Finally... a great running hat for my noggin

I love a good hat.  It covers my head if I've gotta rush out first thing in the morning and need to tame my bed-head. It helps keep me cool and shield my pale scalp from getting burned when I run.  I love a good hat.  However, I have an enormous noggin.  As in, huuuuuge.  When I was in the military I always had to special order my headgear.  Needless to say, finding a hat that will ensconce my massive cranium is challenging. Until recently, I contended with hats that were too-tight or perched atop my head like a beanie with a bill.

Then I found JackRabbit Caps.  I stumbled across their site while Googling for "big running hat" and quickly fired off an order for one which arrived a few days later.  JackRabbit Caps are made in the US, just outside San Diego. They use high-quality materials including a very light-weight wicking material for the body of the cap.  The build quality is impeccable. The seams are all sewn over with no stray threads. The inside of the cap is lined with a stretchy headband that easily and comfortably accommodates my sizable skull. Not only that, but the cap was large enough to fit down over my head all the way to my ears -- no more beanie cap look!

So, how does it perform?  Very well. As I've previously mentioned, I sweat a lot.  This hat handles it with no difficulty.  The technical fabrics do a great job wicking away the moisture and helping everything evaporate. I ordered my first JackRabbit cap about eight months ago and my second about three.  I've worn both on long runs and short.  I've started wearing my black one as a daily wear.  They really are that comfortable.  No tugging, sliding or pulling.  I scarcely feel them at all. I've washed both caps, in my washing maching, at least a half-dozen times and they look as good as the day I received them. (Note: the instructions recommend hand washing)

JackRabbit offers their warm weather caps in two varieties: wicking and visibility. The visibility caps are just the wicking caps with reflective piping and other accents to help make you more visible at night.  They also offer a visor.  Furthermore, they offer a wide variety of wool and synthetic winter running caps.  Since it rarely gets that cold down here in San Antonio, I haven't had an opportunity to test their warmer head covers.

Overall, I'm delighted with my JackRabbit caps.  They're comfortable, fit well, provide exceptional performance and are unexpectedly durable.  JackRabbit offers a "Take It For A Run Guarantee": If you aren't delighted with their cap, they'll refund your money. Check out their website at www.jackrabbitcaps.com

Have a JackRabbit Cap or any other suggestions on runners with giant heads?  Leave a comment below!

SPIbelt: Endurance Edition

Straight from the "Why didn't I think of that?" files, came the SPIBelt.  For the unfamiliar, this line of belts, the brainchild of Kim Overton, is a fantastically convenient way to carry your necessities while you run, exercise, play or whatever.  Kim was frustrated by having to carry her key tucked in her bra and in a flash of brilliance, conceived the SPIBelt. 

Thousands of runners wear her gear today.  The belts are small, securely hold the contents, but most important, they do not bounce.  At all.  In fact, I barely notice mine.  I had one of the early models, but recently with my increasing mileage as I prepare for my first marathon, I purchased one of the Endurance edition belts.

The SPIBelt Endurance Series

The SPIBelt Endurance Series

Several features make the Endurance Series different from the regular SPIBelt.  First, the elastic belt is wider, 1.5 inches, for better comfort and to better distribute the increased carrying capacity of the larger pouch.  This larger pouch, the second new feature, easily accommodates my iPhone 6 Plus, my wallet and my car key.  Third, they sewed a total of six loops to the elastic band to carry gels and fourth, there are elastic loops with toggles for your race numbers.  Fourth, they use a contrasting color inside the belt to help you locate those small items.

I've put in about 100 miles on this belt and rarely notice it until I need to fish my phone out and look at a map.  The new wide elastic band really does comfortably distribute the weight of the belt and its contents. The gel loops work exactly as you would expect.  One of the nice design features is that the larger contents of your pouch, such as you phone, will stay in the pouch when you unzip it. So you can open the pouch without spilling everything everywhere.  

SPIBelt goes to great lengths to say that their pouches are not waterproof.  If you immerse it in a swimming pool or take a dunk in a stream, your stuff is going to get wet.  However, it did keep my phone and stuff completely dry in a driving rainstorm recently.  So it is quite water resistant.

If you're looking for a small, simple running pouch with a bit more capacity and tons of comfort, check out the SPIBelt Endurance Series.  Available in a variety of colors, it will serve you well on your runs or other adventures.

Any thoughts?  Please leave comments below.