The Round-Up: Five Race-Ready Hats

In addition to blocking the sun’s harmful rays, the extra shade from a hat or visor helps reduce squinting, which keeps your face more relaxed. And there’s nothing like having a bill to serve as an awning for your eyes during a rainy run. The trick is to find a hat that functions well in training, looks good and fits your head just right.

Hat Trick

Here are a few of our favorites.

Photo: Oliver Baker

CTR Chase Marathon Run Cap

$25, Chaoshats.com

This super breathable and lightweight hat provides UPF 30+ protection and dries in a flash. It also comes with an easily removable neck flap, which provides additional sun protection and cooling properties.

New Balance Performance Visor

$18, Newbalance.com

Simplicity is key when it comes to running attire, and this performance visor offers just that. With an anti-glare underbrim, this model packs a lot of comfort and protection in a basic construction.

Brooks Seattle Collapsible Hat

$30, Brooksrunning.com

This should be your go-to cap on rainy days. Not only will the bill shelter your face, the waterproof and windproof materials mean it won’t get heavy and saturated over many miles.

BOCO Gear Relaxed Fit Technical Trucker

$25, Bocogear.com

BOCO engineered this less structured version of the on-trend trucker that perfectly marries a comfortable fit with important technical properties like an internal moisture-wicking sweatband for the long haul.

Headsweats Performance Trucker

$25, Headsweats.com

Made with woven and mesh fabrics, this five-panel trucker seamlessly blends style and performance qualities. A terry sweatband will keep you cool in hot conditions, and the black undervisor helps reduce glare.