Winter Hat?

This may seem like a stupid question but does anybody use a winter hat that keeps their head warm but not TOO warm?!

I'm a bit of a wimp when it comes to cold weather and i like to stay warm.....the other problem i have is that i don't like to stay so warm that i'm soaked in sweat!

I used to run with a wool type beany hat but that made me sweat too much and always came back soaking....i then went and bought a stretchy running cap but it  was fitted and totally crushed my massive head! 

any ideas?


  • Not that warm, but I like my Lowe Alpine goretex baseball cap. Waterproof and thin and keeps the rain off my glasses.

    An alternative option is a buff, can be used in various permutations and if it gets too warm take it off and use as a wristband. Also makes a good neck baffle to stop rain running inside a waterproof top.

  • I've been looking at Lowe alpine hats but not the baseball cap types, are they made of breathable material? I'm not a fan of buffs unfortunately! Too tight as a hat and seem to soak up all the sweat. Thanks for your reply!
  • Link to the one I wear. Stupidly expensive but as the top is so thin it folds up small and fits in my jacket pocket

  • I use an Asics headband that keeps the chill off ears and forehead, but still lets excess heat out off the top of the head.
  • I thought about a headband...I wear one for winter sports but was thinking about something to keep the top of my nugget warm and dry!
  • Lowe alpine one looks know if they do it in more of a 'beany' version?
  • Or look for a larger stretchy thin running hat? Some of the makes do them in different sizes.

  • I've got a Nike beanie hat made of quite thin Lycra type material. Seems to do the trick although it's not cold enough where I am to wear it yet, I usually wait until the a winter. Seems to so the trick ans was just a few quid from Sports Direct.
  • Debra, i did think of that..the one i have is a 'one size' fit but was hoping somebody may have one similar that comes in different sizes image


  • My dear brother gave me two under armour HG hex beanies as an Xmas prezzy a couple of years ago and there fantastic....


  • Lidl did S, M, L hats last year when they brought out their winter running range. Not sure whether this year's has been and gone or not. Aldi just did theirs but the hats were one size fits all.

  • try a buff.  it's made of thin cotton material and comes as a tube, fold it so that it forms a skullcap.  sorted

    instructions of how to fold a buff here -


  • MuttleyMuttley ✭✭✭

    I wear a buff - as a beanie but not closed at the top. A kind of adjustable "cooling tower" effect, keeps head warm and sweat out of eyes while allowing heat to dissipate.

    On really cold days it used to hugely amuse Muttley Jnr to see me standing outside the house with a plume of steam rising from my head.

  • I use a buff unless its properly cold.  The Helly Hansen beanies are good, not too thick and you can pull it down over your ears too.  OMM Beanie is another good one I've used all year round for night runs and the like.

  • I'm another buff user - and there are loads of ways to wear them that mean you can vary the amount of heat you allow to escape.

    Pirate style is my favourite image 

  • I use the inov-8 winter peak cap. Has a fleece lining so nice and warm and keeps most of the rain/snow off your face.

    but if find that too warm try the rain peak

    or as an alterantive to a buff

  • grow your hair in the shape of a bob style,that should keep your head and ears warm.

  • +1 for buffs

  • You can never have too many buffs image

  • Buff for me
  • Berghaus Power Stretch Beanie (other similar beanies are available...)


    Warm and thin so can be worn under helmets (cycling, I don't own a running helmet) and hoods easily.

  • +1 for buff's, but i dont buy original ones £15 each? screw that, there is one (better quality too imo) made by Oxford originals, £15 for 3.

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