Keep Your Head Toasty with the Perfect Winter Workwear Hat

Most heat escapes through your head. These hats will keep that from happening.

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Carhartt

Winter is a great time to be outside. But if you don’t want to be miserable, you need to keep your head warm, especially when the wind is blowing.

Winter work hats come with and without a bill and in a variety of materials, such as cotton, cotton canvas, a variety of synthetics, different types of wool, and wool-synthetic blends. They may have earflaps that fold on the outside of the hat or fold on the inside.

It’s important that any winter work hat be simple and rugged. It should be easily washed, because it’s going to get dirty and sweaty from outdoor winter work, like cutting firewood or doing cold-weather remodeling. Pay attention to these details to locate the hat that’s right for you.

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Carhartt Acrylic Watch Hat A18
Carhartt
$12.99

Carhartt’s acrylic watch cap is well regarded in the construction trades for its sturdy construction and its warmth. The company started making the cap, known as the A18, in 1988. This hat's generous proportions provide a substantial fold of material around your temple and forehead, contributing to keeping you warm.

Military Genuine Winter Wool Hat Watch Cap
Army Universe
$10.99

This is the best buy in winter headgear. The military still provides the classic all-wool watch cap, and nothing is warmer or more durable. It keeps your head toasty rain or shine, snow or sun. 

The downside is that many people (myself included) find them itchy. When I bought my first one 40 years ago, it didn’t bother me so much because I had a head full of hair. Now, when I break it out in the winter, it takes several sessions wearing it before I get used to it. But I wear it all the same, because it’s better than a cold head.

Blueberry Uniforms Gray Merino Wool Beanie Hat
Blueberry Uniforms
$19.99
$12.95 (35% off)

If you can't get past the wool problem, then consider Bluberry’s hat. It's made from a less itchy form of wool—merino.

Carhartt Workflex Earflap Cap
Carhartt
$24.99

A ball cap need not be a chilly head covering. Carhartt’s is cotton canvas with spandex backed by a polyester insulation. Its earflaps fold to the inside.

Duluth Trading Superior Hat
Duluth Trading
$24.50

Duluth Trading makes a variety of a earflap caps. This one has outside-fold earflaps. The hat’s shell is the company’s rugged cotton “Fire Hose” canvas, with a polyester fleece lining and 150-gram Thinsulate insulation.

Stormy Kromer Original Wool Cap
Stormy Kromer
$44.95

If you’re a dyed-in-the-wool traditionalist, the all-wool, U.S.A.-made Stormy Kromer may be for you.

Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet System
Husqvarna
$51.80

There are times when I’m cutting firewood by myself out in the middle of nowhere and I’m wearing a chainsaw safety helmet like this one.

The earmuffs keep my ears warm, but the rest of my head freezes because there’s no thermal protection there. The solution is either a beanie that fits under the helmet or a hard-hat liner, or a balaclava.

Carhartt Helmet Liner Mask
Carhartt
$24.99

Some hard-hat liners like Carhartt’s make an excellent covering that functions like a hood on a hooded sweatshirt but with the advantage that you can peel it off if you get overheated.

N-Ferno Hard-Hat Winter Liner
Ergodyne
$9.55

Other hard-hat liners function as a very effective hood and can be a warm head covering with or without a helmet, while leaving your full face exposed so that you can breathe better when there are long runs of aerobic activity.

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