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Best winter hat 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated October 1, 2019
Best winter hat of 2018
After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made. Come with me.
Following is the list of top three winter hat of 2018. Many brands have introduced winter hat on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice.
Test Results and Ratings
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Why did this winter hat win the first place?
The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!
Why did this winter hat come in second place?
This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this winter hat take third place?
I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.
winter hat Buyer’s Guide
Rules for Headgear
Most men own at least two options: a thick, practical cap for day-to-day existence outside in the winter, and a more formal, less-warming dress hat for short walks between transportation and a dressy setting like work or theater.
Felt Dress Hats
Various styles of dress hat (fedoras, homburgs, bowlers, etc.) come in thicker felts for winter wear. Some modern styles have incorporated a semi-circular ear warmer in the same color as, or in a complementary pattern to, the hat, that is either tucked up inside the crown or detachable, allowing the basic dressy style to be retained without sacrificing ear protection.
Acrylic hats can be an excellent wool substitute and certain blends are exceptionally soft. Acrylic is also lightweight, making it a popular fabric. For those who love wool but unfortunately may experience some allergic reactions to the fabric, acrylic can be an excellent substitute. Acrylic hats keep their shape and are highly elastic. They are warm, soft, hold color well and are both stain and wrinkle resistant.
Fur or Faux Fur
Fur and faux fur are hats can really accentuate a ski look. Some manufactures are using fur accents to add sophistication to traditional ski hats. This particular detail is very popular among the posh ski crowds because it gives a nice fashion-forward look. Additionally, fur and faux fur may be found on the inside of hats as an extra warm liner.
Another choice for headgear are headbands. Headbands are typically made from the same materials as hats and are mainly used to keep your ears warm because they do not cover the rest of your head. These are not as warm as wearing a hat, so they are typically reserved for warmer, sunny skiing days. The upside to wearing a headband is that your hair doesn’t get crushed, so transitioning your ski look to an après ski look becomes much easier.
Castelli Estremo WS Skully
What they say: Maximum warmth while allowing vapour to escape with warmer fabric for comfort and warmth.
What we say: With a band made from Gore’s Windstopper X-Free fabric, the Estremo WS Skully does a fine job of keeping your noggin snug, forming a protective chill-proof barrier that wraps itself around your forehead and over your ears.
This is a good thing as these are the areas many riders complain suffer the most when riding in colder conditions.
The rest of the cap is made from a fleecy, elasticated material called ‘Warmer Fabric’ which isn’t windproof (because it’s used in places where it doesn’t need to be, as long as you’re wearing a helmet over it) but it is highly breathable, offering a comfortable – if somewhat close – fit.
Castelli reckons this is suitable for riding in temperatures between 5-10°C, but we reckon it’d still serve you well in temperatures below that.
The Italian firm also bills this as a skullcap, despite it not quite fitting the accepted description of that on account of a wee flap at the back of the cap.
Acting almost like a reversed peak, this serves to protect the exposed part of your neck between what would ordinarily be the bottom of the cap and the top of your jacket.
What they say: For the most extreme riding conditions, the Castelli Difesa Cap is the item you’ll reach for to make riding a bit more bearable.
With full windproof coverage on top of the head and ear flaps, it traps in warmth and doesn’t let it go.
What we say: Difesa is the Italian word for defence and it’s an apt name for this bit of headgear.
The initial impression this cap gives is that it’s too thin to be of much cop when temperatures drop, but the entire thing is constructed from the same material Castelli uses on its rightly celebrated Gabba jersey – Gore’s Windstopper fabric.
Meaning this will protect you against both the wind and rain while also being highly breathable. It can be worn like a regular casquette, with its traditional cycling cap visor working to keep the rain out of your eyes, but there is also a fold-down panel made of Thermoflex fabric which can be deployed when the wind starts to bite that’ll keep your ears from falling off.
Reflective piping around the sides and detailing embedded in the Castelli label to the rear complete the package.
Craft Active Extreme 2.0 WS Hat
What they say: Thin and lightweight skull hat with wind-protective Windstopper panel at front that keeps your head dry and warm during workouts in chilly and windy conditions.
What we say: Swedish firm Craft was set up in the 1970s to produce base layers with keen wicking abilities, so it’s no surprise to discover that its Active Extreme skull cap is made from a highly breathable ribbed polyester mix which is easily the thinnest we looked at here.
