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Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat Review: A Timeless Classic

manufactured by :
Philip Werner
Version:
1
Price:
36.00

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On December 16, 2015
Last modified:September 7, 2016

Summary:

My warmest winter hat is a Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon beanie. It's a timeless classic in hiking and mountaineering circles. This is the hat I put on when I'm hiking back down a mountain in winter and I feel the cold wind biting through my insulating layers. Putting it on is an instant warm-up.

Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat
Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat

My warmest winter hat is a Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon beanie. It’s a timeless classic in hiking and mountaineering circles. This is the hat I put on when I’m hiking back down a mountain in winter and I feel the cold wind biting through my insulating layers. Putting it on is an instant warm-up.

The name is a pun on Dom Perignon, the famous vintage french champagne. “Dome” for “Dom”.

What makes this hat so warm?

It’s windproof for starters, so cold wind can’t lance through it. Made with Jacquard Sweater Fleece (Polartec 200 weight), this hat has body, weighing almost 3 times more than a regular fleece beanie.

But the coup de grace, if you will, are the articulated ear flaps that hang from the stretch fleece headband sewn into the headband of the hat. While they do muffle sounds a bit, your ears will thank you.

They don’t make hats like the Dome Perignon anymore.

Disclosure: Philip Werner purchased a Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon hat with his own funds. 

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15 comments

  1. I have one and it beats the Chicago winters!

  2. Agree it is the warmest hat ever…but man, you cannot hear anything when you have it on

  3. Hate advertising the company’s name on clothing. Some have them on front and back. No thanks . Looks like a nice hat .

  4. Never heard of this hat before. I have my faithful ole knitted Watch Cap and these look like the old Laplanders hats which were made of animal felt for hundreds of years. That Logo is Obnoxious, it has to go… I look at logo’s this way.. First of all the Company over charges me big time to buy the hat or shoe or whatever and then forces me to advertise their product with big logo’s.. So since they do not pay me to do their advertising I look for products without huge logos.. I am proud to say I have never been seen wearing anything with NIKE on it… So until they start paying me to advertise for them I will walk on past their products…

  5. The nice thing about this hat is that it doesn’t crush your ears. I can wear this all day and night and my ears don’t hurt. The old Navy watch cap that I have fits so tightly that I’m hurtin’ after just a couple of hours.

  6. I’ve had one of these for several years now and OMG its my favorite hat for sure! So warm! In fact, reading this just makes me want to go out and pick up another one in a different color, just because! My ears are very sensitive to cold and wind, they start to hurt and I feel a stinging pain in them even if the temperature is 40 degrees with a bit of wind, so keeping my head warm is paramount.

  7. I couldn’t agree with you more. I picked up this hat at TJ Max, a discount merchandiser, a few years ago and since then it is ALWAYS with me on winter trips. It’s a bit heavy when you’ve built up a lot of heat hiking, but when you come to a stop this is the hat that you want to have with you to put on. The ear flaps do muffle sound a bit, but not significantly enough to be concerned about.

  8. I wouldn’t say they don’t make them like this any more. Outdoor Research has a number of windproof fleece hats in their lineup. The Dome does offer an especially nice head fit…

    I have one of the OR Windstopper hats, but I find I seldom use it. The mid weight layer in my winter kit is a hoody. If the weather is really blowing and cold the hoody gets deployed over my usual lightweight beanie, maybe with a Buff around the neck. After that I pull up the hood of my softshell jacket. That’s worked into some seriously cold temps.

  9. I love beanies! but for hiking, this is the beanie I have yet to try!

  10. Just when I was ready to order a Blackrock down beanie, you put this into the mix!
    it come with a strap?

  11. I don’t see much difference in this hat and my North Face Polartec 200 hat/beanie, except in the circumference design/cut.

  12. I purchased this hat upon reading one of your reviews last winter, and I must say, this is the warmest hat I’ve ever owned. Now, I never leave home without it, and it will likely be a part of my winter hiking load-out for the next decade or more.

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