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Ibex Skimmer Cap : A Thin All-Season Lid

Ibex's Skimmer Skull Cap was designed with cyclists and active folks in mind. It's thin enough to fit easily under a helmet; it wicks like crazy, so it's ideal under a hood or thicker hat in really cold weather; and it's light enough to be worn on merely cool days--for running or hiking. That's all great, but there are other reasons I love wearing it.

First, I love the super soft, super thin, double-layer wool. It's so smooth and delicate--it feels like fine-weave cotton. I also love the fit of this unisex lid; the cap has a thick band around the base of the hat for a nice form-fitting style that isn't tight. It stays in place without that snugness that too many athletic hats have.

The wool is so super thin and so effective at wicking and breathing that I can (and do) wear this hat year-round. In fact, it's so comfortable that I often forget I'm wearing it when I come inside. It's not until I'm getting ready for bed, and I look in the bathroom mirror that I realize it's still on!

Since it never gets too cold here in Seattle, I can wear this hat alone all winter, and I'm covered just down to my earlobes -- the perfect length on a hat for me. I take my hiking and power walks seriously, but I still like to show off my earrings every now and then.

Available for men and women in black, brown, blue, and red. One size.

Bottom Line : This is one of those must-have outdoor, fitness, and travel gear items. So many uses in so many conditions.--E.D. (Dec. 08)

Price : $30 purchase now at , click here to purchase at Amazon

Manufacturer's Site:  www.ibex.com

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.