Benjamin Davies is one of my favourite ultra runners: a case study in grit and determination, whilst openly talking about mental health & the benefits running brings. He featured in this Running Tales podcast last year that is well worth a listen.
One thing you'll always notice in Ben's posts is he wears this striking, frankly cool as heck "Raise Hell" cap, a custom jobbie you can't pick up from your local running shop.
Recently Ben dropped a small batch of these as the first item in his new Raise Hell shop, and, needless to say, a bunch of us grabbed one immediately.
Here's some initial thoughts from running in it.
These are short peak style hats similar to those VAGA sell, with a snapback at the front revealing the aforementioned Raise Hell logo.
The top is stretchy fabric with an elastic band; no need to adjust when putting it on. It sits comfortably but not too tight (I've got a big noggin) and is easy to get on and off.
In general I love the design, especially the shark and tiger styling around the top.
Now I'm not going to lie; because I was buying a hat specifically because it looks cool, I did kind of expect it to be a bit form over function.
I was wrong, it's a bloody good running hat that's been well thought out.
Firstly, it folds down nice and small, you'll have no problem stuffing this into a race vest.
The stretchy top band makes it a doddle to get on and off and never felt constricting on the head.
I took it out on a hot sunny day, in the morning when the sun was in my eyes, and was pleasantly surprised.
The short peak is angled nicely and keeps your eyes shaded, in fact a little better than my standard trusty VAGA hat due to the peak coming down lower.
The only real issue I have with the design is that it doesn't look particularly cool when the peak is down, at least to my tastes.
That, and a concern about the ventilation of the cap itself. It's lightweight material, but the stretchy top feels like it could cause some overheating. Untested though.