Head Gear/Hats For Hunting

 

logo-with-border-name-and-small-shadow.jpgThe Best Rated Hunting Head Gear Of 2022

 Function In The Field . Wear Durability . Comfort And Fit .

Warm/Cool Thermal Properties . Value For The Money

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 Our Featured Hunting Head Gear

Ultimate Value is for the better than average hunter who wants an affordable piece of equipment, but wants something that works well for its intended purpose.

Performance Class is for the serious hunter who wants outstanding performance, dependability, durability, etc. In other words getting excellent “performance” for their money.

Professional Hunter Grade is the absolute top of products in the higher consumer price range. It's a piece of equipment that will handle most any extreme, something worthy of day in, day out, professional-type use. 

    

    Ultimate Value Category

Hot Shot Blaze Thinsulate Acrylic Beanie

  Field Score   8.96 out of 10    

  • 100% acrylic

  • 2-Ply acrylic knit hat

  • 40 grams of Thinsulate Insulation

  • Roll up cuff

  • The lining is 100% acrylic

  • The insulation is 65% olefin/35% polyester

 Hunter Quick Review:  For around $8 the Hot Shot Blaze Orange Acrylic Beanie with Thinsulate is a great way to keep your head warm and the heat in during big game season. The Hot Shot should last season after season and keep you legal and safe.

This is some nice warm head gear for deer and elk hunting. We have had one for a couple years - no visible signs of anything other than the original hunting beanie we bought awhile back with a slight bit of fading from some wash cycles and some time in the sun.  

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Hot Shot Acrylic Beanie Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Wear Durability

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0 

 

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Ultimate Value Category

Ultra Bright 5 LED Hands Free Lighted Beanie Cap

   Field Score   8.84 out of 10   

  • 5 LED Lights that Light Up Yours Distance Up To 42 Feet Away

  • Easy To Switch On And Off

  • Arrives Ready To Go. Just Switch It On And Put Away Your FlashLight

  • Last Up To 43 Hours Of Continuous Use Or 68 Hours Of Realistic Intermittent Use

  • One Size Fits Most 100% Acrylic Material

 Hunter Quick Review:  For about $7 the Ultra Bright 5 LED Lighted Beanie is a novel and utilitarian way to keep your head warm.

The beanie itself is OK, nothing too fancy, but it will keep your head warm. The LED light is kind of a neat idea and works well for close in work, but as a go to hunter lighting system we wouldn't quite go there. This does not replace the need for a quality headlamp or flashlight. It does however have its place as a secondary back up light, and truth be told, it works rather well for trying to read directions on a map at night without having to click on the much brighter headlamp. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Wear Durability

                                                                                                                                                                         8.6

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                         8.6

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0 

 

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Ultimate Value Category

North Mountain Gear Ultra Light Hunting Camouflage

Full Cover 3D Leafy Face Mask

  Field Score   8.92 out of 10   

  • Made of breathable mesh netting for warm weather camouflage

  • Attached leaf pattern for improved concealment

  • Elastic provides comfort and adjustability

  • Eyehole opening conforms to face

  • Unobstructed vision

  • Super Natural Camo

 Hunter Quick Review:  For just under $10 the North Mountain Gear 3D Leafy Face Mask will go along way to camouflaging a hunter's facial outline.

This is a very good 3D face and head camo set up for this price. Bowhunters, predator hunters, serious waterfowlers, etc. will find the North Mountain Face Mask nice and breathable, and not too much overkill to where you cannot easily see your quarry.

We highly recommend a hunter spending some time shooting your weapon of choice with this face mask on before you don this on a hunt, especially you bowhunters. You will want to clip away any problematic leafy material that will inhibit you having a clean draw, a good, clear scope view, or enough follow through sight plane over your shotgun bead. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's North Mountain 3D Face Mask Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Wear Durability

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                9.0

 

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Ultimate Value Category

Outdoor Cap Remington Cap, Blaze Camo

   Field Score   8.92 out of 10  

 

  • Unique Mossy Oak Blaze camouflage

  • Remington logo

  • Includes a sewn-in Q3 sweatband

  • Fully adjustable with the hook and tape closure

  • One size fits all adults

 Hunter Quick Review:  Here is your basic hunting cap in blaze camo. Nothing really special about this hunting cap except that it is made much better than the blaze orange caps you find in the discount stores and it should have much more durability and less color fade. The Blaze Camo Reminton Cap will run you just right at $20.

