Stay Warm: Hat Styles for Everyone
Published on 01/06/2013
There are plenty of styles out there to protect that noggin from sun, rain, or just plain cold. Hats come in all shapes, designs, and materials. Whether sporting a skin-tight beanie or a worn-in baseball cap, we all like to wear something to shelter our domes. Technology has advanced to include synthetic materials, stretchy lycra, and built-in headphones. With all these different innovations, the main concept remains – keep your head protected from the elements and the journey will be more enjoyable.
Beanie: The North Face Wicked Beanie
This knit beanie has a fleece liner around the rim to keep the ears and forehead comfortable. The hat fits tight and keeps shape for a durable and long lasting wear. The weave texture of the hat provides a breathable layer that still shields that skull from biting wind. This type of hat can also be worn under a helmet when skiing for added warmth.
Ear Warmers: 180s Urban Ear Warmers
There are a few situations when a hat won’t work, but a set of Popsicle ears don’t sound so appealing. The 180s are modern ear muffs with built-in headphones that wrap around the back of the head and hold fast with an internal frame. Use these when sporting a hard hat, or if that fabulous hair day just can’t be ruined by a proper hat.
Winter Commuter Hat: Pistil Oslo Cap
This commuter hat is constructed of stylish herringbone wool and polyester with a ribbed band above the ears. A simple and comfortable design for daily wear, the cadet cap style can easily be tucked away in a bag and pulled back out while holding its shape. The flexible ribbed bands can tuck over the ears when the temperature plummets for added warmth.
Ear Flap Cap: REI Havenpass Earflap Cap
The Havenpass is a versatile hat with drop down micro-fleece lined earflaps for added protection from the elements. The eVent™ fabric allows for efficient moisture wicking and breathability, which means better heat management during strenuous activity. A wide curved bill will keep rain off the face, and the flaps snap up when the weather warms.
Ultimate Warmth: Outdoor Research Transcendent Beanie
Imagine journeying out into the wild with a down sleeping bag wrapped around your noggin. The Transcendent beanie is stuffed with 650+ fill fluffy down encased in a lightweight fabric shell. This hat works well under a jacket hood during inclement weather or solo during extreme cold. Of course, it looks like a big blue marshmallow so style points will not be awarded with this one.