Look after your kit
That means keeping it clean, washing it regularly (follow the instructions), and reproofing it as needed. Don’t use fabric softener, because it clogs the pores of your clothing.
High-tech, breathable clothing made from fabrics like Gore-Tex and eVent usually needs to be regularly washed and recoated with Nikwax or similar products. That’s because these fabrics often have a durable outer shell that protects the waterproof, breathable membrane beneath them, and this needs to be reproofed regularly. The new Gore One is an exception to this rule; this material — used in Gore, Casetelli and 7Mesh jackets — actually improves with washing.
If your jacket is made from something like Epic Cotton, it needs to be tumble dried regularly to remain water-resistant. If you do damage your clothing, patches can be bought for Gore-Tex kit, and many manufacturers will repair damage. Some even do it for free.
A Brief History of Hats
What can we say about hats that hasn’t already been said? Historically, hats have been worn to mark social status or military rank. Straw hats have been used and made for hundreds of years by farmers to block the sun all over the globe. Hats became a common part of American culture through baseball and military use. Now that you know about the history of hats, on to the fun part.
As a general rule, if it has a front facing brim and panel construction, it is a ball cap. There are many different types of ball caps based on how they adjust to your head and how they are constructed. These include fitted, snapback, strapback, flexfit, trucker and 5-panel styles.
Measure your dome and buy accordingly. These hat sizes are usually the circumference of your head, in inches (5/8″, etc. Fitted hats are standard baseball caps, made from cloth triangles and topped with a fabric-covered button called a, yes, this is the real word, squatchee.
Snapbacks got their start in sports during the 1950s but declined as fitted hats became more popular. It wasn’t until the ’80s and ’90s that snapbacks blew up in the hip hop scene and they gained popularity across the hat-wearing world. They use plastic snaps to adjust the diameter (size) of the hat. Snapbacks can generally be found on truckers, baseball, and old school Starter style hats.
Trucker hats were originally used by truck drivers and farmers. Why? They were generally cheap giveaways by agricultural companies and are breathable by nature: good for working outside, which actually translates well to snow and action sports. Truckers are made with mesh and foam instead of the sweat-magnet called cotton and are generally snapbacks.
Wrap up and roll out
The myth of losing 1percent of your body heat through your head was long ago busted, but it sprang from seeds of truth: If your noggin is cold, you will be too. We tapped into a community of like-minded pals who run through all the elements winter throws down to find the best beanies to see you through till spring. The perfect hat will keep you toasty warm while wicking sweat to keep you dry; look for one that covers your ears and stays securely on without squeezing your forehead. And then get out there: You’ll be happier and healthier, just like the other cold-weather-loving crazies.
For Guys in Search of a Thin Lid
This best-selling lightweight beanie is made from a poly-spandex blend that stretches over your head, sits close on your ears, and effectively wicks away sweat. Thin enough to fit under a ski or bike helmet, it kept warm-blooded testers toasty at temps as low as degrees; others used it as a liner underneath chunky knit caps. Runners prone to overheating appreciated being able to roll it up and stuff it in their pocket. If you don’t love it, Tough Headwear has a generous return policy. The beanie is also available in bright orange or neon yellow for increased visibility on winter’s short days or in snow.
For Men in Black
My former male coworkers who ran together at lunch wore nothing but black, like a gang of ninja warriors. With 30 percent wool and a channel-stitched internal brim, this thick Swedish-brand cap holds heat like an old-fashioned ski hat yet also breathes well on the run. It is one of the few options that come in sizes (S/M or L/XL). There’s also a jaunty red version, if you feel like standing out in the crowd.
For Low-Key Cozy Warmth
If you’re looking for an understated head warmer that doesn’t scream “I’m a runner!” here’s one you can wear around town or on your “off” days without embarrassment. This simple marled gray cap is lined with Adidas’s signature climawarm yarns (a cozy acrylic and polyester blend) to lock in heat and climalite mesh to wick away sweat. Both the brand logo in the front and the CLIMATECH stitching in the back offer a modest touch of cool reflectivity.
To Wear With Sunglasses
Don’t be fooled by this beanie’s light weight. Smartwool’s blend of Merino wool and nylon kept our tester warm in single-digit temps and below-zero windchill. Smooth to the touch and not at all itchy, it fits low over your forehead and ears, wicks sweat, and dries in time for tomorrow’s run. Thin enough to work under a bike or ski helmet, it also has clever slots on the side so you can tuck in your sunglasses without freezing your ears. The women’s version has a discreet ponytail notch in the back that lies flat and closed when not in use.
