2016 Running Gear Guide: Hats
More and more runners are realizing the benefit of having their heads covered while out on the trails or roads.
The Better Than Naked hat lives up to its name with a “barely there” feel. It’s the lightest hat we tested—and among the most breathable as well, with mesh venting on both sides. Its brim almost feels oversized, but came in handy during a wet Bay Area winter.
The Run-Thru hat is made of light, moisture-wicking materials and is extremely breathable. It fits very close to the head without feeling too tight—so well that you might even forget you’re wearing a hat. Its short, hip-looking banded brim will keep the rain (and some sun) out of your eyes.
This form-fitting hat is constructed of technical, moisture wicking fabrics and materials, but it felt slightly heavier than some of the others we tested. Its mid-length brim does a good job of keeping the sun out of your eyes. A reflective Velcro back strap provides comfort—and visibility from behind.
With its five-panel design, this stylish cap provides full head coverage without sacrificing breathability or function. The edge of the brim and logo on the front are both reflective, providing some valuable visibility in low light. An adjustable back strap allows it to fit virtually any head size.
A spin-off—or top-off, rather—of Patagonia’s popular Duckbill cap and trucker hat, this lightweight visor boasts similar aesthetics and the same awesome comfort. It protects your eyes from the sun and sweat while letting your head ventilate in the open air. It’s ideal for warm-weather running.