15 Best Running Caps for Men & Women (2019)

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So, you're looking for the best running cap in the UK, but you don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of time deciding on the thousands of different styles out there...

Not to worry. We've whittled the insurmountable market of caps for running down into 15 of our ultimate favourite products, so you can say goodbye to the gruelling search!

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#1 - GADIEMKENSD Quick-Dry Running Cap - Amazon’s Choice product 

GADIEMKENSD baseball running cap

We’re kicking things off with an impressive and wildly popular product from GADIEMKENSD, which has done remarkably well against its competitors on the platform.

One of the reasons for its success, perhaps, is the fact that it is highly customizable for a cheap running cap. It is currently available in 8 different colour combinations, which include: 

  • Black
  • Blue
  • Deep Gray
  • Light Gray 
  • Navy
  • Pink
  • Sky Blue
  • White 

Not only this but the main material used to craft the product is polyester, which has a cross-section structure that is famous for wicking away moisture, in comparison to other materials (such as cotton). 

It has a mesh section towards the back, which is also useful in the moisture-wicking process, and should keep your head cool and dry during an intense workout. It counts as one of the mesh running caps on our list, which is great news if this is what you’re looking for.


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Onto the reviews, it currently holds over 600 customer ratings to date (we told you it was popular!). 91% of these reviews are 5-star, which we certainly can’t fault. This is an excellent achievement for a product on the platform as few of them actually see success as strong as this! 

One customer writes:

I’ve worn this hat several times now for various outdoor activities and it has performed very well. The fit is good for me and the wicking material is great for dealing with sweat, far superior to traditional cotton hats. The brim is also a little longer than most baseball style caps which is a real advantage in sunny conditions.

Price: £8.98

#2 - Under Armour Men’s Running Cap 

In search of the best running caps for men? If so, you’ll love this product. 

For starters, it’s by one of the most popular fitness brands here in the UK. We had to include at least one branded product as we know some of you can’t live without them, and that’s absolutely fine! After all, we are collating this list for you. 

This running cap by Under Armour is made of 100% polyester, so that’s definitely a great first impression. It states that it ‘delivers true breathability in a light, stretchy, durable and fast-drying fabric’, and so far we’ve found no evidence that this is anything but the truth! 

In terms of safety, the running cap also comes with reflective taping (including the logo), which is handy for added visibility when using it to run at night. It counts as one of the reflective running caps on our list, so keep this in mind! 

The hook is adjustable, and closes with loop closure, meaning that it fits most people! The cap itself is pre-curved, which is handy for blocking out excess light and improving visibility. 

One customer leaves a glowing review by saying:

This hat is perfect for running, wearing at the gym and cycling. It’s breathable, comfortable and seems a stronger design than other options.

Price: £18.62

#3 - REDPEONY Baseball Running Cap 

The first thing that you’ll notice about this product is its slick design. Considering the fact that it is a pretty cheap running cap, it looks as though it belongs in a much more expensive range. 

Rather than its adjustable capabilities being made possible through a cheap, poor-quality velcro strap, this product has a plastic clasp that allows it to fit most people. The length is pretty good, and we had no issues when trying it on amongst our team!

You’ll probably be glad to know that despite the price, it still comes with a 100% money-back guarantee from the seller. We can’t fault this, but we’re almost certain that you won’t be needing it after giving the product a go ourselves. 

Oh, we forgot to mention - it’s also made from polyester as most of its expensive counterparts are… interesting! 

Price: £9.99

#4 - Gisdanchz Waterproof Running Cap 

Looking for waterproof running caps with more of a quirky design? This one deviates from the typical look that many of the best running caps in the UK have, and we have to say we like it! 

There are three available colour options, all of which contain the signature colours which are orange, black and grey. 

The hat is pretty adjustable and has a one-size-fits-all approach, which is handy if you’re worried about it fitting correctly. A plastic clasp is used to adjust the sizing and secures the hat to the head, making it more useful and reliable than some of its velcro counterparts.

Another good feature of this product is its inclusion of mesh sections along its sides. They’re great for wicking away sweat and providing the head with ventilation, thus making the hat more comfortable to wear on gruelling running routes. 

On the note of sweat-wicking capabilities, it also has a an inner-layer sweatband that lines the inside of the hat. This feels great on and prevents sweat droplets from making their way down your face and into your eyes. We love this feature, and it definitely makes this product one of our favourites on the list of the best running baseball caps! 

