Unless you’re an extreme mountain climber or an average Minnesotan, choosing the right winter hat isn’t a life-or-death decision. But a poor choice can doom you to a winter of having subzero appeal to women … not to mention frozen ears. That being said, it’s worth putting some time and thought into what type of winter hat you opt to wear. In fact, much like pairs of shoes, it wouldn’t hurt to own more than one for different situations. So whether you simply want to match up your hat with what you’re wearing or merely keep your head cozy without looking like an inbred burglar, we’ve got a hat for you.
Oversized Knit Beanie ($24 @ alternativeapparel.com)
This stylish beanie is made from 100 percent acrylic fibers to maximize warmth. Its one-size-fits-all construction and multiple color and pattern options mean that wearers can find the perfect beanie no matter their style.
Carhartt Men’s Fleece 2-In-1 ($13 @ Amazon.com)
Great for chores in the outdoors. Wow, that rhyme was unexpected. Anyway, the pull-down face mask makes for stellar coverage when needed and can be slid out of the way when not. The lightweight hat is 100 percent polyester fleece and will keep your face from freezing off even in the most frigid temps.
Outdoor Research Men’s Yukon Cap ($39 @ Amazon.com)
Made with 60 percent wool and 30 percent polyester this hat was designed for cold. It also comes with a fold up brim for easy storage and an attachable chin cord.
Outlier Stand ALone Hood ($35 @ http://shop.outlier.cc)
The rugged hood is made for the outdoorsman. The fabrics in this hood are Merino knit, Primaloft Infinity insulation, yarn-dyed Supermarine Cotton, and OG cloth side panels. Making it highly water and wind resistant while still soft and comfortable. Its side panel material also allows you to hear through them without issue. Its quick action sliding bridge adjusters make cinching this hood fast and effective. This hood could be paired with any of your favorite winter jackets.
Helly Hansen Oslo Beanie ($20 @ Amazon.com)
Shredding snow, hitting the lodge, or launching snowballs at pip-squeaks, The Oslo Beanie from Helly Hansen fits the bill. This 100 percent acrylic beanie is double-layered with an extra high rib, offering your ears more coverage from Old Man Winter’s gnarly breath. Plus the pom-poms add a twist to this classic style, making you look obnoxiously cheerful and energetic — which may or may not be a result of the
cocaine Red Bull you just ingested.