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Top 10 Best Hiking Hats in the UK 2020

Hiking at any time of the year means that it’s important to get the right gear to keep you comfortable – be it safe sun protection, waterproofing for when the rain hits, or thermals to keep you cosy in winter. When it comes to headwear, a hat designed for outdoor adventures can deliver all of these; you just have to find the right one for the job, or rather, the hike!

Feeling like you’re going round in circles trying to navigate your way to the best hiking hat? We’ve got the guidance with our top tips and buying advice, as well as a list of our favourite online picks from John Lewis, Amazon and eBay, from popular brands such as The North Face and Columbia. Wide brim or bucket hats, baseball caps or beanies, there’s a hat for every hiker, whether man or woman, and you’ve arrived at the right coordinates to help you find one!
  • Last updated: 15-09-2020
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How to Choose a Hiking Hat in the UK – Buying Guide

As you can imagine, getting the best hat for your expedition will mostly depend on the season or climate of where you plan to hike, which will denote the style, portability and fabrics you go for. You’ll also want to get a hat that fits not just your budget but your head too, all of which we’ll get down in this guide.

Choose the Style of Hat to The Climate and Intensity of the Hike

Though your style preferences do play a small part in the hat you choose (you’re not going to wear something you can’t stand the look of!) practicality trumps fashion when it comes to the appropriate headwear for your hike. Think firstly about the weather you’ll be hiking in, whether at home or abroad, whilst reading over the options.

Wide Brim Hats for the Best Sun Protection: Get the Right Brim Size and Extra Neck Coverings if You Need

Wide Brim Hats for the Best Sun Protection: Get the Right Brim Size and Extra Neck Coverings if You Need
Probably the image that pops into your mind when you think of a hiking hat, these wide brimmed varieties will offer the best protection from the sun, shielding your eyes from bright sunlight and protecting your face and neck from sunburn.
We recommend choosing a hat with a brim of around 3 inches; too short and it won’t do it’s duty, and too wide and floppy and you won’t be able to see where you’re going. If you’re easily burnt or you’re exploring somewhere very hot with little shade cover, you could opt for a design with an additional longer neck cover.
Another top tip for hiking in very humid climates is to go for a pale coloured hat that won’t absorb as much heat as a darker shade. And if you do so, look for a darker fabric stitched beneath the brim that will further help reduce glare from the sun.

Baseball Caps: Fine for Casual Hikes and Can Also Be Worn Day to Day

Baseball Caps: Fine for Casual Hikes and Can Also Be Worn Day to Day
The old familiar baseball cap is another warm weather hiking option, albeit a more casual one. The peak will offer you some protection and shield your eyes from bright sunlight, but on the whole they’re one for shorter hikes and those who don’t burn too easily.
The great thing about baseball caps is of course value for money and flexibility of use — you can wear them for numerous other activities or excursions, or just day to day. Travellers who like to get out and about in nature whilst on the road will also find their multi-use status appealing, as you’ll be able to get away with only packing one hat for your trip.

Bucket Hats: On Trend Style Better for Milder Heat or Rain Protection

Bucket Hats: On Trend Style Better for Milder Heat or Rain Protection
A nod to the 90’s trend the UK is smitten with at the moment, bucket hats are a more casual, and perhaps more style-conscious version of a wide brimmed hiking hat.
They too can function as an all-rounder for trips incorporating both beach time and outdoor rambles, but the narrower brim will make them another one for milder rather than scorching sunshine. Bucket hats are commonly worn for fishing, and can be a great way to keep your head dry and the rain out of your eyes during wet hikes, so long as you find a waterproof design.

Beanies: To Keep You Warm and Comfortable in Cold and Wet Weather

Beanies: To Keep You Warm and Comfortable in Cold and Wet Weather
You know the old saying about losing half your body heat through your head? Well, it may not be quite half but it’s certainly a good proportion! Being cold or wet whilst out on a hike is a miserable way to spend your time, so you’ll want to keep cosy in a beanie hat if you’re heading out in low temperatures.
Whilst there are numerous beanie hats out there for general cold weather wear, for hiking we’d recommend finding one that covers your ears, which you should be able to determine from the product images or description. Some may also feature longer ear flaps, so if you’re going sub zero this could be a wise choice.

Include the Right Fabrics and Features to Protect You From the Elements

Alongside the style of the hat, the fabrics and materials that it is constructed from will make an enormous difference to how it performs, whether that’s keeping you cool and sun safe or warm and dry. Here are some technical features to be aware of for most weather conditions.

Summer Hiking Hats Should Have Breathable Fabrics and Preferably a UVF Rating

Summer Hiking Hats Should Have Breathable Fabrics and Preferably a UVF Rating
Regardless of the style you like the look of, a summer hiking hat needs to act as a sun shade whilst keeping your head cool. Synthetic fabrics are lightweight, moisture-wicking and breathable, so hats made from nylon or polyester are a good choice here. Some are also waterproof, which may be useful if a sudden shower catches you off guard mid-hike.
Hats for summer should preferably provide safe sun protection, which will be stated as a UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor). This will protect you from harmful UVB and UVA light, whereby a UPF rating of 50 equates to protection from 98% of these rays. So, this should be the minimum you seek out.
Mesh panels are another way to limit overheating and promote air circulation to your head on summer hikes, and will usually be found on the crown or sides of the hat. Bear in mind the UVF won’t be present on these sections, but they should be small enough not to affect it too much.