Price: £11.88

#5 - Proviz Reflect 360 Running Cap 

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This running cap is consistently praised in its reviews for being one of the most reflective running caps on the platform, and we have to agree. It’s grey at a first glance but put it in line of a headlight and it’s brighter than a road sign! In light of this, we can say that Proviz’s claim that this is a 100% reflective running cap is definitely true. 

Not only this, but its made from 80% polyester and you know what that means; there’s barely any sweat in sight when running with this cap. 

Its moisture-wicking capabilities alongside its almost fully mesh-material design and more than comfortable enough for long-duration, challenging runs or workouts. It’s one of the full mesh running caps on our list, so the ventilation you get is insane and definitely worth the price if that’s your priority when looking for the best running cap! 

Want a second opinion before reading? Check out this review: 

Very reflective. The brim is deeper than my other running hats which is good to keep the rain off. I’ve worn it in torrential rain & howling gales and it’s kept my head dry & warm while keeping me seen.

Price: £27.99

#6 - GADIEMENSS Running Hat 

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If your ideal running cap is a little ‘out there’ and anything but plain, then this is the product for you! It comes in three different colours, which are; Blue, Sky-Blue and Rose-Red, so you’ll definitely be the one with the jazziest cap in your running group. 

The cap is water-resistant and quick-drying, meaning that it’s perfect for running in all kinds of weather. After all, not all of us want to purchase separate running caps, and would much prefer one that could be used holistically, and this makes it a pretty practical product for the price. 

Worried about the fit, considering the fact that its a cheap running cap? Don’t panic! It actually holds 88% ‘fits as expected’ record, which is impressive considering the amount of traction that this product has attracted so for on Amazon.

It currently holds 261 ratings in total, of which 83% are 5-star reviews. It is constantly praised by Amazon customers for its fantastic quality despite the low price, and we’re joining them in saying that we agree!

One glowing review reads:

Great product. Exactly what I wanted. Lightweight, comfortable, easily adjustable with a neat strap that you can tuck away. Peak good length to shield from rain and also from bright sunlight. This is perfect for running. Arrived quick and in good condition! 

Price: £4.99

#7 - TrailHeads Running Cap 

Looking for mesh running caps to no avail? Not to worry. This product couldn’t be more ‘mesh’, as its entire surface area is made up of the stuff! 

Whether it's down to this or not, it also only weighs 2 ounces in total and is one of the best lightweight caps for running that we’ve seen so far. Not many people like a heavy cap for working out, and especially not if they’re looking to be comfortable whilst doing so. 

There are 6 different colour options to choose from, which include: Black, Navy, Charcoal, White, Orange Peel and Yellow, so you can go for either a plain, sleek look or opt for something a little more colourful; the best of both worlds. 

Had issues with glare in the past, where your running cap hasn’t been able to save you? You’re not alone. We know how pesky glare can be, whether it’s from the sun or a pair of headlights, and the good news is that this running cap is pretty life-saving when it comes to this.  

One customer writes:

Excellent running cap. Very light and comfortable. I’ve run two marathons in this cap and have trained for about four months wearing it on pretty much every run. 

I’ve really grown to like it now and one thing I noticed that I hadn’t before is that the peak “channels” the sweat from your head so that it runs off the corner of the peak which keeps you drier. It really is like a second skin now and I sometimes forget I’m wearing it. It also washes really easily and doesn’t degrade at all.

Price: £15.50

#8 - Buff Running Cap

So this running cap is a little different to the ones that we’ve looked at up to now, the main difference being that it’s made of 100% polyurethane, which gives it its soft and lightweight running cap appearance. 

It’s extremely comfortable thanks to this soft finish, and the light plastic chord that is used to tighten/loosen it. If you’re someone who is worried about an ill-fitting running cap, then this could be a plausible solution. 

Not only is it lightweight and comfortable, but it's also extremely portable and can easily fit into your pocket. 

This is handy for those runners who can never decide whether they actually want to wear a cap or not before setting out on a run, or those that live in climates that are prone to drastic changes, which you’ll definitely know about if you’re searching for running caps in the uk! 

One customer reviews the product with 5-stars by stating:

Excellent hat which does exactly what it says on the tin. Great foldable design and the peak is much better than the previous version!

Price: £15.95  

#9 - GADIEMKENSD Running Hat 

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With a simple yet plain design, this cheap running cap does exactly what you need it to do for next to nothing! The best thing is that it doesn’t even look cheap when you try it on, and you can customise it by choosing from 7 different colours, which are:

  • Black
  • Deep Gray 
  • Khaki 
  • Light Gray
  • Pink
  • Rose Red
  • Royal Blue 

It is made from 100% quick-dry nylon, which is again much better than the running baseball caps that are made from cotton. It also has mesh panels to aid breathability, so you shouldn’t be overheating when wearing it! 

