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Mountain Equipment Plain Knitted Beanie

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The ME Plain Knitted Beanie is something of a classic. The ideal materials (wool + acrylic) in the ideal blend. The shape and fit are spot on, and the micro-fleece headband is a comfortable and functional addition. Scramble's top pick for warm winter headgear.

Size: One Size

Colour(s): Blue, Grey

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£ 18.75


RRP: £ 25.00

Data sheet

Brand / Manufacturer Mountain Equipment
Clothing Section Head, Hands & Feet
Clothing Layer Mid & Active Outer Layers
Sub-Type Activity - Moderate
Purpose Cold Climate
Materials 50% Wool, 50% Acrylic
Properties Excellent warmth to weight ratio, Packs Relatively Small
Package Weight (approx.) 120 g / 4.23 oz
Item Weight 57 g / 2.01 oz

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Not all Beanies are Created Equal:  ME's Plain Knit

Note:  Any samples within the range offered here (these are stated in the drop-down and on the images) are identical to the main range; they are just colours that Mountain Equipment have been experimenting with (so ultimately same product, same guarantee, but a lower chance you'll bump into someone with the same hat).

There was a study (by R. Indu Shekar et al) done in 2000 to research the best blend of materials for maximum warmth. In their tests, the best insulation was achieved by a 50/50 Wool-Acrylic blend using a plain or rib knit. Which, it just so happens, is what Mountain Equipment use in their excellent Plain Knitted Beanie (not to be mistaken for their Branded Knitted Beanie, which isn't as good).

Aside from being very warm it's also impressively light weight (57g) and pack-able.

Not all beanies are created equal and this one by Mountain Equipment and the Tine by Bergans of Norway are to date the best Scramble have come across.

"The cut is excellent, providing full coverage for the ears and upper neck. The micro-fleece inner band is a nice comfortable touch and provides additional warmth.

Although all beanies look alike, they really are not alike at all. One of the major weaknesses of many beanies is that over time, they lose their shape and elasticity. Mountain Equipment's Plain Knitted Beanie holds and retains its shape well (due to its materials and also the fleece headband helps); its elasticity allows it to fit over supplementary headwear for more extreme conditions."

Scramble's review


As Scramble put it:  "So if you're lost in the beanie-way, and can't decide between Bergans' Tine, Montane's Resolute, Sweet Protection's Partisan, Icebreaker's Mogul, Mountain Hardwear's Reversible Dome and on and on, and are fearful of choosing a dud (there are many out there), give Mountain Equipment's reliable Plain Knitted Beanie a go. Mountain Equipment have chosen the ideal materials in an ideal blend. The shape and fit are spot on, and the micro-fleece headband is a comfortable and functional addition".


  • Wool / Acrylic mix (50/50)
  • Internal microfleece headband for additional warmth and comfort
  • Weight: 57g


Mountain Equipment's Plain Knitted Beanie will adjust to fit most adult head sizes.