I already have a few Berghaus products for myself and the family due to the amount of walking we do out with our dogs (see my separate Dooyoo reviews for their Cornice IA Jacket, Activity IA Fleece, Neck Gaiter and Spectrum Gloves) and have become a bit of a Berghaus 'connoisseur' because I find the quality and performance of their outdoor clothing ranges to be exceptional. Hence, my family decided to buy me this Berghaus Power Stretch Hat a few Christmases ago to add to my growing collection.
The basic styling of the hat is like a conventional beanie type hat that comes as a 'one size fits all' unisex fitting, which is very stretchy to ensure that you get a nice snug fit around your head. The stretch provides a very comfortable fit, not so tight as to leave a dent across your forehead, but equally not too lose that it will blow off your head. It does have some adjustment in the fitting in that you can fold the edges up to become more of a cap, or in really cold weather fold the edges down over your ears etc to keep the warmth in.
The key to the warmth factor is in the material. Whereas other beanie caps will commonly be made from knitted wool which when stretched will allow the wind through, this Berghaus variety is made from a material they call Polartec. This material works a little like the waterproof material known as Gortex in that it has properties that make it highly breathable. The inner side of the fabric is designed to draw the moisture (sweat) away from your skin, which is then passed to the outside to evaporate away. This process manages to keep your head cool, where the material also provides a good degree of warmth. As an added bonus, the material is also very finely woven, which means that it has excellent wind resistance in that the wind won't blow through it onto your skin. So your head is kept nice and warm and dry.
What is equally impressive about this hat is that it is very light (about 28g) and the material itself is not very bulky. Hence, you can easily scrunch it up and put it in your pocket when not required.
At the time, the price Santa (my family) paid for this hat was around £14, which still seems to be same price nowadays. We have washed it quite a few times and so far, it has still maintained its' shape and stretchiness, and despite quite a bit of wear and use, it still looks like new. So for the money, it has given a very good return, in that it is durable, well designed and a very well finished product.
In summary, I can't really fault this hat. OK, admittedly you can get other beanie caps for a cheaper price than this one, but with this Berghaus variety you do have a very technically advanced fabric that provides an excellent warmth to weight ratio and that is very durable. In my opinion, it is worth that little extra money and hence gets a 5 star recommendation from me.
Make no mistake this is a good hat, but I think previous reviewers may have concentrated on it as sole form of head protection. Ive started climbing mountains, did Kilamanjaro last year and will be summiting mont blanc this year. I bought this hat as an underhat as I knew that above 16,000 ft, when the temperature gets below minus 10, night climbing (as you do on summit days) will be just too cold for this hat to take on its onwn. For this reason I used it as a head baslayer, but for really cold days minus 10 below, you want to put a water resistant wool based hat over this really.
It is an ideal baselayer for winter condition, or can be used on its own for hiking in higher temps say from 0 celsius up to 10.
It is made from Polartec Powerstretch fabric and has a velour fleece back with a snag resistant finish making it very dureable. 13% elastane with thermal insulation and 87% Polyester. Bergahus use ther 'POLERTEC' franchise on most of the higher range clothing products, but this is not an exclusive berghaus gimmick, ive seen alpine lowe products and other with it. Polertec is mostly polyester, but it wickers well, its light and packs tight like silk , most of all it somehow keeps you warm but is thin. It like the fabric version of titaniam, in that its think but strong. All polertec products have a label or logo so you can be sure.
It is good at keeping the wind out and the wickering help to move sweat away form the head and onto the outer layer to be evaporated, in this way it keeps yuo dry, and so warm, like any good baselayer should. The snag resistant finish means that you wont have to worry about zips or other bits catching the material and weakening the integrity. Polertec feels silky to the touch and is breathable, but has great qualities of also retaining heat. The hat is very light and can fold away to an insanely small size if need be. Its also long enough to be pulled over the ears in entirely which many beany hats dont do. You normally find that your ears stick out at the bottom. It doesnt come in anyother colours and the black is a bit drab, but easy to see against snow fo course.
