Outdoor Research Peruvian Hat

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Description

This classic hat protects your face with soft fleece earflaps; the Outdoor Research Peruvian Hat combines windproof, all-mountain protection with soft fleece insulation. The chin cord will keep the earflaps tied overhead when the sun is shining.

Specifications

  • WINDSTOPPER Technical Fleece
  • Four-panel crown construction
  • Long earflaps with chin cord and cordlock
  • Elastane trim

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

47 Reviews

Pros
  • Ease of use: 9
  • Lasts forever: 2
  • Great design: 12
  • Great value: 12

Cons
  • muffles sounds: 1
  • runs a little large in size.: 1
  • sizing range: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.7 / 5
Warmth: 4.4 / 5

47 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
ProDogWalker
from HH, NY
45-54 yrs

Very good wind stopper
January 04, 2014

I use this hat when the wind is real cold and blowing hard and when my OR Gradient hat won't do the job. It does a great job at stopping the wind and keeping my bald head and my ears warm considering it is so thin and light weight. Very easy to fold up and keep in my jacket pocket when I need to switch hats while I'm out for a long period of time and the wind picks up. The only downside is that it muffles sounds a bit and makes it a little hard to hear, other than that it is worth the money.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: muffles sounds
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
Warmpaws
from Maryland
25-34 yrs

bombproof hat
January 26, 2011

I used to own a nearly identical hat from MH, windstopper and all, that grew legs and is lost. When looking for a replacement this was the only one I could find that had windstopper, earflaps, a drawstring, and just plain fleece. OR certainly did not spare form over function, this is not for the vain. However when I had it on around 10F and active I was almost hot. I have a pretty big head, large or XL for ball caps and so on. The large is a tad loose but doesn't compromise warmth. According to their measurements the M would have been a little too snug. An XL with the sizing spaced closer together would remedy this, but that is the only fault I have with this piece of gear. And while I don't find it to be a fault your hearing is muffled a decent amount. So if you already have sub-par hearing you might want to try it out before dancing with traffic on your bike.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value, Cons: sizing range
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Magpie3
top1000Contributor

from Texas

I love this hat!
December 10, 2012

I love my hat! I got the purple and black, and it looks very nice. It keeps my head warm without being sweaty or itchy, and it stays in place very well. This is important because sometimes winter hats shift which pulls my hair to different places and ends up leaving me very uncomfortable. Not a problem here. I have a 22.5 inch head and ordered the large. I wouldn't mind if there was a smidgen more room, but it fits just like it should. If I fold the earflaps up to take the hat off and put it on, then I can keep from messing up my hair at work, which is nice. I love the chin strap because it helps keep it in place plus it holds the earflaps down, although they are slightly cupped too. When I was out in the very chilly strong wind, the only part of my head that was cold was my cheeks and nose. My ears couldn't feel a thing. I usually make my own hats, and bought this one because I didn't have enough time to make an earflap hat, but I am glad because this is my favorite very-cold weather hat now, plus it looks cute.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Stops the wind as advertised......
November 13, 2009

The hat will stop the wind, however I live in Grand Forks, ND and the winters are very cold. Because it doesn't have any fleece for a liner I will need to wear another hat under it. My other OR hat is the alpine hat...warmer but let's the wind in......

Wind-proof & warm (mostly)
October 14, 2009

This hat is wind-proof and warm. It protects my ears from the cold wind. The fleece isn't as thick as the WindStopper fleece on the Outdoor Research Gorilla Balaclava, also sold by Altrec. This one is great for the fall or active winter; I wouldn't want to sit outside for long in a Minnesota winter with this one, though. Overall, I'd recommend it.

