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BUFF® Pack Run Cap Product Review

Disclaimer: I received a free BUFF® Pack Run Cap as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews.

I am NOT a cap person. My biggest issue with caps is that I can NOT get them to stay on my head. The same goes for any type of head gear, with the exception of knit hats. Those I can wear, and I do readily during the cold Minnesota winters. I think I must just have an odd shaped head thanks to my pea brain. It is the only explanation I can muster.

I’d like to wear a cap, because I’m so scared of the sun and what it can do to your skin. I have a fear of not just out of control wrinkles later in life, but the mighty melanoma. I do NOT want skin cancer. Therefore, keeping the sun off my face is crucial. I’d prefer to wear a cap to get the ultimate coverage, but the summer heat mainly forces me to don a visor or sunscreen.

Since I live in Minnesota, I’m a visor/sunscreen girl in the summer months, otherwise, I’m wearing a knit cap for obvious reasons for a good percentage of the remaining 3 seasons. I’ve tried running in baseball style hats in the summer, but I tend to overheat very quickly. This always astounds me because I have Raynauds. My body can’t regulate its own temperature, especially to its extremities. But, I suppose that running in the summer heat with a hat on effects everyone the same way. You get hot.

I also like to run with a cap or a visor in the rain. Since I wear prescription glasses, keeping them dry on a rainy day is a challenge. There is no doubt that headwear with a brim helps in that respect.

BUFF® Pack Run Cap Product Review

When BUFF® and Bib Rave approached me with the opportunity to test and review a BUFF® Pack Run Cap, I figured I’d give it a try. Maybe this would be the cap that would stay on my head!

BUFF® Pack Run Cap underside view

BUFF® Pack Run Cap underside view

Here is what BUFF® has to say about their 100% polyester Pack Run Cap.

Ultralight and ultra smart, the BUFF® Pack Run Cap is built to go the distance. Super streamlined, exceptionally light and highly compressible, it’s comfortable for the long-haul, but can easily be folded and rolled to stash in a pocket. The four panel design and stretch materials hug the head for a secure fit that doesn’t bind, while a low profile sweatband provides moisture control without added bulk, and the polyester materials wick away perspiration. The crushable polyurethane brim snaps back to shape and combines with the UPF protective materials for sun protection on long races and extended training days.

BUFF® Pack Run Cap Product Review

BUFF® Pack Run Cap as pictured on the website.

 

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

The cap I received.

To be honest, what drew me to the BUFF® Pack Run Cap was the great pattern and colors. This one just spoke to me. It’s called Meeko Multi and its photo on the BUFF website does it great justice. The one I received, however, was mainly pink and black, rather than the lovely combination of yellow, orange, pink, and black. This was disappointing.

But, it had all of these other great features so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to run test it.

BUFF USA Pack Run Cap cinch cord

For the most part, the BUFF® Pack Run Cap lives up to it’s expectations. I was doubtful at first because upon placing it upon my head, it immediately sprang off, like an undersized rubber band on an oversized roundish object.  Upon further inspection, I discovered that the cap has an elastic drawstring around back that can be loosened or tightened to provide just the right fit. If I slip my ponytail inside of the loop it creates with the back of the cap, then I get a little bit of added assurance that it will stay on my head.

Run testing the BUFF® Pack Run Cap

Run testing the BUFF® Pack Run Cap

And it did stay on my head. I have to admit, however, that I have yet to run with the BUFF® Pack Run Cap on a windy day. We get quite a few of those in Minnesota each year. I think that will be the true test of the BUFF® Pack Run Cap. When that day comes, I’ll be wear testing this cap again.

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

It is comfortable, however, and it is quite cool even in the hot summer sun. It is compressible, and if one decides to forgo the cap mid run, it can easily be stashed in a tight spot. It also appears to pop right back into shape.

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

BUFF® Pack Run Cap

And I did wear it in the rain. It did just as I expected and kept my glasses free and clear of water drops.

But it did get soaked full of sweat on the hot and sunny days that I ran with it to the point of actually dripping. I didn’t find this particularly pleasing. It is a good thing that you can throw it in the washer. Just remember to hang dry it.

You can purchase the BUFF® Pack Run Cap on the BUFF® website. It comes in a few other colors/patterns, as well as solid black. It is a one size fits all item. It retails for $32, and unless I had a coupon code, or the item was on sale, I probably wouldn’t purchase it for that amount of money. But it might be worth the investment for those of you who prefer, or need to, run in a cap.

I’d love to know what your experience has been running in a cap. Do you prefer it, or does it drive you crazy? How do you protect your head and scalp if you don’t wear one? Have you ever lost a cap in the wind? Were you able to recover it? If you are a fan of BUFF® products, which is your favorite and why? Let us know in the comments below.

And, look out for that windy day BUFF® Pack Run Cap review update!

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