Everest Designs Sherpa Hat

Have you noticed it's hard to find warm hats nowadays? Used to be you could walk into any ski shop and get a wool ski cap that would get you through pretty much anything. These days I find hat racks dominated by lightweight beanies and the occasional wind-stopper fleece cap. Both are great—they certainly have their uses. But on those bitter cold December mornings when the wind is screaming (more...)

— February 25, 2011

Andy Lewicky is the author and creator of SierraDescents

Robert K February 25, 2011 at 4:47 pm

To answer your opening question, "Not very hard at all." For whatever reason, it seems like every season I find one or two pretty nice ski hats sitting on the side of the road, or dropped in a parking lot somewhere. Two of my favorites: UCSF swim team cap (found in Ocean Beach parking lot in SF), and "Gotham Studios" hat, found in Manhattan gutter.

'Washed that last one twice before I dared to wear it, btw. :)

Andy February 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

I guess I should have said, it's hard to *buy* a good ski hat these days...

:)

Scott February 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Part of the reason a lot of us abandoned super warm wool hats is simple: helmets are just as warm and windproof and we're wearing them anyway. I still have a very nice hand-knitted wool hat I bought in Switzerland that's wasting away in my closet because it simply got replaced by the helmet. If it gets extra cold, I'll wear a fleece hat or a balaclava under the helmet.