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You Can Wear a Beanie in the Summer — Here’s How

Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Category: Essentials Essentials
| May 20, 2021

You can do whatever you want, of course — but that’s not why you asked the question. Here is my full argument on why the beanie belongs in your back pocket all summer long.

When I wore my thick red cotton beanie under the midday sun in Tanzania in 2016, I knew I was being stubborn (but I can do what I want, right?) But even in the heat of Africa, there were times when the beanie came in handy.

Late summer nights. Cloudy summer days. Early mornings before the sun has risen. There will always be times when the temperature drops — and if your beanie is in your back pocket, you’ll be ready.

As a Norwegian, I would know. Let me tell you about Norwegian summer weather…

Norwegian summer is a beanie summer

For some reason we tend to think of summer as this static 30℃/90°F cloudless state of being. But depending on where you live or how high you hike, summer temperatures fluctuate wildly.

In Norway the weather shifts quickly, and we’re raised to be prepared for anything. That’s probably why even on a hot summer day, I throw my beanie in the backpack before I go hiking.

Red beanie on a hot summer day

A great summer involves midnight swims, cool evening strolls, scaling windy mountains where a sudden drizzle of rain can take you unawares. It is not all about laying in the sweltering sun working on your tan. I would not recommend a beanie in the latter situation.

When you reach certain heights, the winds are changing quicker, and thus, the pocket heat regulator has to come out…

The beanie is the perfect heat regulator

So much of your body heat escapes through the head. There is a reason why a beanie is also called a cap. You’re the thermos, the beanie is the cap. Whenever your beverage get’s cold, screw the cap on to preserve the heat.

Here at Red Hat Factory, we swear to wool as the one and only beanie material. If a rain catches you in the mountains, wool is superior at preserving heat while getting wet.

Norwegian wool sweater and beanie in the mountains
This clouded summer day in 2020 called for a beanie.

I hope I gave you an excuse to bring that beanie

We all know this whole article is about finding an excuse, because we simply love wearing beanies! And I hope I’ve provided plenty, so the beanie never has to stay home on a hot summer day ever again.

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Written by Benjamin Antoni Andersen
Published on May 20, 2021 in Essentials
Designer and instigator of Red Hat Factory, constantly hungry for mountainous adventures.