What kind of headwear does a fellow sport for the schizophrenic late spring weather of the Roaring Fork Valley?
In a single day, you might get bluebird skies, warm sunny temps, a snow storm, some rain, a little dust, frigid mountain winds, or any combination thereof.
The creative folks at Tilley have come up with one solution with their Ivy Cap, which I’ve been sporting in recent weeks of odd mountain weather. It looks like a common flat cap, with woven wool, a rounded back and small stiff brim front. But it has a few key features suiting it for mountain life.
I’m not the most fashion-forward guy in town, and my headwear for years has been limited to simple winter beanies and an unraveling New York Yankees baseball hat from the 1996 World Series. So I’ve endured some newsroom jabs about donning the stylish Ivy Cap and it making me look like a cab driver or a shepherd without a flock.
But it has been ideal for a quick change when the weather goes from warm to wintry in a Colorado minute. Tilley has added a key feature, a quilt lining with discreet tuck-away ear warmers. You can pop them out and cover your ears when the temp drops, and then put them away and let your lobes fly when it warms up again.
This nifty add-on is among the 21st century bells and whistles that Tilley has added to this classic cap. There’s also a secret pocket, internal size adjustments, and a Swiss interior technology called “c_change,” which is allegedly a waterproof and windproof membrane inside the hat that reacts to temperature.
“Similar to pine cones,” an explanatory tag on the hat explains, “it closes when exposed to cold and opens in response to warmth.”
With those specs, Tilley has been marketing a line of “Tilley Endurables” like this one for winter sports, such as skiing and snowshoeing, to keep your ears warm without compromising your style. The way this stormy late spring is shaping up, I may be playing in the snow with my Ivy Cap for awhile yet.
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