quite perfect ...
Great beanie; got it for Christmas and spent the holiday back east in cold weather ... totally did the job of keeping my noggin warm. However, I echo the review about the liner issue. It needs to be sewn to the beanie itself. Other than that, love it.