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How To Choose The Best Running Hat For you?

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Have no idea how to choose the best running hat? Then you have come to the right place.

A hat is a versatile running accessory to keep in your kit, and it can offer a wide range of functions, from protecting against sunlight to giving you a little extra warmth.

However, the various variables to consider—from the material, fit, and visibility—can make it tricky to choose a hat that best fits your running needs.

Here’s the good news. In today’s post, I’ll break down all these variables and put you on track for choosing the running hat that’s right for you.

Sounds great?

Let’s get started.

The Importance of Running Hats

Running hats are actually more than just a fashion statement.

If you worry about the dangers of sun exposure or are not a fan of wearing sunglasses while exercising, a proper running hat is often a must for these sunny and hot days.

And just like sweatbands, a good running hat will help wick sweat away from your eyes and face.

What’s more?

Some running hats also feature UV protection to protect you from the sun.

Running hats can also help keep your head in the cold season as well as prevent rain from running in your eyes.

They also look cool.

What more can I say?

These are enough reasons to convince anyone.

However, the variety of features, such as fit, moisture transfer, and visibility, can make it tricky to decide which running hat is best for you.

In short, your running hat should be:

  • Breathable to keep your head cool and dry during training in the heat
  • Comfortable to wear for extended periods
  • Shield the top of your head from the harmful UV rays
  • Sweat-wicking to prevent sweat from running down your face
  • Durable but lightweight.

Let’s break down each.

How To Choose A Proper Running Hat

Keep these traits in mind when shopping for a running hat.

Fit Of A Running Hat

Choose a hat that’s super adjustable, especially if you have a larger head or long hair.

Practically all running hats will be adjustable, but they are sometimes listed as ‘one size fits most”. So remember to check size guidelines. Measure your head so you can follow size guides to get a proper fit.

As a rule, it should fit the shape of your head. That’s why you should try out different styles and brands to make sure a hat that fits.

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Running long, especially in the heat, is bound to make you work up a sweat.

You don’t want all the moisture to get trapped on your head.


Look for a hat that features a mesh panel that lets heat escape and airflow in, which will help keep you dry and comfortable. These allow for sweat to evaporate faster while keeping your head cool.

For maximum breathability, consider getting a visor.

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How To Choose The Best Running Hat


If you usually run early in the morning or at night, when it’s dark, get a running hat with lots of reflective details.

When visibility is an issue, reflective running gear can help stand out to other road users, such as drivers and other runners. Also, the more reflective, the less sun exposure to your head.

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Moisture Transfer

To keep your head feeling dry, cool, and comfortable, choose a running hat with a fast moisture transfer.

The best ones usually feature a sweatband-like liner around the edge that pulls sweat away from the skin as fast a possible.

This helps wick the sweat away from your skin and prevent it from getting into your eyes.

What’s more?

These hats also work well when it’s running as the fabric helps quickly get rid of moisture, allowing it to dry faster.

The Running Hat’s Bill

Protect your eyes from the glare of the sun with the right bill and brims.

Usually, brims are bendable, which in turn helps protect your face from sunlight, rain, and wind.

I’d recommend at least a 3-inch brim all around to provide maximum protection for your face. This is also enough to limit direct sunlight exposure on both sides of the face.

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The Weather

Weather conditions, especially temperature, are another factor to consider when buying running hats.

Choose a lighter cap when running in warm weather. For the cold season, you’ll want a running hat that offers just enough thermal protection to prevent overheating while running.

Aesthetics Of A Running Hat

As a general rule, your hat size should be proportional to the size of your overall body.

For example, if you’re quite short, avoid wide brims and short crowns, which may make you look even shorter.

There are many types of hats, and you should choose the one you find most comfortable.

The Price OF A Running Hat

Although the perfect running hat doesn’t exist, you’re more likely to find what you need with athletic-wear labels such as Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour.

These running hats are usually designed for runners and will provide the best materials and fit.  But these hats from reputable brands can be really expensive. That’s why you should also decide your budget on how you want to spend on a running hat.

If you’re wondering how much you should pay for a running hat, then know that they often cost between $20 to $50 depending on the brand, design, and material used.

To get the best deals to search around for deals around some special sale event such as Christmas Sale or Black Friday. Try a sports warehouse as they often have plenty of off-season collections for a lower price.

What’s more?

You can also find a cheaper hat in drift or vintage shops if that’s your thing.

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Running hat guide – The Conclusion

If you’re looking for the best running hat, then today’s post should be enough to serve as your guide for making the right decision. The rest is just details.

Please feel free to leave your comments and questions in the section below.

In the meantime, thank you for dropping by.

Keep running strong.

David D.

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