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I've owned a Thinsulate Super Soft Fleece Hat for about the last 18 months. I was visiting New York City in December and I was warned that winters in NYC are often unbearably cold, and with this in mind I bought this hat to wear when I was there. The hat I bought was discounted in my local outdoors store and I paid just £4.15 for it - which I thought was a really great price - although I do see that it is available for even less on Amazon at the moment.
The Thinsulate hat I have is black and if not a hat that would really stand out in terms of design because it is very basic to look at. I am not a great hat lover and so I didn't want anything that actually made a statement, and I was simply wearing it to keep me warm. It was a kind of beanie style with a flat brim and the only decoration on the hat was the Thinsulate logo which was on the front of the hat.
The hat is made from polyester and polypropylene and so it has a slightly cotton wool feel to it that I am not totally a fan of. However, once it is on my head and not between my fingers, the feel of the hats material is just fine. I like the fact that the hat is very thin and so while it is on my head it doesn't feel bulky at all and it also doesn't overheat my head. I do have to say that I was really impressed with the ability of such a thin had to keep my head warm in minus 5 degree temperatures. It also didn't leave my head sweaty and so somehow if still lets my skin breathe under the hat and this contributes to the comfort. I like that this hat also covers my ears and so it keeps my ears warm.
Because the hat is so lightweight, when I decided I didn't want to use it, I was able to just stuff it in my bag and it didn't really take up much room. It also didn't crease. I have only needed to wash this hat once, which I did on a low heat wash, and it washed without any problem with no bobbling or shrinkage.
Overall, I think this is a good quality hat. It's not going to set anyones world on fire, but it will keep you warm.
I had to buy a hat for my Duke of Edinburgh expedition and my mum bought the Thinsulate hat for about £2 and I think she bought it in the market. This is probably why it was so cheap because it costs about £5-6 in a department store. Mine is a black colour but I believe it does come in different colours. The hat is made from acrylic with a thinsulate lining. I don't know what thinsulate lining is but the hat does feel like wool.
The hat is like half an egg shape, so it is a bit elliptical and not spherical. It is folded at the bottom so it is double layered at that point. The Thinsulate name is on the front of the folded bottom. This folded bottom can easily be unfolded if the hat seems too small for the persons head but I doubt that this would need to be done.
It is very flexible my which I mean it should be able to fit most people's heads. I would say I have a medium sized head and it fits me perfectly but if one of my brothers has a smaller head than me and it is loose on him. If it is loose then this will mean that it won't be as warm as if it fitted well. My Dad has a larger head then mine and it stretches when he wears it so he isn't allowed to wear it because otherwise I will end up with a stretched hat. I don't think that they come in different sizes so this is a disadvantage. They do however have a man's and woman's hat which are made from a different material but I don't know if they are different sizes. Apparently this is the male version and female version is made from microfiber material (fleece).
The purpose of the hat was to keep my head and especially my hypersensitive ears warm at night. We were camping and so we were sleeping in a sleeping bag in the famous English winter. It was freezing cold and raining heavily (this wasn't much of a problem as we were inside the tent at this time). Although I had my sleeping bag I had to wear the hat because I didn't want to wake up the next day with a cold as we still had 15km of hiking left to do.
The hat is incredibly warm and I was very surprised that it was because when I felt the material I just thought it was like the crappy woollen gloves I have that do nothing to keep me warm. The price was so low as well so I wasn't expecting anything. The bottom of the hat rest on my forehead and it stayed really warm and as this is the main place where I feel the cold more it was fantastic. Also the hat covered my ears which are supersensitive to the cold. The only problem I have is that it is not very fashionable and it makes me look like a robber. If it was a different style then I would definitely wear it throughout the winter months. But because I am so vain I would only wear it when I really can't stand the cold and if I know no one who I know will not see me in it.
After 4 years of wear I have found that it is still good at its jobs of keeping my head and ears warm but it has become bobbley form being washed several times. It has also started to loose its dark black colour and has become fadded. This is just wear with the time though.
I would highly recommend to those who regularly explore the outdoors and those who are looking for a hat that actually keeps you warm.
