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.