For Long Hair in the Snow
This beanie was actually designed for hunters, but don’t turn away: Testers note it’s better for running like a deer than quietly waiting in a stand for one to appear. The interior is fully lined with a cozy waffle fleece, as is the band that drops down comfortably around your ears. The exterior is treated with a durable water repellent, which keeps your noggin dry when you’re dashing through the snow. Threading your ponytail through the handy slot at the base of the back keeps the hat securely in place. Bonus: Beanie comes in white, brown, or pink camo with fun contrast stitching, for standing out rather than blending in.
TRAKKER CORE MULTI SUIT
Trakker is well-known for producing a great value winter bundle and this is the latest incarnation of exactly that.
Consisting of a jacket, zip-in fleece and trousers, it not only performs well but looks the part too.
The heavyweight jacket and fleece will keep Baltic conditions at bay. Add the trousers into the equation and you have an out-and-out winter all-rounder.
Thermal lined pockets, chunky and reliable zips, high collars, reinforced knee sections and a draught-excluding rear on the jacket complete the impressive spec on what is an outstandingly good value three-piece set.
WYCHWOOD PUFFER GILET CAMO
Keeping your core warm is key to enjoying, and not just enduring, winter sessions as it’s the middle area which acts as the boiler room for the rest of your body.
This well-insulated, sleeveless jacket does just that, and in performance terms it stands up to garments that cost considerably more than this.
The down-like 3M Thinsulate inner provides warmth and can be compressed for ease of transport.
Three zipped pockets – two external and one internal – and a high-quality zip complete the basics, with the waterproof and wind-resistant outer providing further performance tech.
PROLOGIC HERITAGE THERMO SUIT
An out-and-out winter suit which features a heavily-insulated jacket and salopettes, each packed with features.
The jacket has a high collar, peaked hood, storm-sealed pockets to the front, adjustable cuffs, insulated side pockets and quality two-way zips.
The salopettes have reinforced knee sections (a great addition) and the bottom gusset and Velcro adjusters help make for a snug fit around chunky winter boots.
This is a proper suit which will keep you warm and dry in any weather the winter can throw at you.
It’s well made and features a range of well-thought-out extras.
Do replace your riding hat immediately if it suffers an extreme impact.
Do buy the best riding hat you can afford and never compromise safety.
Do throw away a hat that has sustained a significant level of impact is thrown away even if the damage isn’t visible.
Do report any accidents you and your hat are involved in to the British Horse Society as they maintain records of how hats perform.
Do replace your riding hat every years – because the padding compresses with wear and factors such as sunlight can break down its construction.
Materials of horse riding hats
Once upon a time horse riding hats were only made of velvet but nowadays different materials are widely available. Velvet, vinyl, leather-look, suede-look and plastic are all options as long as they include the correct safety rating. For competitions, check the requirements beforehand to ensure your hat meets the required criteria as you may be eliminated.
Choosing your riding hat
There are two genres of riding hats: single size and adjustable. Choosing between them depends on your discipline and riding ability.
Features of a riding hat
The chin strap is often overlooked despite being a key part of the hat. It needs to be easily adjustable so that it feels comfortable. The purpose of the chin strap is to ensure that the hat does not move and that it stays in the correct position on your head whilst you’re riding. It should always be securely fastened under the chin and you should only be able to get one finger under it when it’s on. If you can get two fingers, side by side under the strap, the strap is not tight enough. Adjust the chin strap before you adjust any of the other straps or dials if the hat has one.
The straps at the back and side of the hat come if several different designs but all serve the same purpose: to stop the hat from tipping forwards. Fasten them equally.
Hats either have a 3- or a 4- point harness. The ‘3’ and the ‘4’ simply relate to the number of places it can be adjusted. Obviously a 4-point harness is more desirable as it means that you’ll be able to adjust fit in the maximum number of places for the best fit without compromising on safety.
Some of these liners are attached via Velcro while others are attached via tiny poppers.
Consider buying a ventilated hat if you have a ‘hot head’! From the safety angle, if you’re concerned about whether a vented hat will provide the same level of protection as a non-vented one…be assured that it will. Vented riding hats go through the same rigorous testing process and having vents does not reduce the level of protection. A good example is the Gatehouse RXCSkull Cap. It’s the most protective riding hat we sell. It has vents and yet still has the greatest level of safety certification, i.e. Snell E200and PAS: 015.
