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These hats became a bit of a hit last winter with leading brands like New Look, Accessorize and River Island all jumping on the animal themed woolly hat wagon. These hats are adorable with little bear ears an additional feature in place of pom poms!
This Asda take on the bear hat is a cheaper version of the slightly overpriced high street hit (£15 in Accessorize and River Island) and was in the children's section. It is to be noted that it is no longer available from Asda itself but versions may be available on eBay and Amazon and of course if it was popular they are likely to bring out something similar this winter. For just £4.99 I bought this novelty bear woolly.
The fabric is soft and cosy and is a chunky knit beige colour with black applique for the face and ears. The actual fabric is 100% acrylic so it is a synthetic fibre, which is a slight drawback as you can only handwash it so mine did get grubby after playing in the snow!
--Did it keep me warm?--
The fabric is designed to keep the heat in, though the fabric is not of the highest quality that you would probably get buying a hat from somewhere like Accessorize. It is a cheap hat, but the main feature of the hat is the novelty theme so I wouldn't pay a fortune for one!
Warm and cosy, whilst endearing to kids and adults alike, this novelty hat is a must for the cold wet days when you need a little extra warmth. 15% of body heat is lost through the head so woolly hats are the staple wardrobe item for warmth.
The synthetic material was a little itchy and this was the main drawback! Hand wash only is also a drawback for an everyday wear and tear hat. I felt I could have got a better quality product for a little more money, but I didn't want to spend a fortune on a novelty product!
--Price and Availability--
There are many variations on this product over on eBay ranging from about £2.50 to £15.00. They are likely to be available again nearer the winter months.
Fabric rating: 3/5
Synthetic so got a little itchy. Not machine washable.
Warmth & cosiness rating: 4/5
Kept me cosy in the snow, but for really severe & cold weather conditions I would prefer my warmer hat!
Price rating: 5/5
Great value for money at a third of the price of competitors.
Cute and cosy, perfect for animal lovers and a fun gift for a birthday or Christmas, for little kids or big kids!
Bearlike resemblance rating: 4/5
This bear is far too cute to be a real polar bear (which I presume is the idea!) but for the sake of safety in the playground, I guess a cute polar bear rather than a hungry polar bear will do ;)
4 Dooyoo stars from me!