An extremely well made beanie that excels in cold…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $25
An extremely well made beanie that excels in cold conditions.
- Super warm
- Lots of options
- Too warm for hiking in milder conditions
- Rough feel might not work for everyone
If you live in the mountains, or walk in the mountains, there's about a 104% chance you've got a substantial stash of beanies. Some are probably for function and others might be for style. For me, the Renzing (and most Sherpa beanies) hits on both. I have an older version and I believe they come with just one band now. I like the look. More 'working' than "relaxing." And while I'm not big into logos I like this one. Subtle.
SAG beanies are made of 100% lambswool with an extra wide Polertec band that curtails itch and soaks up the sweat. And for me, sweat does happen on the trail with this one in anything over 35 degrees or so. This is a seriously WARM hat and best in colder conditions.
What this isn't is a soft beanie. You can stand it up on end and it's relatively rough to the touch. So if you're looking for something a bit more 'relaxed' the Renzing isn't the best call.
For most heads I would say pulling it down completely over your ears will eliminate any extra material on top but it will sit low on your forehead. Otherwise most will probably have a peak. But I usually only wear this when warmth is what I'm after so pulling it all the way down works.
You won't get the kind of pilling that comes with poly beanies, but you can expect little flyaway fuzzies. No biggie. You do need to handwash and lay flat to dry. I use Nikwax for wool and it comes out perfectly every time. The craftsmanship is excellent. As is the durability.
Sherpa Adventure Gear makes quality stuff and the business model is exceptional. They make their gear in Nepal and use mostly Sherpa for their workforce. So when you buy from them you know you're supporting an area that has seen some tough times lately. They've got as many styles of beanies as any company I've seen, so there are lots of options. They're a little pricier than most lids, but the durability and performance makes it money well spent.
So if you're about getting on the trail when the temps drop well below freezing, or might be looking for something comfortable and (IMO) stylish when you're just out and about to around 35 degrees, Sherpa beanies are definitely worth taking a look at.