Berghaus products ten to be mid-to high range, I have allot of berghaus products for climbing and I look like some sort of wlaking advert sometime. But I buy it when I can as the quality is extremely good, hence the cost. Ive had a bergahaus fleece (200 weight) for over two years and it has been through hell and back with me, only now is iot starting to loose its integrity. So you know this hat will last. So far ive had no snags or rips. The seams are visable but the stitching is tight and so durable.
Normally retaisl at £12.50-£15, but your need to pay P&P of around £4 on that too, so buy it with something else to make the P&P worth it
Having a receding hair line has a few upsides, honestly! - For example I shave my head (on number 1 setting) every 2 weeks, at home without any long queues in the barbers and it costs me nothing!
Also each morning, whilst the 'fully head hair covered guys' are spending ages modelling their silky locks with the latest expensive waxes, gums, and gels, I just basically have a quick glance n the mirror to check my head is still intact, and I'm ready to go!
However, one downside to the bald / shaved head is that it doesn't half get cold during these exceptionally ice cold winter months, without all that hair to help insulate the head.
Having worked shifts for the last 4 years, my job constantly involves me getting up at 'stupid O'clock', getting showered (no need for subsequent hair styling), getting dressed, and leaving the warmth of my home to be confronted with an ice clad car to clear before heading off over the Staffordshire Moorlands to get to work for 06:00, and oh boy do I dread it in the winter!
One of the big factors in helping me to survive this regular ordeal is my trusty Berghaus Power Stretch Hat!
This hat has been worn numerous times over the last few years, for the early journeys to work, the late returns from work, winter walks, cold afternoons at the football matches, or just for a cheeky jaunt to my local public house.
My Hat is black in colour, and has a small white coloured 'Berghaus' logo on the front of the hat. I paid around £15 for it from my local Millets store a few years ago, and it has been worth every penny.
I have just had a quick look around on the Internet, and they are still available at Millets, along with John Lewis, and www.outdoorkit.co.uk where they are priced at £13:49.
Although mine is black in colour, these Power Stretch hats are also available in 'midnight' which is a kind of dusky blue / grey colour. In terms of size they just come in 'one size fits all' which always generally do the job for even the most obscure sized heads due to the stretch in the material.
These hats are Unisex, and so are just a basic design, almost like a kind of tea-cosy shape, which just fits around the skull, and is long enough in length to come all the way down to cover the ears.
They are not the most fashionable of items, but they sure do keep the head warm. They are constructed from a Polartec power stretch material, which is soft and tightly knitted to stop the natural heat from the head escaping out of the hat. The hat itself is very lightweight, and it fits easily into coat pockets when not in use.
Another added bonus with this hat is that it is machine washable, and after washing it comes out looking like new, and holds its shape perfectly.
Overall, I would highly recommend the Berghaus Power Stretch hat. It is expensive for a hat, but does a fantastic job of keeping the head and ears warm during these arctic freezing winters that seem to be becoming ever present each winter. It is also lightweight, and a very comfortable fit.
As has been highlighted by a few people on my comments section for this review, I have reviewed a very similar hat to this a few months ago - The Thinsulate fleece hat. So in an attempt to add a further bit of individual info to this review, I would add that I think the Berghaus hat is the better of the 2 hats, mainly down to the fact that it seems to do a better job of keeping the head and ears insulated.
The two hats are very similar in many ways, and as mine are both coloured in black, I often just open my draw on a dark morning, and grab one out, not knowing which is which until I see it later in the day light. The Berghaus is a little haevier than the Thinsulate hat though, and seems to be constructed from a stronger, denser material i.e. the polartec stretch material. Both of these hats are very good at keeping their shape after use, and even after a cycle in the washing machine, and I could not seperate the two of them on this score.
However for the price difference of a 200% increase from the Thinsulate to the Berghaus I think the Thinsulate hat offers a lot better value, and this is the main reason why I gave the Thinsulate hat a 5 star rating back in December, and why I have only given the Berghaus hat a 4 star rating here, as I do think £15 is a bit too expensive when there are other very good hats on the market - such as the Thinsulate hat for under £5.
