My husband recently lost a pair of ear warmers he got at North Face 15 years ago. North Face no longer sells them, so I'm looking for a high-quality replacement. I'm confused by the types of materials used in construction, what they mean, and how they should factor into my purchasing decision.
He had 180's®, and that's what he wants again. I'm not sure if 180's® is a brand, or just a registered style name, but since the question's about materials used, it isn't meant to be a brand request.
After much online research, I've narrowed it down to three pairs that are comparably priced, and look similar to what he had. Each has these same important features:
- Patented behind-the-head design
- Fits comfortably over the ears
- Can be worn with other headwear, glasses and head protection
- Adjustable click-to-fit frames guarantee an easy, comfortable fit
- Collapsible for easy storage
I've included some descriptions in my choices, but have left out the above features, as I didn't see a need to repeat them.
Each potential choice has pictures on the linked pages. They are:
Durable and warm, the 180's® Urban Ear Warmers are guaranteed to keep you dry and comfortable all season long. Soft shell body and fleece lining provide warmth and wind and water resistance.
Fabric: 97% polyester, 3% spandex
Cold winter days call for the warm and cozy Tec Fleece Ear Warmers from 180's®. A soft fleece outer shell provides warmth and durability, while an inner liner helps to keep you insulated on even the most bitter days on the mountain or in the city. Gear up for cold weather in the 180's® Tec Fleece Ear Warmers.
100% polyester insulation and lining
This stylish ear warmer provides three layers of protection to keep you warm, dry and comfortable on the coldest of winter days. Woven wool outer shell provides style and warmth. Features 100% Primaloft Insulation.
Lining – 100% Polyester
Binding – 90% Nylon, 10% Spandex
Shell – 50% Wool, 50% Viscose
Insulation – 100% Polyester
Interestingly, none of them state a temperature range, which is one of the most important considerations.
We live in the Northeast United States, and he needs them for temperatures down to -10°F during the coldest winter months, usually January and February, and up to about 45°F on either side of those coldest months. He uses them for outdoor activities like backyard bird-feeding, snow shoveling, sledding, skiing, snow-shoeing, hiking in the woods, walking to the parking lot and driving home from work at 2:30 am, among other things. He doesn't climb mountains or do extreme winter sports which keep him outside for long periods of time.
It might be a good idea to try on each and see how they feel, but I'm going to order them online so that's not an option. I imagine they're all comfortable enough, but even if they feel great, there's no way to tell if they'd be what he needs to get through the season. Even returnable pairs can't be worn for months first!
If my criteria include such things as: appropriate level of warmth; comfort; ease of cleaning; durability; shape and size retention; and expected length of life; can the materials used help me make an informed purchasing decision? If so, which fabrics should I choose?