10 Best Beanies for Running Compared and Tested

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Detailed breakdown of the best beanies for running during Fall & Winter of 2017. Check out our list and make sure to keep your head warm while running!

When it comes to running during the colder months, keeping your head warm is most likely a bit higher on your priority list. So which are the best beanies for running? Sorry to say we don’t have a short or simple answer. In fact we don’t have just one answer.

Seirus Thermax Skull Liner
  • Seirus Thermax Skull Liner
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Ultra-thin moisture wicking Thermax® material
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Nike Reversible Beanie
  • Nike Reversible Beanie
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Made with Dri-FIT moisture wicking fabric
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ASICS Thermal Beanie
  • ASICS Thermal Beanie
  • 4 out of 5
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  • Soft, insulating fabric with DWR brushed interior
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10 Best Beanies for Running

 

1. Seirus Thermax Skull Liner

Great for fall and spring running the Thermax Skull Liner is a lightweight beanie designed to go underneath a helmet or offer a bit of protection stand alone. Ultra minimalist, this might not have enough girth to protect you from all conditions, but it is actually quite handy, and it’s hard to argue with the price. Give it a shot today!
Pros
  • Ultra-thin Thermax polyester
  • Warm and extremely light
  • Minimalist aesthetic
  • Reinforced stitching, lasts a long time
Cons
  • Not ideal for extreme cold

2. Nike Women’s Dri-Fit Reversible Running

Designed with ladies in mind, made from brushed Hyperwarm fabric, all of the energy and vibrancy of Nike is condensed into this beanies design. But there is far more here to like the simple looks. Fast drying and ultralight this hat has your back when things get chilly.
Pros
  • Elastic headband, fits snugly
  • Electric print design, reversible
  • Gender specific
  • Fast drying and warm
Cons
  • Only available in pink

3. Buff Polar Reversible

While technically not a beanie, we had to let this one slide onto our list because it’s simply too good not to. In terms of versatility this product cannot be beaten. It’s essentially a tube that can be worn as a mask, hood, cap, etc. By far one of the most innovative and unique ways to keep your head warm while running.
Pros
  • Can be used for a variety of functions
  • Lightweight, windproof
  • Odor and moisture resistant
  • Backed by manufacturer’s guarantee
Cons
  • Some prefer a simple beanie

4. ASICS Thermal Extra Protection

The Thermal Extra Protection Beanie from ASICS is our go to when the mercury really drops. This hat boasts two layers of insulated protection making sure your noggin stays warm on those particularly cold days. Throw this hat on and tell the weather to do its worst.
Pros

 

  • Specially built ear coverage
  • Double layering, very warm
  • DWR brushed on the interior

 

Cons
  • Only suitable for the much colder days

5. Smartwool PHD Running

A great ladies skull cap-style beanie, the Smartwool PHD running beanie has a four way stretch design that ensures it keeps in place nicely. To boot it’s made from a blend of Merino/Polyester that all but guarantees comfort. Need further evidence? See the extensive list of pros below.
Pros
  • Nice aesthetics
  • Merino/Polyester, very comfortable
  • UPF 20 sun protection as needed
  • Flatlock seams, contoured design
  • Trim, doesn’t feel bulky
Cons
  • One size fits all, but may not work for everyone

6. Pearl Izumi Thermal

If you’re looking for higher end performance, Pearl Izumi is generally a brand you can trust. This hat may appear thin at a glance but its high grade thermal material will keep your head nice and toasty and protect you from harsh winter winds. Overall a nice pick for any cold weather occasion.
Pros
  • Extremely warm
  • Lightweight
  • Recent model 2015/16
  • Quality manufacturing, ergonomically shaped
Cons
  • Higher priced

7. The North Face Standard Issue

Standard may sound negative to some people, although don’t be deceived there is nothing “standard” about this beanie. This is the ideal hat for super cold temperatures as its fleece construction is a little bit thicker. Smooth, soft, and comfortable, this hat is a classic for wintertime activities none the least of which is running.
Pros
  • Classic North Face design
  • Lightweight but thick
  • Dries relatively quickly, FlashDry technology
  • Quite a few color options
Cons
  • Products from The North Face are usually a bit expensive

8. Sugoi Trail Tuke

High quality fleece-thermal coverage for your head packaged in eye-catching neon. Trim and compact this hat does particularly well at comfort and warmth, just what’s needed for winter running.
Pros
  • Cool sublimated graphics, topographical map
  • Spandex blended material
  • MidZero material keeps you warm/comfortable
Cons
  • Only two colors available

9. Columbia Sportswear Trail Flash

Hexagonal reflectives shapes dot the exterior of this beanie making it a good choice for low visibility running. In addition to that, its omni-wick evaporation enhanced (phew that’s a mouthful!) material make it a good choice to keep you warm and dry.
Pros
  • Has reflective details
  • Deals well with moisture, dries quick
  • Decent price-to-value ratio
  • Durable construction
Cons
  • Sizing runs small

10.Nike Pro Combat

In terms of bang for your buck, it’s going to be challenging to do much better than the NIke Pro Combat Skull Cap. This cap excels in moisture management, never accumulating pools of sweat or feeling stuffy. It also has a nice snug fit around the ears. Overall it’s a solid choice.
Pros
  • Dynamic fit, non-restrictive
  • Budget friendly pricing
  • Flat seams, rests smooth on head
  • Quick drying
Cons
  • The fit is a little tight

The option that will be best for you is going to come down to too many variables to be covered in one simple answer. It all depends factors such as how long you’re running, at what temperatures and of course a number of personal factors (style, budget, etc). Hopefully these picks have helped with your search.

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