Your beanie just got demoted. Fractel’s new cap and legionnaire hats will cut the chill and keep you dry and sun safe this winter.


Remember heanies? If you don’t, they were basically beanies with tiny hat bill that had their time in the sun sometime in the early 2000s. The premise was good, but the bill was tiny and useless, and generally pretty ugly, so they quietly faded out of existence along with many other questionable Y2K trends.

Fractel haven’t brought back the heanie (phew), but they have created some winter sports hats that will actually protect you from the sun and keep your noggin warm while you’re trail running.

Warm and Dry

Original Fractel hats are made with mesh with the goal of keeping your head as cool as possible in the searing summer heat.

We may try and pretend winter doesn’t exist in Australia, and kid ourselves by wearing shorts all year long and saying ‘nah don’t really feel the cold hey’ when people ask if you’re cold, when in actual fact you’re freezing (who are you fighting?).

But there’s a solution for winter which won’t leave you a sweaty mess, if that’s what you’re afraid of. And you won’t have to resort to a heanie either.

Fractel’s winter hats are made with Polartec Wind Pro, an advanced fleece technology that provides lightweight warmth. With a tighter knit construction the fleece is 4x more wind resistant than regular synthetic fleece and is water repellent.

And the tight weave means they don’t have to coat the material with a protective film or laminate the inside, ensuring unrestricted breathability and comfort.

For extra good measure they’ve added a SWIFTdry sweat absorbing internal headband to wick moisture and keep the sweat at bay.

The Models


Fabric: 100% recycled polyester excluding trims.
Size: 54cm – 66cm (One size fits most)
Weight: 59 grams


Fabric: 100% recycled polyester excluding trims.
Sizes: 59cm (S/M) and 62cm (L/XL)
Weight: 63 grams
Features: Neck guard with corner buttons to enclose flap keeping your head, ears and neck warm and dry


Features of both hats:

  • Unisex design
  • Polartec® Wind Pro® fleece fabric on front, top, side and back
  • Bluesign® certified fabric
  • UPF +40 sun protection
  • Dark reflective underbill to reduce glare
  • SWIFTdry™ sweat absorbing internal headband
  • PLIABLE brim for added comfort and ‘packability’

Natural As Frac

Both products use 100% recycled polyester excluding trims and Bluesign certified fabric which meets strict safety and environmental requirements to reduce impact on people and the planet.

Fractel are a part of the 1% For The Planet gang. Originally created by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia, 1% For The Planet means giving 1% of ALL sales back to organisations that protect the environment.

All this means that you can keep on running in peace (unless you’re listening to a podcast on the climate crisis, or True Crime, if that’s the case, carry on running in fear my friend).