In terms of keeping you warm in these long, hard and very cold winters, there is one brand that has always led the way and that's Thinsulate. Their logo on an item of clothing such as a hat or a pair of gloves is always a sign of quality and mark that the item you are about to purchase is going to do its job. This super soft fleece hat does just that.
These range of products can be found all over in various types of shops and the retail price is anywhere between £3-£7.99 I have seen. Its worth shopping around as sometimes even in the same street the prices can range vastly. Either way whatever you pay you are getting a good quality hat that will keep you warm.
As mentioned this is a "fleece" hat meaning its made out of a very durable, tough and resistant cotton material which fights off the cold and keeps in the heat. From the moment you place this on your head you will feel the heat and snugness of the tight fitting. However it is not too tight, like some modern day hats which grip your head and don't seem to let go, this hat doesn't do that. It feels snug and you wont want to take it off believe me!
Even in the harshest weather we had over the last few months of the year gone by the hat still kept my head and ears warm. It is extremely useful and the material performs well at all levels. Its also machine washable and cleans up nice and the tough material will be durable and ensure the hat lasts many winters to come.
Visually it is just a normal dut in black, wont stick out too much and who cares anyway if you are being kept warm!
All in all as I said Thinsulate means quality and this is another example of the brands expertise in creating products to keep you warm.
This winter has been the coldest I can remember and keeping warm has been difficult. I am not keen on wearing hats except when it is very cold, but this year I have rarely gone out without wearing one. As we lose a lot of heat via our heads, it is really beneficial to wear a hat in cold weather. Last year, at the end of the winter season, I bought a thinsulate, beany style hat from my local sports shop. The hat had been drastically reduced to just a few pounds and was something that I just knew would be a good purchase!
My thinsulate hat is made of soft fleecy material. It is a beany style with a rim that can be worn turned up or down. I wear my hat with the rim down as I think it looks better and also means I can pull it down to fully cover my ears; there's nothing worse than cold ears! The hat is a unisex design and will stretch to fit most head sizes. These hats come in several shades but when I bought mind there was only black available in the sale. The only decoration on my hat is the word thinsulate embroidered at the front. I find hats made of wool itchy and uncomfortable to wear. However this hat is made of 100% polyester and is really soft and comfortable on my head. Not only that, but fleece material doesn't make my head feel too hot. The hat is light and small enough to be carried in my coat pocket when I'm not wearing it. I find this really useful when as I can wear it when I walk to the shops and then shove it into my pocket in the warm shop environment.
This hat is not the most fashionable item in my wardrobe, but I think it looks ok and it certainly keeps me warm. The hat fits snugly but does stretch so doesn't feel too tight. My husband has borrowed this hat and it can stretch to fit his bigger head with no problem. The hat is machine washable and is really quick drying.
Overall this is one sale item that I am really pleased I bought. It may not feature of the pages of Vogue, but it keeps me warm, is very soft and comfortable to wear and can be pushed into my coat pocket when the mercury starts to rise.
I have removed 1 star for its lack of sex appeal!
The sudden cold snap towards the end of last year caught me by surprise and, quickly tiring of a cold head and freezing cold ears, I nipped into my local branch of Millets to find a suitably warm hat. Unfortunately, there wasn't a great deal of choice for women's hats especially as I didn't want to spend a great deal. I walked out with a black Thinsulate fleece beanie style hat, sold under Millets' Peter Storm label for £6.99.
The hat is a unisex design but fits my head comfortably as the surprisingly thin fleece fabric stretches to accommodate different head sizes. Despite being thin, the trademarked Thinslate material retains heat well and kept my head and ears warm and protected, even during the sub-zero temperatures back in December, without making my heat feel sweaty or itchy. Some hats can irritate my ears and ride up after a while but I find that this hat is very soft and comfortable to wear and, as it is quite a snug fitting design, doesn't tend to move about. The hat can be folded over at the bottom to create a layer of double thickness which can be pulled over the ears for extra warmth. Because I have quite a thick pony tail at the back, I found I needed to fold down the rim so that I can comfortably pull this down over my ears but at least this hat is quite a versatile style in that respect.