We happen to be big fans of orange camo where state regulations insist on a certain amount of hunter safety orange. We have seen many times where hunters in opaque blaze orange jackets without any pattern breakup can and will most likely be seen by deer. We have also seen where breaking up the blaze orange was much less detectible, literally (if the wind was right) having deer within a mere few feet of a hunter totally unaware. Our best guess is the deer cannot see the orange as we see orange, but they can very well detect the standout tone, shade, and reflectivity of a more opaque, flat looking, mass, something that is very rare in nature. By breaking this mass of opaqueness into bits and pieces (something you do see in nature) a deer's senses are not as easily flagged. The head/face/eye area is especially standout on humans. Thus, it makes great sense to break that up as much as possible with the right hat and head covering when you are trying to keep your predator signature to a minimum. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Blaze Orange Remington Cap Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Wear Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

 

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Ultimate Value Category

Your Choice Adjustable Thermal Fleece Balaclava Winter Outdoor Sports Face Mask

   Field Score   9.12 out of 10    

  • Thick high quality polyester-fleece material

  • Soft, super warm and windproof

  • Multi-functional face mask design, 6 different ways to keep your face, head, and your neck warm

  • One size fits all adjustable design, left clip adjust the top side, right clip adust the eye bottom side. Easily adjust according to your face size, feeling comfortable

  • Versatile fleece balaclava. Great head face neck warmer for hunting and other outdoor sports activities and outwork in the cold weather

  • Very light in weight

  • Packed with individual storage Dacron bag, easy to carry and store

 Hunter Quick Review:  Your Choice thermal fleece balaclava will put you back about $9. It comes in assorted camo patterns and colors. This balaclava is inexpensive, warm, and actually very comfortable.

 

We are very, very big on balaclavas, and for good reason. We think every hunter should have some form of balaclava in their hunting pack - period. If you hunt in any kind of cool to cold weather and have never used one of these, do yourself a favor and get one before this coming season. Any professional who has spent any real time out in it will tell you that heat loss is primarily from the head, neck, ears, and facial area. A balaclava covers all those areas in almost a sealing fashion, and it will minimize heat loss by a huge factor, especially in the wind. Even if you are required to wear blaze orange a hunter can wear a balaclava underneath his safety orange and still stay as warm as possible, not to mention it will help to break up facial opaqueness.

 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                 9.0

 

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Ultimate Value Category

Mossy Oak Full Spandex Face Mask

  Field Score   9.12 out of 10   

  • Maximum Camouflage Concealment

  • Flexible Cap Spandex Provides Comfortable

  • Contoured fit

  • Lightweight

  • Breathable

  • Can Be Worn Under Cap

  • Folds up tightly for easy storage

 Hunter Quick Review:  Here is another camo balaclava type face mask. This one is made by Mossy Oak and is a happy medium between something too warm and not warm enough. This would be ideal for most hunting situations back East in the Fall or Spring, early season in the upper Midwest, Winter hunting in the Southwest, and early season in the Intermountain West.

The Mossy Oak Face Mask will run you around $10. It is of decent quality and would stash away nicely in a hunting daypack. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                             8.8

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

 

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 Performance ClassProduct Details

Carhartt Men's Knit Hat With Visor

  Field Score   9.4 out of 10    

  • 100% Acrylic

  • Made in USA

  • Knit beanie with brim at fold-up cuff

  • Embroidered logo

 Hunter Quick Review:   This is a well made, warm knit hat!

If you are not familiar with Carhartt they are a clothing manufacturer that established their clothing legacy by producing near indestructible farm wear. Most of us who have worked the farms and ranches fell in love with their durability, and now have a hard time wearing anything else.

Carhartt's Men's Knit Hat is typical Carhartt, the thing will no doubt last far longer than when you eventually borrow it out, accidently drop it in the trail, or mistakenly misplace it. The Carhartt Knit will cost right around $12.

