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The Women’s Running Guide to Hats

The unsung hero of a great run, a good hat can't be beat.

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Sun protectors, glare blockers, warming devices—the best running hats can protect our heads from all types of elements when we are out for a run. Just like today’s activewear, the top hats on the market today can wick moisture and offer breathability, which is a necessity for hot months and extra-steamy efforts.

For women runners, they’re often a critically helpful tool in keeping our hair under control. Growing out your bangs? Throw on a hat. Preserving a blow-dry? Throw on a hat. Anything that helps those little hairs from getting in our eyes.

If you need or are looking to update, there are some great selections out there. Here are 9 of the best running hats right now in 2021.

Lululemon Fast and Free Hat | $38

Light blue Lululemon Fast and Free Ha

Designed for runners, the hat is composed of fabric with four-way stretch that is quick-drying and moisture-wicking. It also has an interior sweatband that will collect any dripping sweat as it builds.

Rnnr Pacer Hat | $32

Black and white Rnnr Pacer hat

Packability can be an important feature to those who like to take on and off their hat on their run. At only 2.1 ounces, this Oreo tie-dye print cap won’t weigh you down or distract you in any way. Also made of premium moisture-managing tech fabrics and completely washable and quick drying.

Nathan’s Reflective Ponytail Beanie | $30

Black Nathan's Reflective Ponytail Beanie

Designed specifically for women with a cutout for a ponytail. This lightweight stretch beanie has a hidden stash pocket on the inside back to fit a house or car key or some cash. It’s perfect for keeping your head warm when it’s chilly out with high visibility reflective graphics to stay visible on early morning or night runs.

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Nixon Night Runner Strapback Hat | $36

Multi-colored Nixon Night Runner Strapback Hat

Even if you choose this hat purely because of the cool retro color block design feature, know that the five breathable mesh panels will keep you dry, and the logo is reflective to keep you safe.

Brooks Carbonite Hat | $35

White and neon Brooks Carbonite Hat

Bright neon is always a fun activewear addition but, when it’s reflective, it means we can take that early morning or rain day run and leave the worry about visibility behind.

Mission Vented Cooling Performance Hat | $25

Dark blue Mission Vented Cooling Performance Hat

If you tend to overheat, this could be just the hat for you since it is powered by HydroActive® Cooling Technology. When activated, which is as simple as wetting, wringing, and waving, it will cool down your body temperature in under 30 seconds. Another reason why it’s ideal for sunny runs, it has UPF 50 sun protection.

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Asics Mad Dash Cap | $25

Pink Asics Mad Dash Cap

This cap is all about moisture management, with vents and breathable fabrics. Super lightweight, hence the name, and with a velcro adjuster in the back.

HOKA ONE ONE Performance Hat | $24

Blue HOKA ONE ONE Performance Hat

Sleek, bright, and with adjustability in the back, this will keep the sun out of your eyes so you can focus on the miles ahead.

Buff Pack Run Visor | $24

Pink Buff Pack Run Visor

This brand that has masted neckwear is moving into the headgear market. Their newly launched visor is featherweight and does an excellent job of keeping the sun out of your eyes and your ponytail bouncing. Packs down small so you can take it with you on the go.

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