Talking of style, let's just say this is purely a functional design and isn't particularly feminine or flattering. Wearing a rounded black fleece hat isn't going to win any style awards for anybody. My husband was not very impressed with my choice of headgear and his comments ranged from telling me that I looked like a bin-man to looking like I was going to rob a bank! He made his point even further by giving me a more colourful knitted hat for Christmas instead. I must admit that the replacement hat is much more attractive but it isn't quite as warm as this basic Thinsulate beanie, so I think it's worth considering whether your priority is looking good or keeping warm.
I'd recommend this style of beanie as a practical, functional offering. It can be machine washed use after and dries quickly, thanks to the thin fleecy fabric, retaining its shape well. Despite being a unisex product, I do think this is probably better suited for men as it isn't a particularly feminine style. It is certainly a hat that is inexpensive, comfortable to wear and provides protection from the cold which is exactly what a basic hat should be.
Winter in Britain hey, where's the fun in that. Well especially the extreme cold weather we have been experiencing over the last month or so, cold weather is one of the things which makes me long for sunny mediterranean winters. Personally I would never go outside if possible between November and March but I also have to walk a dog twice a day and after the success of the Thinsulate gloves (please read the review) I decided to buy a hat as well.
So I decided to buy a Thinsulate hat, it cost me £2.99 and I bought a butch dark blue one, after the shame of getting a girls pair of gloves I felt the need to have a strong male hat to cancel the effeminate grey gloves. The hat was the classic bobble hat and covered my head in a style which can only be called stylish rogue, yes wearing this hat with my fashionable university scarf makes me look like a silly overweight Doctor Who gone wrong.
Seriously, I've never been a big fan of bobble hats they tend to make my head very hot and generally I don't particularly enjoy wearing them. So I only really bought this hat because the gloves were such a success and it has been extremely cold, walking the dog in cold weather isn't a lot of fun, however, wearing a hat has made the process less unpleasant.
The hats are made of inlaid wool, it doesn't scratch or give your hair do a serious issue once you taken the hat off. Thinsulate hats are perfect for going in and around this cold wet country, they keep you warm and dry and look good enough to make you feel as though your not walking around like an extra from a bad Santa movie.
Walking the dog has now become a pleasure again and now I'm warm I can enjoy walking him aaround the hills and paths around my house.
Well it's that time of year when New Years resolutions are being made and as usual the "I'm going to get healthier" resolution has passed my lips, I usually start off with good intentions and dwindle around March to eventually fail in my chosen resolution, but this next year is going to be different in full of enthusiasm.
One of my christmas presents was a warm looking Thinsulate Super Soft Fleece Hat it was from my grandaughter who sometimes comes walking with me and the hat is a nice black one so it will suit anything I go out in.
It has a little logo on the hat which isn't to loud and obvious and the inside is lined with a fleece material so it looks like its going to keep my head really warm on my walks, which is great as I live in a rural area and when the weather hits where I live it really can get cold and you have to fight the wind to walk sometimes. It has an upturned band around the rim so you can pull it on easy.
The hats retail at about £6 and are suitable for both men and women there isn't much choice in the colours available as they come in black, blue and grey. They are a one sized hat so will fit any adult head. They are made from 100% Polyester with a thinsulate thermal insulation on the inside, this is very warm and once your outside walking in the bad weather you can really appreciate the full benefit of the material as your head is nice and warm.
I like the simple design of the hat, it stretches to fit the head snuggly and sits on the head comfortable and keeps you warm. Although they don't come in lots of different colours the one's available are sufficient as it's more of a practical hat than a fashion one.
The hat is ideal for any outdoor sport like skiing, walking, running, skateboarding or just for wearing when you go out in the cold weather.
All in all I'm happy with my hat it's going to have lots of use for my New Years resolution of walking everyday to get in shape for the summer.
They are also washable on a cool wash and don't lose their shape so it's a handy hat at a handy price.
