Perhaps the hardest task when dressing well for cold weather is finding a hat that’s as warm and comfortable as possible. Cold ears and cheeks can turn the winter into a miserable experience, and can make a trip into the outdoors an unwelcome proposition.
Thankfully, a warm hat can keep your face and jowls protected, so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the need to worry about a chill breeze. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the warmest winter hats we could find. No matter what your tastes, we’re confident that at least one of these hats will be just what you need to keep your noggin from freezing solid.
This is a Siberian-style hat that’s quite sturdy, and has a fur-insulated forehead that’s designed to absorb the brunt of a stiff breeze, and to stay dry even when it keeps getting coated with snow.
In addition to the sturdy forehead, this hat also features a face mask that wraps around from your right and snaps into the left ear flap. This is very warm, but it might be too much on a moderately cold day. In that case, the face mask rolls up easily, and can be fastened to the right ear flap to keep it out of the way.
In addition, the ear flaps extend all the way around the bottom of your chin. You can leave them up if you so desire, but it’s nice to be able to cover your entire face on those truly frigid days.
If you’re looking for a traditional knit cap, it can be difficult to determine the difference between a top-quality piece of craftsmanship and a bargain-shelf knockoff. To find the best, you need to turn to a reliable brand, so you know you’re getting what you pay for. Topo Designers fits the bill, and you can wear their cap with confidence.
This hat is knit from 100-percent acrylic, so it’s waterproof. If you get caught in the rain, just take it off, throw it in the dryer, and in a few minutes you’ll have an effective, dry cap that’s warm, understated, and reasonably priced for what you’re getting.
This is a large women’s beanie that’s designed for fashion as much as it is for warmth and comfort. Like the last cap we looked at, it’s knit from 100-percent acrylic, so it’s safe for the washing machine, the dryer, and wet, miserable conditions.
The quality of the finish itself is high quality. It looks like an old-fashioned wool cap, with a soft finish that looks and feels soft and natural, like a warm, fluffy sheep. It’s also available in 19 colors to match any outfit, as well as variety packs so you’ll have multiple colors to mix and match.
If you’re willing to pay top dollar for a top-quality hat, the Canada Goose is tough to beat. It’s designed to look like a World War I aviator’s hat, complete with the extended chin flaps and the fur-padded forehead, which is one of the most effective wind blockers we’ve seen on the market.
The fur lining itself extends throughout the lower rim of the cap and all the way down the chin flaps, providing a level of padding and comfort not often seen in any kind of winter gear. This is an expensive hat, but it’s peerless when it comes to overall quality.
This is a traditional beanie with a large, genuine raccoon fur pom. Not only is this attractive, but it provides a convenient gripping point for removing your hat without the risk of accidentally messing up your hair. It’s knit from genuine wool, which means it will keep your head warm even if it gets wet. On the downside, it will shrink if you machine dry it.
This hat is available in 23 different colors, so it will match any outfit imaginable. We mean that literally. If you’re not able to find a color that works for you, you’re not using your imagination.
To protect your entire head, why not go beyond a simple hat and use a full hood? Despite its name, the Komene Knit Winter Hat does exactly this. It features an adjustable fit, with a pull cord just like you’d find on a hoodie, and a flexible knit pattern that allows it to conform to just about any head shape.
This hat is constructed from knit acrylic fibers, which means it’s machine washable, but it will also lose its effectiveness if it gets wet. When paired with a parka with a waterproof hood, this hat offers exceptional protection from the elements.