Choosing The Right Hat

When choosing a hat, the key factors to consider are;

  • What conditions you are likely to be using it in?
  • Is the hat to be used as a top layer or is it to go under a helmet?
  • What do you want the hat to do? eg keep your head warm, protect from wind chill, keep your head dry or a combination.
  • Whether there is a particular style you prefer? – eg Beanie, Took which is cut low over the ears, Headband, Balaclava etc.

Thermal hats

Lighter weight hats can be a useful base layer under a helmet but also suitable for more aerobic activities. Lightweight thermal fabrics, such as Power Dry® and Power Stretch®, are quick drying and actively wick moisture away from the skin making them ideal for active sports as well as being a useful layer when the temperature drops.

If the weather is colder, or you are going to be less active, then consider a heavier weight fabric. Some hats come with a fleece lining for extra warmth in cold conditions too.

Windproof hats

Designed to keep off wind chill, but generally do not have many thermal properties. Some windproof fabrics such as WINDSTOPPER® are also breathable for comfort.

Waterproof hats

These have taped seams to prevent water seeping through the stitching. Some better quality waterproof fabrics are also be breathable.

 

Useful Terms

Common words used in hat specifications

Breathable

The material will allow water vapour to pass through to avoid the build up of sweat and condensation. Some waterproof membranes are breathable.

Wicking

Material actively transports sweat away from the body to keep you more comfortable/

Taped seams

When a waterproof fabric is sewn, the seams are sealed using a waterproof tape which is applied with heat and prevents water coming through. This makes the garment fully waterproof. Critically seam sealed means only seams which must be waterproof are sealed, others such as a pocket seam are not sealed.

 

If you’re still not sure about which hat is best suited to your requirements, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.

 

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