The 8 Best Winter Running Hats for Men to Buy in 2018

Keep your head warm through cold weather workouts

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A good winter running hat prevents heat loss from your head, keeping you safe and comfortable when running in cold weather. The best hats also keep your ears warm and protected, especially when running in windy or wet conditions. They should also be breathable, since you may heat up and start sweating a lot, despite the chilly temps.

With so many winter running hats to choose from, it’s tough to decide which ones are right for you. If you tend to get warm quickly, you may want a lightweight hat that’s easy to stash in a pocket or your pants. For those who run in extremely cold temperatures, look for a thicker hat with good ear coverage. Runners who tend to run in low light conditions should choose a hat that’s brightly colored and has some reflectivity. We’ve compiled a list of the best winter running hats with those features and more, so you can find that one that suits you best.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: The North Face Men’s Bones Microfleece Beanie

A snug and comfortable beanie should be a staple of all runners’ winter running wardrobe and The North Face Bones Microfleece Beanie is just right, as Goldilocks would say. It’s not too loose or too tight and it keeps your head warm, without overheating. This well-made hat features the signature North Face logo on a soft rib-knit fabric that’s smooth and not at all itchy, like some other hat materials. The plush microfleece around the brim provides additional comfort, protection, and warmth. It stays snug around your head, so you don’t have to worry about it riding up and exposing your ears.

This hat is perfect for runners who are looking for a simple, well-priced, warm, and durable winter running hat. It's available in basic black or fun colors such as Valencia orange, Baja blue, or rage red. And, unlike some other winter running hats, it looks cool and stylish when you’re not wearing it for running.

Best Budget: Mizuno Breath Thermo Beanie

This winter running hat from Mizuno features an amazing new technology that actually generates heat from the absorption of moisture. Heat is generated via a chemical exchange between perspiration and the properties of the Breath Thermo fabric. The hat also has anti-bacterial and deodorizing functions, so it won't get smelly from sweat. Despite these cool, unique features, it's still a very reasonably-priced winter running hat. Available in black, gray, or red, this hat is sure to become a go-to favorite for your frigid runs.

Best for Extremely Cold Weather: Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Tactical Hood

If you run in extremely cold and windy weather, it’s best to have your ears and neck covered to stay protected and comfortable. This balaclava (hat for head and neck) from Under Armour features its ColdGear Infrared technology, which helps the fabric absorb and retain your own body heat to keep you warm. You can wear it over your nose and mouth for full facial protection, or as a neck gaiter if you need more ventilation. The ColdGear Evo fabric is soft, warm, and has wicking capability to keep you dry. It even features anti-odor technology that prevents the growth of odor-causing microbes.

Best for Reflectively: TrailHeads Men’s Be-Seen Pocket Hat

Extremely warm and highly reflective, the TrailHeads Be Seen Pocket Hat is perfect for cold weather runners who run in low light conditions. This well-made beanie features a 360-degree reflective trim so you’ll be seen from all angles. A cool and handy additional feature is the small, zippered pocket on the side of the head, which is a great place to securely stash a credit card, ID, some cash, a house key, energy gel or other small items. The pocket is also reflective, so you’ll get some extra visibility. With a two-layer ear band, this hat provides protection and insulation exactly where you need it most. And the hat’s microfleece material is warm and wicking, so you’ll stay dry and comfortable throughout your runs.

Best Skull Cap: Nike Men’s Pro Combat Skull Cap

If you like the very tight look and feel of a skull cap, this one from Nike is a nice choice. It features breathable mesh on top and wicking Nike Dri-Fit material, so you won’t stay wet once you start sweating. If you do feel yourself starting to really overheat, it’s easy to tuck the hat in your pants or pocket. With a flat-seam construction and a snug fit, you’ll feel comfortable in this hat and not have to worry about your headphones popping out of your ears. Some runners like to wear a hat with a brim over it for additional protection from the sun, rain, or snow.

Best for Night Running: Panther Vision LED Headlamp Beanie

This unique hat from Panther Vision comes with four tiny LED lights that produce 48 lumens, enough to light your path and also make sure that oncoming traffic can see you. Made of a comfortable and warm fleece, the hat comes in many different fun colors and patterns, including camo, hi-viz yellow, blaze orange, and purple. Batteries are included and replaceable, and the hat can be washed (just remove the batteries).

Best Beanie: TrailHeads Men’s Power Cap

Made of polyester spandex and fleece, this well-made hat from TrailHeads will keep your head warm even on extremely cold days. Yet it's still light enough to tuck it in your pocket if you really start to warm up during your run. The stretch fabric is highly breathable polyester/spandex blend, which provides a snug, comfortable fit. It features moisture-wicking technology so you’ll stay dry as it pulls the sweat away from your skin. And the reflective strip makes you visible in low-light conditions.

Best for Running in Snow: Columbia Men’s Northern Peak Visor Beanie

Columbia Northern Peak™ Visor Beanie
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Running in the snow can be fun and invigorating, but getting hit in the face with snowflakes definitely takes away from the whole experience. With a small brim, the Columbia Northern Peak Visor Beanie helps protect your face from precipitation, while the soft fleece lining keeps you warm and comfortable. The hat’s Omni-Wick technology pulls sweat away from your skin once you start to really heat up. 

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