If traversing some of the six million acres that Alaska’s Denali National Park (pictured above) covers is your idea of winter recreation, consider a winter beanie a worthwhile investment. Scratch that. Consider it an absolutely essential item and pretty much the very definition of a must-have. Winter in Denali hits by mid-September, runs through March and offers temperatures ranging from a scary cold -40 degrees Fahrenheit to a bust-out-the-t-shirt and beach chair 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
If your idea of winter recreation is more–say, sipping a warm beverage around a fire–that’s fine, too. After all, someone needs to take care of the above adventurer’s day-to-day schedule while they’re out adventuring.
Wherever you sit on the spectrum of fearless explorers to, uh, recreation enthusiasts, you’ll definitely want to secure a beanie–or beanies–before winter hits in full force. Here’s our top reasons why.
And the award for stating the obvious goes to…us. In all seriousness, though, the functionality of a beanie hat is huge whatever your idea of cold constitutes. Just ask the experts at Harvard Health, who estimate an uncovered head can cost folks up to 50 percent of their body heat in cold-weather conditions. Without delving too far into scientific specifics, the bottom line is a cold head can make your hands and feet cold even if you’re outfitted with gloves, warm socks and warm shoes. Beanies made of wool and/or polyester are key for trapping in air, repelling water and providing warmth. Don’t be caught unprepared as you step out the door the next time the thermostat reads below freezing.
Combining functionality with style can be difficult. See ponchos, sweatpants, etc.
Luckily, winter hats come in an abundance of colors, shapes, sizes and materials to deliver what you want whether you’re looking to make a statement or are more of a Plain Jane. If you fall more in the former category, personalized pom beanies present a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd.
This guy just gets it. While we’re not exactly sure what that means, can we all agree that’s hard to argue? Okay, good. Between the beard game and the pom beanie, he’s heeding the advice of Harvard Health experts and styling while doing so.
We’re confident he has a personalized beanie or two in his closet at home. These are great items because it empowers you throughout the process. You can view styles, sift through logos and even decide how you want everything exactly situated. Carrying out that vision from design to the time you put it on your head is pretty cool–and ultimately keeps you warm.
There’s just something about the snug fit of a beanie hat that exudes comfort. Whether the knit beanie is engineered for running, cycling, some other form of outdoor training or merely for warmth, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable hat.
Next time you’re soaking in a cold tub to recover from that latest run or lifting session, throw on your winter beanie. Because, why not?
While beanies are most often worn for warmth, their evolution into a stylish look means many don them in fall and spring as well–or even indoors in a bathtub. It’s just one more form of expression, and a good photo op for raking in those social media likes.
Story time, here. I’ve had the same winter beanie for close to 25 years. It still looks good, it’s still warm and I like it. I’m sure there’s many out there like me, too. Every winter, I kind of look forward to opening the drawer and pulling out the beanie as it conjures memories of years gone by. Today’s high-quality beanies are designed to endure tough conditions and wear and tear, meaning you’ll have the same chance to throw on your favorite hat year after year, whether you’re crisscrossing Denali or reading this from the visitor’s center.