The new fall product line provided by BUFF is the perfect clothing and accessory line to get you through the winter feeling warm, cozy, and comfortable. BUFF uses innovative technology, the highest quality materials in their outerwear and their new fall product line is no exception.Let's just start with their new hats. BUFF is offering hats in all different styles, colors, and materials to give customers exactly what they want. For me, the knitted pom pom hats are the best of the best. These hats pull down over your ears to keep your entire head nice and warm while looking stylish and … [Read more...]
No matter where you are vacationing or exploring, it’s a smart idea to at least pack one hat for your travels. In the summer, travel hats provide much needed protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays, while in the winter a quality hat will keep your ears and head warm from those frigid temps.
We’ve done our research on the very best hats for every vacation, and we’ve got you covered with which hats you should purchase to stay warm, cool, and safe from the sun’s rays no matter what time of year you travel.
Best Travel Hats for Everyday Travel
If you’re traveling somewhere where the temperature is moderate, there’s no need to pack anything crazy. In fact, you can be happy knowing all you have to pack for is your own personal comfort. If you’re a hat person, then perhaps one of these hats will be the perfect travel accessory for your everyday travels:
• Runabout Packable Fedora: If you’re able to pull off a fedora, then the Runabout Packable Fedora Hat is the perfect travel accessory. Made of 100% fur felt, the Runabout is both stylish and comfortable. It’s soft and lightweight, and it comes in either walnut or caribou. It certainly is one of the pricier fedoras at about $180, but it’s one of the more stylish travel hats you can possibly find.
• Hi-Beam Cap: Perhaps you’re just looking for a traditional, standard hat – say a baseball cap. If so, the Hi-Beam Cap is perfect for you. This illuminated baseball-style cap has two LED-bulb placements so you can read maps, light pathways, or otherwise see in the dark. Made of premium cotton, the Hi-beam Cap is lightweight, comfortable, and perfect for your everyday travels.
Best Travel Hats for Cold Weather
When the weather turns cold, you’ve only really got one thing in mind – staying warm. After your hands and feet, your ears are the most susceptible body part to frostbite. It’s important to protect them when the temperature drops below freezing, and we’ve got the perfect hats for you to stay warm:
• Sherpa Adventure Hat: Not only will the Sherpa Adventure Hat keep you warm in even the coldest of temperatures, but purchasing the hat will also support one of Asia’s most impoverished countries. The Adventure Hat is made of real wool, yet it doesn’t sacrifice comfort or softness at all. It also has enough flexibility to fit multiple head sizes, and it’ll cover your ears completely so your ears are fully protected. Plus, every purchase of the Adventure Hat supports under-privileged Sherpa children in Nepal.
• Orvis Ultimate Cold-Weather Hat: If you’re going to experience the extreme cold, then a Sherpa hat simply isn’t going to cut it. However, the Orvis ultimate Cold-Weather hat will. This nylon hat is lined with fleece that can protect you from the elements no matter how low the mercury drops. Earflaps provide additional protection and a stowaway face mask can shield your nose and mouth from the bitter cold. This outdoor cold weather is rated one of the best in the world, and it’s a must-purchase if you are going to brave the extreme cold.
Travel Hats for UV Protection
On the flip side, perhaps you’re traveling to a tropical destination this year. In this case, you’re going to want a hat that is going to provide protection from the sun’s UV rays AND a hat that will keep you cool and dry. Some of the best travel hats for this purpose include:
• Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat: The Tilley TM10 Cotton Duck Hat provides enough shade for your eyes and face no matter how bright or sunny it is. The hat’s polyester UPH 50+ mesh blocks the sun’s UV rays from damaging your skin, but it also allows air to pass through the hat to keep your head cool and dry. In addition, the TM10 Cotton Duck hat packs flat without damaging the crease or sides.
• Headsweats: There’s a good chance you’ve already seen Headsweats in action without actually even knowing it. The company supplies hats to various athletes, particularly runners. The Protech Hat in particular is useful if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods of time. The Protech hat goes beyond just protecting your head because it has a built-in flap to keep the sun off of your neck. In addition, the hat is lightweight, wicking, and quick-drying – all essential when the mercury rises above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Travel Hats for Women
Men aren’t the only ones who can use a hat to accommodate their style while traveling. Ladies, we’ve found plenty of hats that are stylish, comfortable, and perfect for a variety of situations. Here are some of our favorites:
• Nine West Boucle Newsboy Hat: The Nine West Boucle Newsboy Hat is a stylish, comfortable hat women can wear for everyday travel. Made of a combination of polyester and wool, this hat adds an extra hint of style and flair that pairs well with any casual ensemble. Best of all, it only costs around $20, yet it looks like it should be priced for at least double that.
• Outdoor Research Radar Cap: The women’s Outdoor Research Radar cap has a unique flair of urban style, yet it still retains a lightweight, flexible feel to it. In addition, it comes with 30 SPF sun protection and a small headband absorbs sweat extremely well. It weighs just 1.8 oz. so it’s one of the lightest hats you can fun. The radar cap also comes in sizes for children as well, so you can easily pick up a few hats to protect your children from the sun’s rays too.
Hats are a great travel accessory that can both protect you from the elements and add an extra layer of flair and style to your ensemble. Hopefully now you’ve got some hat ideas for your next vacation.
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I'm a reformed sun worshipper. After spending way too many hours in the direct sun, I've finally learned to care for my skin while enjoying the outdoors. Side note: I'm well into my 30s and should know better. But if a sun-oholic like me can not only get used to wearing sun hats but actually sing the praises of them, anyone can.Tilley is the Rolls Royce of outdoor and sun hat wear. We've long been fans here at Practical Travel Gear, reviewing numerous Tilley products. In fact, you can access their site straight from ours, right at the top of the page. (Go ahead, give them some love.)I … [Read more...]
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For traveling to places with frigid temperatures. a Tilley hat will keep your head warm without making you look like a dork. Or a hoodlum. Or someone trying to pretend they're still in college.Eventually you reach a point in life where you want to wear nice things when you travel, things that are meant to last past a season or two and that make you look good. And maybe you can afford to step up your headgear purchase from what you'd find at a collection of hats set out on a fold-up table on a city sidewalk.I've worn lots of flashy and crazy winter hats in my lifetime and on the … [Read more...]
Sometimes outdoor excursions require a bit more than a baseball cap. I may have my favorite, acquired in Jackson Hole (complete with moose patch), but when it comes to an ideal shade hat that keeps my head cool, I turn to the Tilley TM10.Made from a cotton duck fabric, the hat has a broad brim that provides ample shade on even the brightest days. I wore mine nearly every day I was traveling in Namibia, but have also used it on the water. The brim gives me protection even on the sides of my face and my neck. The hat’s polyester UPF 50+ mesh blocks the sun’s rays, but also allows air to pass … [Read more...]
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Would you like to do some good somewhere when you buy a winter hat? Get a great travel and outdoors hat from Sherpa Adventure Gear and you'll be making a difference in one of Asia's poorest countries---Nepal.I had the pleasure of meeting the founder of this company recently and he's got a story that goes far beyond trying to make better outdoor clothing. His uncle, Ang Gyalzen Sherpa, was on the original Everest expedition in 1953. So when Tashi Sherpa moved from a clothing import company to founding his own line, he didn't just name it after his people. He made clothing for the Sherpas … [Read more...]