As we all know, one of the most important factors when venturing out in cold conditions is to take care of your extremities – that is, your head, hands and feet. Body heat is lost at a much faster rate from these areas than elsewhere on the body, so it is essential to protect them with some decent headwear, gloves and socks. Today we’ll be looking at some of the best winter hats on the market, as chosen by Ray Mears and the Woodlore Team.
1. Possum Fur and Merino Wool Beanie Hat
First up is the modern classic that is the Possum and Merino Beanie Hat. Made in New Zealand as a by-product of their Possum Control Programme, this beanie makes an environmentally sound choice while providing you with a luxuriously soft and warm bit of headwear. The fur of the possum features a hollow core, and it is this detail (shared only with the polar bear) that helps make this hat even more insulating than traditional 100% woollen versions.
2. Merino Wool Buff
Second in our list, while not actually a hat, is an extremely useful and versatile bit of headwear known as the Buff. A popular bit of kit with outdoorsmen and women the world over, this super fine and insulating version made from merino wool is now a firm favourite of ours too. With the option to wear it as a tall scarf, neckerchief, bandanna or balaclava, the moisture-wicking Buff is a great bit of multi-purpose headwear for winter.
3. Fjallraven Tur Heater Hat
Last but not least, the Fjallraven Tur Heater Hat is a serious piece of winter headwear for those really cold days. With a waterproof, wind-resistant outer and a soft, warm lining of artificial fur, this hat is perfect for low-activity use in British winters and also comes highly recommended for those attending one of Woodlore’s Arctic Expeditions.
For the full range of woolly hats, caps and balaclavas stocked by Woodlore, please visit our Headwear page.