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Mountain Hardware Dome Perignon Hat Review: A Timeless Classic

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: The author purchased this hat.

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  1. 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.

  2. Best winter hat I own. Have had it for 2 years and have yet to find anything as warm or as comfortable to wear.
    Get one!!

  3. I’ve owned one for years now. It is all good. As the years have passed, it has become a little ‘Ratty’. I keep it as a backup but now have a Montbell ear warmer hat. It is very similar in design but made from felted wool with a fleece head band. It feels lighter in weight. It breathe, is wind blocking and warm. Paul

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