With such an impressive array of hats on the market and so many different factors to keep in mind, it can actually be quite difficult to decide which hat is going to work best for your hiking needs.
From the weather to the elements, you’re actually more than likely going to end up buying a few different hiking hats (depending on how much of a hiking maniac you are). As the title suggests, the focus is going to be on women today.
Then again, some of the hats we share in this list will actually work for men too. Regardless, let’s not waste another second, and let’s dive into the best hiking hats for women. Start your engines.
1. Arc’teryx Rho LTW Beanie
When it comes to making quality articles of clothing, perhaps no one does it better than Arc’teryx. Due to such, it’s really no surprise that their Rho LTW Beanie rests at the top of the heap when talking about the best hiking hats for women.
However, why is that the case? Quite honestly, this beanie is so dynamic in that it’s lightweight and breathable enough to be used in moderately warm weather, but also provides enough protection and warmth to be suitable for cooler weather.
With that being said, this is a rather thin hat. The Merino wool construction coupled with the excellent windproof protection does provide warmth, but don’t expect this to keep your noggin from getting cold during below-freezing winter hikes.
- It’s incredibly lightweight
- Offers great windproof protection
- Very stretchy material
- The tag on the inside is annoying
- Not for super cold hikes
- A little pricy
2. Muryobao Ponytail Sun Hat
You know that really popular kid in school that everyone seems to like? Yeah, that’s this sun hat. If this were a popularity contest, this would’ve won the top prize with flying colors. Here’s the good news, it’s popular for all the right reasons.
The mesh on the sides helps to deliver better airflow (though the venting could still be a little better), the built-in sweatband prevents sweat from running down your face, the foldable side snaps allow the hat to be worn in many different styles, and it’s a foldable design which makes for easier packing.
Oh, and best of all, it comes at a very reasonable and affordable price. For those spring and summer hikes in the sun, you’re going to be glad that this sun hat is on your dome.
- Lots of color options are available
- Comes with foldable side snaps
- Built with quality in mind
- Velcro system would’ve been better
- The chin strap isn’t removable
- The venting could be even better
3. Hysnan Merino Wool Beanie
Okay, so if you’re looking to do some hiking when the weather starts to get way too cold for comfort outdoors, this here is a beanie that you’re probably going to want to wear on your head. Being made of Merino wool, which is just a fantastic material, it provides the warmth, comfort, and durability you want.
Being a one-size-fits-most design, though, you do take a chance that this is going to fit the way you want it to. Additionally, the manufacturer notes that this isn’t a gender-specific product. In general, though, regarding size, it seems this isn’t the best beanie if you have a larger head.
One of the best hiking hats for women (and men) that money can buy, there really isn’t too much to complain about here. Oh, and it’s also offered in an impressive variety of color options.
- Many colors to choose from
- Has an excellent feel
- Great for the winter
- No sizes to choose from
- Not the best for larger heads
- The interior tag is annoying
4. Sunday Afternoons Ultra-Adventure Hat
You want to talk about an innovative and impressive design? Just seeing what this hat looks like gives you a clear understanding that it’s not your average or everyday hiking hat. It’s much more than that.
Selling itself as an ultra-adventure hat, this really could be great for activities besides hiking. For the purposes of hiking, however, the UPF 50+ rating that this hat sports can keep you protected on those long summer hikes. Plus, when the sun goes down, the reflective details will still make you visible to others.
With the Reverse Clamshell Brim, additionally, you can fold this hat in half and store it away if you’re getting tired of wearing it on your hiking adventure. One thing to note is even though this will stay on in the wind (thanks to the strap), it still likes to fold up when the wind gets a little too rough.
- Offers excellent sun protection
- Designed with reflective details
- Stays on in the wind
- Does fold up sometimes in the wind
- Neck shade is too short for some
- The brim could be structurally stronger
5. Camptrace Hiking Hat
On virtually any list you see of the best hiking hats for women, you’re probably going to see this entry make an appearance. Clearly, we concur with many other customers and reviewers when it comes to this nylon hiking hat.
When the sun becomes an issue during your hikes, you can rest assured that this hat will not allow it to affect your head. It’s been designed with UPF 50+ sun protection, and there’s even a fabric flap in the back to protect the back of your neck from the sun.
However, while mostly comfortable, it doesn’t breathe particularly well. Yes, there are side mesh vents to help achieve better airflow and these do help. The interior lining and the thickness of the hat, however, will make it somewhat warm on hotter hikes.
- The quality is on point
- Fits well and is very comfortable
- Offers great sun protection
- Doesn’t breathe all that well
- Could be more adjustable
- The fabric is kind of heavy
6. Columbia Bora Bora Booney
A list of the best hiking hats for women just wouldn’t feel complete without a hat from Columbia. Quite frankly, this may be the fan-favorite selection and due to the rapport that Columbia has garnered with so many of their customers, it wouldn’t surprise us at all.
Yet, let’s get down to the specifics of the Bora Bora Booney (what a name, by the way). For starters, it’s designed with Omni-Wick technology. All that really means is this hat wicks away moisture from your skin to keep you both cooler and drier. The mesh venting helps quite a bit in this area too.
Also, the quality is there (it’s Columbia, after all). Expect this to last you for many seasons to come assuming that you take care of it properly. Perhaps one of the few downsides is that even with the chin strap, this can be somewhat annoying to deal with in higher winds.
