PLEASE NOTE: The photos on this page show the many "looks" possible with a single Seamless Reversible Watch Cap. Our Watch Caps are double-layered, and the two layers enable several different looks with each two-color Cap.
WeatherWool Reversible Seamless Watch Caps are 100% pure, fine, worsted Merino ... and of course 100% American. The Watch Caps pair very well with the Neck Gaiters, which are made from the same worsted Merino.
All the colorways are in stock now (4 January) except DUFF/Black, which we will have shortly.
Last winter, 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, and that's the one we put into production.
Our Watch Caps are 100% worsted 19 micron American Merino -- no fillers or any other materials. And like all WeatherWool products, 100% American in manufacture.
The Watch Caps are quite "stretchy", but all the stretch and spring come 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.
The Caps will fit almost anyone, although one person told us the Cap was too loose (too big). If that is the case, the Watch Caps can be put through a washer and dryer (gentle) and the knit will snug, making the Cap a little smaller.
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 else says that is crazy.
These Caps are made from two layers of fine merino wool, using two different color yarns, and can be reversed, which is key for performance and appearance. 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:
Composite showing the 6 different looks possible with a Cream/Duff Watch Cap (laid flat on a table), followed by the rest of the colorway options
Dutch Harbor, Aleutian Islands, courtesy of a gentleman who works Search and Rescue in the Bering Sea. This photo DOES NOT imply any endorsement by any agency of the US Government
The next two photos show a Drab/Black Watch Cap laid flat on a table with Drab (primary color) side out and then with Black (secondary color) side out
The last six photos show the six different looks of a Drab/Black Watch Cap:
Worn "slouchy", with primary Drab Color on the outside
Worn slouchy with secondary (Black) Color outside, and the primary Drab Color showing at bottom
Primary Drab Color out, with bottom of Cap folded up on the outside of the Cap ... the most common way of wearing a Watch Cap
Secondary Black Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up INSIDE the Cap so the primary Drab Color is not seen
Secondary Black Color on the outside, with bottom of Cap folded up OUTSIDE the Cap creating a Drab Color band at bottom
Primary Drab 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 seamless3D 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.
These are early days for us in the distribution of Watch Caps. So, even more than usual, we hope people will give us feedback. And as always, anyone who is not happy is entitled to a 100% refund, even after months of wearing the Cap. Like always, ideas are very welcome ... doubly so for any new products --- Thanks --- Ralph