Best Running Cap?
Posted 01 October 2005 - 02:22 PM
Which ones do you guys find are the best? I've heard the Nike Dry-fit ones are quite good, but can't find anyone online who sells them (to get a price).
My searches have revealed this Asics Running Cap at $20, which seems to fit the bill.
Also, does colour particularly matter? I think the black one would suit me a lot better, but will it attract/hold more heat, or would it be quite negligible?
Thanks for your thoughts!
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Posted 01 October 2005 - 07:13 PM
Posted 02 October 2005 - 12:57 PM
The next best is the Nike drifit, but the advantage of the Coolrunning cap is the visor is soft and plyable.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 01:11 AM
Am very pleased with my Mizuno mesh cap (in white) from Sydney Running Centre in Edgecliffe. Doesn't retain as much heat as imagined and keeps the sun off me bonce.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 01:54 AM
Posted 02 October 2005 - 02:16 AM
Only concern on design is lack of UV protection for ears and neck. Anyone come up with a design solution suitable for runners?
Posted 02 October 2005 - 02:33 AM
Posted 02 October 2005 - 06:08 AM
Posted 02 October 2005 - 07:34 AM
i got a run for your life cap the other day and was also very impressed with that ,,choices like that make life hard :rolleyes:
Posted 02 October 2005 - 07:46 PM
However it was not long before she realised what an investment the CR cap was. She felt the support, friendship, cameraderie and encouragement she got because other CRs could identify her was worth far more than the cost of the cap.
Like plu, I agree with her.
Posted 02 October 2005 - 10:14 PM
Any chance of a sturdier peak, Kev?
Posted 03 October 2005 - 12:10 PM
Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:26 PM
Brooks have black or white mesh caps in stores at the moment for about $25,
I bought a CR cap but I have to admit that I have only worn it once and will probably not wear it again - the soft peak doesn't work for me, especially in the wind.
Note: I do have a lot of hair to hold so I prefer a lightweight but firm cap.
Posted 03 October 2005 - 05:31 PM
For looking cool - Coolrunning cap - naturally ;)
Posted 03 October 2005 - 06:07 PM
As far as breathability the Nike Dri-Fit tend to breath a little bit better then the Sphere. Both are excellent units. :D
Posted 03 October 2005 - 09:52 PM
Out of sheer loyalty for the support and advice over the last few months, it will be worn ceremoniously for my first Half Mara in just under 2 weeks, with a couple of test drives before then. hmmmm - new singlet, new cap, plus new shoes (run in by then), all light blue and pretty cool - that's gotta be worth 8 secs/km, huh?
Posted 03 October 2005 - 10:18 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 05:06 AM
Originally posted by Princess Odette:
I use a black Nike drifit cap. It's definitely feels a lot cooler than when i was wearing a baseball type cap. Rebel sells it but i can't remember the price. The only other colour is white but I didn't want it cuz u can see dirt on white too easily. yuck
Hey Princess. I was given a black one AND a white one for a birthday a couple of years ago. The black one is definitely hotter, and the white one washes out clean in the shower after my run. So it is black for dusk or dawn in winter when I need the warmth, and white for hot sunny days. Or the Mt Mee King of the Mountain cap, in white. Or the R4YL cap, in blue. Decisions, decisions.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 05:12 AM
run run as fast as you can :P
Posted 05 October 2005 - 12:43 AM
Thanks for your posts guys. Considering the 'floppiness' of the CR cap, I might go to Rebel and have a look at what they have there.
And thanks Kato for clearing up the temp diff of black vs white!!
Posted 04 October 2005 - 01:57 PM
I have tried pouring water on the CR cap and the water seems to just run off rather than being absorbed.
I mainly wear a cap to keep the sun off my face and nose.
The down side of wearing a cap is the problem with the top of your head getting too hot.
Keeping your head cool is so important I am amazed when I see runners in thick black caps on a sunny day.
I think I might use the CR visor this sunday in the MM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 03:02 PM
1. the aim of keeping the sun off to reduce heat ingress and sunburn, skins cancer etc...i.e. reduce heat coming in
2. with the stated aim of keeping cool, wear a visor so you reduce skin cancer risk on the face but allow the heat your head generates i.e. let heat out, which you hat might prevent.
i figured a hat that has breathing holes was the compromise...but which do CRs treckon is the go?
(i run in Brisbane so it's pretty much always muggy...sure has been the last few days!!)PH
Posted 04 October 2005 - 03:19 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 04:14 PM
I have noticed that caps keep the sun from your eyes and off your nose but most of the time the rest of your face is uncovered which could lead to a false sense of security regarding sun exposure. Especially the tops of your ears and lower lip.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 04:54 PM
Originally posted by knight60:
...and magpie-proof! (I tested it).