- Very comfortable to wear
- Has an adjustable fit
- Breathable on warmer days
- Doesn’t perform well in the rain
- Could offer better sun protection
- Can be annoying in higher winds
7. TrailHeads Fleece Hat
Though quality, comfort, and practicality are probably some of the most important qualities of the best hiking hats for women, it’s also fair to say that appeal is up there. Well, let’s just say that we feel a lot of women will find this particular number pretty darn cute.
We’re not into that mushy, gushy stuff, though, so let’s talk about the design. The fleece construction makes it perfect for hikes when the temperature is much cooler outdoors. The attached ear warmer is brilliant in this regard, and it can also be flipped up and out of the way whenever you choose.
One feature that would’ve been appreciated is the ability to actually select a size. This is optimized to fit most women, but many reviewers have complained that it’s simply too small for them. While fantastically comfortable when fitted just right, this may end up being disappointing for those with larger noggins.
- Backed by the Trail Tested Guarantee
- The quality is really good
- Warm and soft feel
- Too hot in the summer
- No sizes to choose from
- Tends to run a small
8. TrailHeads Performance Running Hat
Alright, so if the last entry was a great winter hiking hat from TrailHeads, then this is a fantastic summer hiking hat from TrailHeads. Sure, this is advertised as a running hat, but it can work wonders on hikes too. Essentially, the entire hat is made of polyester mesh.
While this means it doesn’t really offer a ton of protection from the sun, it’s about as breathable and lightweight as a hiking hat is going to get. Thanks to the Velcro closure system, it can also fit a wide range of heads.
Now, of all the great features of this performance-geared hat, it’s worth pointing out that some will feel it doesn’t offer enough structural support for them. While high-quality overall, it’s also not really designed to go through the wringer and back.
- Extremely lightweight feel
- As breathable as it gets
- Built for performance
- Doesn’t offer a ton of sun protection
- Could use more structure
- Not the most durable option out there
9. KKMKSHHG Baseball Cap
Sometimes, just a simple baseball cap with some mesh backing can be all you need on your summer hiking adventures. While maybe not the flashiest choice out there, the vast array of color options and styles will be appealing to a lot of you.
Regarding the quality and performance of this cap, the latter really shines while the former is pretty darn good. From a performance standpoint, the breathable nature of this baseball cap will be appreciated in the summer. However, the quality, while still good, could be better.
The stitching isn’t top-notch, and the Velcro closure system could be better. For the price, style, and performance, though, this will be a fantastic selection for quite a few of you.
- Many color options
- Comes with mesh backing
- Such a great price
- The stitching is not amazing
- The Velcro could be better
- Sizing can be off
10. Toutacoo Vinyl Rain Hat
While selecting a day when it’s supposed to rain to hike is probably not going to be done purposely, sometimes, Mother Nature won’t cooperate during your hikes. That’s why we figured we’d finish this list off with a great rain hat.
Make no mistake about it, this vinyl hat is geared to perform in the rain. Being waterproof in nature, however, this isn’t going to breathe well. Let’s say it starts raining, stops, and then starts to feel a little muggy. That’s when you’ll want to take this off and swap it with a more breathable hat.
Thankfully, you can fold this and stuff it away in your backpack after the rain stops falling. Consider this an option for those hardcore hikers who will go out rain, sleet, or snow!
- Sports a waterproof design
- Comfortable to wear
- Folds down well for storage
- A little overpriced
- Should’ve included a chin strap
- Doesn’t breathe well
Frequently asked questions
Are caps good for hiking?
Yes. Some of the best hiking hats for women will be baseball caps, in fact. As you saw with some of them, on top of providing protection from the sun, they can also wick away sweat from your head to keep you drier and cooler while you hike. On top of that, baseball caps can be quite a fashion statement too. It’s just a win-win in basically every way you look at it.
Are wool hats good for hiking?
Yes. Are you having déjà vu? Merino wool, specifically, is one of the best materials around, quite honestly. From a performance standpoint, you could argue there aren’t many materials better. In addition to being incredibly soft and comfortable, Merino wool is also breathable and sports moisture-wicking properties.
Merino wool also has terrific climate control in that it can keep you both cool and warm. To top it all off, it is antimicrobial, meaning that it’s resistant to odors. Yeah, we’d say that Merino wool hats are pretty darn nice for hiking.
How do you measure for a hat?
Not all hiking hats for women will come in different sizes. However, even if they don’t, it can still be beneficial to know the measurements of your head. After all, you can then have a better understanding of whether a one-size-fits-most hat will properly fit you. Of course, with multiple sizes available, knowing your head size can also be important.
Here’s how to go about it. You need to measure the circumference of your head. With a measuring tape, wrap it across your eyebrows and above your ears. Then, place your finger at the point where the end of the measuring tape meets your starting point. That will be your rough measurement (as you have to account for precision errors).
Do all hiking hats have UV protection?
Protecting yourself from the sun is one of the most important things that you can do while hiking. It makes sense then that the best hiking hats for women would also sport ideal UV protection. Such is true, but not all hats will be equally protective against the sun.
Even when just looking at the options on this list, there are some that are superior to others in this area. If you’re someone who often feels the effects of the sun and really wants to play it safe, aim to get a hat that specializes in sun protection.