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Gear Reviews / January 22, 2017

This week in gear: 4 headwear essentials

Written by: Stewart Moore

No doubt you’ve heard that most of your body heat is lost through the top of your head.

That’s not true, of course—body heat disperses pretty evenly across your skin. But it’s a lie told with good intentions; a good hat is essential to safe outdoor play in the winter months.

So this week, we rounded up four of our favorite pieces of winter headgear.


OR’s Transcendent Down Beanie

Yes, it does look a little like wearing a beehive on your head.

But Outdoor Research’s Transcendent Down Beanie is an incredibly warm hat that weighs just one ounce. It can also compress to fit easily in a jacket pocket.

The beanie sells online for $46.


Seirus’ Magnemask

Two types of people wear balaclavas: alpine athletes and bank robbers.

The Magnemask from Seirus is designed for the former. The completely removable magnetic mask keeps your face warm and windburn free heading downhill, but also allows you to easily pull down the facemask to talk without muffling words or breathing frost clouds into your clothing.

The Magnemask sells online for $49.95.


Sealskinz’s Waterproof Cycling Cap

Cold, rain, and bicycles generally don’t mix.

But if you really must hit the asphalt in slick hypothermic settings, Sealskinz’ Waterproof Cycling Cap can help keep your head dry. The fully waterproof cap is also breathable enough for use on sunny days.

The cap sells online for $40.


180s’ Bluetooth Ear Warmers

You know those gloves with the touch screen sensitive fingertips? These are like those for your ears.

180s’ Bluetooth muffs allow you to listen to music or make calls without ever exposing your ears to the environment. A single charge lasts 100 hours in standby mode or nine hours talking. And yes, they do come in camo.

The earmuffs sell online for $69.99.

Do you love a hat that didn’t make it onto this list? Email us at [email protected] to let us know!

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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