Outdoor Research Swift Cap

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Description

The Outdoor Research Swift Cap has a full mesh liner crown for superior ventilation in warm weather. The shaped bill and nylon panels offer protection from the sun.

Specifications

  • Quick-dry, nylon Supplex fabric front and top panels
  • Mesh liner crown aids ventilation
  • Shaped, plastic-stiffened bill
  • TransAction™ headband for comfort and moisture management
  • Quick-release buckle adjustment

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

48 Reviews

Pros
  • Lasts forever: 8
  • Ease of use: 7
  • Great design: 4
  • Build quality: 3

Cons
  • color: 1
  • one size fits all: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

48 Ratings & Reviews

Durability: 5 / 5
CameraBug
top1000Contributor

from Kennewick, WA.
55-64 yrs

A Gift For A Friend
August 26, 2011

My best friend and I belong to a camera club. We have many outtings. I bought this hat for her to try out hiking. She loved it and said she would forget that it was even on her head. It was a hit!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
wangl
top50Contributor

25-34 yrs

I wear this almost every day
April 25, 2011

I wear this almost every day. I always get a good sweat going when I'm outside even in cool weather. This hat breathes so well,. I love the fit and how it looks.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
LoveTheCoast
from Oegon
55-64 yrs

Great Running Cap
October 18, 2010

If you like to run this cap is for you. You can feel the fresh air over the top of your head. What a great idea having the flap loose over the mesh top. Also, a big plus, the bill is curved but not too steeply, allowing a comfortable fit with Oakley or large sunglasses!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Overall a nice warm-weather hat.
October 30, 2005

I bought the hat to wear while running. It has worked as I expected. It is light weight and the sides are vented - great for keeping cool while providing protection from the sun. I like OR products and this is a good one.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WGPaul
from Ann Arbor, MI
45-54 yrs

The Outdoor Research Swift Cap
March 25, 2012

I like this hat. It is very cool and well ventilated. It seems sturdy and built well. I would have liked a more extensive choice of colors but I'll get by. I would recommend this hat to anyone. Doing business with Altrec is always a pleasure. Thanks!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Garrison
from Sandusky, Michigan
55-64 yrs

Not my last hat
February 13, 2011

I was looking for a cap for outside activity in winter and summer. When I purchased this one, I initially thought, "boy what a nice product, great fit, durable, cool, sure to be my last hat purchase". Nope... I like it so well, I'm ordering a couple spares, and will be outfitting my kids as their birthdays roll around. I use this for skiing and running, wearing it over a thin polartech beanie in the cold. Very nice fit with lots of adjustability. The beak is a little shorter than usual, but does a good job of blocking the sun. Lots of ventilation from the mesh sides (actually the whole cap is mesh, and the colored panel just covers it). Just a superior product for exercising when compared to the typical cotton ball cap. Between the Outdoor Research warranty and Altrec, you just can't go wrong!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
yeowmers

great cap
March 04, 2013

I love this cap so far. It is light, ventilated, and looks great. It is perfect for running or sports.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

EXCELLENT CAP FOR RUNNING.
October 28, 2006

Have been wearing this cap for early AM runs in Florida. Breathes well, fits well. Looks cool. Prefer it to Nike and Hind caps that I have. Light rain beads up nicely.

SafeTravel
top1000Contributor

Well thought out cap
May 18, 2009

Cap has nice features of both netting on inside and nylon partial cover. Also, has close fit around your head and does not stick out on sides like many caps. As a result, it is nice looking cap.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
birdlegs
top500Contributor

from tucson
Over 65 yrs

a winner
May 03, 2012

This is my favorite hat; it is so comfortable that I can wear it all day and forget it's there. It reduces the glare of the sun and is cool in hot temperatures. The clasp in back allows me to adjust it for my smaller head...most hats are just too big for me. The colors are fun and stay bright after dirt, detergent and solor exposure. The bill is the right size and stays nice even after being crushed in my pack. Keep this a secret; I don't want everyone to have a hat like mine!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 1 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
Adirondack
from New York

