Top Ear Warmers for Cold Weather Walks

I get painfully cold ears when walking. I have found a variety of ways to keep my ears warm while also wearing earphones and sunglasses. The following give a great variety for keeping your ears warm in cold weather.

Ear Muffs

Behind-the-Head Ear Muffs
Behind-the-Head Ear Muffs. Courtesy of Pricegrabber

You can wear cozy behind-the-head fleece earmuffs, suitable for men as well as women. Or you can go plush with fun and funky ear muffs to show your retro side. Plush toy muffs. Cougar animal print muffs. Faux furry muffs. Quilted flower muffs. Colorful muffs to match your outfit. There are designs to go over the top of your head or behind your head.

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Buff and Polar Buff

Polar Buff
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"Survivor" popularized the versatile Buff. You can get it half Polartec fleece, half microfiber or all microfiber. Either way, you can wear it as a headband, as a cap that comes over the ears, as a balaclava, a dozen ways.

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Yatra Music Muffs

Yatra Music Muffs
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Keep your ears warm and enjoy your tunes. These faux fur ear muffs are wired to your smartphone or other audio device. I like the over-the-head design better than the behind-the-neck design. They have a volume and track control on the cord.

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Turtlefur Hats

Turtle Fur Beanie
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Turtle Fur fleece beanies come in several designs, including one that is ponytail-friendly and the ear beanie with earflaps. I love the soft and stretchy turtle fur microfleece.

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Fleece Headband

Turtle Fur Fleece Headband
Turtle Fur Fleece Headband. Courtesy of Amazon

I keep a fleece headband handy throughout the cooler months. Earwarmer bands work well with sunglasses and earbud earphones. It doesn't take up much room in your pack or pocket if you decide you don't need it. Be sure to try it on to make sure it isn't too tight. Maybe I just have a big head, but I've run into several designs that were too tight. I prefer those that aren't fabric lined, as the fleece is usually a bit stretchy and so you don't end up with a poor fit.

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Beanie Hats

Columbia Thermarator Hat
Columbia Thermarator Hat. Courtesy of

A good old watch cap or beanie is perfect in cold and windy weather, fitting snugly to your head and warming your ears. Columbia has a variety that includes acrylic, wool, Omni-Therm, and some with fleece inner linings. Choose your design.

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180s Earwarmers

180s. Wendy Bumgardner ©

These earwarmers have a band around the back of your head rather than other the top, a style preferred by men. They are built to be able to slip in earphones so your ears stay warm while listening to your walking music or audiobooks, with the cord at the back of your neck. Works great with hats and doesn't mess up your hair.

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Visor Beanie

Home Prefer Visor Beanie
Home Prefer Visor Beanie. Courtesy of

It's a beanie! It has a bill! It keeps your head warm and your eyes shaded from the winter glare. Suddenly everybody is making visor beanies. If you need a ponytail hole, you'll have to shop smart to find one. The Columbia Urbanization Beanie does.

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Fleece Balaclava

Chaos -CTR Chinook Micro Fleece Balaclava
Chaos -CTR Chinook Micro Fleece Balaclava. Courtesy of Amazon

In the coldest weather, a balaclava will protect your neck, cheeks and chin as well as insulate your head. However, you should remove it before you visit a bank or convenience store unless you also plan to rob the place.

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Sprigs Fleece Thinsulate Earbags

Sprigs Fleece Thinsulate Earbags
Sprigs Fleece Thinsulate Earbags. Courtesy of Amazon

Ban the band. With Earbags, there is no band to muss up your hair. You slip one on over each ear and they hold well and keep your ears comfy. I have tiny ears, so they don't work as well for me as they may for others.

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Elmer Fudd Hat

Outdoor Research Baltic Trapper Hat
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A faux fur or fleece-lined hat with long earflaps you can tie or button under your chin is just the thing for really cold walks -- or shooting that wascally wabbit.

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