2 Free Issues and 3 Free Gifts!
Full Name:
Address 1:
Address 2:
Zip Code:
Email: (required)
If I like it and decide to continue, I'll pay just $12.00, and receive a full one-year subscription (9 issues in all), a 73% savings off the newsstand price! If for any reason I decide not to continue, I'll write "cancel" on the invoice and owe nothing.
Your subscription includes 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Or click here to pay now and get 2 extra issues
Offer valid in US only.

Also on

Enter Zip Code

Backpacker Magazine – Fall Gear Guide 2013

Gear Review: Columbia Noble Falls Trapper Hat

A hat that's durable for the long, multi-day haul.

by: Tracy Ross

(Andrew Bydlon)
(Andrew Bydlon)

Warmest Hat
If your winter includes multiday backcountry trips in freezing to deep-freezing temps (30°F to -10°F), nab the Noble Falls Trapper. It’s unbelievably warm, thanks to a cozy faux fur liner and long, wind-blocking earflaps that secure tightly under the chin with a buckle closure. And it features a rain- and stain-resistant coating, which we pushed to its limit with orange juice (oops) and wearing it in the shower (both juice and water beaded off, but under a full-on downpour the hat finally got soaked). Our tester praised the warmth-to-weight ratio: “It’s insanely light and extremely packable, so even when I know I’ll be wearing a technical beanie under a helmet while skiing or climbing, this always finds its way into my pack.” It’s too warm for skinning in most conditions, but it doesn’t get clammy even if you do work up a sweat. Bonus: Testers love sleeping in it. “The faux fur is lovely next to skin,” says one. $40; 4.5 oz.; unisex S/M–L/XL;

Subscribe to Backpacker magazine
Sign up for our free weekly e-newsletter
Address 1:
Address 2:
Email (req):
Reader Rating: -


Your rating:
Your Name:


My Profile Join Now

Most recent threads

The Political Arena
Religion confuses children about fact and fiction
Posted On: Jul 26, 2014
Submitted By: JimmyC
The Political Arena
Ted Cruz: Barack Obama using FAA
Posted On: Jul 25, 2014
Submitted By: JimmyC

View all Gear
Find a retailer

Special sections - Expert handbooks for key trails, techniques and gear

Check out Montana in Warren Miller's Ticket to Ride
Warren Miller athletes charge hard and reflect on Big Sky country, their love for this space and the immense energy allotted to the people who reside in Montana.

Boost Your Apps
Add powerful tools and exclusive maps to your BACKPACKER apps through our partnership with Trimble Outdoors.

Carry the Best Maps
With BACKPACKER PRO Maps, get life-list destinations and local trips on adventure-ready waterproof myTopo paper.

FREE Rocky Mountain Trip Planner
Sign up for a free Rocky Mountain National Park trip planning kit from our sister site

Follow BackpackerMag on Twitter Follow Backpacker on Facebook
Get 2 FREE Trial Issues and 3 FREE GIFTS
Survival Skills 101 • Eat Better
The Best Trails in America
YES! Please send me my FREE trial issues of Backpacker
and my 3 FREE downloadable booklets.
Full Name:
Address 1:
Zip Code:
Address 2:
Email (required):
Free trial offer valid for US subscribers only. Canadian subscriptions | International subscriptions