Hard to Find Hat

This style of hat is hard to find – I cherish mine: washing them only as a last resort, placing it in a special gear spot, and reserving it for the really cold days. Yep, I’ve got more than one. I hoard them like a cycling survivalist.

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I also realize how marginal a sport cycling is when a hat this functional isn’t hanging in every bike shop (instead we’ve got doo rags). The bill folds up when hot and down to function as a sun visor and keep precipitation off your face. The ear flaps fold, for cold and warmer conditions. There’s also enough material for tufting it up on top of your head for off the bike, apres-bike style.

Gore’s Windstopper in this usage works well because so much heat escapes off your head. Modern, well-vented helmets are great in the summer and work like a freezing venturi tunnel in the cold.

Maybe Bike Hugger will just start making these ourselves; at least for me and our readers.



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Sign me up for one.  Been looking for this for many winters.

Who makes it? What’s it called?

Come on, it’s not available even on the internet? In this economy, people are ebaying their pancreases…

Were you able to find it online and don’t know ‘bout you, but I’m not going to buy some sweaty old hat on ebay; however, if it were new in shrink wrap . . .

Found something similar here;
http://tinyurl.com/warmhat
It’s in italy, but that didn’t stop me from ordering one.

I’ve got a cycling cap from Sheila Moon made out of a stretchy material that I love for the same reasons—it’s got a flap that folds under the “dome” when it’s warm, and folds out to cover the ears when it’s cold.

Unfortunately they don’t make any hats with flaps any more, though they do have some nice and unique cycling caps…

http://tinyurl.com/8gokry

The Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap has similar flexible features and it’s waterproof. It’s been around for so, so long that it’s kind of a standard bearer in the hiking community.

So the hat arrived… while this will be warm for riding, I’m thinking it will not have ‘après-bike style’.
I’ll take some photos and send em along.

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