The second I picked up the Outdoor Research Frostline Hat I knew I wanted it. This is an awesome hat that combines some incredible features into an awesome hat that I think stands by itself. It’s light, waterproof, full covered and packable all in one package. They took the old trapper style hat and created a super light super protective hat that is well under the weight limit of any lightweight hiker.
The first thing that I noticed was the light weight of the hat which is strange for a winter hat. It only weighs around 3.4oz so it won’t cause feelings of guilt by taking it on a winter backpacking trip. Then I took notice of the smooth soft hand of the material which felt all to familiar and had to be Pertex Endurance. Now I don’t own any gear made of Pertex but some friends that I hike with do and I think it’s an amazing fabric. It’s tough, light, packable and has an incredibly soft hand. Almost simultaneously I noticed the Posh Pile lining that’s extremely soft, thick and makes fleece feel like sandpaper. And you know just by running your hands over and through this lining that it means business and holds some serious insulating power.
Now that it had my attention I started checking out the rest of the features which, one by one started stacking up. First with the flip down ear flaps that wrapped under my chin and fastened with light Velcro fastener. And then the flip-up magnetic brim and draw cord adjustment at the back of the hat. Well those features already convinced me to purchase this baby so anything else was a total bonus. Then I find one of the coolest features yet! There is a zippered pocket on the side of left flip down ear flap that holds a facemask. And like the rest of the hat the facemask follows suit by being super lightweight yet is also very soft. It’s a lightweight stretchy spandex material that has a low nap fleece on the inside part that would contact the face. I like that it’s thin and doesn’t completely hinder breathing while wearing it because when you’re hiking you’re sometimes huffing and puffing so you still need to breathe.
At this point I realized this was a full featured hat in a super compact package and better than anything I’d seen out there for some serious winter backpacking. I’ve only worn it outside a few times because of the unseasonably warm winter we are having but hopefully it will get back to normal and start freezing here soon so I can take it on a backpack trip. I will definitely provide a full rundown on it after that.
Here is some information straight from the Outdoor Research website
OUTDOOR RESEARCH FROSTLINE HAT
Designed for extreme conditions, the Frostline Hat is built for ultimate winter weather protection. Water-resistant, ultralight 30D Pertex® Endurance fabric keeps out the elements, while Posh Pile™ fleece provides warm, wicking insulation. A zip-out face mask and fleece-lined earflaps provide adjustable protection from biting wind and snow, and the foam brim snaps up for greater visibility when you’re eyeballing the route ahead.
- Water Resistant
- Wind Resistant
- Ear Flaps
- Fold-Out Facemask
- Foam-Stiffened Brim
- Brim Folds Up and Secures with Magnets to the Crown
- External Drawcord Adjustment
Fabric: Pertex® Endurance, 100% nylon 30D // Posh Pile™ ﬂeece lining 100% polyester // Zip-out Thermodynamic ™ 63% nylon, 23% polyester, 14% spandex single jersey face mask, zip pocket for easy storage
Avg. Weight (oz./g): 3.4oz / 97g (L)