The Alpine Reversible Beanie works twice as hard to keep you warm. A quick drying knit wicks away sweat, while the mid-weight fleece keeps out the chill.
Posted by Stro Asquith on 18th Feb 2014
I read about the Alpine Reversible Beanie in a very brief Backpacker email linked gear review, then I purchased the beanie directly from Headsweats. Here are my thoughts.
The Alpine Reversible Beanie is a very good looking beanie, very well constructed of quality materials, much more upscale than the typical fleece beanie. I wear a fitted ball cap somewhat larger than size 7 1/2 and this beanie fits my head very well. I like that it’s reversible so you get two fabrics and two colors. And the Eventure fleece is the softest fleece I have ever felt. This beanie has the potential for an easy, easy five stars, but I rated it only three stars because it is just too short to be very effective.
I take issue with the product description bullet “fits over the ears,” because the Alpine Reversible Beanie fits only partially over the ears. If I pull (stretch) the beanie down firmly on my head, the tips of my earlobes remain exposed. But in a few moments, the fabric contracts and the beanie rides up on my head exposing the bottom 0.75 inch of my ears. And wearing the beanie in this normal slightly tilted position, too much of my forehead is exposed. If I pull down the front of the beanie to fully cover my forehead, then the rear of the beanie comes up and 1.25 inches of the bottom of my ears (a full half ear length) become exposed. Either way, this is not a cold weather “alpine” hat. I own another company’s Polartech fleece beanie (not cuffed) that is one full inch longer (at half the price) than the Alpine Reversible Beanie. The competitor’s Polartech beanie leaves only the very bottom tips of my earlobes exposed, consequently it is significantly warmer. The warmth of the Alpine Reversible Beanie fabric (and it is warm) becomes irrelevant with so much skin exposed – I used it at 22 degrees and was uncomfortably cold.
I would recommend this hat for cool weather outdoor activities. I also use it in the house to stay warmer when cutting back the thermostat and for sleeping in a cold back bedroom.
Another observation which may be of importance to you – the website displays the beanie with royal blue fleece and black Coolmax, whereas the beanie I received was black fleece and royal blue Coolmax.
Headsweats, if I owned your company, I would add another 1 3/8 inches to the length of the Alpine Reversible Beanie to make it an undisputable five star beanie.