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How we choose: The best caps highlighted here were selected based on 82 reviews of 25 products. Our top picks are those that are readily-available in the United States and have received the highest overall ratings from reviewers.

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Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Size-Large Color-Khaki I have two of these wonderful hats. I personally cannot rave enough about them. I have worn them in very warm temps (95+) and I am still impressed with the design and function of this product. As always I am all about keeping it simple(pros/cons) so here is low down on this hat. PROS: 1. Weight=Comfort- I know it's just a hat. It weighs 1.8oz. When wearing it I have actually forgotten that I had it on. If it wasn't for the brim(which is 2") I probably would have looked for it even though I was already wearing it.

Read more: Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap review (1)

The North Face Horizon Ball Cap

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

An excellent hat that is lightweight, dries quickly, and is comfortable on my big noggin. Made of 70D nylon ripstop fabric, this hat is ideal for taking on the summer heat and can be worn for a multitude of high or low energy output activities.

Reasons to Buy

  • So light I forget it's on my head (2.2 oz or 62 g)
  • Comfortable band
  • Stays cool, even in the sweltering heat
  • Easy to use clip/adjustment
  • 50 UPF sun protection

Reasons to Avoid

  • Obnoxiously large tags (easily removed though)
  • Brim tends to revert to its shape

Conditions:I bought this hat in the spring of 2019 and have worn it regularly for six month since. It has quickly become my go-to hat, not only for outdoor activities like hiking and biking, but also for everyday casual wear.   Fit and Adjustability:I have a pretty big head, measuring 24.25 inches (61cm) or a 7 ¾ in hat sizes. A lot of times, when a hat claims to fit most head sizes, it doesn’t fit me. That’s why I was concerned that this hat might not fit, as the sizing is either S/M or L/XL.

Read more: The North Face Horizon Ball Cap review (1)

Headsweats Race Hat

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

Super comfortable lightweight ballcap that excels in warm weather. Constructed with fabric that helps draw perspiration away from your head and keep it out of your eyes. Available in many colors.

Reasons to Buy

  • Helps keep sweat out of eyes
  • Fast drying

Fantastic hats, have one in every color. This is my go-to hat for most of my outdoor activities. Super breathable and the fabric wicks sweat away easily. Adjustable sizing with rear buckle. The fit is perfect and when I'm done I just drop it in the washer. (Put the hat in a small laundry bag before washing to help keep the brim of the hat from becoming frayed.) After washing, just let it air dry. I've been running one or two marathons or 50K's a month since 2011 and have yet to find a hat that both fits and wicks as well as the Race Hat.

Read more: Headsweats Race Hat review (1)

Trailspace Trail Runner Cap

user rating: 5 of 5 (12 reviews)

Who doesn't want to look fly, feel cool, and represent Trailspace? It's a comfortable, lightweight, and well-fitting hat that drys quickly and wicks sweat very well.

Reasons to Buy

  • Wicks (and drys) quickly
  • Lightweight
  • Representing Trailspace!

Reasons to Avoid

  • Durability sacrificed through light fabric (material snags easily)

Got this awesome hat from Trailspace as Reviewer of the Month. I've owned some type of running hat for the last 10 years. This one is by far my favorite. With a sweet TS logo on the front and "" on the back, it's actually a Headsweats brand hat, so you can find it in the store...though you may not look as sharp!   It is very lightweight and is 100% polyester. I have a larger-ish head and doesn't feel too tight, though I am using almost all of the band. The hat stays snug on my head and I'm never nervous about it falling off.

Read more: Trailspace Trail Runner Cap reviews (12)

Sunday Afternoons Eclipse Cap

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This is without a doubt the best lightweight, flexible cap I've ever owned. It can be completely folded (including the brim) and carried in your back pocket. At 2.2 oz you’ll forget you have it along!

Reasons to Buy

  • Beautiful design and colors
  • Complete foldability (including brim)
  • Perfect fit
  • Perfect conservative color schemes
  • UPF50+

Reasons to Avoid

  • It can go missing if you leave it behind!

I’m a hat hater! I rarely wear a hat even though I own many. Since I wear eyeglasses, there are times when a hat is required such as a sunny golf match, hiking into the setting sun, a hard driving rain, heading to a public place with “hat head”, morning camping with crushed hair... When a hat is really needed this is the one you want. It folds and stows away like no other hat. Smash it flat and put it in a pocket. When you put it on it’ll look perfect. The colors are conservative and I wear both the “slate” and “deep blue” colors.

Read more: Sunday Afternoons Eclipse Cap review (1)

Outdoor Research Revel Cap

user rating: 5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Works very well in the rain.

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof
  • Comfortable
  • Adjustable

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not the best in warm weather

I've used this hat for a couple of years now when hiking in wet weather. The hat repels water very well. The thing that I like most about it is that when the rain really starts to come down and you need to pull the hood of your rainjacket up the hat fits really well under the hood and doesn't feel like it's being pushed down on your head or blocking your field of vision. The hat works best in cool weather. Being that I shave my head and don't have the hair to absorb perspiration, when temps creep over 55 degrees or so it get quite humid underneath.

Read more: Outdoor Research Revel Cap reviews (2)

Nike Daybreak Hat

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

Athletic hat which can be used for camping, playing sports, or just mowing the lawn. Highly recommended for activities where you want the shade, but prefer wicking and breathability of lightweight fabric.

Reasons to Buy

  • Lightweight
  • Easy cleaning
  • Breathable material
  • Strong, durable material

Reasons to Avoid

  • Lighter colors show sweat easier b/c material

I received a gray model from my friend about 4 years ago. He played tennis in it for a season, just to give you an example of the "genre" of hat this is. It's been my go-to hat for most occasions.   That material is very thin and breathable, but at the same time durable. I have snagged this hat on thorns or bushes a few times bushwacking or geocaching. No issues or repairs needed.   It is not waterproof though I wear mine and don't think twice about pouring water over my head and hat when I'm done with a hike.

Read more: Nike Daybreak Hat review (1)

Top Rain Hat / Winter / Cap

Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A bomber noggin topper for a wide range of temperature conditions... with one major quibble.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality (fabrics, attention to detail is top notch.)
  • Comfort (tricot lining feels nice for pro-longed periods of wear.)
  • Flexibility (can adapt to multiple conditions.)
  • Waterproof (thanks to the Gore-Tex fabric.)
  • Looks decent (doesn't look like it was manufactured on Planet Wackadoo.)
  • Breathable (even under high exertion activities my head has never felt sweaty, or uncomfortable.)
  • Ear protection when needed (zipper works with little effort, ear band is warm, comfortable, and does what it is intended to do.)

Reasons to Avoid

  • External drawcord (great idea in theory but the squeeze toggle does not stay where you set it.)
  • Hidden ear phone pockets in the ear band (I have never used them and I think they are pointless for reasons I will get into further down in the review.)
  • Sizing (as covered above.)

Size: Large  Color: Fossil & Black (I own 2 of them) Weight: 3.8 oz Warranty: OR's Infinite Guarantee (lifetime) A few months back I was looking at noggin toppers for colder weather activities. I have a slew of beanies, fleece caps, toboggans, etc. but headwear is an item I just cannot seem to own enough of... I wanted something different. But I still wanted to keep the dome toasty and dry in the colder seasons. After a bit of searching I came across Outdoor Research's Prismatic Cap and thought "well this takes a different spin on things.

Read more: Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap review (1)

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