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Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie
Owner Review by Andrea Murland
December 4, 2013

Tester Information

Name: Andrea Murland
Email: amurland AT shaw DOT ca
Age: 28
Location: Elkford & Kimberley, British Columbia, Canada
Gender: Female
Height: 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)
Weight: 130 lb (59 kg)

I began hiking frequently in 2006 and have since hiked in Western Canada, Australia, and spent 2 months backpacking in the Alps. I spend most weekends either day-hiking or on 2-3 day backpacking trips, with some longer trips when I can manage them. I also snowshoe and ski in the winter, but don’t have a lot of experience with winter in the backcountry yet. Elevation is typically 500-3,000 m (1,600-10,000 ft), in the Canadian Rockies and the Selkirk, Purcell, and Monashee ranges. I try for a light pack, but I don’t consider myself a lightweight backpacker.

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Arc'teryx Rho LTW Beanie

Product Information

Manufacturer: Arc'teryx
Manufacturer's URL:
Year of Manufacture: 2012
Model: Rho LTW Beanie
MSRP: CAD 30.00
Colours Available: Black, Calypso, Crocodile, Honey Bee, Tungsten
Listed Weight: 30 g (1.1 oz)
Measured Weight: 36 g (1.3 oz), mine has some extra embroidery

Care Instructions: (from manufacturer):
Machine wash in cold water or dryclean, wash dark colours separately, wash with wool detergent, tumble dry on low heat, do not leave wet, iron on low heat, do not use fabric softener.


The Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie is a lightweight beanie (which I will now refer to as a toque) made of 95% merino wool and 5% spandex. The headband is made from a double layer. There is an embroidered Arc’teryx logo on the headband. The material is joined at the top in what the manufacturer refers to as “six-dart construction”. You may see extra embroidery in my photos below, from Search & Rescue.

Field Conditions

I received two of these beanies in the fall of 2012. They have since become my go-to toques for all of my energetic activities. One of them lives in my emergency kit of spare clothes at the bottom of my Search & Rescue pack. The other one I have worn about 20 days in the backcountry, including a week-long ski trip, an overnight ski trip, a two-week long trip to Iceland, overnight hiking trips, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, cycling, and day-hiking. I have also slept in it several times on overnight trips. I have worn the toque in temperatures between about -25 C (-13 F) and freezing, either alone or with another layer on top.
Wearing the Rho LTW


Comfort & Fit:
I am impressed with the fit of the Rho LTW Beanie. I have a small head, so most toques are quite large on me. This one is by no means tight, but it fits acceptably well. I don’t really have to stretch it to get it on. It creeps upwards slightly while I’m recreating, but not as much as some other hats I own. I have worn it under a cycling helmet, and it was thin enough to be comfortable without having to adjust the helmet at all. It is also very comfortable under my climbing helmet.

Warmth & Snow/Wind Resistance:
The beanies perform remarkably well, considering that upon inspection they appear to be just a thin layer of wool. I find that in calm conditions, if I’m active, I am comfortable down to about -15 C (5 F). The material breathes quite well, so I am also comfortable up to around freezing, at which point I’m looking for something headband-style because my head is too hot. However, I find that to be a pretty good temperature range.

The material of the toque doesn’t block the wind. If there’s a breeze and I’m active, I can still be comfortable, though not to quite as cold a temperature, but as soon as I stop moving I need to cover my head with something more wind-resistant.

The toque isn’t particularly water or snow resistant. Snow will melt onto the toque from the heat of my head, and if it gets wet enough the fabric will soak through. Usually if it’s precipitating that much I have a jacket on though, so I put the hood of the jacket up to keep the wet stuff off. The material of the beanie keeps my ears warm despite getting wet, but any wind definitely feels cold in a hurry through the wet toque.

Well, my toques have no holes. They don’t seem to have faded. I’ve washed the one that I wear regularly about five times, in the washing machine, and air dried it. I haven’t subjected the beanies to any particularly sharp objects, but overall the durability seems to be good.


The Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie is a lightweight merino wool toque that is an excellent layer for active pursuits. I never leave home without it…and sometimes two!

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Thumbs Down:
Not water-resistant (not that I’d expect it to be)
Wind blows through

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