Archival Insulation

[Originally written in my new “Anablog,” a Pantone universe orange notebook.]

Household dependence on a baseboard heater w/insufficient wattage has made it necessary for me to wear a third sweater layer and wool hat as part of my emerging, outdoor-indoor wardrobe. Though I blogged about merino beanies, I actually prefer a wool cycling cap for indoor wear. In top rotation at the moment are three models new to me this year: my Paula Deer for Winter Bicycles “aviator style ” hat (brilliant for total ear coverage), my red wool Vanilla Bicycles cap (super low profile), and my Walz cap (in a jaunty plaid).

I don’t own a Woolistic Sputnik cap but it’s definitely on my ’09 wishlist (promising the total integration of hat, head and hair).

8 thoughts on “Archival Insulation”

  1. I wore my Paula Deer reversible wool/cotton aviator cap for a 200K perm last weekend and it performed beautifully – my ears were never cold and my head was never too warm. As an added benefit, my husband thinks its cute, which is not his general opinion of my cycling gear . . . .

  2. Now that I’ve discovered the full range of the adjustable nob on the back of my bicycle helmet I’m starting to explore the intended use of these caps–for wear UNDER a bicycle helmet. I haven’t tried out the Paula Deer/Winter cap under the helmet (per you) but the Walz cap fits nicely.. Perhaps we need to organize for a special Oregon Rando/Paula Deer cycling cap (w/a Winter Bicycles bicycle tie-in).

    Photos of you wearing the Paula Deer aviator hat on your perm?

  3. I’ve worn a Woolistic Sputnik for the last couple of winters and really like it. Very similar to the one offered by Smartwool, except that it is a double layer. I don’t usually put it on until it gets down to 40° F. Over that, up to about the mid 50s, a Walz wool cap does the job.

  4. I should add that I also have the basic Smartwool beanie, which is a little thin for really cold days, and a little too big. I also recently acquired an Icebreaker double layer wool beanie that I like quite a bit. Although it is not nearly as stylish as the Paula Deer, it works well in temps that are a little too warm for the aviator cap.

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