Q. What is the best hat to hold in the heat while hiking in the snow or really cold weather?
— Cold Cranium, Issaquah, Wash.
A. Dear Mr. Cranium, you obviously have your thinking cap screwed on tight because you already know we lose lots of precious body heat through our heads. So, keeping your head covered is key. My favorite winter hat is a balaclava. Weird name, but handy design. A balaclava covers your head like a stocking cap but can also be rolled down to cover your neck. When it’s really cold, it can even be pulled up over your mouth and nose so the only bit exposed to the elements is your eyes.