Imagine cruising along a trail, enjoying the warm spring air, when an errant droplet of sweat runs into your eye. Stinging salt particles twist your face into an agonized grimace, and the rapid-fire blinking that ensues only serves to spread the pain. Rounding a bend, the omnipresent afternoon sun rips through your open cornea and into the depths of your soul, leaving you blinded and staggering like a newborn calf. And, like the wobbling calf, any underfoot undulations are apt to send you sprawling, so the softball sized rock that your outsole encounters is more than enough to send you careening into the troposphere.
As you fall, having answered L’appel du vide (the call of the void) with a resounding yes, take a moment to consider what changes might have been made. Perhaps, and this is just one person’s postulations, there might be a style of apparel that could lead you safely round the bend and into a fulfilling afternoon run. Then again, perhaps such a luxury is an unattainable dream.
Just kidding – it’s not. Here are our picks for hats and headwear that will keep your feet planted firmly on terra firma this spring.
Buff Fastwick Headband – MSRP: $16.00
If a headband is good enough for Ralph Macchio (the OG Karate Kid), then it’s good enough for you. With anti-microbial fabrication for long-lasting freshness and reflective detailing on the front and back, this band rocks. Not convinced? It can also be wound into a hair tie or a wristband. Mic drop.
Buff UV Half Buff – MSRP: $15.00
So, you’re looking for the Holy Grail of headwear, huh? You want a magical piece that is somehow a headband, an ear warmer, a helmet liner, a hair tie, a mask, and a wristband all at the same time. And you want it to be UV resistant! Ha! Wake up dreamer. Oh, hold on a minute. I’m being told that I am grossly misinformed. My apologies. We’ve got what you need.
Salomon Race Visor – MSRP: $30.00
Wearing this visor to the BBQ Bash this weekend would be an insult to the good people at Salomon. Ultralight mesh fabrication provides the sweat dispersal and shade that you need without any unnecessary weight, a hook-and-loop rear closure allows for a perfect fit, and reflective details make it a day and night piece. Oh yeah, it also collapses for rapid storage. Wear it running or not at all.
The North Face Better Than Naked Hat – MSRP: $26.00
It may be hard to believe that anything really could be better than naked, but you’ll have to be the judge of that because we aren’t going to look. Mesh paneling on the front and side offer improved ventilation while quick drying fabrication generates rapid cooling. An ideal fit is made possible by a foam insert at the bill and the rear hook-and-loop closure. Slap reflective detailing on the front and back, and you’re ready to roll.
Nike Aerobill Tailwind Ultra Cap – MRSP: $35.00
Aerodynamic aerobills advance athletic acumen an amount almost as amazing as Andalusian anchovies. A cool head and clear vision at the end of the race can make all the difference, and the featherlight mesh paneling and internal sweatband on this cap are designed for just that. Add the adjustable hook-and-loop rear closure and a reflective front swoosh, and BLAM! That’s a nice cap.
Trucker Performance Hats
Headsweats Soft Tech Bigfoot Trucker 5-Panel Hat – MSRP: $25.00
Legendary. Mythological. Unbelievable. Hairy. Be like Bigfoot. A noble visage, always on the run. With a moisture diffusing sweatband on the interior and a highly breathable mesh rear, this cap has heat handled. The dark undervisor serves to cut down glare, and a snap back design delivers a classic, customizable fit. The existence of Bigfoot may be questionable, but your ability to glide through the miles without distraction won’t be.
Patagonia Duckbill Trucker Hat – MSRP: $35.00
Soft nylon mesh lets the breeze perform its magic while the internal sweatband wards off malignant droplets. An easily adjusted rear clip makes for the perfect fit at all times, and an elegant style completes the package. Seriously, what’s not to like?
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.