Apparel Winter Running Hat

Published on November 11, 2014

The Perfect Winter Running Hat?

A great running hat should be an essential part of every runner’s kit bag but with a plethora of options available from the sublime to the rather ridiculous (and ridiculously over-priced) what to choose? RunningMonkey took to the trails to bring you some recommendations for the coming winter months…

Proviz Hi Viz BeanieProviz Hi Viz Beanie

A snip at under £10, this classic beanie is made from soft-touch acrylic that does a solid job of regulating temperature but, we found, was a little itchy when things got sweaty on the run. But what we do love about the Proviz is the vivid colour options – day-glow pink or yellow – that, combined with a large dash of reflective detailing, really adds to safety on winter runs when weather and lower light levels make being seen as important as keeping warm. RRP £9.99 – Further details at provizsports.com

Polar Buff Polar Buff

Technically not running hats of course, but Buffs – in all their many forms – have been firm favourites of RunningMonkey for as long as we can remember. Practical, infinitely versatile and available in a near-bewildering range of designs the Buff’s tubular-knit construction is outstanding for comfort and brilliantly adaptable for using as everything from a balaclava to a neck-warmer and beanie. The Polar option adds a cylindrical piece of Polartec fleece to one end for extra protection when the temperature plummets with the only real drawback being that they lack reflective detailing. RRP £25 – Further details at buffwear.co.uk  

Ronhill Photon BeanieRonhill Photon Beanie

If you’re going to spend £30 on a hat you’re going to want plenty for your money; thankfully the Ronhill Photon Beanie delivers just that with super-soft fabric, a snug, warm fit and reflectives that run from the front to wrap around the sides. But the real unique selling point – and justification for the cost – is the set of red LED lights tucked round at the rear, which can be set to either solid or flashing mode (Ronhill rather cheekily list three modes by including ‘off’.) There’s little noticeable weight or bulk added by the LED set and lights are infinitely better than reflectives in foggy conditions. RRP £30 – Further details ronhill.com

Terra Nova Power Stretch BeanieTerra Nova Power Stretch Beanie

Quite simply one of our favourite running hats. Simple and stripped back the Power Stretch is soft, warm, and snug – everything you should look for in running hats – with a little reflecive logo on the front (one on the rear would make it even better.) The seams are flat-locked for comfort and the profile is low enough that it can fit under a cycling helmet too. If you’re after simple form and function this option from Terra Nova is just the job. RRP £15 – Further details at terra-nova.co.uk

B’Twin Big City HatB’Twin Big City Hat

We’re including this Big City option from B’Twin because it’s fun and RunningMonkey likes to be reminded that running shouldn’t (always) be taken too seriously. On the inside there’s 100% polyester fleece and outside a 50/50 wool and acrylic blend that gives the hat a brilliantly granny-knitted aesthetic, whilst adding considerably to the warmth. Not the best for breathability or wicking, but incredibly toasty for deep-winter running or lobbing snowballs around – great range of colours too. They’re fun, get one. RRP £10.99 – Further details at decathlon.co.uk

Halo Anti-FreezeHalo Anti-Freeze

Finally if you’re not looking for full head coverage the Anti-Freeze from sweat-stop specialists Halo will regulate the run, keeping the ears toasty whilst leaving the top of your head free to vent. Inside the Anti-Freeze is Halo’s regular ‘Sweatblock Technology’ – a little rubberised strip that channels sweat back away from the face and eyes, useful when things get hotter than you’d anticipated. Comfortable and practical. RRP £15.99 – Details at haloheadbanduk.com

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