One of our favorites. The stripes have been updated from our original Straightline Hat, but this new version remains a classic hike or ski cap.
Made in Canada of Merino wool.
One size fits all
Stylish no cuff design
100% merino wool
Why use Smartwool merino wool?
SmartWool is the most comfortable fiber you can put against your skin. A natural fiber
that manages moisture, regulates body temperature and stays odor free.
Efficient: Evaporates and wicks better synthetics helping you stay drier and more comfortable
Veratile: Regulates body temperature, keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer
Odor Free: Wool in antimicrobial. In other words, because wool is great at wicking, absorbing, and evaporating moisture, bacteria simply cant fint a home here. Smartwools specially selected Merino fibers have an uncanny, inherent ability to control odor.
Our 4-Degree Banded Fit System leverages technology used in today's athletic footwear to raise fit, feel and performance to unheralded levels. It's almost Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-type stuffbeyond the realms of physics and clothing science.
It's a combination of the smart technology we apply and the fine micron (fiber diameter) that gives SmartWool its light and airy feel. No itch-causing (high micron) fibers make the cut.
We've added more durability to our running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and outdoor socks by replacing the nylon with a new, densely spun wool yarnmore SmartWool next to your skin!
4 Season Functionality
We're not talking your grandpa's rag wool socks here. We've got luxuriously soft, ultra-thin pieces for under suits, socks for running or road tripping, tops for working out or staying in.
Along with regulating body temperature, fighting off bacteria and moving sweat off your skin while it's still a vapor, natural, renewable SmartWool is also healthy for the environment!
Lower heat retention in SmartWool means your core temperature stays lower so lactate build-up does not occur as readily. This result gives you the ability to work harder for longer.
Sweat needs to be removed from the skin's surface to retain a dry and healthy environment. SmartWool removes sweat from the skin's surface before it condenses into a liquid.
SmartWool's long merino wool fibers don't stick out to give you that prickle effect. A wool allergy is rare and, when existent, is caused by lanolin, a coating on the fiber.
Naturally Flame Retardant
Wool has a natural UV protection and is difficult to ignite. In fact, wool never melts, so it can't stick to the skin like many synthetics do when they burnouch!
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SmartWool was born with comfort in mind. Our founders were New England ski instructors struggling to keep their feet warm. After trying a variety of materials, they rediscovered an age-old classic: wool. But while these socks may have been warm, they were itchy and shrank. So they worked on a process to make them soft and easy care. SmartWool was born on a simple belief: keeping feet comfortable on the slopes.
But it was a difficult sell. Try as they might, they couldnt initially convince others of the materials merits. No one believed that a wool sock could be anything but itchy. Out of frustration, they finally challenged people to try them. And this simple tactic changed the course of SmartWool forever and pioneered a new market transformation for wool performance products. The instant people tried them they were awestruck with SmartWools soft luxurious feel. They were even more surprised that their feet stayed comfortable for extended periods of time in mixed weather conditions. Instead of getting clammy, the SmartWool socks stayed dry, soft and comfortable. The founders then realized that they had to get their socks on as many people as possible to let them speak for themselves.
This created a buzz not unlike the shearing of a sheep. Magazines caught wind of the material and in 1995 Backpacker tested SmartWool against all other comers, awarding it its coveted Editors Choice award for best hiking sock. The company received the same honor in 1996 for its trekking socks, and won the award yet again for its new base layer line in 1998 before the first product was even shipped.
These awards catapulted SmartWools Extraordinary Comfort onto more and more feet and bodies. And a funny thing happened once people started trying SmartWool: word about their comfort and performance spread like wildfire. Fueling this was the companys commitment to using only the finest wool in the world: New Zealand merino, which produce the softest, strongest and whitest wool on the planet. The company has built intimate, long-standing relationships with its growers, who are in tune with their land and sheep and have become great partners in growing the best wool possible.
The next step was obvious. Since people enjoyed SmartWools comfort in its performance socks and base layers, why not make socks they can wear all the time? Since hiking socks dont go well with dress slacks, SmartWool launched its everyday-use lifestyle line in 2004, bringing extraordinary comfort to daily life with fun, fashionable designs. Both socks and apparel now enjoy worldwide distribution, satisfying the needs of walkers, runners, skiers, cyclists, climbers, hikers and anyone else who enjoys the comfort and performance the companys founders discovered more than 10 years ago on those cold slopes of New England