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Wish I hadn't stretched it
I loved this hat! It fit perfectly on my head and was very warm. Unfortunately on my last trip to Zion I somehow stretched it too far and I heard stitching stretch too far. Now it sits awkwardly on my head and and slides around a lot. If I wash it and it goes back to the way it was before, I will give it 5 stars. However I don't think that will happen but we will see.
A little large on my head.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Bought this recently and this beanie is a little big. Not big as in won't fit my head, but big as in I can pull this hat down to cover my eyebrows and there is still some room on top. I can't say how warm this beanie is as I haven't wore it out yet, but with the fleece lining I will assume you won't have any issues with the cold.
Best used for casual to mild conditions
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
In my opinion, the hat is best used for casual to mild conditions. It will handle snow fall in small quantities and short duration but does eventually get wet if prolonged. It is extremely comfortable but is by no means wind or waterproof. However, since it doesn't claim to be, that is no surprise. The Granite is true to color on the website and fits great. Pulled down to just above eye level, the hat sits snug to the top of my head. Essentially, this hat is identical in fit and function to the Marmot Summit and Marmot Spike Beanie, both of which I have own/use. I am 5' 10", 155lbs, and wear a 7 3/8" Zephyr Fitted Baseball Hat for comparison.
light weight and comfy
This hat is a little thinner than what I had thought I was getting. That being said it is still quite comfortable. This beanie would not likely be warm enough for my noggin in temperatures below fifty degrees.
Honestly one of the best hats I own.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Bald head here. This hat is comfortable, covers my ears in a comfortable way and keeps my head warm without causing sweat. Really nothing more to ask for in a hat. The only negative I can think of is that it doesn't wear well with a 3 piece suit.
I shave my head, so when the weather gets cold warm hats are a must. I've been trying to find a good cold weather hat for quite some time and the shadows hat delivers the goods, well... heat that is. I wore this hat all last fall, winter, and spring. After a year of use it is still in great shape. I suspect that its partial wool construction aids in keeping odors at bay. I've only washed it once and only did because I figured it should see a washing machine at least once a year.
It fits my head very well. The elasticity around the base of the hat keeps it snugly on my head. I'm sure those of us who shave our heads can sympathize with how annoying it is when our heads is freshly shaven and the hat has a tendency to ride up past our ears. This is the only hat I've owned that doesn't have this problem. It's not totally windproof (I don't think I would want it to be), but it does block wind pretty well. Good enough for the activities I do. I never feel like my head is getting too cold, or that I need a better hat (like I have with most of my previous hats). If you are looking for a very well made hat you can't go wrong with this one.
Good quality, bad size
I like the hat a lot but my relatively small sized head (54 i think) is just a little to big after a year´s use. The hat dosent cover my ears completly any more ! but it still looks great after the hard use of over a year !
In the bright red color.
Picked this up on clearance and it is a very nice hat. Comfortable and very stretchy to fit your head snug but not with pressure. I like the wool material and it has a fleece inner band for comfort.
This hat has full ear coverage and typical Marmot quality.
I really like the Marmot Shadows hat. The microfleece lining and wool material will keep you warm, it is nice and light at just 2 ounces, and looks nice as well. I wear this hat for every day use and for hiking when the wind is reasonable.
I use the Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon when it is extremely cold or the wind is howling, but the Shadows is my go to hat for primary use.
Great hat, pretty warm
The wool is very comfortable, and the hat keeps me warm very well. It fits under a bike helmet just fine.
It only truly blocks wind around the ear/headband area. At temperatures below 30, you can feel the wind stealing some heat from the very top of your head. I have another biking hat for complete wind-stopping at such cold temperatures, and this Marmot hat does a great job at the slightly warmer temperatures, keeping me warm enough without overheating.
Warm and light.
Great wool hat, lighter than most. Blocks wind, nice fleece inner band. Fit is true ( I bought a large for my normal size noggin). Easy to stash.
The all purpose hat
I have lots and lots of hats, but this is the one I use most often. It is like my favorite camera and lens, I seem to always reach for the same one.
First of all, it is ALL wool. And wool is warm, breathable, and fast(ish) drying. I have poly-wool blends that are not nearly as warm.
Second, it is nice middle weight with a nice weave. I have heavier wool ski hats, but those are for extremes. The weave allows the hat to breathe in warmer weather but holds the heat when it gets chilly. This hat is really versatile: from cool weather down to 10F. If the north wind is blowing and it is below 10F, this is not the hat. Otherwise, it is great.
Third, it goes over my ears. I think I must have low slung ears and a big head or something, but a lot of hats don't cover my ear lobes. And that is like having socks that fall down when you hike. No good. This hat is over the ears.
Finally, it is really comfortable. The wool doesn't itch (I have wool sensitivity). And it doesn't bind.
Confession: I have 3 of these hats, in three distinct colors. That is how much I like this hat.
I got a great deal on my last one from Backcountry.Com. So I couldn't resist.
Marmot shadows hat
This is a nice comfortable hat. Breaths well. Like most beanies it isn't great for covering all of your ears. I don't have a particularly big head but this rides up a bit. I use it for running rather than skiing.
Last I checked, I think my cap size was about 7.75. Not a huge head, but not small either. This hat was able to cover my ears comfortably and keep them warm throughout my days on the slopes. Inner liner was nice and soft. Recommend.
Definitely not one-size-fits-all
Admittedly, I have a pretty big melon, but this thing did not even come close to fitting me comfortably. If you are lucky enough not to have a freakishly large head, the Shadows Hat is probably a good choice. It features typically high Marmot quality. One note, though: Backcountry's description indicates that this hat is "wool". The hat I received was 70% acrylic / 30% wool.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go cry myself to sleep on my huge pillow.
Not too thick, not too thin. Warm even on blustery windy days and it fits nicely under my bike helmet too.
The band around the ears is perfect.
I have a smallish head and the fit is a little loose but very comfortable without gathering or pulling.
Highly recommend, I am trying to decide on another color.
Cool, Warm, and thin
Warm, thin, and keeps your head cool. Pile rim keeps it in place. I wear a 7 5/8 hat, a big head. This hat does fit one size all. I wore this hat under my XL helmet all day at Breck/Vail. The orange cool is awesome. I bought the grey one after I got back. Its also great for everyday use and jogging in the AM.
Nice pile rim on the inside. Hat does not stink day after a long run or climb. Nice price.