PLEASE NOTE: The photos on this page show the many "looks" possible with a single Watch Cap in Drab/Black. Our Watch Caps are double-layered, and the second layer enables several different looks with the same bi-color Cap.
Our Reversible Seamless Watch Caps are now in stock.
Since we first began offering Hats, people have been asking us for a Watch Cap.
Mostly, people don't realize that our other Hats have all been made with woven Fabric, but Watch Caps are always knitted. And knits and wovens are so different that making a knit, for us, is a lot like starting all over again. However, because of a crazy adventure making the cuffs of our Hoodie, we were forced to nibble a little at knitting ... and then we made a Neck Gaiter ... and now a Watch Cap isn't so far afield.
So, we made several different Prototype Watch Caps, and Advisor Jesse Manuta did some heavy-duty testing -- with great results -- of the one we liked best, which we put into production.
Our Watch Caps are 100% pure worsted 19 micron American Merino -- no fillers or any other materials. And like all WeatherWool products, 100% American in manufacture and materials.
The Watch Caps are quite "stretchy", but all the stretch and spring comes from the knitting pattern ... we do not use any elastic or anything other than wool to make the Caps. And no latex means that the stretch will not degrade over time.
Because of the nature of the reversible knit, we have decided, at least for now, that we will not sew a WeatherWool label into these Caps ... there is no good place to put a label, it will detract from the overall performance of the Cap, particularly in the rain, and we would want people to be able to easily remove the label. So for these first Watch Caps at least, we are going to omit the label. I'd prefer no labels on any of our products, but everyone says that is crazy.
These Caps are made from two layers of a fine merino wool, using two different color yarns, and can be reversed. The Caps have a primary color making up about 60% of the Cap, and the secondary color about 40% of the Cap. In the selection menu, the "60%/primary color" is shown first. The photos on this page show the several different looks possible with one Drab/Black Cap (left to right, top to bottom):
Laid flat on a table, with primary Drab Color on the outside
Worn "slouchy", with primary Drab Color on the outside
Laid flat on a table, with secondary (Black) Color on the outside. The secondary Color starts with the crown and makes up about 3/4 of the second layer of the Cap
Worn slouchy with secondary (Black) Color outside, and the primary Drab Color showing at bottom
Primary Color out, with bottom of Cap folded up on the outside of the Cap ... the most common way of wearing a Watch Cap
Secondary Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up INSIDE the Cap
Secondary Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up OUTSIDE the Cap
Primary Color out, with bottom of Cap folded INSIDE the Cap. With primary color on the outside, folding the bottom of the Cap inside or outside really changes only the contour of the Cap.
Our Watch Caps are knitted by Tailored Industry of Brooklyn, New York. Their Whole Garment® Shima Seiki knitting machines create a seamless 3D knit that finishes off the crown cleanly. These leading-edge knitting machines virtually eliminate waste through their pull-based system, creating less than 1% excess material during the production of each Watch Cap.
Testing has shown that when rain wets the outer layer of the Cap, the inner layer remains dry. Also, should the inner layer become damp with sweat, such as during a hard run (Jesse covers some serious distance) the Cap can then be reversed, placing the dry outer layer against the head while the wet layer can dry in the air.
This is the first production run of the Watch Caps. So, even more than usual, we hope people will help us test the Caps. Like always, ideas are very welcome ... doubly so for any Pipeline Product --- Thanks --- Ralph
If necessary, please hand wash with tepid water and gentle soap, Dry flat.