Fantastic Design & Materials
August 26, 2007

Comfortable, warm, functional - the flaps cover your ears and almost entire chin, giving great wind protection - also sheds water. Still light and thin enough to be worn under a brimmed hat, such as a Snoqualmie Sombrero. Add a neck gaiter and you're ready for Vinson Massif

Great Hat
March 11, 2008

I have never had my head and ears so warm when the windchill was -37. It weighs practically nothing and keeps my head and ears toasty warm. FINALLY I can keep my head warm.

kiwi
from Lansing, MI

So light, so warm
November 07, 2010

It's getting colder these days and Michigan is windy. I wear this hat when I go jogging early in the morning. It's so light and I feel so warm. No more headache. I would like to see how it works in January. The size s is a little tight for me (I don't have a big head), but the price is a bargain.

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 3 / 5
BigBoomer
45-54 yrs

small light and warm
December 06, 2010

For the most part I like this hat, it’s small, light, dries quickly, warm and blocks the wind. As with any winter hat there is a certain amount of goofiness in appearance, but this is fairly minimal with this hat as it does not tend to ride up and create the bubble head look. My main disappointment is with the chin strap. I hate having things dangling in front of my neck and the line and cord lock attached to the ear flaps does just that. Putting the cord lock behind my head pulled on the flaps just enough to give me winglets over my ears. Once I come to terms with that cord lock or cut it off, I’m sure I’ll like the hat that much more. The Large fit my fat (7 3/4) head.

Can't go wrong with OR
March 14, 2007

Nice hat, fits well. Can be worn for long periods and protects from the wind well. Go for it..

Peruvian hat review
November 12, 2007

It's the warmest hat I've ever owned, I use it while riding my motorcycle at temps down to 20F, under a half helmet!!! It's great and looks cool too!!!

Superb fit and function
January 21, 2008

Great cold-weather design. The Large was perfectly sized for my noggin. Compared to earlier versions of this hat from OR, the material today is softer, but just as wind resistant. Chin strap keeps wind away from ears and ensures warm cheeks.

Great Night Cap
December 02, 2009

I sleep out a lot, often in May and into October, in the Adirondacks in NY, barely 100 miles from Canada. Gets pretty nippy, and though sleeping bag has a hood of sorts, keeping that on one's head is a challenge. This tie down, whole head and ear covering Peruvian hat makes an ideal nightcap. It is thin, soft, not too warm but keeps the chill off, and stays on your head no matter the tossing and turning.

Works well in 40degF conditions
February 12, 2010

My head measured abt 22.75", bought Retro Red/M, quite a snug fit, maybe L would be better but M works. Colour is as pictured. Very good coverage for the ears, windproof. Material is light and thin thus easy to keep in jacket/pants pocket. Kept me warm in 40degF but might need something thicker for conditions below 32degF.

Good size
January 23, 2010

Very roomy for my big head! Wish the cord was longer, though. Great mid-weight winter hat...

Magpie3
from Texas

I love this hat!
December 10, 2012

I love my hat! I got the purple and black, and it looks very nice. It keeps my head warm without being sweaty or itchy, and it stays in place very well. This is important because sometimes winter hats shift which pulls my hair to different places and ends up leaving me very uncomfortable. Not a problem here. I have a 22.5 inch head and ordered the large. I wouldn't mind if there was a smidgen more room, but it fits just like it should. If I fold the earflaps up to take the hat off and put it on, then I can keep from messing up my hair at work, which is nice. I love the chin strap because it helps keep it in place plus it holds the earflaps down, although they are slightly cupped too. When I was out in the very chilly strong wind, the only part of my head that was cold was my cheeks and nose. My ears couldn't feel a thing. I usually make my own hats, and bought this one because I didn't have enough time to make an earflap hat, but I am glad because this is my favorite very-cold weather hat now, plus it looks cute.

Pros: Great value, warm, stylish, blocks wind

Very nice!
November 06, 2006

This hat is just what I was looking for. The windstopper is great! THis isn't a very thick hat, but if your active it is perfect.

Warmth and light packing
February 17, 2009

This hat is the perfect answer to warmth and packing light. Hiking in winter is a cinch--the cinch strap is so easy to use with both gloves and mittens.

fashionable hat.
September 07, 2007

this product is very fashionable & function hat. lightweight and warm. good hat.

