Got this for civilian side recreation mostly. I do a lot of hiking/outdoor activities. And this summer i went to europe for 7 weeks for school, studying natural resources. This meant long periods outside studying things in the most extreme conditions/places. This hat worked great in iceland, with incredible winds/rain(it would be coming up the side of the volcanos we were on in the vestman islands.) This hat kept my dome warm and dry the whole time.
The only downside is it would get stretched out easily and not fit as well in the extreme winds. Also, the liner is not sewn in, and would sometimes float around inside. Also, i may still have to trash this hat, because i tried to just give it a simple wash to make it smell good again, and it shrunk like nobodies business, and the gortex lining is so out of whack. Im going to cut it open, see if i can reset the liner and just use it as a beanie now. That's the only chance it has.
But it did it's job great, and i plan on getting a new one.
Good warm hat
I took this out of the package and loved the feel of it on my hands. Put it on and my head was warm as a volcano in hell!
When its on your head it sounds like paper towel being crushed into a ball due to the gore-tex membrane, but thats the key to keeping you warm and dry!
So this is a fine cap except for one small problem: It is noisy! there is a sheet of gore-tex that lines this hat, between layers of what I assume is wool. It crinkles when you move your head, and when you handle it OFF your head it is VERY noisy. The noise while it's on my head is enough to disrupt my hearing. On the other hand, I'm sure it is quite dry...
Worst hat ever
Sounds like a great idea but.... the gortex is not sewn into the hat. Its free floating inside two layers of fabric. This means it quickly starts bunching up at odd places. If it was sewn in and stayed in place...this would be a great hat. As it is, I don't recommend it.
BEST HAT I HAVE EVER HAD!! I AN ON LINE ORDERING A FEW AS CHRISTMAS GIFTS RIGHT NOW. KEEPS YOUR HEAD NICE AND WARM. BEST OF ALL IT STAYS DRY!!!!