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Cutting through and down the powder, you will undoubtedly see colorful hats and beanies donning the heads of fellow boarders and skiers. Many are designed with eye-popping graphics to give the wearer a sense of coolness and hipness. Most will make your head turn to catch their brilliant colors and trendy designs.
They are cool in other ways too. Most will keep your head more cool than warm since they are not technical apparel. Snazzy-looking winter headwear is designed for a runway in South Beach than the black diamonds in Jackson Hole.
Chaos' technical headwear line, Chaos Thermal Regulation (CTR), is far from sexy. It reminds you more of the sleek black outfits in the mid-1980's Sprockets skit from Saturday Night Live. Any powder purist will proclaim that function is more important than fashion. Chaos' CTR line is case in point.
The Chaos Mistral Skully is a warm and breathable skull cap that feels silky smooth on your scalp under a ski helmet. It is made from a polyester and spandex blend, and all the seams are bound together with cross stitching giving it added durability. The Mistral Skully comes in 1 color, black, and in 2 sizes S/M and L/XL. It has a suggested retail price for $14.99.
If a brain bucket is not your style, the Chaos Howler Racer is a high-performing topper to your cranium. The Howler Racer is made from polyester and is thicker than the Mistal Skully. It is both windproof and waterproof protecting you from the fiercest elements even when stagnant on the ski lift. The Howler Racer is available also only in black and in 2 sizes S/M and L/XL. Chaos touts a suggested retail price of $24.99 for the Howler Racer.
Both the Chaos Mistral Skully and Howler Racer are high-performing technical headwear for purists that understand that staying warm is the sexiest way to enjoy the powdery slopes. Both have contoured designs that will keep you toasty and won't leave your ears exposed to the frosty air. The Mistral Skully is a great choice for a thinner layer piece of headwear under your ski helmet. The Howler Racer will serve your purposes for a stand-alone toasty topper.
Jason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.
Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.
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