Which Materials Are The Best For A Running Hat? If you're a runner, you know that finding the right gear is key to a comfortable stress-free run. One of the most important pieces of gear to consider is your running hat. Not only does a good running hat protect you from the sun, but it can also help regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable during your workout. But with so many different materials to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? In this article, Sprints team of designers review the best materials for a running hat.

  1. Polyester

Pro’s: Polyester is one of the most common materials used in running hats, and for good reason. It's lightweight, breathable, and wicks sweat away to keep you cool and dry. It's also durable and easy to care for, making it a great choice for runners who want a hat that can stand up to daily wear and tear. This is why Sprints searched the globe for its proprietary blend of polyester used in all of its OG hats.

Con’s: Polyester is super light meaning it can sometimes lack structure (like most “adults” in their 20’s) or hold a specific shape unless it is supported by other materials (like a hat brim).

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2. Nylon

Pro’s: Nylon is another popular material for running hats. Like polyester, it's lightweight and breathable, but it's also incredibly durable and can withstand even the toughest workouts. Nylon is also water-resistant, which means it can help protect you from rain and snow during your run.

Con’s: Nylon has the potential to feel heavy and trap more heat than polyester. Sprints leverages nylon blends if and when it uses this material (but really leave nylon to those truckers).

3. Merino Wool

Pro’s: Merino wool may not be the first material that comes to mind when you think of a running hat, but it's actually a great choice for runners who want a hat that can keep them warm in cold weather. Merino wool is soft, comfortable, and naturally regulates your body temperature, which means you'll stay warm without overheating.

Con’s: merino wool can be expensive and cheap blends can create a hot box on your head and create a small sweat swamp.

4. Mesh

Pro’s: Mesh isn't a material in and of itself, but it's often used in running hats to provide ventilation and breathability. Mesh panels allow air to flow through the hat, which helps regulate your body temperature and keep you cool and dry. Sprints designed tear drop mesh vents so heat can escape on all of its models.

Con’s: It isn’t a material so can it be trusted by itself? When it comes to choosing the best material for a running hat, it really depends on your needs and preferences.

Polyester and nylon are great choices for runners who want a lightweight, breathable hat that can withstand daily wear and tear. Merino wool is a good choice for runners who need a hat that can keep them warm in cold weather, while spandex is ideal for runners who want a snug, comfortable fit.

Eric Rose