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2011
This winter has been cold, very cold! I work outside and I also do a lot of walking in the mountains. For either activity I often tend to wear a hat in the winter months. I must admit I do have quite a few hats, different colours, different styles and different materials. The Berghaus Power Stretch Hat though is one I really like. This will keep your head warm on the coldest winter mornings.
This is a pretty bog standard hat looks wise. It comes in black and in a classic kind of bob hat style. The material is the big thing about this hat, it's not like most hats of this style it is actually made of Polartec. I must confess I have no idea what that means but the fabric is very warm and as you can imagine, stretchy. This is ideal as it means the hat really fits your head perfectly. This is a hat that comes in one size only which is fine as it simply stretches to fit perfectly.
The Berghaus Power Stretch Hat has a very good reputation. It seems to be very durable and good for all weather conditions. I do have some hats that I can't wear in high winds as they are a little loose, this one though clings to your head and stays in place even in a gale force wind. This means it is ideal if you are walking in the mountains on a blustery day.
Price wise it is not the cheapest of hats. You can get one of these online for £12.99 which compared to some basic hats is quite expensive. However as with most things you get what you pay for so investing on one of these is well worth the money. If you do spend a lot of time outdoors you will no doubt need a hat, especially if the weather in this country continues to be as cold as it has for the past few winters. This hat will really give you everything you need and keep you warm in the most extreme conditions.
Another feature if this hat is that the material is quite thin and it is a very close fir to your head. This means you can wear something over the top of it, maybe you are cycling and wear a helmet, or maybe you are doing some skiing or snowboarding or mountain climbing and need to wear a helmet. Maybe you are going somewhere really really cold and need to wear two hats! If that is the case this is ideal to wear under a helmet or second hat.
Whatever reason you need to wear a hat you will find the Berghaus Power Stretch Hat to be really top notch. As long as you don't mind paying a little bit extra this is one that is well worth a purchase.
It looks like the cold weather is back with us again and so for my dog walking duties this morning I was again reaching for my lovely warm Berghaus Power Stretch hat, it may not be the most stylish bit of head gear but it is certainly very effective at protecting your head and ears from the cold. As our dog needs lots of exercise as a minimum it gets taken for walks in the morning and night and for longer romps at the weekend and during any free time I have in the week so this hat gets a lot of wear in addition to any hiking my partner and I may do.
The hat is made from a light fleece material that is very flexible and it fits very securely without being too tight, the fleece material is also breathable so you head does not get too sweaty when you are being quite active. The hat also has some excellent thermal qualities, it performed really well in the recent negative temperatures that were accompanied by even colder biting winds and certainly does a good job at keeping the elements at bay as wel as preventing heat loss through the top of your head.
Mine is slightly large for my head but I overcome this by simply folding it over the once in order for it to be a more comfortable length. It is easy to clean and it has retained its shape and smooth feel really well, just a little bobbling on the top in a couple of places, I paid £13.99 for it in Blacks in the middle of last year. Mine is a dark navy blue but there are other colours with black being the most popular.
I have quite a few Berghaus products and I have found that they never let me down and this hat is an excellent example of that.
The kindest way to describe this hat when it comes to the fashion looks is that it is a functional hat, by that I really mean that it is not the most stylish of things to put on your head, however if you want to keep your head and particularly your ears warm in the cold weather then this is an excellent choice and when it is freezing cold and you are wrapped up in a load of layers who cares what you look like especially if hiking. This hat from Berghaus also combines with my Berghaus gloves as something I wear when I go running on mornings like today when it is very cold.
The thermal qualities of this hat are excellent, it is made from a breathable fleece to prevent your head from getting sweaty and it is a very comfortable fit, I find that I do have to fold it over however this means you can adjust the length of it so you can cover your ears when it is very cold. The stretch quality will mean that it will fit any size head however what I like is that it fits very comfortably, I have bought a cheaper fleece before and found that it was too tight and restricting, that does not happen with this product.
It is easy to wash clean and does dry very quickly as well without needing to put it in a dryer. It is not waterproof so in heavy rain it does get wet however it provides excellent protection from the wind. I paid £12 for mine as part of a hat and glove bundle in a sale which represented an excellent purchase.
