• When it comes to gear coverage at Outside, hats don’t get enough play. And surprisingly, there are a lot of headwear makers out there with creative, unique, functional designs that deserve some coverage. So, here are my top five picks in women’s headwear this winter. —Ali Carr Troxell
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    Nobis Rachel, $56

    Choosing just one hat from Canadian streetwear company Nobis is incredibly difficult. Their roots are in headwear and they’ve always done everything with incredible attention to detail, the highest-quality materials, and a little bit of whimsy. The mohair-acrylic Rachel, from their “favourites collection” is a great example of this—stripes, buttons, and satin material make up this funky, mismatched hat.
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    Coal Addie, $35

    Ten-year-old headwear company Coal, out of Seattle, creates hats that are more than just standard beanies. The mohair-like Addie is a cableknit hat with a beret-style fit. It’s a nice balance of feminine details and a nontraditional shape. Not into the beret? They also have flap and brimmed beanies as well as scarves and mittens.
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    Holden Classic Beanie, $22

    As high quality as their outerwear, the Holden Classic Beanie is a simple, soft, classic throw-on with a little extra length to make it modern—a no-brainer, especially at this price.
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    Patagonia Better Sweater Beanie, $25

    For active endeavors, like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, we reach for the Patagonia Better Sweater Beanie. The polyester outer dries quickly in snowstorms and its thin profile fits nicely under a helmet.
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    The North Face Grinbriar Beanie, $28

    The North Face Grinbriar Beanie nods to a trend we’ll be seeing in headwear for a while—retro design details. The leather diamond shape logo is reminiscent of old-school backpacks and the heathered acrylic yarn is inspired by the 1970s.
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