The North Face TNF Chione Headband Review

I don’t particularly like wearing hats or hoods, even in foul conditions, so I really didn’t expect to find much use for a headband. So I took it up into the Glyderau for a full on winter conditions test last weekend and here’s how it fared.

This TNF Chione headband is simply a band fleece that you put around your head to keep your forehead and ears from freezing in winter. It’s such a simple bit of kit, that this function is foolproof, and even in serious winter conditions it functioned well. In fact, It meant I could get away without wearing a hood for longer, and I didn’t feel claustrophobic as I would with a hood. This would also make a welcome winter replacement for a buff.

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Being nice and wide it does a great job of keeping the ears warm, without overheating as it still allows you to lose heat through your head. The only thing that we didn’t like was that if your hair is of a certain length, then it’s just pushed upwards and you’ve got an instant Beaker hairstyle. I think I need a haircut and it’ll be fine, as well as for longer hair which this can keep in check. Otherwise you will look a bit daft, but as you’re snug and warm you’ll hardly care.

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It’s only available in one size, and I found that it only just fit me. I wouldn’t say I’ve got a particularly oversized bonce, but if you do have a larger than average head then you might find the fit far too snug.

They’re available in TNF Black, Brook Blue and Kodiak Blue and will set you back £20.

With thanks to WebTogs who sent us the Chione Headband, not as such to review, but as a prize in a photo competition before Christmas.

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts founded Walk Eryri in 2004, with the aim of providing routes that are off the beaten track. Walk Eryri is now part of Mud and Routes which continues to provide more off beat routes and walks in Snowdonia and beyond. Dave has been exploring the hills of Eryri for over thirty years, and is a qualified Mountain Leader.
Dave also established Walk up Snowdon, Walk up Scafell Pike and Walk up Ben Nevis just to mention a few.

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