A simple stylish hat made from natural fibres which provide very effective, if somewhat itchy, insulation on cold days.
- Colour (charcoal)
- Natural fibres
- 'Skandicool' product
- No escaping lambswool is itchy
I was a bit reluctant to buy a beanie made from lambswool as I remember from my days in the Fire and Rescue Service that wool is very itchy. However, in my determination to buy a garment made from natural fibres as opposed to oil-based ones I thought I'd take the risk.
The hat is a good fit for me and l like the style. I mainly wear it with the bottom folded over but in milder conditions I prefer to wear it more loosely. The charcoal colour suits the ever increasing greys in my beard and it looks pretty good as far as I am concerned.
Now to the itching. Yes, it does itch, but this is usually an indication that I am overheating. If anything, the hat is too efficient and I only tend to wear it on really cold and frosty days or when the cold penetrates deep into my bones on cold days with high humidity (we have a lot of this in the UK!). This is a indicator that I will be comfortable enough without it.
Overall, this is a good hat made from natural fibres but at £50 it is not worth the cost considering the itchiness caused by the lambswool. Mixing it with merino may have helped with this but this would have pushed the cost up even further. If the 'Skandicool' look is what you are going for then fine, but bear in mind they are manufactured in China like almost everything else. I'd stick to possom fur. Its insulation is excellent and there is no problems with itching. Try the possum and merino hat by Ray Mears if you want an itch-free experience in the cold.
That said, if you have a full head of hair and you're looking for a beanie with classic looks made from natural fibres this will do the job well enough if you are happy to part so easily with your hard earned cash. If you're bald like me then go for possum!
I wear this at work at Forest School on colder days.
Source: bought it used
Price Paid: £20