What to Look for in a Winter Running Hat
When choosing a winter running hat, you should look for ones made of moisture-wicking materials that will keep you dry, warm, and protected, according to Michele Canon, CPT, and coach for STRIDE GO, an online training platform for runners. “If sweat hangs on your skin, your body temperature will drop,” she says.
Merino wool or synthetic blends such as polyester, spandex, and nylon are all good options for breathable but quick-drying fabrics. Stay away from hats made of materials that dry slowly, such as cotton, since a wet head can make you more susceptible to the dangerous effects of the cold, such as hypothermia or frostbite.
Getting the right fit is crucial because you want to make sure the hat has adequate coverage but isn’t so tight that you get a pressure headache. “The hat should be lightweight, comfortable, and cover your ears,” says Canon.
Many hats are one size fits all, but you still should review the manufacturer’s size information and read reviews to get a sense of the fit.
To stay safe when running outdoors, you need to make sure you’re seen. “Reflectivity is a key component of winter weather running gear since it stays darker for longer in the mornings and later in the evenings,” says Lyman. Some winter running hats have reflective elements, such as stripes, patterns, or logos, to increase runners’ visibility in low-light conditions.
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As a marathon runner and certified running coach, Christine Luff has researched and recommended lots of winter running hats, as well as personally tested them during frigid training runs and races. Christine understands the importance of thoroughly researching products to only recommend the best in class.