After going for a run in Gloucester the other day I can confirm that the CR hat is a magnet for magpies. I got swooped by no less than 7 in an 11k run. When I took the hat off to hit them with it, they attacked the hat. The guy at the B&B reckons it's because of the blue, maybe they were just annoyed about paramatta's last game.
Posted 04 October 2005 - 05:35 PM
I can confirm that the CR hat is a magnet for magpies
They probably mistook you for a Cowboy... don't forget the Tigers are still half Magpie :D
I'm glad I got that long run in Sunday morning
I'm still hungover... B)
Posted 04 October 2005 - 06:51 PM
Originally posted by gnscon:
I can confirm that the CR hat is a magnet for magpies.
Don't wear it down Pitt St then, near the old Stock Exchange Building.
You'll get absolutely nippled by that rampant Currawong. :angry:
Posted 04 October 2005 - 07:05 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 07:14 PM
Posted 04 October 2005 - 07:37 PM
I also have a navy blue Nike drifit mesh cap but I prefer the above C2S cap as it keeps my head cooler.
Posted 05 October 2005 - 04:25 AM
Posted 05 October 2005 - 10:42 PM
Posted 06 October 2005 - 03:28 AM
Any chance of CR stuff in the usual mesh running gear?
Posted 06 October 2005 - 04:34 AM
I suspect there is no such thing as "usual" mesh as all singlets (after a reasonable amount of research) seem to be different.
Posted 07 October 2005 - 12:54 AM
personally at this early stage of my running life, i know just how much the psychological aspects help drive better performance - over and above my sweat etc - since i'm not an elite and never will be, that's good enough for me.
If you make the cap out of cardboard or wool Kevin, i'll still wear it if the CRs gee us up!
Posted 07 October 2005 - 12:29 PM
run run as fast as you can
Posted 16 December 2005 - 06:20 PM
Posted 17 December 2005 - 01:22 PM
I also got my 'guaranteed' PB so I am all smiles.
Posted 17 December 2005 - 07:27 PM
I currently run with a nylon (not mesh) New Balance hat and have found it to be of poor quality for $30 (absorbent lining fell out after a few washes), not really one size fits all and a bit hot. I have persisted with it as I am (not have) a tight arse.
I will soon be in the market for a new hat so my question is are the CR hats comfortable to wear and are they hard wearing? I am aware of the morale boosting benefits of wearing one - it just needs to be comfortable! :D What do current users think?
Posted 17 December 2005 - 09:14 PM
I can recommend the CR caps: they're good value, and comfortable, and we need to see more of them around here in Newcastle! ;)
Posted 17 December 2005 - 10:24 PM
Nike Dri Fit - I have a navy blue one, great hat, very comfy, very light, I think the dark colour may attract the heat, but overall a great hat.
RFYL - good, light, air holes great, but I would say the Nike is slightly better.
Fila - got this one in the 'show bag' after the S2F Christmas Run, excellent hat, very light, white and fits great. I think this one will get worn a fair bit during summer.
Posted 18 December 2005 - 03:45 AM
Posted 18 December 2005 - 05:01 PM
Originally posted by The Owl:
...my R4YL cap keeps blowing off no matter how tight I have it...
mmmmmm I can't imagine anyone running so fast that their hat would blow off ;) , but I'm also very happy with the CR cap.
Mrs. L. on the other hand, has great problems with caps :rolleyes: (but I'm not going to touch that one, even though she's out Christmas shopping @ the moment, God bless her.)
Now, where was I?
Oh yes... on another recent shopping expedition she's got hold of a cap from the local cut-price New Balance outlet (Thanks to a recommendation from Wobbly.)
Well! It seems that cap & Mrs. L. were just made for each other.
& as long as it keeps Mrs. L. happy, who am I to question the integrety of the particular item in question?
mmmmmmmm One embarrassing little problem though; (& I just hate to be picky). People are always asking her, when exactly did she do the Noosa Triathalon :o
Posted 19 December 2005 - 01:21 PM
I have found the Nike dri-fit to be the best I’ve tried. Have recently been running in the R4YL cap that came with the magazine subscription. It is a bit lighter and cooler but considerably less effective at handling sweat than the Nike. Maybe because it is more nylon material than the mesh stuff, but it just gets soaked where as the Nike cap seems much better at moving moisture and allowing it to evaporate.
I’ll use the R4YL for shorter runs only.
Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:03 PM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:19 PM
Posted 19 December 2005 - 05:21 PM
I find the new R4YL caps much better for longer runs. They seem just as light as the CR caps, have a firm peak (same with you Obi, I wont be washing it as much), and have proved their mettle into a very strong headwind, during the Clovelly STaR on Sunday.