We have had a few of these, and like the line so truthfully states, we have lost most of them. We have never had them come even close to wearing out. For the life of us we have no idea why Carhartt has not made some camo versions of these, they would be an instant success (if you ever read this Carhartt, we need a light, earth-tone camo one and a grey-green camo one). 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                     9.2

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

 

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Performance Class

Under Armour Men's Fleece Beanie

 Field Score   9.52 out of 10   

  • 100% Polyester

  • Armour Fleece construction is built for performance—it’s lightweight, quick-drying & still really warm

  • UA Storm finish repels rain & snow without sacrificing breathability

  • Smooth, chafe-free flatlock seam construction for zero distractions

 Hunter Quick Review:  Most hunting beanies actually trap moisture and cause eventually head cooling after some time of cold air exposure. This area is where most body heat transfers to the outside, so any kind of cooling effect maximizes heat loss causing the rest of the body to begin to cool as well.

The folks at Under Armour have taken this into account and have produced a lightweight blaze orange hunting beanie that does an excellent job at transferring moisture out of the head region, yet maintaining maximum thermal efficiency at the same time. It also sheds water and snow without getting soaked.

For around $25, this piece of head gear is worth every penny. The UA Fleece Beanie will keep your head very warm for the weight, and keep you legal in most states as well. 

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Under Armour Fleece Beanie Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                         9.4

 

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Professional Grade 

 

Sitka Gear Hunting Windstopper Blizzard Beanie Hat Cap

 Field Score   9.72 out of 10  

  • DWR Finish
  • Two layers of high loft fleece
  • Stretch panels
  • Built on a 100lb. monofilament core
  • 100% windproof WINDSTOPPER® shell 

 Hunter Quick Review:  The Sitka Gear Windstopper Blizzard Beanie is a professional guide type piece of head gear. When you need maximum thermal efficiency because the conditions require it, the Blizzard Beanie would be a top choice.

The Blizzard Beanie would be our pick for Rocky Mountain hunters and hunters in the Northern extreme climates. At around $60, this is no discount store beanie. This is the kind of head gear you use when hunting elk in the Colorado high country, pursuing big bucks in Michigan's Upper Penninsula snow belt, or calling coyotes in the dead of winter out on the sage brush flats of Wyoming.

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Sitka Gear Blizzrd Beanie Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

 

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Performance Class 

Legendary Whitetails Men's Trophy Buck Reversible Knit Camo Hat

 Field Score   9.60 out of 10   

  • Comfort stretch ribbed knit acrylic

  • Big Game® Field Camo

  • Reversible

  • One size fits most

 Hunter Quick Review:  This is a hunting beanie that deserves some real serious hunter attention. If you have spent too many cold days in the stand, this hat will help solve the problem for just a few dollars.

The Legendary Whitetail Trophy Buck Reversible is a true hunter's beanie knit hat. It is warm, functional, well made, looks good, and gives reversibility options. For under $20 this affordable knit cap will keep you in your treestand in the coldest weather. We consider this a top choice for cold weather Elk, Mule Deer, Whitetail, predator, and waterfowl hunters. 

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Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

 

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Performance Class

Under Armour Men's ColdGear Infrared Tactical Hood

   Field Score   9.72 out of 10    

  • 100% Other Fibers

  • ColdGear® Infrared uses a soft, thermo-conductive inner coating to absorb and retain personal body heat

  • Form-fitting balaclava offers full facial protection in extreme cold

  • Also can be worn with the chin dropped or as a neck gaiter for greater ventilation

  • ColdGear® Evo fabric delivers maximum warmth and comfort

  • 4-way stretch fabrication allows increased mobility

 Hunter Quick Review:  If you hunt in really cold weather, we are talking the bitter, nasty, wind-making-your-ears-hurt type of weather, the Under Armour ColdGear Infrared Hood is one of the very best ways we know of to keep your head, neck, and face warm no matter how cold it is outside.

For around $25, you can throw this in your hunting daypack and pull it out when the weather warrants it. We really like the ColdGear Evo fabric which really pulls the moisture out, even under some pretty serious physical exertion, which is a real problem in many hood type head covers.

rating-system-gear-score-500x300.jpgUSHuntGear's Under Armour ColdGear Hood Performance Rating 

Function In The Field

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Design Durability

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Comfort And Fit

                                                                                                                                                                                             9.6

Warmth/Cool Thermal Properties

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

Value For The Money

                                                                                                                                                                                                 9.8

 

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