If you want to know how to choose 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? I.e. Keep your head warm, protect from wind chill, keep your head dry, or a combination of a few?
- Decide whether there is a particular style you’d prefer – i.e. A beanie, Took which is cut low over the ears, Headband, Balaclava etc.
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 waterproof tape that is applied with heat and prevents water from coming through. This makes the garment fully waterproof. Critically, seam-sealed is only applied where waterproofing is necessary.
Lighter-weight hats can be a useful base layer under a helmet but are 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. This makes 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.
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.
These have taped seams to prevent water from seeping through the stitching. Some better-quality waterproof fabrics are also breathable.
View our full range of Extremities headwear here.
If you’re still not sure how to choose a hat that is best suited to your requirements, please contact us and we’ll do our best to help.