Always better to have one than not - you can alwasys remove it and the extra weight is not going to break you. The last two events I entered were both sub-zero with wind-chill, rain and snow (-4 and -5) and the hat (and gloves, and running tights) saved me from bottling it and driving home.
Steven, I've been using this Gore headband over winter, lets the top of my head breath, keeps ears and forehead warm (and headphones in place) and also stops the sweat dripping into your eyes. A bit pricy for a headband, but very comfortable...
Why not try a buff? start with a balaclava, beanie or neckband and end up with a sweatband or wristband when things warm up?
I use a fleece headband, but there is absolutely no need to pay eighteen quid for one.
Get a cheap one from Decathlon - £1.99 - it does the same job.
+1 for cheap fleece headband - and if it gets too hot you can just take it off and wrap it round your wrist twice. Or just shove the hat down the back of your tights.
+1 for headband - I look like a plum but keeps my ears warm!
I also wear a headband, and will probably be wearing mine on Sunday when I do a half - I hate being cold!
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