A running visor is a crucial piece of running gear that can make jogging safer and more comfortable. Some factors to consider when choosing a running visor include fit and fabric. Other factors include sun protection levels, reflectivity, color, price, and washing instructions.
Your jogging visor can provide protection from the sun for your face and eyes. Though untreated fabrics provides some level of protection, you can also find visors that are treated to provide higher protection. This may be especially important if you run during midday, don’t want to wear sunscreen, are fair-complexioned, or otherwise concerned about sun exposure.
A sun visor shields your eyes and face from the sun and can also absorb sweat and prevent it from getting into your eyes. You may want to look for a visor that has a moisture wicking band. Other features to look for include fast drying fabric and black fabric on the underside of the rim to reduce glare.
Running will be more enjoyable when your visor feels light and fits comfortably. Look for lighter weight, adjustable visors. A few ounces in weight may make a difference during longer runs. The visor should be snug enough to stay on, but it will quickly become uncomfortable if it is too tight.
Consider how you will use your visor. When running in warm, sunny weather, a white or light colored visor will feel cooler. If you are running when it is cool, you may prefer a darker color that absorbs more heat. Many running visors are reflective, which can help you be more visible to vehicles if you run at night.
Visors come in men’s and women's sizes and styles. Men and women may both prefer visors that have been designed for their gender. Women with long hair may appreciate visors that accommodate ponytails. If you enjoy wearing matching outfits when jogging, choose a visor that best matches most of your running attire.
The price of a running visor will vary depending on its features. Although they are relatively inexpensive, if you are on a tight budget you may need to look for visors that are affordable for you. To find a quality visor at a good price, look for seasonal closeout sales.
Your jogging visor will absorb sweat as well as body and hair oils, so it is important to wash it frequently. Check for care instructions, and you may want to choose a running visor with care instructions that you prefer. Some people may want only machine washable running visors, and others may be willing to hand wash them.