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It is a shame Dooyoo don't have a picture of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap but it can be easily found on Google Images or any other search engine for that matter. If you are a keen walker like myself you will know how important a good head warmer is! During the winter months I have had the chance to try out a number of different hats etc. and I would say the Low Alpine Mountain Cap is one of the better options out there. For me, the thing that holds this cap back is the looks. Unfortunately I don't think many people can pull the look off, but if you don't mind about how you look then this could prove to be a very good buy for you.
The Mountain Cap reminds me of some of the Russian headcoverings, and the design is clearly very effective a trapping the heat in. Also, the flaps of material either side of the cap give added protection for your ears and usually with most hats this can be a let-down as many don't protect the ears from the cold. The cap is completely waterproof due to the Gore-tex shell fabric on the outer of the cap. The Aleutian fleece lining gives a very comfortable feel and creates a heat trap. The peak of the cap also has a press-stud fastening which allows you to drop the peak down on sunny days to reduce glare and other elements such as wind, rain and snow. The cap is adjustable to fit different head sizes and due to the elasticated back it don't feel uncomfortable regardless of your measurements.
Priced at around the £20 mark you might think this is a little on the expensive side. As I have experienced the benefits of the Mountain Cap I can tell you that it is worth the extra expense over inferior products. You may go out and spend a couple of pounds on a wool hat, but will it provide the protection this cap gives in the bitterly cold winter weather?
Often with other hats I have had problems with the materials making me itch. Fortunately this Mountain Cap is very comfortable and warm and doesn't give me this irritation at all. The cap comes in a number of different colours including black, red and light blue, I would recommend this Mountain Cap for the cold winter months.
This is quite simply a legendary hat. Often copied, never beaten.
Chances are if you have been out winter hill/mountain walking and seen other people, some of them will have been wearing one of these hats.
I have now had mine since I was at University in 2000, so it's now officially 9 years old! And it is still going strong. The waterproof shell is made from Lowe Alpines own Triple point ceramic, this fabric was always thought of as being superior to gore-tex, but, gore being a better known bigger manufacturer meant that Lowe eventually gave up on triple point and went over to gore-tex. The lining is fleece, and nice and warm. After 9 years it is still almost like new, the fleece is fine, as is the shell, it's still waterproof, and I've just re-proofed it, so it beads water again too.
There is a wired peak, with a popper to clip it up out of the way. The hat comes down low round the back of your head, and covers your ears too. If it's not too cold, and you are talking with friends you can fold the ear flaps up out of the way, and for my size head when like this it still covers the tops of my ears.
This hat doesn't replace the hood of your coat, if it's snowing or raining then it will go down your neck a little but it will keep your head warm and dry.
They generally retail at about £30, although if you know where to look you can sometimes pick them up for around half that.
The Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap is famous within the outdoor pursuits community. It is waterproof, fleece lined, breathable and most importantly warm but comes at a price. I've owned one for two-three years and it's showing no sign of wearing out. They have a characteristic peak flap and pieces that cover your ear. For those familiar with mountain walking, cold ears can be most uncomfortable especially when friends, onseeing your cold red ears flick them which causes great amounts of pain. The Lowe Alpine Cap stops this and if you can't hear whats happening or you ears are warm once more, you can fold the ear pieces up. The best thing about being waterproof is that unlike wolly hats it does not soak up water like a sponge and then way a tonne. They are quick drying and if you want to you can tie a cord to each ear to produce a chin strap. Well worth the price.
I'm in danger of becoming the infamous "Lowe Alpine Man" - I got the jacket, the gaiters and now the hat. But hey, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. The Lowe Alpine Mountain Cap is a welcome advance on normal hats like Thinsulate. It's made out of Lowe Alpine's Triplepoint Ceramic, which is waterproof, windproof and breathable, which I have proved through 10 1/2 hours in the rain! Wearing it for the whole day, I was completely warm and I didn't get too warm, which can be as bad as too cold. To help keep the warmth in, the Mountain Cap is lined with Polartec fleece, also very warm. Polartec are well-established in the fleece market so they're a name to go by. As for heavy rain, it doesn't replace a normal hood, since the water can run off the hat and down your neck. But it complements the hood of a good jacket well - the hood acting as an extra shell to keep water out, and the hat to keep you warm. And of course, if you wear specs (like me) it keeps water off the lenses. The design of this hat is a good one - it has a flexible wired peak, which through a bit of twisting can be angled if the rain/wind/whatever is coming down at an angle, folded up if you need to cool of slightly, or folded up and clipped back if you prefer not to have the peak at all. For clipping the peak back, it's held by a small prestud which doesn't take any effort to close or open, so you can do it with cold fingers. But in front of the clip on the front of the hat is a strip of fabric to move out of the way, which can be fiddly with gloves on. As I mentioned, I wear specs. The peak of this cap doesn't get in the way, or press down on the frames. But if you decide to take your specs off, the peak does take a bit of re-adjustment to stop it flopping down. That sorted though and it's back to normal. Then there's the ears - the sides of the cap come down well over my ears, and
like the peak can be folded up securely if it gets too warm. Through some clever use of elastic and seams, when you fold things away, they stay away - no flopping down when you don't want it to. At the back is a velcro'd strap to adjust the size of the cap, which is useful for if you want to wear another hat or a balaclava underneath. The edge of the hat is elasticated to allow for a bit of changes in size, and also to stop your expensive new hat blowing away in the wind. One thing puzzles me with the Mountain Cap though. On the bottom of the ear flaps are cord loops to put a chin strap on, to make sure your hat stays put. But there's no chin strap with it so you have to buy one separately or make a DIY one (I used an old drawcord and a toggle). Other caps like Berghaus' version come with a chin strap. Now the sore point - the price (you might have noticed the word "expensive" slotted in here). My hat cost me £25 - the old saying of "buy cheap, get cheap" working in reverse. But if like me you're the kind of person who prefers cold winter days on the mountains rather than a warm log fire (I prefer both actually - the pub usually has a log fire!) then the Mountain Cap is a very worthwile investment. Website - http://www.lowealpine.com/3/apparel/exp_f2k/exp_f2k_32.htm Colours - black, blue, red, dark green, grey