Founded in recent years, Swiss brand, On, have developed quite a niche in the running market – the Cloud shoes. Armed with an arrange of small springy pillows, or clouds if you will, the shoes supposedly bounce you along the road. Now, I say supposedly because in all honesty I only ever tried them once, at Write This Run, on a little jog with Scott Overall. The shoes were super comfy, and although I tested them on a grassy path I could tell there was something kinda cool about them but I wasn’t in need of new shoes at the time (I certainly don’t use that excuse anymore!!) so I never got round to actually buying any. Hop forward a few years, and the postman recently bought me a new #onrunningcap to play with.
Now, a hat is a hat, I know you were thinking it – but this is definitely a little different to anything else I had tried before. First thing I realised as I pulled the hat from the packaging was that it was incredibly light. I am pretty sure the attached tag weighed more than the cap itself. I have had a few other hats in my time, most recently one from Salomon, which I thought was pretty light; I was wrong. With its tear-proof (that’s as in ripping and tearing, not getting all emotional and teary) fabric, that is welded rather than stitched together, laser-cut air holes on the sides, and a soft but minimalist headband, this hat is CRAZY-LIGHT.
One might typically think that a cap is to be reserved for days when the great golden orb illuminates the sky, but as he has been well hidden during the 2017 UK ‘Summer’ I gave it more use protecting me from the rain. At first, I was slightly annoyed that despite trying to add a bit more curve to the peak of the cap it kept bouncing back to place, however it soon became clear that this worked in my favour as the peak certainly keeps a lot of the water out of my face; throw in a pair of Sunwise glasses with a light lens on and you are good to go!!
When running at night, the cap also comes with the benefit of super reflective logo’s to keep your head safe from oncoming traffic; a good feature!!
uses for a hat
At the end of the day, this On Running Cap is super light, but what else can you say about that? Over on instagram I was trying to come up with other uses for the cap, and some of my tips were quite handy. Others probably um, less so!
No squirrels were actually harmed, or indeed touched, by the cap! Gross!!
£32 quid might seem a little pricey for a hat, especially one that is so light you can practically forget it exists! However, if you are a hat person, or if indeed you are not but fancy giving one a whirl, then you would not go wrong parting with a bit of a dosh for this hat. You can find a link to the On Running Cap here
I was sent the cap free of charge via a request for reviewers on the Freestak platform. At no stage have I been told what to say – the thoughts above are my own!