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UGQ Down Skully

rated 5.0 of 5 stars
photo: UGQ Down Skully winter hat

Quilt users will want to take notice of this 1.4 oz. down beanie/skully which may become one of your favorite pieces of winter gear. Anyone who hangs out in the cool can find this super light and very warm hat worth every penny of the purchase price.

Uses are only limited to their imagination. Hunters, anglers, hikers, sports fans, shooters, golfers and everyone who hangs out in the cold can benefit from this 850 hyper Drydown filled beanie.

Pros

  • Uber light weight
  • Incredible warmth
  • Water resistant shell
  • Micro fleece headband
  • Tiny size

Cons

  • A little pricey compated to the venerable tobogan

Materials

Start with a 10D nylon inner and 15D DWR treated nylon ripstop outer shell with small pockets filled with 850 Hyper DryDown finished out with a micro fleece head band and what you finish with is the warmest hat I've ever put upon my head! And one that has kept me toasty warm down to the teens while nestled in between my down filled underquilt and top quilt. Coupled with a fleece neck gaiter I simply do not miss the hoods of my sleeping bags at all.

A pic of the outer shell for a view of the workmanship and scale.

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Interior, micro fleece headband and the only seam. The seam is not noticeable when wearing and is located in the rear of the hat. No loose threads have been observed and zero down escapees have been found.


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Check out the loft in each of the down filled pockets!
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Fit and Finish

Are top notch, there are sizes available from 21" to 26" that should accommodate pretty much anyone's noodle carrier regardless of size. Measure your head size, place your order and get ready to receive a hassle free way to stay warm whatever your doing outside in the cold.

I find the hat large enough that when bedding down I can pull it down just past the bridge of my nose and still cover to the base of my neck. A balaclava or neck gaiter rounds off the weather protection for me.

The hat is not snugged down in this pic and has ample room to pull down to nearly cover my eyes while still covering down to the base of my neck.
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In the Field

You can overheat in this hat, I've hiked in 30° weather and found this hat better left in the pack. I find this hat more suited for use when minimal or no physical exertion is going on. When I did wear it while hiking, the micro fleece band worked well at absorbing the moisture and the hat does breathe, but I find this to be best suited for use as an in camp item when it comes to backpacking.

I've only had this product since September and so far have used it in the 40's to the teens and have yet to experience the bottom end of the temperature range of this fine product.

Source: Won in raffle

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Specs

Weight 28 g for Large
Temp Rating 10-30 deg F
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