Wednesday, November 27, 2013

HEADS UP:HATS Holiday Gifts+S/S '14 CTR, SLYTECH, OR, Kakadu Traders

Outdoor Retailer/SLC

Maker of hats for may big name labels-CTR by CHAOS is coming into its own for upcoming seasons…with new technical headwear…for active types. Any outdoor stroll or performance activities-requires some kind of headgear-and CTR delivers with a vast assortment, well priced too.
Some highlights:

Expedition hat-wide brim-great coverage for necks too
Summit Collection made with S.Café®-a technical composite fiber made from green coffee bean shells-woven (duh) provides SPF 50+ lightweight +odor resistant

folds up easy for transport/packing-just reverse-folds into flap

nice beach/street option-crush it down-straw hat

for active types-sun protection, stretchy neoprene sides…folds down for easy packing or as stocking stuffers

waterproof/breathable Stratus Collection made of Hydro-Maxx fabric, DWR finish, fully taped+closed seams

reversible bucket style-CUTE

Chase-active lifestyle collection featuring DuPont Sorona® and QuadraLITE performance fabrics. Sun protection, moisture management, reflective pops-great for runners, cyclists, fitness outdoor activities

Neox Collection-made from Dri-Release® + Tencel®-odor protective FreshGuard…neoprene inserts…4mm neoprene visor-reflective trim-cool comfort in the heat

Serious sun-cold weather friendly too-ear flaps fold up when not needed
reflective details...

CTR Fits-lightweight beanies and bands-4 way stretch cotton/spandex

pony tail friendly

reversible beanies---lots of color options…for sun protection and warmth

OUTDOOR RESEARCH---a soup to nuts brand for what else, the outdoors has sleek options too-including urban savvy fedoras and cadet style caps. Also impressive--his nifty multi-tasking Gore-Tex waterproof/breathable Ghost Rain Hat-with a removable lid-that low profile wise, tucks into the crown…violà…a sun hat. $78. We like this grey color too…and the moldable brim via internal wire-helps guarantee the ideal shape.

Spring Ring Hats-bucket styles-$42 and $50 for the waterproof/breathable Pertex Shield fabric one


Maybe we belong to the Ron Dugay school of helmet wearing…but the sec we saw this in our inbox-the Slytech Balaclava Pro XT--$119-made with a proprietary know-how, including EVA foam based material 2nd Skin-that claims -quoting here: Compared to a helmet that complies with the ASTM F2040 American snow sports helmet standards, the BALACLAVAPRO XT can absorb up to 60% in terms of speedwe were intrigued enough to consider covering up our flowing tresses…especially in the freezing could weather where we never have enough layers on. Made of soft to the skin micro Lycra materials…with antimicrobial properties on board. One size.

Probably an urban necessary accessory too -dodging bicycle riding daredevils maneuvering the crowded city sidewalks-where they're not supposed to BE!

 For the real deal in Outback style-family owned, Kakadu Traders is Aussie chic for performance-and amongst a lot of great offerings-has a  slew of UPF+50 and winter tough worthy hats made from leather, suede, sturdy 12 oz washed gravel cotton canvas and cold weather propellant wool felt- adorned with snazzy trims-scarves, leather braids/hatbands…starting at $29.50-to about $89.99 for our fav, the leather The Croc …available NOW.