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You should trust a hat modeled after the native wears of one of the most mountainous and cold regions of South America.

Lower the earflaps of this Outdoor Research Peruvian Hat and listen closely; do you hear the Andean panpipes beckoning? This cold-weather, winter hat —made from Gore WindStopper fleece — features a truncated top with long earflaps and a chin cord to pull the Peruvian snug when the wind tries to steal your heat away. The two-dimensional design with Elastane trim is very compact and durable; you can stuff this hat in your pocket when the sun warms you and have it handy again when the temperatures drop.

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5 5

Great Hat

It is very warm as its stated. It also blocks the wind as everyone else has said. One of my favorite things about it is that its thin. It makes it much easy to fit under my hood on my jacket.

4 5


Its thin but warm and windproof.

3 5

I like it.

Kind of goofy but a nice hat. I agree with others that the windstopper fabric can make hearing a little difficult. It kind of swishes over the ear a bit when you move. I wear the ear flaps folded up when I don't need them (Elmer Fudd hunting cap style). I've worn with flaps down for an active 5 degree workout and with flaps up for warmer weather. I have a smallish head, 7 1/8 or 7 1/4 hat size) and the medium fits well.

5 5

hightly recommend this hat!

i bought this hat right before my christmas ski trip. two of the days out there the temperature was in the single digits, wind chills around -20, and this hat kept my ears and head warm the whole time. this is an amazing hat! the fit is a little weird though. i got the large, and its a little too deep in my opinion and fits kinda tight around, but its pretty stetchy so no discomfort from all-day wear. overall a great buy!

5 5

Surprisingly warm

I bought this for my bf, at first he didn't seem interested in it --- I think he thought since it was so thin it wouldn't be warm... but he wore it, he loves it! We had temperatures of negative 15 earlier this month, he wore it shoveling snow and walking the dog, and it served him well. He said it was very warm and kept the wind out. I admit, it's a goofy looking hat, but when it's negative double digits - who cares!!

4 5

Dig It!

Great hat and keeps ears and head warm and blocks the wind. My size medium fits my head fine, but there is what seems like excess fabric making it seem i have a cone head... I might just have an odd shaped head....

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i also have a medium sized head, and there was excess material at the top...making my head slightly coned shape. I wouldn't have this problem if I didn't wear glasses.

Without glasses and pulled down all the way, the cone shape is gone, but the hat ends right over my eyebrow.

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correction: when pulled down all the way, the material goes past my eyes. maybe i should get one size smaller.

5 5

My favorite hat!

1. Folds down to nothing.
2. Covers base of skull, ears, & forehead.
3. Drawstring type closure
4. Does not "squeeze" your head.
5. Fits under hood, and a knit cap will fit under it, too! Great for layering.

Just a great effective hat, great design. You can fold it up easily, or pull it over your ears. I bought two.

4 5

Great hat

I bought this hat knowing it would be a bit thin and it was. I had intended to use it primarily for high intensity activities such as cross country skiing and snowshoeing and maybe shoulder season hiking. However, while it'll be great for those things, I can see that I'll be using it for biking more than anything else. It's light weight makes it perfect for under a helmet and it's warm enolugh to keep the cold and wind off your head and ears on the those chilly rides when it's just fine otu pedaling if you head is warm.

I'm pleased.

5 5

Great Hat

Just spent a week at Rogers Pass BC in -10F . Great hat for climbing as it is not to warm yet the windstopper is a must . Really like the strechy snug fit . For the price , throw one in your pack .

5 5

Light and Warm

The material in this hat is not very thick, but its perfect for high intensity exercise when a thicker hat would make you sweat. When I get overheated, I flip up the ear warmers and keep on truckin. Good ear and neck coverage. On sunny days a cap with a bill can be worn over it. I use this hat much more than I ever thought I would. Highly recommend.

5 5

Fits like a glove... for my head... like a headglove... without the fingers...

I have a fat head so a large worked perfect for me. For comparison, I wear a Shoei motorcycle helmet in large.

This thing is toasty warm. Windstopper stops wind. As a side-effect, it also muffles sound some. I kinda wish OR had perforated the earflaps for better hear-ability. Then again, that'd let some cold in... I guess the R&D guys had an idea on what would be best.

I also look kinda goofy sportin' the Peruvian look but who gives a flyin' Machu Picchu, I'm hella comfy.

5 5

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Fits great. Very thin, but very warm.

Hello all: I am curious about the sizing...

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Hello all: I am curious about the sizing on this hat. If anyone who has purchased and/or tried this hat on could aid me in this area, I would be grateful. I am 6'1" and 200 lbs. My head is perhaps a bit large for my body, but not by much I certainly am not Charlie Browning it. Thanks.

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Hey Shane,

I'm about the same size as you and wear a size Large in the Peruvian Hat.

5 5

Super Light

I love this hat. It covers the side of your face and neck. This hat is super light and the windstopper in it is great for that ice cold wind in the mountains.

5 5


I've found this hat works in most circumstances from skiing to under a climbing helmet. The Windstopper certainly does cut down the wind, but as with all membranes reduces breathability somewhat and hearing as well (though you can just fold one of the flaps of if you need to catch what someone is saying). I found the sizing to run slightly small and went with a large instead of a medium. I can get it to come down to my eyes (if I try), but it is cut in such a way that it never does this on it's own. Having the larger size also lets me put a lighter liner hat underneath (Arc'teryx LTW Beanie in my case) and fits perfectly.

When would you expect a medium in black...

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When would you expect a medium in black to be in stock? How would it fit under a climbing helmet?

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The best thing is to get on "live chat" and as them the expected arrival date of these hats. Really the fit depends on how much wiggle room you have but they really normally fit well underneath climbing helmets.

3 5

Good wind breaker

In general, it is a good hat - impervious to wind. There are few issues I have about it, though:

1. Because of the wind membrane, it cuts down on hearing big time.
2. If very cold - one may need a liner beanie for layering/insulation.
3. On snowy days the stitched OR logo on the forehead leaks after a while. Nowhere else, but in that spot the water seeps in.
4. If working hard, it gets a bit wet on the inside due to poor breathability.

5 5

Luv it

Love the hat, use it for Cross country skiing and back country snowshoeing. The weather conditions were from near 0 degree F very windy conditions to 30 degrees F and sunny. The hat stops the wind! It is light weight and I love the ear flaps that can quickly be raised or lowered keeping them warm.

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