As Advertised
February 09, 2009

Certainly stops the wind. I also found it comfortable to sleep in during a 6 day Rainier trip. Recent use in NH on sub-zero day ice climbing was great under a helmet, and the ability to hang it around your neck when you warm up was an added plus.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
HuronHiker
top500Contributor

from Presque Isle, MI
55-64 yrs

Great warmth without bulk
January 01, 2012

Bought two of these for my best buddy and he loves em' despite not being a hat fan as he doesn't like regular hats that slip or fall off. These fit the bill for him and he really likes them. They are warm, windproof, cover the ears well and stay on. They are not bulky and are very easy care - toss em' in the wash, dry on low and they are ready to go. Very simple design and well made.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Useful hat
November 15, 2008

I am a roofer/snow removal person in Fargo, ND. We work in weather down to -20F, most Jan mornings are below zero and wind chills hit -60F at times. The hat keeps my head warm in those conditions. If I get too warm, I let the hat hang around my neck till I cool off. The hat never gets lost if it is around my neck. It never is forgotten at restaurants. It is thin enough so I can put another hat over it if conditions get extreme. It covers my ears very well.

Good build quality and head coverage, average style
March 22, 2010

I've been very happy with this hat from a functional standpoint. Very warm and windproof while providing excellent coverage of my large-ish head including ears. I have other hats I like more for most conditions, just because of styling, but when it gets extra cold and windy, this is what I reach for.

Great ski hat
August 02, 2010

I used to ski wearing ball caps and my ears would freeze and at speed, the wind would blow my hat off. The Peruvian hat keeps head and ears nice and warm, I recommend it.

Best Peruvian style hat available.
January 11, 2010

I searched the net for a week before stumbling on this hat and this site. It did fit a bit snug when I first received it, but has since streched out a bit. It protects my ears and head much better than standard winder hat and much better than a bomber hat. Being able to tighten the string helps keep the hat tight against your head so wind can't blow in.

Nice fit, nice look, comfortable and light.
October 19, 2008

This soft lightweight hat is great when it's really windy. Easy to clean too.

Best winter hat
December 28, 2006

Best winter hat I've ever owned! Light weight, blocks wind, comfy. Lost the first one and bought a second immediately as replacement.

Warm, windproof, lightweight & cute
January 23, 2010

I live in MD, and wear this in temps down into the 30's. I prefer my fur-lined Mad Bomber hats when it's colder and windier. This hat is esp. cute in contrasting colors. I have a VERY small head. I wear size Small and it's a bit large - but NOT too big...This hat is a winter staple for me.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
cdaman
from Coeur d Alene, ID
Over 65 yrs

Outdoor Research Peruvian Hat
January 30, 2013

Finially, a good fitting hat that I can wear without having it ride up on my head and uncover my ears. Also when secured, an overhanging limb cannot pull it off your head. This hat is warm for its weight and really blocks wind.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
MarkofSavannah
top25Contributor

from Savannah, GA
35-44 yrs

Keep your Ears Covered
January 15, 2011

Many times, with hats, your ears get uncovered when you tilt your head back. Not so with the Peruvian. The chin strap keeps your ears covered. The fleece material is soft and thick enough for most winters.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Definitely blocks the wind
January 29, 2009

Really cuts the wind. Very lightweight and folds up real flat due to the 2-dimensional design -- however that and the truncated top make it a bit goofy. The chin-chord is pretty sweet and makes it super easy to fold the flaps up or let the hat hang around your neck. The only problem I had with the hat is that the stitching connecting the two different colored pieces of fabric irritated my upper forehead to no end. Probably just a quirk to my head shape.

