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15 Popular Functional Hat Material in 2023

Nantong Foremost Garments & Accessories Co., Ltd. Updated Jul. 07,2023

I. Introduction

We may have a stay at home order, but that doesn’t mean we need to stay inside. The weather is getting nice, and there are many health benefits to exercising outdoors. 

Spending time in nature and the natural light can improve your mood and reduce stress and depression. And that’s why our functional materials appear.

Functional materials are generally characterised as those materials which possess particular native properties and functions of their own. For example, ferroelectricity, piezoelectricity, magnetism or energy storage functions.

For today’s article, we would introduce 15 functional headwear materials, hopefully you can get some knowledge from it.



II. 15 Popular Functional Hat Material


With the increasing pressure of people in life and work, more people start to devote themselves to outdoor sports, driving the development of functional fabrics.


The application of functional fabrics also reflects people's pursuit of a comfortable and convenient lifestyle and the protection of their own health and safety, they’re also welcomed by the population.


1. Moisture-Wicking Hat Materials

A. Characteristics and benefits of moisture-wicking materials

Moisture wicking material generally has a high specific surface area, with numerous radical holes or grooves on the surface. Its cross-section generally has a special shape, the use of capillary effect, so that the fibre can quickly absorb the skin surface moisture and sweat, through diffusion, transfer to the outer layer with hair.


B. Examples of popular moisture-wicking hat materials

· Linen: linen fiber moisture absorption performance is the top ranking of all fiber, linen fabric can absorb dozens of times its own weight of water.

· Bamboo fiber: bamboo fiber has been known as "breathing fiber", its moisture absorption and wicking ability is better than cotton, it also has anti-mildew and health effects.

· Nylon: nylon also has very good moisture wicking and breathable performance, many sportswear are mainly produced from nylon, easy to wash and dry.


The above three are better moisture wicking performance of fabrics, of course, there are some cotton and linen or polyester-cotton blended fabrics also has a very good moisture absorption effect.




2. Odor-Resistant Hat Materials 

A. Importance of odor resistance for long-duration activities

And antibacterial agent to the fabric production process so that the fabric can have antibacterial ability. It's well known that fabric is easy to breed bacteria in a warm and humid environment, especially when encountering human sweat. The secretion of bacteria will emit a tender odour. Therefore, the antimicrobial-treated fabrics can have an anti-odour effect.

B. Examples of popular odor-resistant hat materials

If you're searching for fabrics that don't have anti-odor technology but are still odor-resistant, look for natural materials such as cotton, bamboo, merino wool, linen, hemp or a blend of those fibers. Polyester holds odour the most.



3. UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) Hat Materials 

A. Importance of sun protection in hats

Whether you're out in the sun all day or only on occasion, protection from harmful UV rays is paramount. People are increasingly turning to ultraviolet protection factor clothing, as it helps prevent sunburns and the long-term effects of prolonged sun exposure, including sunspots, premature wrinkles and skin cancer.

UPF stands for ultraviolet protection factor, and a UPF hatis a hat that is specifically designed to protect the skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.


B. Explanation of UPF ratings and their significance

For instance, a 25 UPF rating means the fabric lets in 1/25, or 4%, of the UV radiation, and a garment with a UPF rating of 50 lets in 1/50, or 2%, of the UV radiation. 

C. Examples of popular UPF hat materials

Polyester and wool fabrics usually provide sufficient UV protection (UPF 30+), while other fabrics, such as cotton, linen, and viscose, frequently offer poor UV protection. 



4. Quick-Drying Hat Materials 

A. Benefits of quick-drying materials for water-based activities

Quick-dry fabrics can help people feel fresh in any condition, reduce the visibility of sweat patches, and better regulate body temperature.

It can keep you warm and dry by moving moisture (sweat) away from your skin. 

What’s more, it’s ideal for life because you can hand wash them, hang them to dry overnight, and wear them again (clean) the next day. 

