Extremities Chunky Knit Beanie Review

I am well aware that Extremities Chunky Knit Beanie is angled more towards the punter after a general use bunnet, but damn it’s still a lovely thing and it’s been on so many mountain trips, days out, wanders round the shops and whatnot over the past year.

I saw it last year at the Terra Nova stand last year at KORS and while most folk were marvelling at the tiny tents etc, I was trying on hats. I think I just described Roger from American Dad there. That might be quite an obscure reference.
Anyway, it’s an acrylic knit which actually performs very well and is comfy to wear. There’s a smooth Gore Windstopper ear band inside which softens up with wear and wash cycles and has the added bonus of making you deaf when you wear the beanie.

As you can see below, the poor thing is has been worn a lot, but the bobbliness can be removed easily enough by various lowtech methods if you can be arsed. I’m quite happy with it like that, it compliments my weather beaten face.
I like my outdoor hats to look like normal hats, beanies and baseball caps, techno hats just annoy me. The Chunky Knit Beanie looks as good now as a similar design looked on Tom Weir or a trawler crewman from 1907.

Outdoor gear doesn’t have to be the latest word in techiness, that it makes you glad and keeps you cozy is just enough.

13 thoughts on “Extremities Chunky Knit Beanie Review”

  1. I have no problems with basic acrylic beanie hats…..but I do have a problem when the outdoor manufacturer’s charge £20 for them.
    Or more if you’re Patagonia or Haglofs
    Buy one from a market stall for £2.

  2. Aye but you don’t get logos and windstopper :0)

    My favourite hill hat for years was a green and blue heather marl acrylic cheapo. It’s preserved in drawer now along with all the happy memories I made with it.

  3. I do now own more expensive hats as I’ve started to feel the cold on the head (must be an age thing) after years of never wearing them.
    But they need to have something (materials or design) to justify the high price.
    I also took your advice and got a couple of fleece hats from Jacaranda (purple and cobalt blue). Quick delivery and reasonable price.
    Now I need to wait until Cotswold sells the Haglofs purple stuff in XXL at half price in February and I’ll be set to return to the early nineties.

  4. I think a lot of accessories are just an exercise in merchandising your brand. Some of the more techy stuff is the most guilty, alpine caps with fancy fabrics that are piss poor quality and all the money for the privilege of advertising a brand on your forehead.
    Beanies in good fabrics that you can sleep in and not boak when you pass it by your nose next day can be worth the money.
    In saying that, I’m sitting by the Leven looking at a frozen castle with a Greggs latte wearing a TKMaxx furry earflap thing, so what the hell do I know :)

  5. Furry earflaps are good. I’ve come to the conclusion that furry is often better than other forms of insulation in Scotland.
    After my Cairngorms experience in the Autumn where I found the limitations of thinsulate/primaloft gloves I’ve returned to fibre pile lined gloves for proper winter use.
    To go with my old pair of Patagonia softshell gloves I bought a pair of Montane thermostretch gloves and a pair of Extreme gloves.
    Should go well with my Patagonia Infurno which replaced a microfleece, Patagonia nanopuff, Paramo vista jacket and Haglofs barrier 2 hoody all by itself on the last day of the trip.
    Back to the future.

  6. We travel an awfully long way to find out what we knew already :o)
    Buffalo DP Mitts are brilliant, I’ve been using those Terra Nova Primaloft (I can say that now since they’ve gone public on the fill…)mitts for ages, but I’m not sure they’ll last anything like as long as the pile mitts.

    Talking of reversing, I’ll have a brand new cotton and leather rucksack on here this week.

  7. Well, occasionally I still use Dachstein gloves. After I shrunk my last pair i managed to track down a couple of pairs from Up and Under.
    Much harder to find than the mitts but very effective in snow. Used my previous pair for 15 years with hardly a mark on them. Just don’t wash them in a hot wash :-)

  8. I’ve met a few ‘old timers’ on the hill still using canvas rucsacks. Seem to get along fine with them. A wee bit before my time though.

  9. I remember someone made Dachstein style gloves, Salewa maybe? Always wished I’d got a pair. I wear wool gloves all the time, they seem to line them with Thinsulate these days though.

    Canvas is fine, my Whillans pack is older than me and looks better than I do. The new one I’ve got is a Krukke from a company called Trakke from Glasgow. It’s waxed cotton, Ventile with some leather patches, wooden toggles and stainless steel buckles. Lots to talk about!

  10. The Climbers shop seem to have Dachstein gloves in stock.

    I’ve a couple of Billingham nylon, canvas and leather trimmed photo bags styled similarly to fisherman’s bags.
    They’re heavy but indestructible and effectively waterproof.
    Apparently they get ‘worn in’ after 20 years use :-)
    The kind of bag your children inherit.

  11. Ah, might have a look at those gloves, they hat dotted palm and fingers at one point.

    20 years? Gear’s life expectancy has shortened since then.

  12. Billingham bags are made in UK.
    They’re not cheap but not excessively expensive considering they last a very long time.
    And they don’t look like photo bags which is an advantage.
    I use my Hadley pro for travelling and it takes a couple of cameras, several small lenses and all the paraphernalia like sunglasses, reading glasses, book etc. in a package the size of a small messenger bag

  13. Had a look at their website, proper old school.

    Their photovest is something lots of outdoor brands have looked at doing a version of but never got it done right.

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