User Review: Black Rock Gear Down Beanie
Fabric: Momentum 90
Price Paid: $50
This hat has rafted the Grand Canyon, worked two week shifts at wilderness therapy, gone to Indian Creek to climb and the Brewery right after. It's been snowed on, rained on, sat on (I've actually lost it in my pocket a few times, ends of getting so compressed that you can't even feel it) and worn to 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
It gets wet like any hat when its dumped on but while that's a concern because of the down, the warmth from your head dries it out faster than any other hat I've worn. It's super light and compressible and the Dryline headband liner keeps it stuck right on your head.
Helmets might compress it a bit, and after being stuffed in a pocket it takes a minute to get its loft back. I mostly noticed that up on the very top where all the stitches come together, while the bottom two bands of down rarely got over compressed.
People recognize the hat for exactly what it is all the time. "Is that a down hat?" Why yes it is. No visor or ear flap models yet, but its a solid hat for every adventure.
The PCT, the Grand Canyon, El Capitan; day trips, touring, expeditions; Mom, partner, kid.