The best running hats and visors 2018

or most people, it’s dark by the time they finish work in the winter. Add to the equation the fact that it’s ridiculously cold outside and there’s no wonder so many of us end up putting on a couple of pounds (or four) between October and March.

When you finally think about getting back into that fitness regime during the spring and summer, there’s the alternative problem of sweaty foreheads or the sun blinding your eyes. Thankfully, running hats and visors can solve all of these issues.

So why should you invest in a running hat? Apparently, we lose about 10% of our body heat through our heads. While that may not seem like a lot, it’s a fair chunk of unnecessary heat output that could be keeping you warm in the winter when you’re ploughing through the miles.

If you’re a fan of listening to music while you’re running or fancy an in-built headlight to help you on your way, a hat with some additional gadgetry won’t go amiss. Some of the additional features can be often be gimmicks, but there are a few picks in our list that work well in providing in-built headphones and headlights if these are must-haves for you.

In the summer, it’s all about the breathability; that means wearing running caps or visors with wicking qualities to draw moisture away from your head and keep you cool.

Many summer running caps have in-built ventilation shafts to prevent your head from getting too hot and sweaty underneath, so keep an eye out for those features if your looking for the most effective spring/summer running hat.

Whatever you require from your hat, let us guide you our picks of the best running hats, caps and visors.

1. GORE MYTHOS NEON BEANIE

Keep your head warm and yourself visible

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Keeping visible
Season for use: Autumn/winter
UV protection: Yes
Material: 85% polyester, 15% elastane

Even better is the fabric is neon, which, combined with the reflective strips, keeps you completely visible to passing traffic if your running route incorporates several busy roads. Gore Mythos also designed the hat with moisture management in mind – great for catching the sweat before it drips down your forehead.

 

2. SALOMON RS BEANIE

A smart beanie designed for winter running

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Wind protection
Season for use: Autumn/winter
UV protection: Yes
Material: 100% polyester

3. QSHELL UNISEX ADULT BLUETOOTH BEANIE HAT

A hat that doubles up as a pair of headphones

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Listening to music
Season for use: Autumn/winter
UV protection: No
Material: 100% soft acrylic
REASONS TO BUY
+Double knitted for extra warmth+Wireless headphones incorporated

If you’re tossing the coin between purchasing a pair of headphones or a new running hat – good news! This one does both. Made from 100% supersoft acrylic, it’s sure to keep your head snug while you go for a brisk jog after work.

4. ENJOYDEAL 4LED KNIT HAT RECHARGEABLE

Combining a hat with a headtorch

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Night running
Season for use: Autumn/winter
UV protection: No
Material: Acrylic

Getting ready to go for a run in the dark can be a pain, especially when you’re faffing around trying to fix your headtorch to your head.  With 4 LED lights at the front of the hat, you can say goodbye to the head torch and get out the door.

Reviewers seem pleased by the brightness of the LED lights and also commend its warmth, which is due to the acrylic fabric. Available in black, grey and red, you can pick a style that matches your running wear. This uni-sex hat also aims to stretch to meet the size of your head.

5. DECENTRON UNISEX QUICK DRYING MESH CAP

A lightweight and breathable hat for summer runs

SPECIFICATIONS
Best for: Air circulation
Season for use: Spring/Summer
UV protection: No
Material: Polyester

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