As a rule I don't like wearing anything on my head as I find I get too overheated, baseball caps I can just about tolerate but find that I often have to remove them after an hour or so just to get some fresh air to my hair and scalp. During this recent cold snap and complaining about the tops of my ears being like blocks of ice I decided to take a chance on some suitable headwear and deciding that I wouldn't pay more than absolutely necessary I paid a visit to our local towns market and headed for the resident sock, scarf and glove stall.
At just £2.99 I decided it wasn't too much of a stretch when I saw the Thinsulate branded tag poking out of the top of a basic black fleece hat. I was already familiar with the brand having owned (and lost) a couple of pairs of gloves from the same name and have always considered them to a reliable brand who offer excellent products for very little outlay. Money handed over and hat bagged up I left the stall happy and once I had removed the tags I tentatively placed the hat onto my head and positioned it over the tips of my ears and within just a few minutes started to feel the benefits it provided me.
My hat is pretty much identical to the one shown in the above picture except it is black and according to the tag the fleece lining is constructed from 65% polypropylene and 35% polyester. It is probably best described as a 'beanie' hat having a domed shape to it and features a rectangular 'Thinsulate' tag which is stitched on to outer turn-up brim of the hat itself.
There's no great technique when it comes to putting the hat on as it simply pulls onto your head, it is produced in such a way to be of generous length and is 'one size' so should fit even the largest of heads. Once on the inner fleece layer is soft to the touch and sits some-way down the forehead but of course can be positioned wherever feels comfortable to you, personally I wear mine just above my eyebrows but pull the sides of the hat down a little more to cover the tips of my ears - how you wear yours is obviously up to you.
Warmth is the main reason anyone would want to wear a hat, especially a Thinsulate one as the construction of the hat has been designed with warmth and comfort in mind. The name relates to the patented trademark of the 3M company who discovered an alternative to traditional polyester fibres which were used in insulated clothing, 'Thinsulate' fibres are apparently thinner but are more effective as they are denser when compared to polyester therefore less of them are needed to produce the same amount of warmth. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that Thinsulate is a contraction of 'Thin' and 'Insulate' and that's what you get with a Thinsulate product, something that is lightweight but keeps the warmth in and the cold out.
I mentioned in my opening paragraph that I am not keen on wearing headwear and I have to be honest in saying that although my Thinsulate hat does keep my head and ears very warm I just can't tolerate wearing it for extended periods of time. It really is *very* effective at keeping the warmth in and the cold out but sometimes I just have to let my head get some air, which is a shock to the system admittedly. This isn't a criticism of the product itself, after all it does do exactly what you would want a fleecy hat to do but for me it works too well. On the positive side though I do notice that my head isn't excessively sweaty so the construction of the fabric and the hats design must allow sweat to evaporate and I would imagine that this is down to the two layers of fabric the hat is made from.
For a simply designed, no frills black hat I don't think mine is either fashionable or unfashionable, I doubt it would cause offence to anyone who sees me wearing it and I certainly don't feel self conscious when I have it on. It's more of a functional piece of outerwear than anything else for me which does the job it was designed to do and you can't ask for any more than that really. For me it perhaps works too well but that's down to how I am anyway, I can't wear gloves for a long time either which is why I tend to lose them, I guess I'm just naturally hot blooded. Luckily though the hat is lightweight and flexible enough to carry or stuff into a pocket when I'm not wearing it and fortunately for me I have managed to keep hold of it long enough to benefit from its warmth during this horrible cold snap of weather.
As far as maintaining the hat is concerned it is machine washable at 40 degrees and can be tumbled dried, as mine is black it is recommended that it is either washed separately or with a dark load but that is common sense anyway. I've washed it once and allowed it to dry on a radiator and it hasn't lost its shape or 'bobbled' in any way and looked as good as new once fully dried.
Thinsulate products can usually be found at this time of the year on both the high street and online. I bought my hat from our local market but Regatta the outdoor wear retailer tends to stock them for a little more than I paid so it does pay to shop around. For under £3.00 I can't complain, it gave me exactly what I wanted for very little money and it's on the basis that I would highly recommend this to anyone looking at buying one for themselves.
