User Review: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace.com)
Price Paid: $17.95 plus $5.95 shipping
I don't like wearing sunglasses when I hike — invariably they distort my vision. Since much of my hiking is in the bright Sierra sun, I need protection for my eyes. Additionally I need protection to prevent sunburn on my scalp. The Trailspace cap works very well on both counts, and as a result I use it on almost every trip.
- Dark color under visor to minimize glare
- Dries quickly when it gets wet
- Plastic latch on strap
- New model darker color scheme isn't as cool as original model in hot sun
I finally sprang for one of these caps recently and took it on a 4-day/3-night backpacking trip in the high country of Kings Canyon National Park. It works as advertised!
The material is very light and breathable, so it's comfortable to wear, and didn't feel hot on my head. The headband really does wick moisture, so it didn't feel wet even at times when I was sweating heavily. This is in stark contrast to the standard cap I had been using all along — that one got drenched with my sweat on hot steep climbs.
This cap also works well to minimize sun glare on my eyes. The brim is a good size to help block the sun, without restricting my field of vision. Additionally, the black color on the underside helps minimize glare.
I'm not a fan of the little plastic latch on the strap. I prefer velc... ummm, "hook and loop" for this application. But so far I've had no issues with the plastic catch, so I can't complain.
This is a nice cap for outdoor activities in the hot sun. I'd definitely recommend it for this purpose.