Black Rock Gear Down Hat


Yep, there are still more ways for me to lighten up, and one way is by tossing in my Mountain Hardwear boggin for something lighter, yet still efficient. So, what better way to do this than by going with the Black Rock Gear Down hat! So, after a few emails with Evan from BRG I decided on the size medium and placed my order. Then a mere 3 days later, it was in my mailbox…So, here are the details from the Black Rock Gear site:

  • -0.9 oz Ultralite Ripstop 20d (1.05oz/yd with DWR Coating)
  • Insulation: 900 Fill Power Grey Goose Down
  • Liner Materials: Dryline (Elastic Stretch Polyester)
  • Thread: Gutermann 100% polyester
  • High quality 50d Damask Woven Labels

Even though my head measures 22-1/4″ I went with the size medium (suggested 20 – 22″). Once the hat arrived, I quickly threw it on my scale and it weighed in at 0.9 oz (25 g), which allowed me to drop 1.5 oz off of my boggin weight!

But anyway, without getting into too much more, here is the video that I shot the other day showing off the hat…

So, there are 2 things that I want to hit on one more time before I close this post out.

  1. Black Rock Gear customer service ROCKS!
  2. The Black Rock Gear down hat ROCKS!

So, I think that pretty much sums it up. If you are thinking about getting a new hat, I highly suggest checking out the Black Rock Gear down hats. Until then, thanks for taking the time to read my post and for watching my video. If you have any comments please feel free to leave them below.


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My blog is essentially a record of my hiking career. Through it, I, and others, can see how I have evolved from a heavy weight backpacker, to a smarter, more efficient, lightweight backpacker. Through the use of video, still photos, and of course writing, one can see my progression, as well as check out some of the places I hike, and not to mention some cool, lightweight gear options. For me, my blog is a journal, but for others, I hope that it is an interactive learning tool to aid them in their own progression towards lightweight backpacking.
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8 Responses to Black Rock Gear Down Hat

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  3. Randy says:

    I’ve worn mine into the 30s on just a few nights and really loved it so far. I’ve never worn it directly against my head (I keep a shaved noggin), but always over a Buff or balaclava. I’ll eager to give it more use and see how I like it long-term. I read a ton of good reviews on it before buying one.


    • Stick says:


      This will be my 2nd winter with it and I can’t wait to get it out more! I got to use it some on our recent hike, but I am looking for more…



  4. Tinkerbell says:

    The sewn-through construction, small squares, and little insulation all played a role. It’s all good in concept, but I just don’t think it works for this kind of application. The hat is a beautiful piece of art and made very well, but it wasn’t functional as far as I’m concerned. I tried it numerous times and I opted with a very simple fleece hat which was just as light or lighter and could take an abundance of abuse where otherwise a down hat made of thin pertex was questionable. I’m not sure this kind of hat could be improved. If wanted down on my head, I just opt for a down balaclava which is far warmer.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks again for your input. I guess I will have to wait until this winter before I can see how it does for me. Looking forward to it though. I have been eyeballing those micro-fleece boggins at ZPacks to though. Something like $12 and 0.8 oz-ish…



  5. Tinkerbell says:

    I bought one and ended up selling it. Way too breezy. Never felt warm. It was like a plastic baggie on my head.


    • Stick says:


      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I must say that unfortunately, I have not been able to use my hat in the cold yet since it has been quite warm here. However, just wearing the hat inside is a little warm, but I understand that that is a long way away from actually being used in the cold. Where did the wind feel like it was coming through? Was it through the actual material, or around the opening? Also, did it not feel warm because of the breezes?



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