Best cold weather hat????

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John Fenna

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Recently I have transferred my affections to a Repro WW2 German M43 hat...or a home made sheepskin hat
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Robson Valley

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There's cold and then there's cold. Mix in some wind, some snow and/or rain.
Knitted woolen, Peruvian-style toque with long ear flaps.
I have both the thick yarn and the thin yarn types.
Since my hair is thinning faster than the yarn, I like the thick, fuzzy ones the best.

"Block-heater" for those with arctic winter driving experience.
 

Nice65

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I've a waxed cotton Mad Bomber Trapper in the cupboard, but apart from low activity, it's too warm. I like the Ray Mears Possum and Merino wool caps. They're double layered so trap heat, coupled with a buff or shemagh, that's all I use.
 

Robson Valley

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Do you only need the goggles only when you come in from the cold?

I have a stick of a high-molecular weight detergent.
Scribble on my glasses and wipe clear with a cotton cloth.
It breaks surface tension so water can't condense as droplets.
Works well on binocs and rifle scopes, too.
 
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Herman30

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Do you only need the goggles only when you come in from the cold?
No I use them being outside. Like I said in extreme cold only, -20 to -30 Celsius. In those temperatures I usually need to keep my jacket collar up high and that makes my glasses fog from breath = moist air. And once they fog up, the moist air freezes to the lenses and visibility goes to zero. And I can´t see very well without glasses. Wearing goggles over prescription glasses solves this problem.
 
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Robson Valley

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I sure hope we don't see any -30C nights. Rare, but they do happen here.
We got a few at -21C at sunrise last week. Today it was actually melting.

I wear a knitted scarf and pull that up at my neck for warmth. If I bury my nose in it, my glasses don't fog.
Is that not a real nuisance when the fog ices up your glasses?
 

Robson Valley

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Not unless it has a drawstring at the rim or a thick fur ruff. Simple ones just act like bellows when you move.
My NatGear snow camo shell has to be the absolute worst. But with a toque inside that, I'm OK.

The best I've got is the down-filled hood that's on my Eddie Bauer parka. Snug that up with a toggle = amazing.
I waddle around like the Pillsbury Dough Boy but I am certainly not cold.

If you can make a parka fur ruff from Wolverine hide, they don't ice up in the cold cold.
 
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Broch

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Wear the Fox Hat :)
Seriously though, I don't very often wear a cap even in the cold in the UK. In the worst case I like the Russian style rabbit fur but rarely does it get that cold here to justify it - maybe just a Thinsulate beany or the hood of my fleece as long as the breeze is behind me.
 

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