Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie

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This is a years-old Patagonia beanie, the lightweight…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $15-20

Summary

This is a years-old Patagonia beanie, the lightweight in my arsenal. This is the one I wear when I want something on my head, but am moving fast and generating a lot of heat. Consistent with the thin fabric, wind cuts right through it, and it isn't very warm. However, it is great under hoods or balaclavas and quickly wrings out to dry. Despite its light weight, it has been tremendously durable.

Pros

  • Ultra light
  • Great fit
  • Low profile is great under a balaclava
  • Easy to wring out
  • Highly durable
  • Outstanding wicking

Cons

  • Not the choice as a stand-alone in high wind
  • Not very warm

This is the oldest beanie I own. 


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It may also be the most versatile. I wear it on the hard uphills where I am heating up, I wear it under balaclavas when it's cold, and it is my favorite beanie to sleep in when I'm camping in cool/cold weather. It's a stretchy polyester, smooth on the outside, very lightweight grid fleece on the interior. 
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Fit is easy because it stretches well; it is one size fits all, and i think someone with a smaller noggin might think it too loose. But then again, it has been riding around on my head for years. 

The light grid fleece is outstanding for wicking moisture, though on really hard hikes the hat does tend to get wet. That is no problem, because this is the easiest hat I have owned to dry. Squeeze it, wring it out, put it back on. 

This is not my choice in high wind, which goes right through it, unless you use it with another hat or hood. It isn't very warm, best used for cool weather or icy weather and high output activities, snowshoeing, nordic skiing, humping your backpack up a trail. Patagonia makes Capilene 4 beanies that are quite a bit warmer, and synchilla beanies that are fluffy and very warm.   

You would think a hat this thin and light would eventually rip or develop holes, and that has happened with some of my other micro-fleece beanies. Nothing could be further from the truth — this looks about the same as it did brand new. 

I suspect that Patagonia no longer manufactures this. It's a shame. I'm not giving mine away. 

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Low-profile insurance against heat loss. Made from fast-wicking, quick-drying low-grid insulation, this ultra-light beanie has a smooth jersey face that glides easily under a helmet or hood. The fabric's unique grid structure is warm for its weight and highly compressible. With flat-locked seams for next-to-skin comfort and a stretchy fit. Made in USA.

- Altrec Outdoors

When Fitz Roy's weather window opens, you've got to be ready to cover some serious ground. Throw this hat into the quiver for low-profile insurance against heat loss. Made from fast-wicking Capilene(R) 4 all-recycled polyester with a splash of spandex, the fabric has a unique grid structure that's warm for its weight and highly compressible; a smooth jersey face glides easily under a helmet or hood. With a flat-seam construction for next-to-skin comfort. Recylable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.

- Patagonia.com

The Lightweight Alpine Beanie by Patagonia is a low profile, ultralight, compressible beanie that can be worn under a helmet or alone. When Fitz Roy's weather window opens, you've got to be ready to cover some serious ground. Throw this hat into the quiver for low-profile insurance against heat loss. Made from fast-wicking Capilene 4 all-recycled polyester with a splash of spandex, the fabric has a unique grid structure that's warm for its weight and highly compressible; a smooth jersey face glides easily under a helmet or hood. With a flat-seam construction for next-to-skin comfort. Recylable through the Common Threads Recycling Program.

- RockCreek

On Sale. Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie (Fall 2009) The Lightweight Alpine Beanie by Patagonia is low-profile insurance against heat loss. Made from fast-wicking, quick-drying low-grid insulation, this ultra-light beanie has a smooth jersey face that glides easily under a helmet or hood. The fabric's unique grid structure is warm for its weight and highly compressible. With flat-locked seams for next-to-skin comfort and a stretchy fit. Made in USA.Features: Weight: 28 g. (1 oz.) Fabric: 5.3-oz. 50% recycled fiber polyester, 48% virgin polyester, 2% spandex treated with a wicking finish Ideal Uses: Frontside Skiing and Riding, Ice Climbing, Mountaineering, Cool-weather Bouldering Form-fitting Made from fast-wicking, quick-drying lightweight polyester Stretchy and comfortable Fabric's unique grid structure is warm for its weight, wicks moisture and is highly compressible Smooth jersey face glides easily under a helmet or hood Flat-seam construction for next-to-skin comfort We are not able to ship Patagonia products outside the US because of that other thing.

- Moosejaw

Layer the Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie under your climbing or skiing helmet for fleecy warmth in a lightweight and compressible package. This polyester fleece hat has a touch of spandex for stretch, and weighs but a single ounce, so you can throw it in your pack for summit hikes or backpacking trips as well. When you get home, sport the Alpine Beanie on the chilly morning commute.

- Backcountry.com

Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie

Discontinued

The Lightweight Alpine Beanie has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$15.00 - $25.00

The Patagonia Lightweight Alpine Beanie is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen February 1, 2011 at Altrec Outdoors.

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