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The Best Hats and Beanies
Headwear is a common afterthought while packing for your big mountain adventure. However, these small items can have a huge impact on your trip. Hats and beanies are the first, and sometimes only, layer of warmth for your head. Even on the chilliest of days, a good hat or beanie will keep your head warm. With that in mind, what is the best hat or beanie? That depends. With multiple styles out there, it’s really up to you to find what works best for your situation. Let’s dive a bit deeper into what each one does.
We’ll start off with caps. Caps have a bill to protect the wearer from the sun’s rays overhead. This is perfect for a day hiking around the mountain, or a stroll through town. Depending on the materials used in the cap, they can also provide some warmth to the wearer. For example, trucker-style caps generally have a mesh backing, allowing air to move freely onto the head. While this may be great for spring and summer hikes, it does little to keep your head warm.
For more warmth on the mountain, look for caps that have a wool construction. Or find a cap that has been treated to repel water. Another option is to find a hat made from Gore-Tex. Gore-Tex helps keep the warmth in while keeping the cold and moisture out. No matter what kind of cap you choose, make sure it fits and works well for your activity!
Beanies are the classic way to stay warm. Generally made from wool, these hats are a must if your adventures take you skiing or snowboarding. Their low profile allows them to be worn in conjunction with a helmet. Beanies are also made from various materials, including polyester and acrylic. While the standard beanie will keep your head warm, there are many other styles to choose from including models that have ear flaps, hoods, and even removable liners. Unfortunately, since most beanies are made with natural fibers, they generally do not have any water repellant abilities.
This should give you a good idea of what to look for when you choose your next cap or beanie. Stop on by your local Sun & Ski Sports to choose the right one for you as you complete your list. Or if you have more questions, our experts are ready to help you. Their knowledge and expertise in the adventures that you want to experience can be an invaluable tool as you pack for your upcoming adventure. Or, for more tips and tricks, take a look at our blog!