Carhartt Mandan Boonie Hat — Nearly Perfect


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 20, 2016      

I finally found The Hat. After about 20 years using a boonie with a floppy brim that hung around my ears like a frown, enter the Carhartt Mandan. Wicking headband, check. Full sun block, check. Wire brim that resists flopping, check. Chin cord, check.

What’s not to love? Due to the malleable wire rim I’m afraid to wad the Mandan up in my pack like my previous boonies. I’ve thus been stowing it with care — a bit of extra effort but worth it. The MSRP is a bit stiff at around $30. Not easily found discounted though I did locate a local Carhartt dealer where I got mine for about $21.00. A secret little velcro pocket is built into the crown, kinda trivial and adds bulk, easy to scissor out so it only forms a double layer 100% UV block instead of heat retaining triple layer. (A bit of googling reveals Zappos might have a good price on the Mandan, feel free to share other shopping links.)

Color is just right. Shade of tan isn’t a dark heatsink, but doesn’t show sweat rings and stains the way a white hat does.

What’s strange is a small-medium size doesn’t seem to be offered. Do all Carhartt customers have jumbo skulls? Or perhaps they’ve quit making the Mandan? Inquiring minds want to know. (The law of good gear: it will nearly always be discontinued). Meanwhile, medium-large fits me comfortably, though for backcountry use I might stitch a small pleat into the band so “mon chapeau” doesn’t get tipped so easily in an alpine breeze.

Yeah, it’s just a hat. But good boonies are hard to find.

Comments

5 Responses to “Carhartt Mandan Boonie Hat — Nearly Perfect”

  1. slcpunk June 20th, 2016 10:29 am

    This one? $24.99 direct from carhart. I’m a hat geek, so I had to look right away. Looks good. I’ve never had one with a wire brim either, not sure how that would go.

    http://www.carhartt.com/products/hecarhartt-accessories-headwear/Force-Mandan-Boonie-102000

  2. Lou Dawson 2 June 20th, 2016 10:48 am

    Good find, for some reason I didn’t see that, shipping charges? The wire is some kind of super malleable stuff, no idea what it is but it feels almost like non-wire brim hat. I guess I’m a hat geek as well. A life outdoors at altitude gets that going… Lou

  3. Patrick June 22nd, 2016 2:59 pm

    With spring and summer skiing, the hat could go well with the carrhart kilt, renowned for its range of motion when you’re skinning up.
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/77651378/trinity-kilts-carhartt-tan-kilt-w34xl23

  4. Jack June 27th, 2016 11:59 am

    Best feature I’ve found in a boonie hat was a black underbrim. This cuts snow/water glare to an almost unbelievable degree. Even with good sunglasses on, the difference is remarkable.

  5. Lou Dawson 2 June 27th, 2016 12:05 pm

    Agree. Time for the jumbo Sharpie… Lou

Got something to say? Please do so.





Anti-Spam Quiz:

You can subscribe to comment notification by checking the box to left, but you must leave a brief comment to do so, which records your email and requires you to use our anti-spam challange. If you don't like leaving substantive comments that's fine, just leave a simple comment that says something like "thanks, subscribed" with a made-up name. Check the comment subscription checkbox BEFORE you submit.
If you need an emoticon for a comment just copy/paste off the following list, or use text code you might be familiar with.

:D    :-)    :(    :lol:    :x    :P    :oops:    :cry:    :evil:    :twisted:    :roll:    :wink:    :!:    :?:    :idea:    :arrow:   
  
Due to comment spam we moderate most comments. Please do not submit your comment twice -- it will appear shortly after approval. Comments with one or more links in the text may be held in moderation, for spam prevention. If you'd like to publish a photo in a comment, contact us. Guidelines: Be civil, no personal attacks, avoid vulgarity and profanity.

  Your Comments

  • Christian: Doh! Never mind, wasn't reading the descriptions of the different cuts clea...
  • Christian: Any experiences on straight skin all the way down on wider skis? eg a 110mm...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Seems what folks need to know is that if you do not need heel flat on ski, ...
  • Lee Lau: Alex - the downside to using the Expert spring is that you can't easily wha...
  • Matus: VTskier, what is considered wider ski? I ski on 107mm skis and have my Raid...
  • VTskier: Just picked up a set in Val d'Isere. Locals in climbing/guide shop there (M...
  • Matus: IONs are OK but not light enough....
  • Lou Dawson 2: Regarding helmets, while I was skiing uphill today and thinking (imagine th...
  • Jack: Jim, See. Thanks for the advice. The G3 IONs appeal to me (they look coo...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Xer, I guess I did need to do a video (smile). The spring controls both sid...
  • XXX_er: a generic question on minimalist tech bindings, how is the up and down ret...
  • Daniel: I have the legacy Mammut RAS Pro 45 pack, very nice long back. I am 6'2 but...
  • Brent MacGregor: I have 2 European bottles. One steel, one carbon. I am happy to sell them a...
  • Alex: So if you are using the expert spring on this, to rotate the heal piece for...
  • Greg Louie: Thanks for the look, Lou, and hats off to Amer for taking the "Everything Y...
  • Matus: Lou, video is always easier for us to understand. Step by step photos of di...
  • Lou Dawson 2: See, I have some older Vipecs I can do a take-apart of, been meaning to, bu...
  • See: Interesting post, Lou. Thanks. Now if you could only break some Vipecs…...
  • Matus: I am switching from ATK to this Atomic next season. It looks like and ideal...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Eric, the plastic housing on the rear of the spring is strong, and doesn't ...
  • Eric Steig: Cool. What keeps the plastic housing, which holds the U-spring, from blo...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Shafty, not sure what you are referring to, you mean using screw rivets to ...
  • shafty85: Would this work on the Dynafit Mercury?...
  • Brent MacGregor: I have a carbon cylinder and a steel one both of which we brought from Euro...
  • See: And, as Lou said, alpine bindings aren’t perfect either. Tech toe lock is i...
  • See: I have a couple dozen days on G3 Ion 12’s, and I have a feeling that they a...
  • Jim Milstein: Jack, if you want a tech toe that behaves more like an alpine toe, consider...
  • Tom Gos: Cool Lou, and gutsy - I would be freaked out about doing this to a new pair...
  • AT: Hey lou- I'm somewhat confused by this post. Are the Fischer bindings just ...
  • Lou Dawson 2: Nice! And yeah, for exchange you can mail them empty totally legal, but yo...

  Recent Posts


Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. While the authors and editors of the information on this website make every effort to present useful information about ski mountaineering, due to human error the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

Switch To Mobile Version