Fashion & Beauty

10 of the Warmest Winter Hats

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.

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 Bennie Insulated Beanie

For seriously cold weather, you need an insulated beanie, like the Bennie by Outdoor Research. This hat looks like a regular knit beanie on the outside, but is lined with a thin but effective AdrenaLoft insulation to maximize warmth.

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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.

Cotopaxi Pom Beanie

Calling all llama-lovers—you need this hat. Cotopaxi’s Pom Beanie features an eye-catching animal design in a variety of colors. Your head and heart will feel warm while wearing this two-layered beanie, as Cotopaxi donates a portion of this purchase to an anti-poverty nonprofit.

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Seirus Heatwave Docks Hat

Seirus’ trademarked Heatwave technology uses a silver material to both reflect and amplify heat in order to maximize warmth. The Docks Beanie is lined around the base 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.

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Outdoor Research Rory Insulated Beanie

Outdoor Research’s adorable Rory Insulated Beanie not only has a fleece lining for extra comfort, but is also lined with 40 grams of AdrenaLoft insulation to really lock in heat. 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.

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Caroline Morse Teel is a Senior Editor at SmarterTravel. Follow her on Instagram @travelwithcaroline.

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By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

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