Berghaus are a top brand when it comes to outdoor activities and this is a simple but very effective product.
Berghaus Power Stretch Hat
I have been looking out all my winter clothes as the winter weather has definitely arrived. I have a whole set of Berghaus winter items as well as a cupboard full of others. I love wrapping up warm for winter and I do like being outside, but only when I am all tucked up in many layers. In the past I have owned Berghaus products and they are a brand that I keep going back to for quality and for the longevity of a lot of their winter accessories.
I think I have a pretty average sized head for a girl and I find that this hat fits me fine, all I do is turn up the sides a bit so that it fits perfectly. This hat is so easily adjusted, which means that it will suit a wide range of people, both women and men. Also because you can adjust it means that when it is particularly cold or windy you can pull it further down to cover your ears. When I am out walking the dog sometimes the wind can give me a headache so this hat is ideal for blocking that out while keeping my head warm.
I own this in black, because I have other things that match it but it is available in a range of colours. The hat is made from a thick, but light fleece material that is breathable but very cosy. It is fine to wear when there is some rain but it will eventually get wet, it works well thou if you wear it under your jacket hood. This hat is also great for snowboarding or skiing trips as it really is cosy without making me feel too hot or sweaty. The fleece like material is also very soft so you won't be left with a hat indent on your head after wearing this.
This hat is one of my first choices when taking the dog out for a walk, although it can look a bit basic and really it is a bit basic it is functional and practical. I never worry about the wind blowing this off my head and it keeps me warm, more than can be said for a lot of the winter fashion wear I own.
I have washed this hat quite a few times since owning it and although the fleece material doesn't look as nice or as pristine as it once did I am still pleased enough with how it looks. Overall, it really has lasted well and still looks good.
This hat will cost somewhere around £15, but as long as you don't lose it you will have it for years. These hats are easy to find, high street shops such as John Lewis regularly stock these items as well as most mountain and sports shops. These hats and other accessories are also easily found online.
I would happily recommend this hat to anyone. Therefore, I am going to give this five out of five stars, it really is a nice winter basic that is perfect for those cold days.
My Berghaus Power Stretch Hat only comes out in bad weather but it does a fair job of keeping my head warm and keeping the elements out. I wouldn't say that the hat is the most glamorous looking piece of head wear I have ever worn, but its great to be able to slip into it on colder days when out and about.
The beauty of my Berghaus Power Stretch Hat is that its made to be breathable. By breathable I mean that if I get a little over warm (polite for hot and sweaty) when out walking my super duper hat on, it will wick away any moisture and dry up to 2 times faster than a normal winter hat might be able to. This is a real plus point for the hat.
The term for this fantastic ability has been labelled as 'Polartech'. With my Berghaus Power Stretch Hat being a Polartech product it is wind resistant and can stretch in all 4 directions. The seams on my hat have been stitched using over locked stitching and this has meant that they have stayed put even though I have pulled and pushed my hat on and off and generally abused it.
The material used to make up my hat is easy to care for and can be washed and dried time and again. It can go in the washing machine and comes out nice and clean. The simple design of my hat means it isn't too fussy or heavy to wear in bad weather. I can store it in my bag or in my coat pocket if need be and if the weather changes I can quickly pull it on, knowing it will keep me warm.
My Berghaus Power Stretch Hat has a small logo on one side that shows its a Berghaus product, but I don't think that it is too big or makes the hat look bad. The rest of my hat is in a simple black and when I wear it I generally fold back the bottom inch or so all the way around. I have found that this is an easy way to wear the hat, as if I want to pull it down further in more severe weather I can simply unfold it and roll it down a little more.
When I bought my Berghaus Power Stretch Hat I was unsure as to how well it would work or how long it would last. As I bought it last winter when the weather was bad, it has had some wear and having washed it ready for this autumn and winter I can say its still looking ok. As I recall I paid £10.99 for my hat which is not cheap, but as its made by a leading name in outdoor clothing the price was in line with what I was expecting.
