I've been tweaking my personal running arsenal in the weeks leading up to the Chuckanut 50k next weekend, and the following is a review of one essential piece of gear. I'll leave the talk of running shoes, GPS watches, hydration packs, etc. for other, less qualified sources. Today I want to fill you in on the details of my latest acquisition, my new cranial covering system.
On a recent trip to my favourite running store, Value Village, I found this beauty in amongst a wide array of toques, tams, bonnets and caps. The price point was acceptable, coming in at $1.49, not the cheapest hat in the store but I've never been one to scrimp when it comes to quality.
|Front view, showing brim and logo.|
The next thing that jumps out at you about this hat is it's weight. This sucker is light! I probably shaved at least 0.5g off my previous race weight by upgrading from my former, much heavier headgear. The back of the hat is made from what appears to be some kind of space age fabric, or "mesh". When tested with my bedroom fan, the moving air went right through, unimpeded.
|Testing ventilation with my axial-flow oscillator.|
|Rear view, showing largest or "open" setting.|
|View from the medial side (or is that the lateral side?) showing extensive length of the "beak".|