It would be churlish of me to deduct any stars from my rating just because I find it to be too warm so as far as I'm concerned the Thinsulate Super Soft Fleece Hat gets a perfect 5/5 star rating from me. Thanks for reading my review.
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 modeling 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 Thinsulate Super Soft Fleece 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 'Thinsulate' logo on the front of the hat. I paid around £5 for it from a stall outside a football ground on a particularly chilly evening. I have since seen these hats on sale for a little less, and have just seen them on Ebay for just £2:99 plus postage, and there is a growing range of colours available for the more fashion conscious people.
These hats are just a basic design, almost like a kind of tea-cosy shape, which just fits around the skull, and has a little turn-up / turn-down section around the bottom rim, which can be used to pull down over the ears.
They are not the most fashionable of items, but they sure do keep the head warm. They are fleece lined with 40 grams of the Thinsulate 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 Thinsulate Super soft fleece hat. It is cheap to buy, lightweight, and most importantly it really keeps the head warm during these arctic freezing winters that seem to be becoming ever present each winter.
Thanks for reading.
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This is a great hat that I think is extremely versatile, and becomes a necessity for winter or for walking in hills or mountains at other times of the year. It's made of a soft wool which really keeps you warm in the cold and stops the wind getting to your ears, and is very comfortable to wear. Thinsulate are a brand that I've bought a lot of products from in the past, and I find that they're a reasonably-priced brand that delivers really good quality and unfussy styles.
Some hats of this type can be too short I find, and don't fit your head as well as they could - in this case, though, there's plenty of fabric and you can snuggle it down on your head to cover your ears easily. There's enough of the hat that you can fold it over, which gives you another layer of protection and comfort and makes it even warmer. Another great thing about this product is that it's very lightweight and folds up nice and small - often when I'm walking, I start off cold, needing to wear hats and gloves, then get warmer as I walk, having to take them off and stow them away - this is easy, as the hat folds up small in a pocket, and I barely notice it's there.
Also, although the fabric is soft and comfortable, it does also offer good protection from the rain - even when it's falling heavily and you're out for a long time, I find that it keeps you dry and warm, and dries out really quickly and easily once you're back at home, which is handy, as it's then usable the next day.
Overall, I don't think there are any negatives about this product - I bought this hat for a couple of pounds at a market, and have had it for a couple of years, and it's just as good as when I bought it - for me that's excellent value, and I'm sure I'll continue to use it, as it's become really reliable when I'm outside in cold and wet weather. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who spends a lot of time outside.
My husband is hat mad and never leaves the house without one on be it summer or winter so as you can imagine he has quite a collection of woollen hats and caps. I thought it pretty pointless for me to go out and buy me a hat for winter when he has so many sitting around doing nothing.
I brought these hats for my husband last Christmas, I paid £4.99 each for them which at the time I did think was a bit expensive but my hubby assured me they were the best around.
They were available in 4 colours, blue, black grey and navy blue, as he already has so many hats in black or navy blue he opted for the grey and the lighter blue.
These hats are available in two sizes 57cm and 58cm which me and hubby both found to be a bit odd so ordered one at the smaller size and one at the larger size but if truth be told there really isn't any noticeable difference in the sizes and they both will fit most male heads very comfortable,
The hats are a really nice soft fleecy material and they fit my head very well considering I have a small head and they were designed for men but they fit my husband better, they are not too long that they intrude too far down your face but are long enough to keep you warm in winter. I was a bit worried that these wouldn't be as good as the thicker woollen ones of these my husband has but they in my opinion are even better as they seem to trap the heat from your head a lot better than the woollen ones and if you are out in the snow in them the snow falls off them rather than soaking into them. They wash really well in the machine and don't take long to dry either.
I would recommend this hat to anyone but wish they were available in more girly colours.
