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Gadling Gear Review: Winter hat and gloves
I like hats with earflaps because well, they keep your ears warm. Even though I've rabbited on much too much about how I love SmartWool, I didn't believe that the hat would not be itchy and that it would not keep the wind off. I was wrong, it's super soft and my ears did not itch. It totally gave me hat hair, but whatever, pretty much every one in my city has hat hair right now. As for warmth, it was a frigid 28 degrees F and I was pelted with freezing rain and I was certainly warm enough. Caveat -- I was wearing the hood to my parka to keep from getting too wet. I've been wearing this littlle hat regularly since the temperatures dropped. I only have one wish for it -- the braids on the ends of the earflaps are a little short. Sometimes, you want to tie those things up so your ears aren't covered. When I turn the earflaps up, they stick out and I look like Yoda. Not a good look.
SmartWool's Snowflake Pop hat is $45.00, the gloves are $35.00. They come in a couple of different colors -- a cranberry, a turquoise, and black. There are (ooooh!) matching socks, too, if you have to go all crazy with your winter accessories and need to match them all the way down to what's inside your boots. In short, good stuff for cold; you'll need more if you're going to be in wet weather.
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