SKIDA ALPINE HAT

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OUR TAKE Love for this cap spreads from coast to coast. Our testers dis­cov­ered this Ver­mont-crafted head­warmer on Alaska’s Aleu­tian Is­lands, where the fish­er­men swore by its warmth, quick-dry prop­er­ties, and com­fort. A thin, smooth polyester/span­dex face fab­ric cuts wind, while the polyester mid­weight fleece in­side bal­ances warmth and weight. Our testers took the Skida Alpine to the Yukon ter­ri­tory and raced in a lo­cal Nordic ski event; when the brisk 15¡F morn­ing warmed to a balmy 28¡F and their heads stayed dry, they un­der­stood why their Alaskan bud­dies were hooked. Mod­er­ate stretch of­fered a comfy fit for all but our largest-headed tester.

TRAIL CRED “It’s sur­pris­ingly sturdy for a hat so light,” one of our Alaskan testers crowed. “Gusts can’t get in, even with the North Wind rip­ping through.” $36; 1.8 oz.; one size; skida.com

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