From the aesthetic angle, if you’re concerned about how the hat will look when you’ve got it on, the vents are incorporated in to the overall design of the hat giving a modern look which is incredibly popular.
Keep warm this winter in the Delphic beanie. Made of a wool and acrylic blend, the Delphic beanie is a versatile beanie with a traditional look. Perfect for a walk around town or a hike in the mountains, the Delphic Beanie is the perfect gift for the toque lovers you know.
Peak Performance Unisex Switch Hat
The perfect toque to match with any outfit, the Switch Hat comes in a variety of colourways so you can buy the whole collection or just your favourites. Woven in a double layered wool and acrylic blend, the Switch Hat is sure to keep you warm and stylish this season.
Alps & Meters Classic Pom Hat
Established in 2014, Alps & Meters is a new brand that focuses on making a few high-quality pieces for cold temperatures. And when we say “a few,” we mean a few. The brand only has nine pieces on offer, and the Classic Pom Hat is one of them. Made out of 100% lambswool (and available in a variety of colors), the hat is coated with DuPont Teflon water repellant, and has a secret zipped pocket underneath the hat’s cuff to store a key, cash, or a credit card.
In my world, there are several given truths that are damn near guaranteed to take place: In about a month, the temperature will fall; the leaves will change color and drop to the ground; I’ll go fishing during the day and wear my ski boots that night while watching postseason baseball; it’s going to snow soon afterward; and I will be wearing a hat–every single day for the next six months.
Hats are pretty much mandatory during the winter, and a lot of us wear them year round. They are also very personal, meaning you don’t need me to tell you what to doff on your dome. You probably already know that good hats are hard to find. Once you find one that fits, you wear the hell out of it. It becomes part of you: the sweat stains, the dirt smudges, the rim of fabric around your noggin forming perfectly to your own personal specs. I always get a little sad knowing that a favorite hat is on its way out, mostly because it means I have to start the search for a new one.
High gaiters help prevent snow from entering your boots or making your socks wet. They also provide extra insulation below your knee. The most popular high gaiters worn by winter hikers are Outdoor Research Crocodile Gaiters. Avoid gaiters that close with zippers because they break quite quickly. Look for gaiters that seal around your leg using velcro instead.
Many hikers also like to bring a neck gaiter, like a Polar Buff, which can be used as a scarf or another hat.
A minimum of two pairs of gloves is recommended, although hikers often bring three or four pairs if their hands sweat a lot while hiking.
One pair of gloves should be modular with an outer waterproof shell layer and an inner insulating liner. Mitts provide more warmth that gloves, but gloves provide more dexterity. One compromise approach is to use an insulating glove inside a waterproof shell mitt in order to provide dexterity and warmth. You can also bring multiple liner gloves and switch them out when they get damp and cold. Good modular gloves include: Outdoor Research Meteor Mitts or Outdoor Research Arete Gloves.
The second pair of gloves is usually lighter weight and used while hiking when body movement will heat up your hands and keep them warmer. Softshell gloves are better than medium weight fleece gloves because snow sticks to them less and they are highly breathable. For example: Marmot Glide Softshell Gloves or Marmot Connect Gloves.
Leather gloves absorb water and freeze and are not recommended.
Puffy Insulated Hooded Jacket Lighter weight insulated jackets are insufficient for this purpose and are more suitable as a mid-layer.
Hard Shell Pants
Hard shell pants are completely windproof and waterproof. Many people find it helpful to use pants that have full zips along the sides to help vent extra heat while hiking and because you can put them on or take them off without having to take off your boots. Most hikers who wear hard shell pants as their primary pant layer also wear long underwear underneath them for warmth. Marmot Precip FZ Pants are an excellent, economical full zip waterproof pant option.
If you have to spend a unexpected night out, you also need to have some way of melting snow to create drinking water. While carrying a liquid fuel stove like a MSR Whisperlite and a cook pot is the most reliable way of doing this, you can also carry several ESBIT cubes, a solid fuel, and a small metal cup to melt water in an emergency. Hypothermia is accelerated by dehydration and can have dire consequences.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your winter hat wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of winter hat
- №1 — FUR WINTER Taslon Faux Fur Aviator Ski Trapper Trooper Pilot Hat
- №2 — Simplicity Men / Women’s Thick Stretchy Knit Slouchy Skull Cap Beanie
- №3 — Womsky Thick & Warm Beanie in Cable And Ribbed Knit Styles