A good winter hat can make a huge impact on your comfort level on a cold day. When you’re traveling, that can mean the difference between making the most or missing out on the best a destination has to offer. Here are the warmest hats that will help you stay outside longer when it’s freezing.
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Orvis Barbour Saltburn Beanie
Barbour’s Saltburn Beanie is constructed with an ultra-thick rib cable-knit that traps heat and blocks out frigid breezes. The hat’s slouchy styling and cheeky faux-fur pompom is right on trend for this season.
Outdoor Research Aberdeen Beanie
For a low-key, practical, yet still stylish option, choose the Aberdeen Beanie by Outdoor Research. The cuff at the bottom is designed to retain heat and the lightweight fabric is a nice alternative to some heavier winter options without sacrificing warmth.
Spyder Twisty Hat
Sypder’s Twisty Hat protects against cold ears with a built-in fleece earband lining on the inside of the cable-knit fabric for extra warmth. A fun oversized pompom on the top adds a touch of whimsy to this cap.
The Allbirds Pom Beanie
Looking for a sustainable way to keep cozy this year? The Pom Beanie from Allbirds is made from lower carbon regenerative wool and is carbon neutral. With a soft knit texture and adorable pom pom accent, you can feel good and look good while you brave the cold.
Seirus Heatwave Skiff Beanie
Seirus’ trademarked Heatwave technology uses a silver material to both reflect and amplify heat in order to maximize warmth. The Skiff Beanie is lined with the Heatwave material, which keeps your ears extra-toasty.
Mammut Sally Beanie
Wool is nature’s ultimate insulator, and Mammut’s Sally Beanie expertly combines it with an acrylic yarn for a hat that’s warm but soft, not itchy. The beanie has a 100 percent recycled polyester full fleece inner layer, which helps block wind and cold.
Smartwool NTS Mid 250 Reversible Pattern Cuffed Beanie
Smartwool’s NTS Mid 250 Reversible Pattern Cuffed Beanie is not only crafted to keep you toasty in the coldest climates, but is also reversible for maximum versatility. The Heavyweight Mid 250 base layer fabric really locks in the heat and the hat’s fold-over cuff can be flipped down for extra coverage, or worn up for a more stylish look.
Spyder Brr Berry Hat
With knit on the outside and a plush fleece lining on the inside, you’re doubly protected from the cold with Spyder’s Brrr Berry Hat. A stripe design adds a fun touch to any dull winter day.
Fjallraven Nordic Heater Hat
Fjallraven’s Nordic Heater might just be the warmest hat out there, thanks to its synthetic fur lining. Button up the ear flaps when temperatures rise above freezing, or fold them down and secure the hat with the included chin strap on blustery days.
Smartwool Cozy Cabin Hat
Smartwool’s Cozy Cabin Hat features a non-slip interior headband so you don’t have to deal with your hat falling down over your eyes. This unisex beanie has a warm lining and simple design that will last you through many long winters.
Caroline Morse Teel is a Senior Editor at SmarterTravel. Follow her on Instagram @travelwithcaroline.
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