Winter Hats Should Be Woollen or Thermal, and Optionally Waterproof

Winter Hats Should Be Woollen or Thermal, and Optionally Waterproof
A mix of wool and acrylic is perfect for a beanie or winter hiking hat, particularly Merino wool, which is known for its ability to keep you warm but not sweaty, and is odour resistant. Or if you’re not too keen on wool, a polyester and acrylic mix is fine too.
Additional linings such as fleece are also recommended if you’re planning on hiking in particularly cold climates, as well as thermally insulated hats. A waterproof treatment is sometimes applied to these fabrics, so seek this out if you need it.

Consider the Sizing and Adjustments Such as Chin Straps for Security

Consider the Sizing and Adjustments Such as Chin Straps for Security
A hat that fits correctly is not only more comfortable, but less likely to fly off with every gust of mountain wind or sudden movement. Generally hiking hats of all varieties will be unisex or one size, or you could seek out specific mens’s or women’s designs. They will differ in that the former will be roomier than the latter, so could be a better fit for those with larger heads.
Some types such as baseball caps may also come with adjustable bands for a more personalised fit, but the main adjustability you will come across is a chin strap. Chin straps are a smart addition that ensure a secure and snug fit, and you can use the cord to rest the hat on your back or clip it to your pack when you don’t need to wear it.

Foldable and Packable Hats Are Handy for Travel or Multi-Day Hikes

Foldable and Packable Hats Are Handy for Travel or Multi-Day Hikes
With the exception of beanie hats that are brimless and whose fabric is happy to be crushed, some hiking hats are able to be folded or stuffed into a bag without losing their shape or bending their brims. They’re ideal for travel or those heading out on a longer hiking adventure, as they’ll take up barely any room and you won’t have to worry about ruining them.
If this sounds like something that would make your hiking life easier, have a read of the specs of the hat and look for those describing themselves as crushable, foldable, or packable.

Top 10 Best Hiking Hats in the UK

Hopefully you’re feeling a bit more clued up on the fixtures and fittings of all the types of hats for hiking, so you should be ready to choose your favourite. Rated highly by us and other reviewers, here are the 10 products that get our seal of approval for hiking head gear.

10. Result Unisex Lightweight Thinsulate Thermal Hat

£4.02

Style of HatBeanie
Materials100% Polyacrylic
UV ProtectionNo
WaterproofNo
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsNo
Foldable/CrushableYes

9. PULI Women’s Foldable Bucket Hat with Chin Strap

£13.99

Style of HatBucket hat
Materials100% cotton
UV ProtectionNo
WaterproofWater resistant
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsChin strap (detachable)
Foldable/CrushableYes

8. Mammut Ultramarine Tweak Beanie

£19.98

Style of HatBeanie
MaterialsMerino wool, acrylic, fleece lining
UV ProtectionNo
WaterproofNo
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsNo
Foldable/CrushableYes

7. The North Face Dryvent Outdoor Hat, Asphalt Grey

£23.99

Style of HatBaseball cap
Materials80% polyester, 20% cotton
UV ProtectionNo
WaterproofWaterproof
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsBuckle at rear
Foldable/CrushableYes

6. Comhats Wide Brim Hiking Hat with Neck Flap

£14.88

Style of HatWide brim hat
Materials100% nylon
UV ProtectionUPF 50
WaterproofWaterproof
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsToggle cord
Foldable/CrushableYes

5. Buff Solid Deep Sea Green Pack Trek Cap

£18.45

Style of HatBaseball cap
Materials100% polyester
UV ProtectionUPF 50
WaterproofWater resistant
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsVelcro strap at rear
Foldable/CrushableYes

4. SEALSKINZ 100% Waterproof Bobble Hat

£26.83

Style of HatBeanie
Materials100% acrylic outer, 100% polyester lining
UV ProtectionNo
WaterproofWaterproof
SizingS-XXL
AdjustmentsNo
Foldable/CrushableYes

3. Columbia Unisex Coolhead II White Baseball Cap

£18.95

Style of HatBaseball cap
Materials92% polyester, 8% plastane
UV ProtectionUPF 50
WaterproofWater resistant
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsVelcro strap at rear
Foldable/CrushableNo

2. Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat

£32.09

Style of HatWide brim hat
Materials86% polyamide, 14% polyester
UV ProtectionUPF 50
WaterproofWater resistant
SizingM-XL
AdjustmentsChin strap (detachable), toggle cord at rear
Foldable/CrushableYes

1. Columbia Bora Bora II Booney Hat

£22.00

Style of HatWide brim hat
Materials100% nylon
UV ProtectionUPF 50
WaterproofWater resistant
SizingOne size
AdjustmentsChin strap (detachable), toggle cord at rear
Foldable/CrushableYes

Summary

Choosing a hiking hat can seem like an uphill battle, but remember to look for the right fabrics for the climate, a hat that you can adjust to fit comfortably, and any helpful extra features and you’ll be conquering the trails in no time!

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