Cotton may be soft and comfortable, but it’s definitely not the best for preventing sweat buildup. Nylon is super-stretchy, breathable, moisture-wicking and has good sunlight resistance, so it shouldn’t fade in hot weather. 

Another great feature of the product is that is actually has a 3-panel foldable design. That’s right, you can fold it in a matter of seconds to make it pocket-size! This has proven popular with many Amazon customers, and it praised continuously in the reviews. 

One customer writes:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this cap for the price but it’s really great - lightweight (but still good quality), breathable mesh at the sides and the cap part does actually have two properly stitched ‘hinges’ so you can fold the whole thing away and stick it in your pocket without too much grief. Definitely worth the money and for that it deserves five-stars!

Price: £7.98

#10 - TrailHeads Race Day Running Hat 

Perhaps the most impressive thing about this product is that it only weighs 2 ounces, which isn’t bad for a cap that is made from more of a hard material. If you’re looking for lightweight caps for running this could be a good option! 

The entire cap is made from polyester mesh, which makes it extremely breathable (and one of our favourite mesh running caps). This is handy for those who are looking to wear it for intense runs and workouts, or for any activity that you think will get your blood pumping (and inevitably make you sweat). 

It will keep your cool and dry whilst stopping the sweat from running onto your face thanks to the band inside the base of the running cap. 

We’re aware that not everyone is a fan of velcro, but if you’d rather your running cap’s adjustable band be made from this (rather than a plastic clasp), then you’ll be glad to know that this product uses velcro. 

Is safety on your list of the most important features in the search for the best running cap? Not to worry. This product from TrailHeads has a reflective trim that they claim allows you to be ‘safe and be seen’ while working out, and we couldn’t agree more. This is something that many of the product’s counterparts don’t have, so you should definitely take a look if this is one of your priorities! 

Of its 47 ratings to date, it has 89% positive reviews which we definitely can't argue with. 

One customer writes:

Love this cap. I have just returned back from a long session of workout in the gym and the scalp feels really great. Unlike other caps, this does not overheat your scalp. Great for people who have itchy scalps. Totally recommended.

Price: £15.50-18.63

#11 - iBasingo Waterproof Running Cap 

If you’re looking for an all-weather lightweight running cap (that is also pretty cheap), you should take a look at this one from iBasingo.  

Not only is it crafted from polyester, a moisture-wicking material, but it features two large mesh side panels that work to keep your head cool and ventilated. It also fits into our waterproof running caps 

It is also quick-drying (thanks to the polyester finish), which is useful in wet/cold weather, as well as coming with 50+ UPF to protect your skin from the sun in summer… Looking for running caps with sun protection? You’re in luck with this one. This is a feature that we certainly can’t fault, especially since this is such a cheap running cap! 

Worried about the fit? You needn’t be, as this cap comes with a one-size-fits-all approach, and a metal buckle to adjust the band (rather than velcro or plastic, if you’re worried about it lasting long-term). 

One customer reviews the product by saying:

I bought this to wear whilst running to keep my hair, sun, rain, etc. out of my eyes. I wanted something lightweight and breathable so I wouldn’t get too hot. This is ideal. Looks good, fits well, and seems to be well-made. 

Price: £7.99

#12 - Estwell Running Hat 

estwell running cap

Shopping on a budget for the best cap for running? This foldable, lightweight running cap is exactly what you need. It is perfect for use in all types of weather, as it has 50+ UPF and mesh side panels, as well as being made out of polyester to wick sweat and moisture away (during rain showers). If running caps with sun protection are on your list, this is a great one to check out! 

The folding feature makes the cap extremely portable and easy to pack away and doesn’t take away from the aesthetic design of the cap thanks to the subtle 3-panel brim. 

Speaking of aesthetics, the product comes in 6 different colours so that you don’t have to worry about wearing the same old plain cap as everyone else. You can opt for a neutral colour, like dark-grey, black, light-grey or army-green, all the way to hot-pink or lake-blue. 

The fit is pretty good when you try the product on, and can easily be adjusted at the back. This cap comes with a plastic clasp, so if this is your preferred type of adjustable clasp then you’re in luck!

One great thing to note whilst talking about the fit is that 97% of customers voted that it ‘fits as expected’, which we couldn’t agree more with after trying it on ourselves. 

