Merino Beanie
EXP 350 Merino-X

With the popularity of our Brimmed Beanie, it was only natural to design a technical, ultra-comfortable beanie without the brim that you’ll want to wear all the way back to the bar. Our beanie is a single layer of Merino-X wool with flat locked seams to ensure comfort and a snug fit. The beanie can be worn to complement our Wind River Balaclava or Neck Gaiter, providing added warmth and concealment.



Product Details

Layering Position

  • - Beanie
    • Features

      • - 350 gsm Merino-X
      • - Retains heat even when soaking wet
      • - Odor resistant and deadly quiet
      • - Available in medium (regular domes) and large (huge melons)
System Position Accessory
Material Merino-X
Actual Product Weight Size MD 1.8 oz.
Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Waterfowl

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30 Reviews
Not quite warm enough for Alaska 5/31/2018

I just finished a 5 day backcountry spot and stalk spring bear hunt in Alaska. This hat definitely wasn't warm enough by itself in the mid to high 30s with a breeze. I wear a 7 to 7 1/8 hat, and this product is very small on my head. Great for sleeping, didn't smell after 5 days of near constant wear, and I love that it's easily shoved into a pocket during a stalk.

This hasn't permanently lost a spot in my pack, but I think I'm taking a warmer hat next weekend.

Nickname: Andrew
Sizing 4/1/2018

I can’t attest to it’s performance yet, however, I have a 7 1/4 sized head and the medium was really tight and only covered half my ears. It felt like it wanted to slide up and off. I sent it back for the large size. Looking forward to deploy it this fall.

Nickname: Kyle
Terrific Beanie! 2/28/2018

I have two of these beanies in the First Lite Fusion pattern and I have found the are comfortable and provide plenty of warmth. I hate being cold and these Beanies have been terrific at keeping my head warm and fit nicely under my SEAK Raincoat. I have used them hunting, hiking and trail running with excellent results. Will be buying one in the Dry Earth Tone this year also to add to my collection. Definitely would recommend this product.

Nickname: Reid
Just warm enough 2/7/2018

I use this during mid and late season and it is really comfortable and warm. Not too heavy though. Just enough so that you are warm when sitting, but can still scout around.

Nickname: Tres
Too small 1/23/2018

It’s nice because it’s warm, I haven’t replaced it yet. But I wish it was just a little longer so that it would cover my ears. It only goes about 1/2-2/3 of the way down my ears. Super lightweight, I throw in in a pocket and hardly know it’s there. If it covered my ears it would be a 5 Star product.

Nickname: David
warmth is the name of the game 1/9/2018

This being such a small piece in someone arsenal can make a difference in your comfort. I tested this out in many likely conditions rain, snow, wind and even slept with it on for a month straight with out washing this piece. Kept my head warm from wind chil of -9f and comfortable even at 70f. wind can pass thur it, but still kept it's warmth. I did like how the size(s) didn't obstruct my vision and ran down alittle past the back of my neck for little bit of extra protection. The only very minor con that I found to this piece is it felt slightly off balance. Did I mention I wore it for a month straight while sleeping? There was no smell detection whatsoever. Hands down you're getting what you pay for.

Nickname: josh
I love mine! 12/28/2017

I love this hat, it’s perfect for mild weather on its own, and when it’s cold I layer it over my Chama hoodie. I have a pretty small head, I wear a 7 1/8 in fitted caps or a medium in most hats, and the Large size fits me perfectly, so I’d say order a size up from your normal size. I really do like this a lot and imI highly recommend it, worth every penny in my opinion.

Nickname: John
5 stars 12/16/2017

Warm, comfortable and scent limiting. Great on cold days!

Nickname: Ray
Good beanie 11/13/2017

This is fits on my head (large) comfortably and stays where I put it. Good for light movement with out overheating or mild mornings. Fits nicely over my ears with out impeding sound or becoming a nuisance. Lays over the back of my neck and does what I want.

Nickname: Kenneth
Comfortable 10/10/2017

One of the most comfortable beanies I have worn in a while. I have a bigger head, so finding a beanie that fits and stays on his hard to find. I have worn this several times recently and I have been very please with it. It rides well on my head without it being to tight, but not loose where it just comes off whenever a mild wind blows.

I love it!

Nickname: BR Shook
Really like it 9/15/2017

Keeps you warm and breathes good to keep you regulated. I even kept in on longer than I needed to test breathability. Did great. Fits great on head and don't slide around like all the other "normal" hats

Nickname: Scott
Great fit! 9/5/2017

Best fitting beanie I have tried. Covers whole head and ears. Love it.

Nickname: Clint
Good Beanie 8/23/2017

Very warm for as small and light as it is. Something I keep in my pack all hunting season.

Nickname: Jake
Poor sizing and service 8/8/2017

I have a 7 1/4 head and ordered a OSFA. It was huge and obviously poorly sized. This is the second item from FL that sizing has been way off. Judging by the reviews FL cant be surprised at this point, yet still selling them.

