Hats serve a few important functions in the runner’s wardrobe: protect the runner from harmful sun exposure, shade the runner from the heat of the sun, absorb perspiration, and shelter the runner from wind, debris, and rain.
But there are a few issues that the average running hat doesn’t solve for trail runners:
- When you wear them backwards and run uphill, as trail runners may do on a steep climb, the bill can cut into your neck
- When it gets dark during an overnight run, you don’t want a hat to obstruct your vision, so you’re going to want to take it off
- If you put a regular running hat in your pocket or pack, you may damage the bill by folding it, and the odd shape of a running hat doesn’t make it easy to stow
To solve these problems for trail runners, we carry a number of hats and visors here at Running Warehouse that come built with a shorter, more flexible bill. The flexibility benefits a trail runner by providing an easy way to fold up and carry or stow the hat when it is no longer needed, and a shorter bill is less likely to obstruct your vision or contact your neck and irritate it as you run with your hat backwards up a steep hill.
Patagonia Duckbill Cap – MSRP: $29.00
The quality that we have come to expect from Patagonia apparel comes through in their hats, blending fashion and function and quickly becoming one of our more popular hats. And the fact that you can fold these Duckbill hats makes them that much more valuable to the trail runner. With a super lightweight, flexible construction, this cap will bend to fit into your pack, jacket pocket or large short pocket. With mesh in back, you’ll find it extremely breathable, and the adjustable back clasp allows you to find the fit that keeps the cap securely on your head as you run. The shorter bill is popular for providing protection with minimal obstruction.
Patagonia Duckbill Visor – MSRP: $25.00
The sister style to the Duckbill Cap, the Duckbill Visor provides you with the same lightweight flexibility as the cap but with the style of the visor.
Salomon Race Cap – MSRP: $35.00
The Salomon brand is known for outfitting trail runners with everything they may need in the most sleek, lightweight form possible. The Race Cap is no exception. Providing the sun protection and sweat absorption that you require from a hat, it’s minimal form is perfect for race day, when you’re keeping things as lightweight as possible. With a Velcro strap in back, you’ll find a secure fit that will stay on as you run like the wind, and due to its flexible construction, you can easily fold and pack it away when you don’t need it.
Salomon Race Visor – MSRP: $30.00
Just like the Race Cap, the Race Visor provides you with race day coverage and a minimal design that easily folds and packs away when no longer needed.
Buff Anton Cap Pro Buff – MSRP: $29.00
With a design inspired by ultramarathoner Anton Krupicka, this Buff Cap comes with a reversible construction – black on one side and blue print design on the other. The super light material still provides ample UV protection thanks to its double layer of Fastwick Extra Plus fabric. For freshness with longevity, Silverplus odor control helps to maintain a clean, fresh cap for multiple day use. The shorter bill provides protection without bulk. And when you don’t need it? The foldable bill allows this cap to be stowed almost anywhere.