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Posted: 1/28/2011 6:42:14 PM EDT
I'm trying to find something that is lightweight that can fit in a coat pocket with out taking to much room but be warm enough for day to day use? I had an old UA hat that I loved it was great but can't find it now and when I have looked for a new one the reviews I have seen for the newer models have not been that good. I also owned one of the UA hoods only time I got to use it was in Iraq on cold nights and liked it a lot.

I'm trying to find out is what is the best lightweight but warm head gear that is out there? I'm going to be working in ND most of my time spent in a squads. I'd also like to hear what everyone has to say because I might have to buy two and place one in my BOB!
Link Posted: 1/28/2011 6:47:26 PM EDT
https://www.kuhl.com/products/Alf-Hat.html

had one since my climbing days, been used in CO and AK

best Ive ever used
Link Posted: 1/28/2011 7:21:23 PM EDT

hair.

Link Posted: 1/28/2011 7:28:32 PM EDT
neck gaiter.

its head gear and neck warmer and so much more!
Link Posted: 1/28/2011 7:29:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By LaserStain:

hair.



No can do the Marines took it all from me! I keep my hair short because I don't want it pulled and me treated like a Bit*h!
Link Posted: 1/28/2011 7:30:40 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/28/2011 7:33:17 PM EDT by SIPCAT-C]
USGI Jeep cap
German military wool scarf - when especially cold I wrap my scarf around and tuck it under the Jeep cap thereby covering my lips and nose.



Scarves were from Sportsmans Guide 100% wool - something like 12 for $14.99
Jeep caps are 100% wool US-made. Gun show for $5. (all surplus places sell them).
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 12:57:13 AM EDT
I like the Army cap we called the pile cap, but is properly known as the cold weather helmet liner insulating cap. This is what they look like:

http://west.loadup.com/military/surplus/13088.html
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 1:35:20 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/29/2011 1:37:40 AM EDT by Kidney]
I have this

I had to modify the front just a little bit - mainly cut a slit down the front to ease pulling the hood part off my big head.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 3:11:00 AM EDT
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 3:47:52 AM EDT
for "lightweight" i like the Buff, but that may not be heavy enough for ND.

however, they make a "winter" version... but i haven't tried those.

www.buffusa.com

i also like the Carahart knit watch caps. available in earthtones and well made.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 7:59:08 AM EDT
That Alf Hat looks like it would work. I lived around Anchorage for about 4 years. I still use my balaklava liner. I roll it up into a watch cap. If it gets real cold, I can unroll it and cover my face and / or put a heaver cap on top of it. A neck gator is nice too to go with the above.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 9:09:27 AM EDT
Originally Posted By fixer:
for "lightweight" i like the Buff, but that may not be heavy enough for ND.

however, they make a "winter" version... but i haven't tried those.

www.buffusa.com

i also like the Carahart knit watch caps. available in earthtones and well made.


I have a Buff I used to take while doing amateur adventure racing even in relatively warm weather. When you're wet with sweat and slow down it's nice to have something really light to help keep warm.

For actual cold I seem to do fine with a wool or synthetic tuque. I have so many of them it seems like they're everywhere. In both vehicles, in jacket pockets, in my pack, in the gear closet. I'm Canadian so tuques are one of those things I have more than it might seem like I need.

Link Posted: 1/29/2011 9:17:45 AM EDT
Hmm...I have an UA hat i really like as well; it's just thin fleece w/ a lining. Warm as hell and thin/small.

I picked up a thin 100 wt fleece Marmot hat this year as well; it's not as warm as the UA hat (no lining, just fleece), but good enough for smoking outside or shoveling snow.


I say, look for a decent fleece hat.

Speed

Link Posted: 1/29/2011 11:20:43 AM EDT
Dang, you guys go for the nice stuff. I just have a $5 fleece watch cap from Old Navy and a dollar store polypro fleece neck scarf.
Link Posted: 1/29/2011 11:23:31 AM EDT
6 n 1 hood.......
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:04:50 AM EDT
If you want to spend a few extra bucks, Blauer is the way to go. It has a great liner in it.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 6:25:23 AM EDT
I hate to be a fashion whore for cold gear but I purchased a underamour hat. It the best cold gear hat I've purchased. It can't weight more than a couple of ounces yet it keeps my fat head warm without the sweat build up.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:02:44 AM EDT
lightweight poly pro balaclava and a Cabelas fleece beanie.
The bala folds neatly into the beanie and it disappears in your pocket.

I have this set up in my soft-shell and my Eddie Bauer 365 vest.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 7:54:36 AM EDT
Originally Posted By suprmatch:
I hate to be a fashion whore for cold gear but I purchased a underamour hat. It the best cold gear hat I've purchased. It can't weight more than a couple of ounces yet it keeps my fat head warm without the sweat build up.

http://www.acasports.co.uk/images/products/full/under-armour-arctic-beanie-navy.jpg


So these ones are just as good as the older ones? I read a few reviews where people said these where worthless.
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