User Review: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap
Source: received it as a sample, freebie, or prize (Trailspace)
Except that it blocks the sun it's hard to tell it's there.
- Coolmax material wicks very well
- Makes my head look smaller
- Coolmax material can snag, be careful
I got this nice hat mailed to me as a prize from TS. It would be bad form to diaparage a gift and I really can't anyway; it's a great hat. I have been eyeing a lightweight cap for summer hikes and climbs so this fits a niche I was already looking to fill.
The coolmax material is extremely breathable and is an excellent choice for sweaty activities in warm weather. I live in the desert (semi-arid shrub-steppe) so its ideal for where I live. I wore it rock climbing two days ago and it was the ideal cover for the sun and also fit well under my helmet when I turned it around. It would fit under my helmet facing forwards too but I wanted the bill in the back.
The black side panels, according to my wife, make my head look smaller which is a good thing; I got a big mellon.
If I had to stow it it would take up zero space since it is so lightweight.
If I was forced to say something bad about this hat I'd mention that Coolmax material is very prone to snagging so take care when walking through brush. A spark from a fire would also severely harm the hat as well but a good understanding of its limitations can mitigate these shortcommings.
Mine came with a BB-sized purple stain on the bill that would bother me if I had paid for the hat.
I have no substantive gripes and lots of praise for this cap.
Update: The lightweight buckle on the back broke when I used the cap to swat flies. Since my head seldom changes sizes I stitched the strap in-place. No longer an issue. The purple "stain" washed right out the first time I rubbed a little dish soap into it.