Nickname: MR
Merino beanie 7/24/2017

I called over a year ago and the gal on the phone told me they were aware of the beanies not being deep enough and were fixing it..... Obviously that never happened and for the price I could've gotten two beanies from another company that I know fits perfectly. She basically told her there was nothing she could do even in regards to returning it....? I would've been ok with getting credit for it even bc it's useless to me? Love everything I've ever gotten from them and it's been a lot of stuff to think they would be capable of a return it credit when I asked? I just don't get it? So now it's basically a cloth!?

Nickname: High plains
Solid Beanie 4/24/2017

This beanie is plenty warm enough for the mild winters we have in East TN. Combined with a neck gaiter it is everything I need to stay concealed. The fit is great. The only thing I would change is maybe make it a touch deeper.

Nickname: Jordan
Great product weird fit 4/8/2017

The fit of a beanie to me is important, with that said I wanted and needed a quality one. Knowing first hand the quality of firstlites products the merino beanie was the obvious choice. The troubling thing when I went to purchase was that there is no info on the sizing chart. Even below the beanie it gives you the option of going to the chart. I purchased it anyway. Got it, great firstlite quality bad fit. I go turkey hunting in a week, not enough time to return. I'll use it anyway but alittle disappointed. No worries everyone, I'm sure firstlite will fix this.

Nickname: Cody
Merino 4/1/2017

Love the light weight warmth

Nickname: Tony
Odd beanie, but functional. 3/20/2017

It's not your traditional beanie. The fit is slightly loose for me (I wear a size 7 hat), and it doesn't fully cover my ears, which I didn't like while trying it on for the first time at my house. In the field however, I found myself wearing it all the time. It is just snug enough to not move around. It doesn't over heat while I'm hiking, and when it got really cold, it fit perfectly over my Wind River merino balaclava. I'm being picky, but it would get 5 stars from me if it were slightly tighter. I wore it for three months straight, hunting deer and elk in the Colorado Rockies.

Nickname: Derek
buy several 12/6/2016

I own several colors now. very comfortable, breathes, fits my big head, and looks as good as Callaghans mustache. Would like it available in black though.

Nickname: David
Didn't like the fit 11/6/2016

This beanie is a very sloppy fit. It is very loose on my head. I can't keep it from moving around on my head. I would like to see a more fitted design.

Nickname: Tyler
Feels good 8/26/2016

Got mine today from local BassPro. Like the feel of it, fits good and the fusion camo rocks! Thanks guys for great stuff!

Nickname: Will
Waiting for gen 2 8/18/2016

Not happy with this beanie, the fit is unlike any other beanie on the market. Does not fit a normal shaped head.

Nickname: Shawn
Like it, don't love it 7/23/2016

The only thing for me that's keeping this from being perfect is the fact that it doesn't cover my ears, and it can get a little wrinkley at times. When I wear it it's usually underneath a hat which helps a lot. I wore it during an elk hunt here in western Oregon where the high was 24 degrees, it did a good job of keeping me warm and the light weight and packability of it was nice when I was working hard and needed to shed some layers. I think I'm going to try the brimmed beanie as it seems to fit a little better. All in all a good product but just short of great.

Nickname: David
Great product 5/10/2016

I know al my reviews sound the same, but all of they products carry the same quality, warmth, protection, you name it. Items like these have made me a believer. I just with the military would move to this quality, especially the way these items wick and then dry.

Nickname: Ryan
Strange design 4/9/2016

This hat fits me fine (7 1/4 fitted hat size). Its a strange cut and fit, on my head it bunches/wrinkles up like in the pictures. It does cover my ears but i could see with someone with a bigger head how the design of this would be too small. Other than that its still as merino beanie and merino does what its supposed to do.

Nickname: N. Hedrick
Perfect 4/8/2016

Really great fit, its not so tight that I need to take it off and not so loose that I need to hold it on when I'm riding a UTV/ATV. Kept me warm in fog and rain when I was just sitting on a recent hunting trip. All in all very good product.

Nickname: Riley D
Runs small 3/15/2016

The beanie runs a little small but can be stretched to cover your ears. Same comfort as the brimmed beanie. Only down fall is having to stretch it out to get it to fit right.

Nickname: Jason
All season 12/24/2015

Great fit, works great all day from cold to warm. Love it!!!

Nickname: Toby
Poor fit 11/21/2014

I agree 100% with Erik. Hat and merino gloves fit very loosely and seem like products Firstlight developed in rush without the craftsmanship of their other products.

Nickname: joemsied
Terrible fit - sloppy design 8/8/2014

For $35, this thing should fit right. It is a shallow cut hat and doesn't provide the coverage that most beanies do. It is also sloppy. I have to use a "pony tail" rubber band in the back to keep it tight to my head. FirstLite does good stuff but this is junk and seems like something they rushed just to round out the product line. The same goes for the merino gloves, sloppy and totally featureless. I doubt the designer of these two items is a hunter. Don't waste your money.

Nickname: Erik
Gets no better! 6/18/2014

Best merino wool products on the market.

Nickname: Steve H