Perfect for Greenland
November 24, 2007

The shape and the fabric makes this hat perfect for cold conditions. The chin cord makes sure your ears are warm even on really cold days. I have used this model for five years in Greenland - dog sledding. And I haven´t found a hat better than this.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
Bronski
top1000Contributor

from Melbourne, Australia
25-34 yrs

Best cold weather hat ever
March 30, 2013

This had is gorgeously warm. I wear it with the chin strap cinched up asleep in my tent at night, keeping my head warm, without loosing is in the middle of the night. The ear covers make a remarkable difference in terms or warmth. The windstopping fabric is terrific. Winner all around. I would however like some more colourful styles without any black ;-)

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
tomcasino
from Oakdale, MN
45-54 yrs

Very warm lightweight hat
November 29, 2012

I purchased this hat for work to wear under a hardhat. It fully covers my ears and is lightweight enough to fit under my hardhat. I would recommend this hat for it's warmth without bulk.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

Perfect for Greenland
November 24, 2007

The shape and the fabric makes this hat perfect for cold conditions. The chin cord makes sure your ears are warm even on really cold days. I have used this model for five years in Greenland - dog sledding. And I havent found a hat better than this.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
Southwestshortstop
from Souther Cal. Rural hilly area.
55-64 yrs

This hat does the job.
December 28, 2011

I go out at dawn daily. Temps in the high 20s to low 30s. Finding something to warm my ears has not been easy. I wear this hat under my beanie. The chin cord secures it in place nicely. This hat does the job. It is light in weight, and is easy to carry after the temp heats up. Love the Windstopper feature. I plan to buy additional hats for mountainering family members. Con: Runs a tad large.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: runs a little large in size.

Excellent Noggin Coverage
February 19, 2008

Good coverage over and below ears; ample protection from sustained winds. Material isn't so thick as to cause sweating. Pretty much a must have item for those who enjoy frosty & windy conditions.

Light and very warm
January 16, 2010

Great for cold weather skiing. The hat fits true to size and is very thin but very warm. Have used it in the -20s with no problems.

maxpwr1
top100Contributor

Great protection in harsh Wisconsin Winter
March 06, 2010

When temperature dips to teens and below in Wisconsin, I immediately make this hat my arsenal. It is light enough to carry around and it protects and keeps my head warm from the frigid temperature and icy wind. I also wear it during XC-SKI. I definitely use it to hike the Sierras this Summer '10.

AZKJQ

great in the wind!
January 26, 2009

very comfy hat and it really does stop the wind. Lightweight, easy to hang around your neck if you want to take it off for awhile and not lose it. It is ok indoors too but it is great out in the wind! Very pleased with this and the other Outdoor research cap I recently bought.

Stops Wind-Very warm
March 05, 2009

This hat covered my ears and kept my head warm on a very cold, windy day. Well worth the money.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
rboarder
from Blacksburg, VA
25-34 yrs

Great Lightweight Hat
January 05, 2011

Sizing Chart provides an accurate fit. The material fills very soft and is comfortable to wear.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
ChrisUltra
from Rockville, Maryland
35-44 yrs

Just what I was looking for
December 28, 2010

I've been looking for head covering for winter runs that will keep my head and ears warm, but not be constricting or otherwise interfere with my headphones. This fit the bill perfectly. Now my wife wants one as well.

Pros: Great design, Great value

Works Great. Just what I was looking for
January 04, 2007

Keeps my head and especially my ears warm. Very comfortable, lightweight and it doesn't make my head sweat.

Works Great. Just what I was looking for
January 04, 2007

Keeps my head and especially my ears warm. Very comfortable, lightweight and it doesn't make my head sweat.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
warrick
top500Contributor

from Iowa
35-44 yrs

Finally.....
January 07, 2012

I have a pea sized head and have been looking for a good fitting true WindStopper beanie for a while. OR hit a home run here, the size small fits great, is light warm and most importantly, keeps the wind out. So many fail to realize that stopping the wind is the first key to warmth, as a skinny dude that lives in a cold climate, I know all too well. Excellent product, may get another for backup.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great hat
July 28, 2009

Delivered quickly, fits great--can't wait to try it out on the slopes.

Love this hat!
February 09, 2009

This hat is awesome, it stops the wind, it keeps my ears and face toasty warm. It is so comfortable I have even slept in this hat!

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium and size large: s, m, l.

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