Outdoor Research Odd Job Hat
Let’s face it, most winter headwear is pretty dorky-looking. What looks good in the backcountry usually looks sloppy après-ski. Granola’s OK around a campfire, but sometimes you’ve got to clean up your act. On the other hand, stylish headwear, which we think is starting to make a comeback for men, often fails when it comes to keeping your head warm. You shouldn’t have to suffer for style. Outdoor Research, a maker of technical backpacking gear, has come up with a hat that lives up to its outdoor pedigree but still makes the grade about town.
The Odd Job Hat, named for the Bond henchman with a penchant for doffing his chapeau, resembles a classically-styled trilby, with a creased wool crown and a brim that can be worn flipped up or down at the front, depending on how rakish you want to appear. The genius of this hat, however, is in the hidden fleece ear flaps which are tucked up inside the hat until needed. When the wind picks up at a fall football game or the walk to the subway is longer than usual, fold down the flaps and your ears stay toasty.
The Odd Job comes in two patterns of wool – black and gray herringbone tweed or a subtle brown-toned plaid. And because no adventure is complete until you toast your black diamond run or first ascent, an elastic loop on the brim of the hat holds a bottle opener. So you’ll not only look smart for keeping your ears warm and looking stylish but also for being able to pop the tops of everyone’s beers.
Buy Now: $45