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If you scroll through most of my running photos, you will find that I am almost always wearing a hat. Why is that? Well a few reasons. 1. I have a ton of hair. 2. I don’t usually have a lot of time to properly style said hair (thanks kids). 3. Hats offer protection from the daily elements (i.e. sun, wind, rain). 4. They are stylish!
So you can imagine my excitement when I had the chance to test out a new run hat from BOCO Gear!
If you’ve never heard of BOCO Gear, they are a company based out of BOulder, COlorado (clever, huh?)…and they create performance hats, headbands, and other accessories for athletes. You can browse their online shop or they will even create custom orders for your organization, team or event! They created custom hats for BibRave and I love the look of this product!
Since moving to Japan, I’ve been faced with some “challenging” weather conditions that I haven’t been used to. San Diego spoiled me with it’s annual perfect weather, so I had to quickly adjust to various temperatures, humidity, rain, and even some crazy wind. When I first received my BOCO Run Hat, it was typhoon season. I didn’t even know that was a thing until I moved here. BTW – the height of typhoon season is like September/October so beware if you plan to travel to Japan during those times. 😉 Anywho, I didn’t want to let any little typhoon weather get me down so I thought, “What the heck – I’ll run outside anyway.” Well the wind was no joke. Running against the wind will really test your strength and it’s also annoying. But I survived, and more importantly – My BOCO Run Hat didn’t budge! I was shocked! In fact, I kinda forgot I was wearing it at one point because it’s so lightweight!
The good news about typhoons is they don’t last long. After about 8 hours, it was all over and the skies cleared. In fact, the next day was absolutely beautiful and I had to run again so I could see Mount Fuji in all of her glory!
Not only did I like how this hat protected against the wind and rain, I also liked knowing that my face was being shielded from the sun. But for real – wear your sunscreen, kids!
I also took my new hat friend for a ride in spin class, for some posing in yoga, and some stretching in pilates. Obviously I didn’t need any protecting from the elements here…I just didn’t feel like doing my hair. 😉
Overall, I think this is a great hat that all runners should own! I love how light it feels and the way it stays put without squeezing my head. The inside features a soft sweatband to wick away the sweat and it’s totally adjustable with a snap buckle (Velcro pulls my hair so I especially appreciate this feature). It also folds up really easily so you can stick it in your pocket or bag when you’re travelling. And throw it in the wash when it needs to refresh! Super easy!
I was really impressed at how much this hat could withstand! It even stayed put during play time with the kids and speed work on the track!
If you are looking for a new running hat, then BOCO Gear is the way to go! Or if you are an organization or have a team looking for a custom order of hats, BOCO will hook it up!
Prices range from $23-$35 in their online shop and there is a minimum of 35 hats for a custom order. So go create some great SWAG that anyone would love to have! 😉
Already own some BOCO Gear? Snap a pic and tag #BOCOGEAR on Instagram for your chance to be seen on their website!
I’m off to review the next product!