We find ourselves reaching for this warm, comfortable and affordable beanie hat again and again for day-to-day use and more casual outdoor forays in the frostiest parts of the year.
Fits larger heads
Doesn’t fit under a helmet
Too warm for high-energy cold-weather activities
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The Penfield Harris Beanie is generously sized, slightly slouchy piece of headgear from an all-American outdoor brand. It has enough stretch to fit pretty much any head snugly, and the wide brim can easily be adjusted or worn down for a more relaxed look. The Harris is great value, and is available in six handsome colorways.
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In the field
Look no further for your new wear-everywhere winter hat, because the Penfield Harris Beanie is perfect both for hiking and for casual day-to-day use. We’ve been testing out the Harris all this winter, and reckon it’s a very handy beanie to have in your hat arsenal – it fits nicely, stays put and we love its flecked wool looks.
• RRP: $30 (US) / £25 (UK)
• Gender: Unisex
• Sizes: One size
• Materials: Acrylic
• Colors: Navy / Cream / Brown / Red / Rust / Orange / Dark Olive
The thick acrylic knit is warm and durable, and because the wool is synthetic rather than natural it feels very comfortable against the skin, and isn’t itchy at all. We found that the Penfield Harris Beanie protects the wearer’s ears really well, and instantly traps in heat, so it’s ideal for really bitter weather.
It also protects the ears well and instantly traps in heat, so it’s ideal for really bitter weather. While absolutely fine under a waterproof jacket hood, this thicker knit is too bulky to fit under a bike helmet or ski helmet, which is a pity, and it’s a shade too warm for fast-paced winter sports as well – so save it for less energetic hiking outings and adventures, cold-weather camping and general outdoor use in the chilliest months.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.
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