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- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: N/A
- Height: 5'4"
- Weight: 128lbs
I can't believe that I am about to write a review for an Arcteryx item I am disappointed with, I usually rave about their quality and design.
When I write a review I work really hard to write out both pros and cons in order to paint a fair representation of the product, but unfortunately in this case, the positive attributes are few and far between.
I bought this hat as an all-around piece for winter, thinking it was cute for casual wear but would work well for SkiMo and Cross-country skiing as well. I wish I could say that I put the hat through the wringer, but after wearing it for only a couple of hours on a light snowy day skinning up the mountain it stretched out so much that I wasn't able to wear it after I stopped for lunch because it kept sliding down my face (thank goodness I had a back up hat in my pack).
Furthermore, the material is scratchy. Without trying to sound like a material elitist, I struggle to understand why higher- end brands are using so many synthetic petroleum based materials like acyrlic in pieces like hats in lieu of wool? I would rather pay a few extra dollars to have a hat that keeps its shape, is warmer, and lasts longer with a natural fiber.
Hopefully the experience I had with this hat is exclusive to me, but I sadly couldn't recommend this hat to anyone.