Whether you’re going for a quick run in the rain or logging longer miles on a sunny afternoon, one of the easiest ways to keep yourself feeling comfortable is to throw on a running hat. Between sun, sweat, rain and wind trying to get into your eyes (not to mention flyaway hairs), there’s a lot to protect yourself from. These running hats are all designed to do just that—and offer a few bonus features that rank them above the rest.
Inspired by the popularity of knit footwear, Adidas took the design from toe to head with this hat. It incorporates the brand’s Climacool technology within the contoured patterns, offering up plenty of ventilation and breathability on the hottest of runs. It also has a built-in, moisture-wicking sweatband, an adjustable strap, and a hook-and-loop closure so you have a customized fit with little chance of sweat dripping into your eyes.
Patagonia Airdinia Cap — $35
For those who hate holding onto anything while they run, this could be your go-to hat. Its back stretch panel has a stash pocket for your credit card and key, and even converts into a stuffsack thanks to the clip-in loop. It’s ultra-lightweight, coming in at one ounce, has Polygiene technology for permanent odor control, and the five-panel design makes it super easy to fold down and stow into your shorts or bag.
This Brooks unisex running hat comes in three colors: black, white and turquoise and is made of 88 percent polyester and 12 percent spandex. The sweat-wicking headband keeps moisture at bay, while the DriLayer stretch-woven fabric and adjustable back provides a customizable fit.
This lightweight hat has FlashDry technology built in, so you won’t have to wait long before it’s totally dry from a rainy or sweat-filled run. The ergonomic design also makes it super comfortable regardless of head shape and size, the vented mesh panels have plenty of breathability, and the UPF 50 protects your scalp from the sun’s rays.
Asics Mesh Cap — $25
If you’re a heavy sweater, you may need some extra ventilation when it comes to your running hats. With a fully-meshed back, it doesn’t get more breathable than this cap. The soft, foldable brim and hook-and-loop closure allows for a personalized fit, while the reflective logo adds a hit of visibility when it starts to get dark.
Built for blisteringly hot days, this hat offers extra breathability thanks to its lightweight polyester fabric and full mesh crown. It also has a moisture-wicking sweatband, UPF 50 sun protection and an anti-glare under brim for added comfort. And just in case you need a stow-and-go option, the brim easily folds down so you can easily store it in your backpack post-run and be on your way.
Lululemon Baller Hat Run — $38
Consider this a souped-up version of your classic ball cap. It has the baseball hat look you love, but with sweat-wicking, two-way stretch fabric which means it molds to your head better. Plus, the built-in mesh sweatband keeps sweat out of your face while the reflective details keep you more visible in low-light conditions.