A rock solid, versatile performer, the Rab Logo Beanie will insulate your noggin in the colder months, whether you’re hill walking, clambering around a crag or camping.
Cosy fleece inner headband
Poor eco creds
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What you see is what you get with the Rab Logo Beanie: it is, unsurprisingly, a beanie made by Rab with their logo on it. Fortunately, as an established British brand with plenty of serious mountain heritage, it’s a logo that carries a certain amount of cachet amongst outdoorsy types, so you won’t seem out of a place when you stroll into a climbers’ café or walkers’ pub wearing this hat. It comes in loads of colours too, so there’ll likely be a hue to match your waterproof jacket or puffer of choice.
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Unlike some other more technical beanies from companies like Sealskinz or Dexshell, this hat isn’t waterproof, though it is quick-drying, being made from acrylic. The downside of that is relatively poor eco credentials compared to natural wool or recycled synthetic fibres. There is also some evidence that acrylic is one of the worst culprits for leaching microplastics into the environment – so even though this beanie is machine-washable, it isn’t one to chuck in the machine too often if you can help it.
• RRP: $20 (US) / £15 (UK)
• Gender: Unisex
• Sizes: One size
• Weight: 55g / 2oz
• Materials: 100% acrylic with inner fleece headband
• Colors: Oxblood / Atlantic / Firecracker / Beluga / Deep Ink / Crimson / Polar blue / Army
In the field
As a warm hat for hiking, trail running and climbing, or even a winter snowball fight, the Rab Logo Beanie does exactly the job it says it will. It is made of a lighter weight single-knit fabric that provides moderate warmth without causing your head to overheat and your cheeks to turn russet red, as we’ve found with some heavyweight wool caps.
Unlike cheaper imitations, it also has a fleecy internal headband that keeps ears toasty, minimizes irritation and generally adds to the performance levels and overall sensation of cosy comfort. The fit is nice and close, and it will go under a climbing or biking helmet too.
An outdoors writer and editor, Matt Jones has been testing kit in the field for nearly a decade. Having worked for both the Ramblers and the Scouts, he knows one or two things about walking and camping, and loves all things adventure, particularly long-distance backpacking, wild camping and climbing mountains – especially in Wales. He’s based in Snowdonia and last year thru-hiked the Cambrian Way, which runs for 298 miles from Cardiff to Conwy, with a total ascent of 73,700 feet – that’s nearly 2½ times the height of Everest. Follow Matt on Instagram and Twitter.