This versatile hat has a removable, adjustable skirt that gives you shelter from harsh rays or can be removed when you just need ball-cap coverage. The lightweight fabric provides UPF 30+ sun protection, and mesh side panels let air flow over the sides of your head.
* Material: 100% Supplex® nylon, plain weave * Weight: 2.8 oz / 79 g (For size L)
Features: * Water-Resistant * Breathable * Lightweight * Wicking * Quick-Drying * TransAction™ Headband * UPF 50+ * Dark Fabric Under Brim * External Breathable Mesh Panels * Removable Cape * Convertible * Embroidered OR Logo * Hook/Loop Back * Removable Chin Cord * Packable
Rated 5 out of
Amazing technical hat; so awesome I bought more!The Sun Runner Cap by Outdoor Research is one of my absolute favourite pieces of gear and as a result I'm pretty enthusiastic about it. If you're wanting a hat which will truly protect you, this is your deal right here!
While it is not waterproof, seemingly being primarily meant for hot environments such as the toasty Okanagan Valley or the Mojave Desert of California (Pacific Crest Trail,) with its well ventilated design, this incredibly adaptable hat does does surprisingly great in inclement weather too, as it has been treated with DWR, making it water resistant; even if it does get saturated, the Sun Runner will dry incredibly quickly, truly making it a hiker/backpacker's best friend. Despite having hiked in very soggy weather with mine, I have yet to get mine soaked; I've battle tested it so hard that I will no longer wear any other hat for hiking. On those days when the amount of rain exceeds the ability of even the best DWR, the Sun Runner will easily fit beneath the hood of your hard shell.
The Sun Runner, seemingly inspired by places like the Sahara, has a host of other tricks up its sleeve besides DWR; for one, it's windproof (except of course in its ventilated regions.) By cinching its cape around your chin, the Sun Runner provides your head (and especially your vulnerable ears,) ample protection from the damp, blustering winds often found on ridge tops in the Canadian Rocky Mountains in places like Wilcox Pass.
The same cape which will protect you from the cold mountain wind and torching high UV sunshine can also be easily removed and stowed away, turning the Sun Runner into a lovely ventilated ball cap which is excellent for trail running. This is something which I have admittedly personally never done; if the weather is too warm for me, I simply cinch the cape behind my head - in this manner, I still have sun protection for the back of my neck, but my ears can feel the cooling breeze. As someone who hikes very hot, I very much appreciate the ventilation of this wonderful hat.
While it is decidedly function over fashion, the technical strengths of the Sun Runner really can't be beat. It will protect you from the damp chilly wind of the mountains and the next moment which the peaks change their mind, it will valiantly defend you from the sun's harsh rays.
I really can't recommend this hat enough; I liked it so much that I bought my mom one and I can easily see myself collecting all of the colours in time. I wear a size medium; you can adjust the fit with a bit of velcro at the back. I've had mine for over a year and thus far, it is still in as great of condition as the day that I bought it despite many kilometres of trail.