B. Examples of popular quick-drying hat materials

Most quick-dry fabrics are made from nylon, polyester, merino wool, or a blend of these fabrics.



5. Breathable Hat Materials

A. Importance of breathability for comfort and temperature regulation

Breathability is important for headwear material in two ways. First, the breathable fabric allows vapor moisture diffused and prevent you from overheating during work duty. Secondly, it allows air to pass through the fabric to keep comfort.

B. Examples of popular breathable hat materials  

Plant-based fabrics, like cotton, linen, and bamboo, are the most breathable fabrics, making them ideal for clothing and bedding. Animal-based fabrics like silk and wool are also breathable, and all of the above allow for easy air circulation, wick away perspiration, and to help keep the body cool.


6. Cooling Hat Materials


A. Principle of Cooling Material

Cooling hat material uses the principle of "evaporative cooling" in physics. When the body sweats, the sweat will evaporate, thus taking away the heat from the body surface and making people feel cooler. The design of cool fabric is to make the sweat evaporate faster, so as to accelerate the heat dissipation on the body surface.


Cooling fabric is composed of a unique cross-section structure fiber, sweat and moisture will be pulled away from the skin very quickly to give users excellent wicking performance.


B. Examples of popular cooling hat materials

Some common examples of cooling fabrics include: Bamboo fabric. Silk (which is known for its ability to regulate body temperature) Fleece (which traps air between layers of fabric)



7. Waterproof Hat Materials

A. Importance of waterproof materials for protection against rain and moisture

Waterproofing prevents flooding, water leaks, contaminant leaks, and mold and mildew from entering your structure, helping your building maintain its structural integrity for longer. Reduction in cost of insurance claims.


B. Examples of popular waterproof hat materials

If you are looking for a waterproof hat, you should look for a hat made of 100% nylon or 100% polyester. Some waterproof membrane technologies like the Gore-Tex are better for water deflection than others, so it's also important to look for reliable and tested options among waterproof materials.



8. Impact-Resistant Hat Materials

A. Benefits of impact-resistant materials for sports and outdoor activities

Plastic materials are often selected for applications that require toughness and impact resistance. Plastics are frequently used for industrial, construction, and military applications when durability is critical.

B. Examples of popular impact-resistant hat materials

Certain plastics such as ABS, polycarbonate, PPSU, and UHMW have outstanding toughness.

ABS, short for acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, made by polymerising styrene and acrylonitrile alongside polybutadiene. This process forms chemical chains that bind to each other and create the ultra-strong and durable material known as ABS, it is the most impact resistant material.


9. Easy care Materials

Easy care material refers to a kind of fabric processed by nano interface super double sparse technology, forming a stable layer of air on the surface of the fabric. Interface protection film, can play a waterproof, oil-proof, anti-fouling effect, so called three anti-treatment agent, after such finishing fabric is called easy care fabric.


· Water repellency, that is, the fabric has the performance of resistance to water wetting.

· Oil repellency, that is, the fabric has the ability to resist oil liquids.

· Stain repellency, that is, after the fabric is contaminated, using ordinary washing or wiping method is easy to remove the dirt ability, also known as "easy to stain performance". 


10. Anti-static Materials

A. Benefits of anti-static materials

Long-term electrostatic interference will cause the body's blood glucose concentration to rise, the blood calcium and vitamin C content decreases, leading to anxiety, and other adverse reactions, and even trigger bronchial asthma and heart rate disorders. Therefore, the anti-static finishing of textiles is essential.


Anti-static materials are generally referred to as any material which inhibits triboelectric charging. This kind of charging is the buildup of an electric charge by the rubbing or contact with another material.


B.Examples of popular anti-static hat materials

Some of the most common types of ESD-safe clothing you'll find are smocks, coveralls and boots. Most antistatic clothing is made from polyester or cotton and then embedded with a line of carbon fibre. These fibres effectively create a Faraday Cage around the body of the person wearing the item of clothing.



