Few items seem to be as polarizing amongst runners as the running hat. Some feel naked on the run without it, others weighed down while wearing one. Having spent years testing, researching, designing and finally developing the new On Lightweight Cap, we decided to share the major reasons why runners of all levels choose to run in a hat, and to help you find the best running hat for your needs.
1. Keeps you cool
The most obvious benefit when it comes to a running hat. By design, they draw perspiration away from the head helping keep you cool through evaporating sweat. At the same time, the best running hats also let air in through their fabric to further cool a runner down and provide a level of breathability for the head.
2. Controls hair
If you run with longer hair, you’ll know that this is one of the great uses for headpieces. A running hat with ponytail hole for instance keeps hair from locking in heat from the shoulders and neck, and the ends of the hair out, able to dry quicker while away from the body.
3. Aerodynamics and shape
In cycling, helmets have been shown to matter when it comes to cutting time with their ability to cut through the wind. Same with swimmers shaving their heads or wearing speed-caps. Of course, when it comes to running, drag isn’t something most runners think about, and in most cases, would make such a small difference to effort. Still. Combined with the other factors, a single, streamlined headshape VS wild, wet, wind-catching hair may create some advantage when it comes down to the seconds that can matter most in a race...