Thinsulate is the trade name for a polyester microfiber created by 3m. The name was made by combining the words thin and insulate, and basically the product works because the fibers are so small they trap more air close to your body, retaining more warmth. Developed in the 1960's, Thinsulate was first used in the 1970's for ski wear but soon expanded to all sorts of winter clothing. It can now be found in footwear, bedding dog coats, and horse blankets as well as gloves, socks, coats and other clothes. We have owned various items with thinsulate, from long underwear to socks, gloves, boots and hats, and yes I do think it is warmer then most clothing the same thickness, and my husband says the items he used for security were much warmer.
In particular, he really loved this hat which I originally purchased roughly 10 years ago. The hat was washed many times and retained it's shape and warmth for many years, but unfortunately is now lost.
So while out shopping yesterday, I noticed these on special for £1.99 at a local shop. I promptly bought two of the large black hats and one of the small grey ones. the black is meant for adults and the grey for ages 6-7, but I found that these are so stretchy they can fit a wide range of sizes. My husband and 5 year old got the two black ones and my two year old got the grey hat. The children loved the soft grey lining in these and did not want to take them off when we came inside. My husband also commented on how much warmer this was then the ordinary knit hat he has been wearing. Feeling jealous, I splurged and treated myself to a lovely pink one from Amazon, not just because it looks nicer, but also because I can be certain my husband won't borrow it if he loses his. I am sewing Hot Wheels badges on the boys hats as well. By the time I combine the cost of a badge and this hat, it still costs less than buying the boys a hat with a children's design to begin with and will be softer and warmer. My own children do not like anything at all scratchy, so they especially like the lovely soft fleece lining on this.
I would really recommend these for the coming winter, they are soft, warm and very comfortable. I paid £4 for a hat from Amazon, where you can choose from a wide variety of colours, but you can pick up the plain black ones for less out shopping. Even at £4 though, for a nice warm item that you can expect to last for many years as long as you don't lose it, £4 is a bargain. The old studies that claimed you lost as much as 50% of your body heat through your head have since been debunked. That only applies in extreme cold where your head is the only uncovered part. Scientists now accept 10% as more accurate. But still, we do walk about with most of our bodies covered, and that extra 10% of heat makes a difference on a frosty day.
Wearing a hat made from thinsulate fleece sounds a bit weird but it works better than it sounds. I have one of the thinsulate hats and I get it out most winters to wear when its cold.
My hat is black fleece and looks plain a bit boring and not very fashionable. That is fine for me because I don't need a fancy hat to keep my head warm I need one that does the job. I have a few hats but this one is more light weight.
The thinsulate brand is on the front of my hat in a small material band thats been added on. I am fine with it being there. It doesn't look too bad and it has been added to show who made the hat.
The size is ok for me. When I first washed the hat it seemed to shrink a bit after it came out from the dryer. I think the fit is more snug than when I first got it now. I think its fine still, only its a bit of a tighter fit.
The hat is not very deep and it has a bit you can turn up or down at the front end. It is easy to cover my ears if I need to and I can pull the hat down over them a bit more if I want.
The fleece is light and soft. It comes up great after washing and drying and holds the smell of the wash powder making it fresh smelling. The 40gm thinsulate fleece is still in good shape and the hat looks fine for casual walks.
I wouldn't wear the hat to go in to town or out for the day because it is not fashionable. I can wear it for walks and bad weather and it is ok then. I don't think the hat is a fashion item in any way but I do think it keeps my head warm when its cold.
I got my hat a few years back and I think it was a good buy for me. I would recommend thinuslate hats like mine and I would get another one if I needed to. The cost of a thinsulate hat like the one I have is about £5 now. You can buy them in sports and outdoor shops all over the place.
I've had one of these hats for years, and it has been an absolute life saver for me when I've been out hiking and walking the dogs in the colder weather. Much like you put loft insulation in your house to keep the heat in, a hat on your head will work in exactly the same way to keep you warm when the temperature really starts to drop outside.
But in the last few weeks as we moved into winter and the temperatures dropped, I thought that I had lost my trusty friend because I couldn't find it anywhere. I then saw them for a sale in a garage at £2.99 each and was just on verge of buying one when my wife said she knew where my original one was. (Why do woman always know everything?). Back home and sure enough, I was soon reunited with my trusted hat.
