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Smartwool Hats & Sock Reviews


Keeping your tykes head and feet warm are just as important as the rest of their body. Having appropriate hats and socks that wick away moisture, are breathable and provide comfort will help your tyke stay warm and comfortable outdoors.

J-Man has been wearing hats since he came home from the hospital. Being a premie and all, I wanted to make sure he never got cold, so wearing a hat is no big deal to him. Other tykes, though, may fight wearing a hat.

Here are two hats from Smartwool that J-man had the opportunity to wear.

Let me just say that J-man has a slightly large head 😉 so not all hats fit him. Thank goodness the Smartwool hats come in different sizes.

The first hat J-Man wore hiking was the Wintersport Stripe Hat in size S/M and it fit perfectly. Sometimes with hats J-Man has a tendency to push them up off his forehead or away from his ears but with this one it stayed in place and he never touched it.


It’s made of soft merino wool and kept J-Man’s head toasty warm.

It has a tassel on the top that I thought would bother J-man and bounce around as he ran, skipped and hopped but he didn’t even notice it.

This hat comes in 3 different colors and 2 different sizes and is knitted in Canada. It is sized for a toddler with a larger head like J-Man, haha or kids.

It can be purchased at Smartwool,  Amazon or Backcountry.com.

The second hat J-man had the chance to wear was the Stripe Hat/Mitt Set. This hat and mitt set is sized for infants but we gave it a try and I was surprised by how stretchy it was. There was no problem fitting J-Man’s head but the mitt’s were much too tiny.

This hat is a double layer of merino wool for maximum warmth and can be worn regular style

rolled up

or…completely keeping your tykes head and face warm.

I wasn’t kidding when I said it stretched. It’s made of 95% merino wool, 4% nylon, and 1% elastane.

The hat comes in 3 colors and 3 different sizes.

This hat can be purchased at SmartwoolAmazon or Backcountry.com.

As I mentioned before, socks are an important element to keeping your tyke warm. You want their feet to stay dry, warm and blister free. What better material than merino wool to do the job?

J-Man also had the opportunity to try out a couple pairs of Smartwool socks, the Sock Sampler in blue, and for a kid who hates socks he didn’t complain.

He’s worn the socks to school, during his bike rides and while hiking. They are a bit thicker than normal socks and perfect for winter activities.

They are made of soft merino wool and seem to have a comfortable stretch to them. Since J-Man hasn’t complained about them, I take it they are comfy.

They come in 4 sizes and 4 different colors.

They can be purchased at SmartwoolAmazon or Backcountry.com.


Do you have a favorite hat or pair of socks your tyke wears outdoors?



Smartwool was kind enough to sponsor this review by providing J-Man with the hats and socks. All the opinions expressed are my own. Affiliate links are provided in the review to help us continue to bring out the adventurers in all of us and most importantly our tykes.  

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