The headline is a bit misleading, but it still holds merit. This morning when I put my feet into my boots and put on my trusty Stormy Kromer jacket I had to decide between my toque or my Stormy Kromer hat, the wind was too cold and too strong for my ball cap. In the end I opted for the Stormy Kromer hat, it had a loss guarantee from Stormy Kromer and besides that it functioned as the ball cap I wanted to wear but offered the warmth of the toque.
Those of you who are from the more Southern latitudes will be wondering what a toque is, think knit hat or beanie and you have the picture. While pretty good in the snow most offer no sun protection for your face like a billed hat does, and a billed hat is the type that gets blown off your head and offers no warmth. Stormy Kromer checks off all the boxes so it’s what gets worn when the wind is up and the chill is down.
If you’re a high latitude sailor or hunter chances are you probably know what a Stormy Kromer hat is, those below 45N who wear them are mostly the younger crowd who see it as a fashion statement rather than necessary gear. The fashion thing I get, but I’m more of a function guy, Stormy Kromer definitely has some pretty fashionable offerings but man it’s the go to function wise.
As a technical fabric nothing beats good old fashioned wool sheared from actual sheep to keep you warm and happy, wet or dry. I’m not talking about sublimated dye patterned polyester, I’m talking dyed in the wool gear for outdoor activity. It reminds me of the difference between my old summer dress white uniform and my dress blues, the dress whites were polyester, and my dress blues were wool. I definitely preferred the dress blues on watch or out on liberty over the dress whites. Did I mention that Stormy Kromer is made in the US, can you say that about your hat or jacket?
It’s true that when you buy a Stormy Kromer hat that you can go on their website and register that hat to take advantage of the free replacement program. If you lose your Stormy Kromer they’ll replace it for free for one year, that’s how sure they are of their product and it’s ability. Stormy Kromer makes a pretty good toque as well, their women’s mohair and wool blend beanie is my favorite because it’s so soft. Who cares if it’s made for women? I wear it when the snow drifts high and the days are dark and short, it doesn’t make my head itch after wearing it all day like an acrylic hat does. My Stormy Kromer coat and vest are about as good as it gets, and the Stormy Kromer hat selection is large enough that I always have something that looks as good as it works.
I get my Stormy Kromer gear at The Gun Room Inc., but I really haven’t had to get any since 1994 with the exception of a couple of new styles of SK hats. My originals are still working as good today as back when I first bought them all those years ago.
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The Gun Room Inc.
5537 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, Oregon 97206