When temperatures drop, it’s not always easy to push yourself to go on a run outside — but the right head gear can help. Ahead, we’ve rounded up some of the best options to keep your head warm when the weather is less than ideal. Our top picks include a balaclava, beanie and a cold-weather baseball for you to choose from, depending on the conditions you’re running in. For instance, the balaclava is perfect for the chillest of days, as it’ll protect you entire face from the chill, while a wool-lined baseball cap will help shield your eyes on sunny afternoons. They can be worn by men and women and are designed to retain heat while offering enough breathability so you don’t get too sweaty.
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1. Self Pro Balaclava
This balaclava is made of breathable, moisture-wicking CoolMax polyester and ultrasoft polar fleece for ultimate comfort.
Pros: It’s hypoallergenic and has flatlock seams to prevent irritation. It also provides natural UV protection.
Cons: This may run a bit small.
2. Tough Headwear Skull Cap
This form-fitting cap contains a poly-spandex blend that supplies optimal stretch and wicks away sweat to keep your head cool and dry.
Pros: A brushed lining provides lightweight thermal retention.These come as a pack of two. They’re available in camo print and several colors, including a highly visible fluorescent yellow.
Cons: Depending on your head size and hair, it may not cover your ears completely.
3. Jeff & Aimy Winter Baseball Cap
This baseball cap features a soft, warm combination of wool and polyester that will last and also keep your head from getting sweaty.
Pros: A longer bill keeps sun and snow out. It can be adjusted to fit most head sizes, and it comes in three colors.
Cons: The rear band may be slightly difficult to adjust.