I originally bought this so long ago that I can't remember where from or the price, but the figure of £5 seems to stick in my head, although they are now £2.99 in the local garage (I'm presuming that they were the genuine article because there are a lot of cheaper imitations). At the time I bought mine, I remember that I could have any colour I wanted - as long as it was black - and nowadays, they seem to come in a variety of colours and styles to suit everyone. The style is basically like a beanie cap - a snug fitting skull cap - with a turn up (that can be turned down) all round the edge. It has the Thinsulate logo across the front and they are 'one size fits all'.
The real good thing about these hats is that they are fleece lined with a material called Thinsulate (hence the name). Commonly when buying these hats, you will see mention of the material weight, with a figure of 40 gm (or grams) often quoted. This is basically the density of the material, where a higher number (greater density) would mean a warmer hat. For most uses in the UK and Europe, the 40 gm weight material should be perfectly adequate and is widely available.
The good thing about this fleece is the warmth that it provides. Most outdoor hats tend to be just knitted wool and are meant to trap the air around your head to provide an insulation barrier to keep you warm. But I've often found with these knitted hats that when you put them on, the wind blows straight through onto your head, and hence you feel cold.
With these Thinsulate fleece hats, you have a double layer of fleece, where the inner fleece lining (called Thinsulate - hence the name) is particularly soft and warm and which is a lot tighter knit. The layers are relatively thin, but they are very good at trapping that air layer around your head to provide that insulation barrier. In addition, when the wind does blow, it doesn't really get through to your head and thus the result is that you feel warmer.
Now through the years, I've washed the hat many times in the washing machine and it has never lost shape, and each time it has come up looking like new. With material being thin and lightweight, I can scrunch it up and easily fit it into my pocket when I'm out and about. Another good point with it being a fleece material is that when it does get wet in the rain, it still keeps me warm.
In summary, this Thinsulate cap is relatively cheap when compared to other woolly type hats, and it may not be the most fashionable for those young fashionistas amongst us. But in my experience it provides more warmth than any other hat I've had and has given me years of performance and still comes up looking like new.
So a definite 5 star recommendation from me.
Thinsulate Super Soft Fleece Hat
Personally, in the winter months I always wear a hat to take the dog out for a walk or to go meet friends. However, I don't necessarily want to wear the same sort of thing. As such I own quite a few thinsulate hats and a few more that are lined with thinsulate fleece material. I live in the windy north east of Scotland's coastline; it is a lovely place to live but it can and does often get rather cold here.
The thinsulate fleece hats that I do own do tend to look rather basic and unless you have opted for a lined funkier hat then the majority of the thinsulate fleece hats come in block colours. Personally, I own at least a black one, a red one and a grey one. The red one which is my favourite does have a turn over which comes in handy on those very cold days because you can wiggle it about to make sure that your ears are tucked in but you can still see clearly out.
I love hats and although this is a great hat for many practical occasions it doesn't replace the more stylish fashion hats that you can pick up in the majority of clothes stores, depending on what is in style that season. These thinsulate fleece hats have their uses and they serve their purposes well, but they aren't the most stylish of choices available. I consider them a good practical basic.
I believe that you should always be able to spot a real thinsulate hat over any fakes because they usually carry a little label. It really is worth paying a little extra to get the real thing. These hats will serve the test of time, I have owned some for years and they wash well and come out with their shape intact every time to serve their purpose when the weather gets chilly.
I believe that the hats generally come in one or two sizes. I have used these hats while snowboarding and not only did they keep my head cosy warm and stop my hair from freezing, but they also stayed on very well.
These hats vary in price depending upon the style, it is possible to pick up a thinsulate hat for under five pound. I also own a few thicker and chunkier knitted hats that have a thinsulate fleece lining which have cost a lot more (around about £20). It depends what you want in terms of style and in terms of how much you want to spend.
These hats get a five out of five stars from me. They may be basic and cheap, but for the majority of tasks these are much more practical and cosy than any fashion hats I own. I would always choose this hat for walking the dog or out for a walk in the cold weather. I would happily recommend these brand of hats.