11. Anti-mosquito Materials

A. Benefits of anti-mosquito Material

Using a quality mosquito repellent material offers several advantages. It helps to repel mosquitoes and mosquito borne diseases such as dengue, malaria, Zika etc. It provides protection from irritating mosquito bites, allowing you to enjoy outdoor activities without constant discomfort.


B. Examples of anti-mosquito hat materials

To avoid getting mosquito bites when spending time outside, make sure to wear clothes made of denim, wool, velvet, and nylon ripstop. Polyester, gingham, and thicker cotton material or cotton blends may offer some protection, but don't be surprised if you still get bites with these materials.


12. Fire-retardant materials

A. Benefits of fire-retardant Material

Resistance to fire without burning, melting, or producing toxic gases. Ability to act as a fire barrier, reducing the spread of fire to neighbouring spaces or buildings. Ability to act as an insulator, reducing transfer of heat to adjacent spaces.

B. Examples of fire-retardant hat materials

Fire retardant fabric is based on cotton, blended with other fibers and the FR property comes from the chemical treatment that's applied to it. This type of material is typically more affordable than an inherent FR fabric but offers less protection against molten metal splash than an FR-treated fabric does.


13. Easy warm yarn 

For winter, keeping warm is of utmost importance as the temperatures drop, and it all starts by choosing the warmest yarn for the winter knitting projects. The warmth of knitwear depends on the animals from which the yarn is sourced, the composition, and the preparatory steps from fibres to yarn.

Examples of easy-to-warm yarn are merino wool, alpaca yarn, cashmere yarn, silk yarn, and yak yarn.

Wool yarn is the classic choice for warmth. It's generally durable, water-repellent, and offers good insulation due to its moisture-wicking properties, making it desirable for use in a variety of garments.



14. Anti-fracture Materials

A. Benefits of anti-fracture Material

In addition to preventing cracks and fractures, anti-fracture materials can also provide other benefits such as sound reduction, moisture protection, and improved overall durability of the flooring system. 

B. Examples of anti-fracture Material 

Tilemaster Anti-Fracture Mat is an uncoupling / decoupling mat designed for use on floor tile installations to prevent substrate lateral movement from cracking the tiled finish.


15. 4-way stretch Materials

4-way stretch fabrics can extend in both directions – crosswise and longwise, which creates better elasticity and makes them perfect for sportswear. Stretch jersey fabrics also have warp and weft stretch, because they are knitted, not woven.


People typically use 4-way stretch fabric for athletic wear. It can stretch both widthwise and lengthwise at the same time, allowing for greater elasticity. The most common example of a 4-way stretch fabric is spandex.


It can be made from a variety of materials, including polyester, nylon, spandex, and Lycra. 


o For the Future

1: Extremely sensual feel (special organizational structure design and material characteristics, extremely sensual feel, comfortable to wear)

2: The integrated design of raw materials and tissues achieves durability and superior elasticity, recovery, and flexibility, and at the same time brings a lightweight wearing experience

3: Excellent color rendering (color rendering, color saturation, high color fastness)

4: Stable and superior physical and chemical properties (washing shrinkage stability, high wear resistance, alkali resistance, lotion staining performance)

5: Diversified functionality, different scenes, switching at will, to the greatest extent meet the wearing needs of different environments for daily travel, and fully demonstrate the comfort of the body and mind


Running and fitness, mountain and outdoor, leisure travel, all can be. Travel as you like, freely, and the functional fabric can help you resist all kinds of injuries. 

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III. Conclusion


Functional materials do matter. It can help you get out of the house for outdoor activities, casual fashion, pay attention to fine workmanship, soft touch, comfortable to wear, suitable for travel, field activities and so on.

From design to manufacturing, choosing the right materials can ensure the highest possible standard for the finished product.

Summer is on, just try the correct functional material and enjoy the extra benefits of physical activity outside!

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