These types of hats are perfect for wear when out on autumn walks. I feel that what my hat lacks in terms of style it makes up in terms of how it keeps me warm and dry. I would have liked to have been able to buy one in a dark brown shade as I think it would have looked a little nicer but wasn't able to find one at the time.
Thinking of how to rate my Berghaus Power Stretch Hat I need to take into account how it has worked for me. I feel that had there been a better choice of colours I would have given my hat a higher rating, but as it is I feel it deserves a 3 star rate. Its good, but its not the best and it is the kind of hat I can only wear when out walking. I never wear it for any other purpose. Had it been more attractive I may have been able to do so.
Berghaus Power Stretch Hat
Well the summer is over and the winter is already upon us! I see the first pictures of snow and it literally made me shiver with the idea. I feels like the last winter was just a month ago and I hated that winter. It was freezing cold, snow and just icy wind and it really just made me wanted to move to a nice warm country far south. Unfortunately that's not really an option at the moment so it just going to be putting warm clothes on and drinking lots of hot chocolate (can't wait for Xmas)!
Right last year it was freezing cold and I do like to go for a run or just walking really and well simply I needed a hat. I wanted a hat that would keep me warm and would have a good fit around my big head. I didn't wanted anything with fur or any other fancy hat. I needed just a simple hat. I founded the Berghaus Power Stretch Hat for around 15 pounds.
I know Berghaus as a brand and heard positive things about it. I know that I could trusted the brand and that they deliver good quality so I thought it was worth the risk of spending the money on this hat. What I loved about this hat is that it's thin and the inside material is fleece fabric. Fleece is known for keeping the heat in and keeping you warm. The hat stretchable which means It can fit around my big head and still fits tight but not to tight.
I'm very pleased with this hat and I kept me warm during my running and it didn't fly off my head so that's a good thing! It sits really comfortable and it keeps me warm. When it gets dirty you can just but it in the washing machine so it's easy to keep clean. Worth the money I would say!
This power stretch hat from Berghaus isn`t all flashy, colorful and fancy, but that`s not really the purpose of the product, now is it? This hat is absolute perfect for keeping your head and ears warm when out and about during autumn and winter, and what I find to be very positive about this product, is the superb job it`s doing keeping wind out, as wind is the worst thing when sneeking into your ears... Berghaus is a brand known for its reability and quality, so when buying any of their products, you shouldn`t expect any other thing than pure quality and comfort!
Keeping your head warm when out during cold weather is extremely important, and therefore I always make sure that I have the right product protecting my head and ears, so far very pleased with the job that this product is doing! With its stretch Polartec fabric, this hat should fit most heads perfectly, all though be aware that it might shrink just a little bit when washing it.. This hat is very comfortable and cozy to wear, it feels very soft and warm, and it does a great job keeping away frost, wind and light rain fall. Most products from Berghaus cost quite a bit, but I found that paying 15.55 for this hat was absolutely acceptable, as it has remained good as new for the nearly two years I`ve owned it, doing its job with ease all this time! It looks rather masculine though, but this is a unisex product, the only decoration on it a tiny logo with the name of Berghaus in white...
I`ve found this stretch hat to be a very good choice, recommended!
I do quite a lot of walking, both in summer and winter, and work in the outdoors too. This hat is great, and to be honest I'm not sure what I did before I got it! If it's really cold and windy you can use a thick windproof hat like the almost legendary lowe alpine mountain cap, but for those times when it's just ordinarily cold and breezy you need something light, or you end up with a chilly or hot/sweaty noggin!
This hat is fleecy on the inside and kind of 'normal' fabric on the outside. It's thin and stretchy, and is ideal for UK winters when you are out and about. If you're walking you don't want too much warmth, and it cuts out a reasonable amount of wind too. Being a fleece fabric if it gets wet you can just wring it out and it will still be reasonably warm.
Because it's thin it will fit under other head-gear. I've used mine under a chainsawing helmet and under a climbing helmet too. It's quite long so you need to turn the bottom edge up, fine normally, but under a helmet this is a little annoying.
Made from Polartec Power Stretch fabric to keep your head warm during outdoor activity.