It currently holds over 100 customer ratings on Amazon too, which is impressive for a product of its nature. 

92% of these reviews are positive, which is another strength, and one customer leaves a 5-star rating by saying:

Gives my head protection from the sun without the excessive sweat build-up of a solid cap. Packs away small and easy and does what I want it to do. No problems with it at all!

Price: £8.99 

#13 - Under Armour Running Hat - #1 Best Seller 

If you’re into branded sports products, this could this be the best running cap on our list in your opinion… Not only is it inexpensive (it comes with free delivery!), but it’s also pretty good quality for the price. 

In terms of aesthetics (which you’d expect us to discuss first with a branded product), it comes in 4 stunning colours, which are:

  • Pitch Black
  • Martian Red 
  • Mod Gray 
  • Royal Blue 

Martian Red is a personal favourite of ours, but we have to say that each of the colours are pretty impressive. 

Now that we’ve established the physical differences between this product and some of its counterparts, its time to talk about the practical side of things. When it comes to performance, is this running cap as effective as it should be (especially for the extra bucks)?

The answer could be a little disheartening, depending on where your priorities lie. While it doesn’t feature any mesh panels or moisture-wicking materials, it does in fact have sweatband inside the rim that prevents sweat from running down your face during exercise. 

It also claims to contain ‘UA Storm technology that repels water without sacrificing breathability’, which reassures you that you’re getting some ventilation and water resistance, although maybe not as strong as some of the other products out there. 

With this product, you will get all the aesthetics of an expensive running cap alongside some of the practical benefits that other products in the sector have. However, you may miss out of a few things, so it’s vital that you weigh up your priorities before purchasing it!

Despite all of this, it does hold Best Seller status, which definitely says something about the product’s popularity and ability to cater to users. We have to say that we liked it despite it lacking in some areas and that if you’re looking for a branded product this would be a great option!

Price: £18.95 

#14 - Adidas Women’s Running Cap 

Moving swiftly on from the previous product, we have yet another branded running cap on our list for your benefit. This time, it counts as one of our running caps for women. 

The first thing you’ll notice about this product is that it is incredibly cheap despite its brand status, which is definitely a plus, and a refreshing sight in the world of women’s running caps.  Amazon is great for these kinds of bargains! 

It also comes in two colours, white and black, which is good for those who struggle to pick a favourite. You could get two branded running caps for under £20, which is a pretty good deal. 

It is made from 100% polyester, which means that it still provides the user with moisture-wicking abilities so that they won’t have to experience sweat running into their eyes or lingering inside the cap and causing their head to overheat.

Looking for UV protection, but not expecting to find it with a branded product? You’ll be glad to know that this running cap comes with 50+ UPF, so you needn’t worry about using this cap to run in the sun. Who knew that you could find branded running caps with sun protection on a budget? 

Overall, it’s a great product for the price and we’d definitely recommend checking it out if you’re all about Adidas!

Price: £8.95-9.95

#15 - TrailHeads Women's Running Cap 

Are women’s running caps on your radar? We’ve got one of the best products for use in winter here, which is what you’ll want to hear if you live in the UK! 

It comes with a drop-down fleece cover that protects your ears and neck from the cold, and acts as a layer of wind-resistance. However, if you find that you’re getting overheated whilst using this, you can always flip it back up out of the way. 

You’ll be glad to know that the fleece is actually made from spandex and polyester, so it should be pretty effective for wicking away moisture during your run. We know that the word ‘fleece’ sounds a little off-putting (and maybe a little sweaty), but there should be nothing to worry about with this specially-crafted cover. 

The functionality doesn’t stop there. The hat has a ponytail opening, which is handy for anyone with long hair who wants to keep it out of the way, as well as just making it one of the best running caps for women. 

Also, the cap has reflective stitching within this area, which heightens the safety aspect of it (and makes it count as one of our reflective running caps on the list). This increases visibility, especially in dark conditions, but should still be paired with a running head torch or something similar! 

One customer reviews the product by saying: 

The hat is great, ideal for when you are outdoors in spring and autumn. It is really comfortable. The peak is ridged (but that is good at it keeps the rain off), the ear area is really easy to fold up or down depending on the weather, and the hair opening is good too.

Price: £26.00

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Written by Chloe Twist

Qualified Personal Trainer & Blogger

Chloe is a qualified Personal Trainer with a passion for blogging, gaming, and playing the guitar. When she's not in the gym, she can be found in her room either swinging kettlebells or binging on Netflix.