One of the most iconic accessories on the trails. Trucker hats seem to be more popular than ever in the trail running and ultra running scene. With runners repping hats with their favorite brands, races, breweries and more. But why do trail runners wear trucker hats? Is it just a fashion statement, or are there real benefits? Let’s find out!
Why do Trail Runners Wear Trucker Hats?
Protection From the Sun
The most important reason most people wear hats when running is to keep the sun off your face and out of your eyes. Having a hat with a firm bill is great for this. You can tilt it down when running into the sun, to protect your eyes. Or it can be turned around and tilted down to protect your neck when it’s hitting you in the back.
Trucker hats are incredibly breathable. That’s one of the major benefits of the mesh back. So while they can protect you from the sun. They also let in a ton of airflow. This is a major advantage when running in the warmer weather.
Another big advantage to the mesh design is that they are really lightweight. I know a lot of times I’ll start with my hat in/on my pack. And will put it on once the sun gets a little higher in the sky. Being such a lightweight accessory makes this possible.
Snapback Can Attach to Running Pack
As I mentioned above, I’ll often start a run early with beanie on and my hat attached to my running vest. Snapback trucker hats are amazing for this. I just clip it to the top hanging strap and pop it off and on as needed.
They are Cheap
I might want to move this one to the top of the list. But one of the biggest reasons that trail runners wear truckers hats is because they are cheap. And often given out for free by brands for promotions (because they are cheap to make). Since they are going to take a beating and get sweaty, cheap or free makes a lot of sense.
Rep Your Style
Being cheap means runners can get a lot of different styles, make custom designs, and go with options they may not normally wear. As with most running accessories, the brighter or more iconic the statement they make, the better. Anything involving drinking and running will score you extra points.
The Forrest Gump Effect
There is no question the Forrest Gump effect is a real thing. I mean if the most iconic runners of all time (j/k) wear one. Why wouldn’t you?