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Outdoor Research Swift Cap

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    41 Reviews


    Enjoy the game.

    The Outdoor Research Swift Cap shields your eyes and keeps your noggin cool for those hot days barbequing or watching the ball game. The Swift Cap's Coolmax headband wicks moisture, while its mesh liner and lightweight, quick-dry Supplex fabric aids in ventilation. Outdoor Research gave this hat a shaped, plastic-stiffened bill to give it a worn-in look.
    • Performance cap for active days in the sun
    • Mesh lining provides ventilation during a warm run or hike
    • Quick-drying and water resistant for river days
    • Buckle closure adjusts to fit most heads
    • Item #ODR0231

    Tech Specs

    100% nylon
    quick release buckle
    Recommended Use
    casual, hiking, road running, trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    Good under a helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Comfortable, breathable, and fits under a helmet well. Quality construction lets it take a beating without phasing it. Overall a good option for everyday wear.

    Best outdoor hat around period!

      This is the best hat period, at least for me, I am an avid day hiker and backpacker and have tried many different hats over the years and this one is the one I grab every time even when I am headed to town to run some errands. It is super light weight and let’s my head breath. Most of my other hats feel almost clammy or stuffy when it gets hot out, not this one. I just throw it in the washing machine when it gets a little dirty on the gentle cycle and let it air dry and that only takes a very short time. I like this hat so much I now have two and looking at getting a third. Hope this helps you in your decision to get one, or two!

      Perfect for hiking

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Picked one up for me and one for my fiance. They have turned into our go to adventure hats. Super comfortable and lightweight, perfect for hot summer temps. Breaths well and wicks moisture keeping the sweat from running into your eyes. My fiance also uses it for running and loves it. Super easy to clean, can be thrown in the washing machine and it air dries in minutes.

      Great All-Rounder

        This hat is light and breathable enough so as to be almost unnoticeable while being worn. The adjustment mechanism is secure and intuitive. So far I have only used this hat for running but I can see it being useful for just about any outdoor pursuit that does not require a helmet.

        Bought this as a gift

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I bought this for my brother, but have some feedback to share:
        "This is my go-to hat when I'm trail running. It breathes extremely well, is lightweight which makes it comfortable for long jaunts, and keeps the sun out of my eyes. I've gotten this hat very dirty, but it washes easily and is like a brand new hat again."

        Great cap, but put it inside your pack

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        Great for backpacking or any other sweaty outdoor adventure in the sun. Nice ventilation, good adjust ability. One gripe is that the buckle comes undone when lashed to your pack. Lost one on a hike that way, but it was my fault for not placing it inside my pack.

        Hats off to OR on this one

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
        • Fit: True to size
        • Height: 6'1"
        • Weight: 195lbs

        Bought this hat for running to keep sweat out of my face but not trap too much heat. With it's low profile and lots of mesh it does a great job of that. Used it tonight on a run. Pretty standard hat other than that.
        Only complaint is that it is almost too low profile that I have to keep a sharp eye on it sometimes lest it blow away.

        It's a 5/5

          I don't give 5/5 very often. It's has to be a home run. This is a home run. Light weight, breathable as you can get while still blocking the sun, it is adjustable in the back like a belt with a clip. I too live in topical South Florida, and this is a nice hot weather hat. I recently went to Wyoming and there was snow up in those mountains in Sept, and it worked for hiking there too. Love it. Super comfortable and hugs your scalp (i.e.-lowish profile). If you sweat and overheat easy but still need a sun blocker this is it. Make more, make it forever. I bought 3 figuring they might DC or ruin it by changing it.

          Florida Heat/Humidity Has Been Conquered

            First the reviews that say it is not adjustable are incorrect. The strap connected to the buckle on the right side as you look at the back of the cap slides through to tighten or loosen the band. The reviews that it sits like a yarmulka or is otherwise too small appear to be a result of not checking the strap for adjustment. The size actually runs large. I have a freakishly large head and it is one of the few caps that has enough webbing to properly size out to my head. The design and materials are just about perfect, with very lightweight materials that dry super fast and protect from the raging Florida sun and moisture. The brim material insert is a polymer and waterproof (some hats are cardboard) and can be washed repeatedly and still keep going. I am on my second one. I still have the first one. It is about 5 years old and is getting discolored. But not at the headband where other hats do. The material used in the headband is extremely resistant to stains and releases oils from sweat with very little effort. This hat quite literally will last you for years. I forgot to mention it looks awesome too.

            cool hat....literally. light and cool

            • Familiarity: I've used it several times
            • Fit: True to size

            I recently purchased this hat for my husband, and he loves it so I got one too. I read from several reviewers that it's not adjustable? It most certainly is! There's 2 clips one on each end of the webbing in back. The side where the webbing doubles over through the clip is where it's adjustable. The tail end of the webbing is tucked under the headband part of the flap. It's kind of hidden at first, but look inside the cap, and run your finger to separate the flap and you'll find the secure end and the loose end tucked in there...adjust it through the clip and then pull that loose end and smooth it out under the flap. Hope this helps...

            Best Ball Cap Ever

            • Size Bought: one size
            • Height: 5'9"
            • Weight: 245lbs

            Best ball cap for people who live in hot weather year round or great summer cap for the rest of the country. Great colors to choose from have several colors for different occasion. Gets dirty just throw on wash and go dries in minutes.

            Wish I could adjust the fit

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
            • Fit: Runs large

            There is a buckle in the back to open and close it, but no way to make it tighter or loser. I keep opening and closing the buckle, but of course that does nothing. This review is before wearing it even once.

            Most confusing is that people say it is adjustable, but mine isn't. Otherwise it is such a fabulous hat, so I'll take the time to cut the straps and sew it to fit me.

            Follow up: Once i cut the strap to make it smaller - it became clear that there was a way to adjust the cap. It is hidden inside a tube of cloth along the brim.
            A simple note would have stopped my frustration and stopped me from cutting the strap.

            It fits perfectly now that's I've sewn it.

            Look under the flap inside the brim of the cap on the side where the strap in back doubles over the clip. You can adjust it, the tail of the webbing is hidden under this flap. Hope this helps!

            Pro's and cons

            • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
            • Fit: True to size

            Another poster said - "Depth/size was small, in which it didn't even make it down to my ears felt like it was sitting on my head instead of actually being worn". Kinda like a yamaka, well not really, but it's not a typical depth hat, its smallish on my large Mellon. That said, it's super light weight, adjustment was light and OK, rain resistant material, it's a decent lid. In most cases I want it to breath, be super light and cool, and block sun and rain, and it clearly excels at those things. Be prepared though, it is a smaller hat design, not to be confused that it won't fit, it fits fine, it just doesn't come down to the ears like most ball caps or other hiking caps.

            Not a fan of current edition

              Had a swift cap a few years ago and it was great. Got the 2016 version and it felt like I was wearing cheap cardboard on my head. Depth/size was small as well, in which it didn't even make it down to my ears felt like it was sitting on my head instead of actually being worn. Back adjustment doesn't allow it to get tight when its windy out. Returned for Sunday afternoon cap which is at least five times better in use of quality materials and fitment.

              what is the uv rating

              what is the uv rating

              The product does not have a specified UV rating as the materials block all light coming through the hat (thereby filtering out UV rays). There does seem to be some mesh on the side panels which would allow some sun in, might be the reason as to why there is no SPF rating.