Living in the San Francisco Bay Area surrounded by the "urban outdoors", it's nice to find great outdoor products with stylish features. The Kowalli KozyHats for infants and younger toddlers is a great hat that easily keeps my daughter warm in chilly downtown San Francisco to the California Sierra Nevada.
Kowalli KozyHats - Featured Color: Sweet
- Sizes Available: Three sizes to choose from: 0-6 months, 6-12 months, *NEW 12-24 months
- Testing Location and Size Tested: California/6-12 months on a 24 month old
- Seven Colors Available: Antipasto, Boycool, Brooklyn, Kaleidoscope, Penguin, Sweet (Featured), Venice
- Retail Price: $22.00 - Purchase at Kowalli.com
- Product Materials: Polartec™ Fleece
Unique Design - The Kowalli KozyHats have a very unique design, being Peruvian-American I really love "Chullo" styled hats, i.e. beanie with ear flaps. The KozyHat is a perfect ode to my Andean roots and the fact that my little one's ears stay warm. It has a little plush swirl on the top which is very interesting to my daughter, a very important factor to a selective toddler. She been picking her outfits since she was six months old and since the KozyHat has "a flower" on top, she loves wearing it even when we are not outdoors. The plush swirl also maintained its shape and structure even after she pulled and chewed it. The hat also has a little cutout in the back so hoods can't push the hat into the eyes.
Warmth - The San Francisco Bay Area does not get snow but we have cold snaps where temperatures drop to freezing and below freezing levels. I was able to test the warmth of the hat on our Christmas Tree chopping outing, which kept my daughter's noggin and ears nice and toasty. Happy daughter, happy mama. The owner of the tree farm also commented on the warm-looking cute style of the KozyHat swirl, it's very distinctive.
My ultimate test of warmth for the Kowalli KozyHats was a family snow day at Yosemite National Park. Even through sledding, hiking and even a snowball fight, the hat kept my daughter warm especially after she took it off to rub snow on her head. The KozyHat did get a little damp from the snow BUT it dried quickly even with wet hair.
Made in the U.S.A! - I absolutely LOVE American made products especially, outdoor gear and clothing for my children. Kowalli uses 100% American materials including Polartec™ Fleece, which is very soft on my little one's head. They also hired a New England manufacturer that employs and supports single moms!
Size - Not really, but as many clothing items sizing differs from brand to brand. My daughter is two years old and she can fit into a 6-12 month KozyHat. My daughter is small and is barely starting to grow out of 12 month old clothing, so the size 6-12 month KozyHat fits her just perfectly. That said, if your infant/toddlers head is on the smaller side the hats might run a little big for the assigned age range and if your child's head is on the larger side then the hat might run a little small for the age range. Thankfully Kowalli has a great easy Free Return Policy, in case you need to exchange for a different size.
Chasqui Mom Last Thoughts...
I definitely recommend the Kowalli KozyHats and 100% satisfied with this hat for the reasons listed above: unique style, warmth, USA made product. Kowalli recently came out with sizes 12-24 months KozyHats that I will definitely have to get my hands on one once my daughter grows out of her current one. Kowalli also has two other products such as their Snuggle Boots and Baby Carrier Cover.
I would like to thank Kowalli who provided this product for the purpose of this review. As always these are my true and honest opinions.
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