REVISED OWNER REVIEW - Black Rock 'Sportsman' Down Beanie
- Black Rock 'Sportsman' Down Beanie
BY PETER RAIFF
November 16, 2012
NAME: Peter Raiff
LOCATION: North Adams, Massachusetts, US
HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 180 lb (81.60 kg)
I consider myself a lightweight backpacker that is tending towards Ultra Light.
I hike with a typical overnight pack weight of 15-20 lbs (6.8-9.1 kg) and a
multi-day weight of 20-25 lbs (9.1-11.3 kg). I am a, experienced and dedicated
hammock camper that enjoys spending time in the outdoors with my family and
Manufacturer: Black Rock Gear
Year of Manufacture: 2011
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.blackrockgear.com/"
LINK TEXT = "Black Rock Gear">>
Listed Weight: 1.09 oz (31 g)
Other details: Size Large, head size 21-23.5 in
I decided that I wanted a down hat for winter camping, and being in the North
East with the unpredictable weather in the mountains, I wanted a waterproof hat.
Then I ran across the Black Rock <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.blackrockgear.com/sportsman.html" LINK TEXT = "Sportsman">>! This
hat fit all of the requirements that I wanted: lightweight, warm, waterproof,
and blaze orange for safety in hunting season.
I have worn this hat between 30-40 nights on the trail, camping in all types of New England weather in temperatures ranging from 50°F
(10°C) to -5°F (-20°C). Most of my trips that I worn the hat has been during the winter in windy and/or snowy conditions on hikes to places like Stratton Pond in Vermont. The Sportsman has proven to be an extremely warm and water resistant beanie. As I am a hammock camper and use a top quilt instead of a mummy bag, I even sleep in my Sportsman during the winter weather to keep my head warm. The Sportsman works well in cool fall weather as well. I have worn it on many cool nights on Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts. I roll the bottom edge of the hat up a little bit to regulate how warm the hat is, and that makes a real difference if I find that my head is getting too hot. I have also found that due to its waterproof shell that it does not breath very well (the shell acts as a vapor barrier), so I cannot wear it while hiking as my head quickly overheats and gets sweaty.
Available Colors (From <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.blackrockgear.com/"
LINK TEXT = "Black Rock Gear">>)
Hunters Orange - A brilliant Orange fabric that showcases the unique fill
qualities of the down with its semi-translucent sheen.
Expedition Black - A beautiful run of black double sil coated nylon. The deep
sheen gives this Black Rock Hat a stunning and impressive look.
This is a great hat if you are looking for warmth, lightweight, and packability.
THINGS I LIKE
Available in Blaze Orange
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Not very breathable. (Acts as a vapor barrier)
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*** I am a, experienced and dedicated hammock camper that enjoys spending time in the outdoors with my family and dogs.
EDIT: I am "an" experienced and dedicated hammock camper
***Listed Weight: 1.09 oz (31 g)
EDIT: I see it listed in Large as 30 g. Was yours different?
EDIT: you also need to list the actual weight, taken by you. If you don't have a scale (yet) you can take it to the post office and use the one at the self-serve packing center.
***Other details: Size Large, head size 21-23.5 in
EDIT: you need Metric (or Imperial) conversions for all measurements, weights, distances, etc.
***Then I ran across the Black Rock <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE -
"http://www.blackrockgear.com/sportsman.html" LINK TEXT = "Sportsman">>!
EDIT: you don't need the link again, just up in the product info.
This hat fit all of the requirements that I wanted: lightweight, warm, waterproof,
and blaze orange for safety in hunting season.
EDIT: OK, that is a good start. Now you need to write a description of the hat in your own words. (Not pasted from the company website.) If you want to shoot me an email (rayestrella AT hotmail DOT com) I will send you the new lessons that explain it much better than the current ones do. Or take a look at some existing reviews from veteran writers and look at how they handled it.
***Most of my trips that I worn the hat has been during the winter
EDIT: Most of "the" trips that I "have" worn the hat "have" been during the winter
*** I even sleep in my Sportsman during the winter weather to keep my
EDIT: delete "weather"
***Available Colors (From <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.blackrockgear.com/"
LINK TEXT = "Black Rock Gear">>)
Please delete the link. We only allow the top level URL as product links change too often. In fact your color is not even available as I edit this, so just remove all the color info and let the reader see what is available themselves.
***This is a great hat if you are looking for warmth, lightweight, and packability.
Comment: you like its packability yet there is no mention of it in the review. How do you stuff it? Into a pocket or just shoved in the pack? How small does it get to? That would be good info to include.
***Available in Blaze Orange
EDIT: since it is not available this needs to be removed. Or changed to: Was able to get it in Blaze Orange