Part 15 in an ongoing series highlighting Northeast-based gear companies. You're smart enough to wear a helmet while you ski, bike, or otherwise risk your noggin. But are you brave enough to wear a crazeeHead?CrazeeHeads
are helmet covers stitched to look like plush animals. Eleven different creatures are available from this small New York company, including a monkey, panda, snow leopard, raccoon, and more. Each of them has a name, plus important information about their background and preferences. These include (text from the company web site):Mo the Monkey
: "Most monkeys hang out in the jungle, but Mo has adapted well to living in the snow – so now he’s perfectly at home on the slopes. You’ll have fun fooling around with him!"Poppi the Pig
: "Poppi the Pig is the most lovable and squeezable "oinker" you've ever met! Her pink fur sparkles in the sun (like a movie star)."Pickles the Alligator
: "He’s the absolute, guaranteed, no-doubt-about-it, cutest and softest gator who ever walked the Earth."
CrazeeHeads area also available in a fashion collection, which look more like oversized—and much more stylish—hats. They are available in three designs: basic quilted
, embroidered velvet,
and animal skin patterns
(right). CrazeeHeads are sized based on helmet dimensions and cost $37 for plush animals, $23 to $28 for the fashion collection.
Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the 14 others I've profiled to date:Delorme
(Yarmouth, Maine)Ibex Outdoor Clothing
(White River Junction, Vt.)Jetboil
(Manchester, N.H.)New England Ropes
(Fall River, Mass.)Nemo Equipment
(Manchester, N.H.)Orion Signal and Survival Products
(Easton, Md.)Dermatone Sunscreen
(Windsor, Ct.)Darn Tough Socks
(Biddeford, Maine)Noble Biomaterials
(Scranton, Pa.)Hyperlite Mountain Gear
(Biddeford, Maine)New Balance
(Boston, Mass.)Sterling Rope
(Biddeford, Maine)Stephenson's Warmlite
Have a suggestion for a Northeast-based gear company to profile? Please let me know!
” is an AMC Outdoors
blog, written by Matt Heid.