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Q:

What Are the Best Technical Winter Hats?

I can’t seem to find a warm hat I like. They get sweaty when I’m playing hard, then freeze my noggin when I’m standing still.

A:For years, makers of technical sportswear have been honing in on the perfect hat, and with this season’s offerings, they’re finally close. A major goal in noggin coverage is to keep out wind and rain—but if that’s all you're after, you could swipe the hotel’s shower cap and be done with it. What’s the real solution? New technical fabrics that shield your head while providing maximum breathability. These hats allow copious heat and moisture to escape as you up your heart rate on your next winter adventure.

Leaps in construction also help. The latest designs manage to make the hat look fashionable while protecting your ears and neck, especially clutch when the wind kicks up and the temps dip below 20 degrees. One hat designer, Seirus, even hides a fold-up balaclava in the brim hat for neck and face protection when you need it.

After the jump we’ll give specs on the five best technical winter hats for 2013.

Mountain Hardwear Dome Perignon
Arc’teryx Hyllus Hat

Outdoor Research Inversion Beanie
Black Diamond NM Merino Beanie
Seirus Gradient 3-in-1 Quick Clava Hat

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