Outdoor Research Sun Runner hat

SunrunnerYou all know what I think about running. That said, runners do contributed to product development in much the same way lab rats do. Case in point: hats. The Sun Runner hat from Outdoor Research is the latest in my endless quest for the perfect soft mountaineering headgear.

The Sun Runner is synthetic so it’s light and dries quickly. What makes it a little different from other sun hats is that is has mesh side panels that can be covered with the removable cape. So you have a number of different configurations to use, and rather than being gimmicky they actually work well.

The bill is sufficiently stiff and the fabric has a 30+ UPF rating so your delicate alabaster skin doesn’t crinkle like a dollar bill in the sun. There’s even a Coolmax wicking headband and a cincher cord so it won’t fly off on a glacier in a windstorm. All in all, a worthy contender, especially if you suffer from the running sickness.

$27.95 at Backcountry.com




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