Alpine Fit Merino Wool Lined Headband
Colours: Sea to Sky, Tree Light, Summit Horizon, Stone Marble, Chugach Dusk, Purple Mountain
Size: One Size
Price: $30 USD
Alpine Fit has combined an inner fabric made of 100% merino wool and a wicking polyester fabric as it's outer. The merino wool is ethically sourced and the wicking polyester printed fabric is made from 86% recycled fabric. The polyester fabric also has 14% stretch to accommodate different head sizes. The headband has a 19 inch circumference and and is made in Alaska.
I was super excited to receive this headband and had a difficult time deciding on which print to get. The colour choices are all amazing and so stylish! I finally decided on the Summit Horizon pattern because I wear a lot of blue and did not regret it for one minute. I am thinking the Sea to Sky might be next!
The headband covers my larger-than-average forehead and fits comfortably around my head circumference. I don't ever feel any tension and I am sensitive to headwear that is 'too tight'. The dual fabric is soft, smooth, and stretchy. The website does not show the width of this headband so I measured it: 3.5 inches wide.
In winter conditions, my ears were never cold. My head was able to vent heat and I felt comfortable and warm around my ears. The headband was able to cut the wind and was able to wick any moisture from my sweat glands.
The headband is indeed lightweight and packs up small. I love how it can be stashed in anywhere: Easily fits in a pocket, hip belt pocket, or pack.
Although I never tried this, the headband looks like it can be easily reversed and worn with the merino wool side out. I always preferred to have the print side out but it could be done!
Comparing this headband to other brands I have tried like Buff, Icebreaker and Patagonia, I can hands down say that this one is my absolute favourite! It hits the mark when it comes to keeping the ears cozy but being able to regulate heat as well as adding a stylish pattern to it's look. I love it for all my winter aerobic pursuits. I would get one ASAP!
To be honest, I normally can find something I don't like about a product, but in this case I can't identify one! This one is a keeper! I need more!
Best uses: Nordic skiing, winter hiking, running, or under a climbing/biking helmet!
Full disclosure: Alpine Fit sent me this headband for the purpose of this review. I definitely would have bought this headband regardless I love it that much!