OR - Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon - Alex Legg
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Mountain Hard Wear Men's Dome Perignon beanie
Owner Review by Alex Legg
October 10, 2011
Name: Alex Legg
Height: 6'4" (1.9 m)
Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
Hat size: 7 1/8
Head circumference: 21.5" (55 cm)
Email address: alexlegg2 AT yahoo DOT com
City, State, Country: Tucson, Arizona, USA
I grew up backpacking in the Rockies. I hike ranges near Tucson, Arizona during winter, Colorado during summer. I carry a light pack, mostly water. I tend to camp with a tarp whenever possible to reduce the weight of my two person tent. Primarily I do day hikes, but I am known to spend 5 days out. Temperatures range from extreme winter to 100 F (38 C), and elevation from 2000' (600 m) to 14,000' (4,300 m). I bag a mountain every weekend, and walk my dogs daily through deep sand and overgrown mesquite trees in our local washes.
Product Information and Specifications:
Manufacturer: Mountain Hardwear
Year of manufacture: 2010
Listed weight: 2 oz (57 g)
Actual weight: 1.8 oz (51g)
Size / circumference: S-7
Available sizes / circumference: S-21, M-22 1/4, L-23 3/4, XL-25
Available colors: Sapphire, Titanium, Black, Jungle, Thunderbird red
The Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon is a windproof beanie with a fleece-lined ear band. It is supposed to be breathable as well, but that is something I cannot agree with. The Polartec Thermal Pro fleece allows for this hat to be worn in extremely cold conditions, but not much else. The beanie has two flaps that extend down to cover both ears completely. The Mountain Hardwear logo appears on the front so there will be no confusing it with another company.
This beanie has been in my possession for over a year now and it has experienced some very cold environments. It was my main head gear while in the Colorado winter at high elevation. It kept my head warm and toasty as long as the temperature did not exceed 40 F (4 C). I completed many trails and bagged many peaks in temperatures from -15 F (26 C) to 40 F (4 C), and elevation from 7,000' (2,134 m) to 13,000 ' (3,962 m).
The Dome Perignon is a really warm piece of hear gear. It is the warmest thing I have ever found. It is so warm in fact, that if water is not freezing outside, then I won't wear it. I don't think there is really any breathability at all despite what the manufacturer claims. I will start to sweat while sedentary in anything over 40 F (4 C).
I seem to have a lot of trouble hearing while wearing this beanie, which is not always the best thing when I'm out alone in the backcountry. I often find myself stopping and lifting the ear flaps just to get a sense of what's going on around me.
As far asa the wind stopping ability that the product claims, I have to agree. It stops even the most violent of wind gusts and they whip through the mountains. I can't hear the wind whirling anymore, but at least my ears aren't turning red.
The hat also fits me a bit too snug. I fall in between two sizes, so its always a crap shoot as to whether or not a particular company's product will fit me. This hat is not too tight to wear, but I definitely notice how good it feels to take it off after a few hours. I don't know if the medium size would have been better, I just figured a little too tight is better than a little too big when it comes to winter head gear.
The Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon is a bad ass beanie for super cold conditions. I had no issues with getting cold in the sub freezing days and nights of a Colorado winter. The ear flaps are a good feature that allow my ears to be kept warm and this is nice. They also allow me a quick way to hear what's going on around me by flipping them up.
The wind stopping ability is great. No issues here, it does exactly what it is supposed to do.
This is not a cool weather hat. If the ice is not forming outside, then I leave this thing at home. I'm not very excited about sweating in winter.
1. Extremely warm.
2. Completely wind proof.
3. Ear flaps are great as long as you don't mind looking like an elf.
1. Can be excessively warm.
2. I can't hear a dang thing while wearing it.
3. Mine is a little too tight.
- --- In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, "alex" <alexlegg2@...> wrote:
>Funny, I said that about six years ago...
> I can't seem to stop writing owner reviews.
(Keep 'em coming Alex)
- Well keep them coming Alex. ORs are an important part of BGT.
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- Hi Alex,
You get me yet again my friend. You know the drill by now. Please correct the following edits and REPOST here along with putting a corrected version in the test folder.
EDIT: your link is not clickable
***Listed weight: 2 oz (57 g)
EDIT: your price and listed weight does not match the manufacturer's. Please adjust them.
***Size / circumference: S-7
EDIT: if you want to list the circumference you need to state that it is inches, plus you need the metric conversion. Personally I would just leave it at the size.
***Available colors: Sapphire, Titanium, Black, Jungle, Thunderbird red
EDIT: these don't match either. Where did you get these specs?
*** The Polartec Thermal Pro fleece allows for this hat to be worn in extremely cold conditions, but not much else.
EDIT: You need to change this to say that you don't find it useful outside of extreme cold as others may certainly find it useful for other conditions. (I have one.) To tell the truth it would be better to just describe the hat here, and put the complaints in the Performance section.
***The beanie has two flaps that extend down to cover both ears completely.
EDIT: it doesn't really have flaps. It swoops down at the sides and around the back to provide coverage for the ears.
***and elevation from 7,000' (2,134 m) to 13,000 ' (3,962 m).
EDIT: 13,000' (you have a space before the `)
*** I don't think there is really any breathability at all despite what the manufacturer claims. I will start to sweat while sedentary in anything over 40 F (4 C).
Comment: I think you are confusing breathability with warmth. My down coat is highly breathable yet I will sweat right away at 40 F in it. Breathable just means that water "vapor" will transfer through it. Sweat can't get past the AirShield (which you don't mention in the description) which is the wind-proof membrane in the fleece.
***As far asa the wind stopping ability that the product claims,
EDIT: As far "as"
*** I fall in between two sizes, so its always a crap shoot
***The Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon is a bad ass beanie
EDIT: bad-ass (although I would not use that word myself in a review)
*** I had no issues with getting cold in the sub freezing days
***3. Ear flaps are great as long as you don't mind looking like an elf.
Comment: I don't get it. Elf ears are pointed and you can't see your ears with this.