Swift Cap Not The Best Fit For Big Noggins!
June 28, 2011

The OR Swift Cap is a well constructed cap, however this cap does not fit big head sizes very well at all. Hopefully, OR will not continue to increase the number of caps and hats included in the generic "One size fits all" clothing category.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: one size fits all
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
mountainDrop
from South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Bomb proof hat.
September 02, 2013

I love mine so much I bought one for my wife, It fits great, it's adjustable and it's super airy on those hot days thanks to the breathable mesh, excellent construction and the brim isn't to big, it's machine washable and looks good too. Overall it's a bomb proof hat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value, dries fast, fits great, bomb proof
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
love2travelalways
from Birmingham, MI
45-54 yrs

FANTASTIC hat!
January 11, 2011

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this hat - I bought one a couple years ago, and bought this one for my husband. I usually REFUSE to wear a hat. I hate them because they are uncomfortable and hot - but this one IS NOT! I LOVE THIS HAT! Super comfortable and cool. And it looks good on me, too! I had to buy one for my man because he kept stealing mine, because he loves it, too!

Pros: Great design, comfortable

Super comfortable, great fit
May 15, 2008

This hat is near perfection. Ideal weight, breathability is fantastic, fits great, looks nice. Everything I want in a running hat and more. Exceeeded my expectation!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

35-44 yrs

Swift Cap is Great!
April 02, 2012

Great hat. Drys fast, keeps my head cool, and does not look completely unmanly. I will probably get another in a different color. . I wear a size 7.5 in hats like this. I would not want to have a much bigger hat size then that. It fits well, not tight, but I still have room to tighten it down for wind. Highly Recommended.

Great running hat
February 15, 2006

I was looking for a running hat that would keep the sun out of my eye's but wasn't hot to wear. This hat is perfect for anyone who likes to run, but doesn't want a heavy non-ventilated hat. The mesh liner really let's the heat escape and the hat look's better then any others I've seen.As alway's Outdoor Research product's are top of the line.

Excellent multi-purpose hat
September 08, 2009

Great hat for a multitude of activities. Running, the beach, walks, hiking etc. The lightweight construction is durable yet stylish.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
4x4x3

Back for more
June 13, 2011

I have been on a (seemingly) never-ending hunt for a summer hat works for me. This is the best one I've found so far. It is lightweight with good ventilation, comfortable to wear and is of good quality. I'm back to get a couple more in different colors.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MJMontana
from Canadian, Texas

July 25, 2011

Looks great, keeps its shape and on these hot Texas afternoons on the lake or in the pool it keeps my head cool and the sun off my face. I'm going to buy a couple more.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
sam7
from la
45-54 yrs

Good Buy
January 10, 2011

I love those hats,nice, lite and breathable.--------------------------------

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Jaws
25-34 yrs

Great Hat!
November 07, 2012

I bought one of these a few years ago. I was happy to see that they are still being made. Mine was still in great shape, but it was pretty faded and stained from sweat so the wife told me I needed a new one. Anyway I bought 2 more just in case OR stops making them. Keeps me cool in the hot summer months! And like I mentioned it will hold up for years!

Pros: Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
javang

good!
August 16, 2011

This is a great hat, good for sunny days hiking. Light and comfortable, the 2 most important things. The only problem is the color. I highly recommend it.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Cons: color

Best hat ever!
July 30, 2009

I live in Miami Beach where it is HOT and I lead bike tours - I stumbled on the OR brand's "Swift Hat" a little by accident while visiting a bike shop on Lake Michigan and by the very next day I realized it was the coolest hat (literally) I had ever bought - because of the skull cap mesh covering, that is then covered by another layer. Genius. I went back to the shop the very next day only to discover I had bought the last one - so I ordered the SAME hat online that day (of course, I had to pay shipping rather than tax).

Great summer cap
May 21, 2007

This is a nice cap, very breathable and fit well.Great for summer days

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
MThiker
top50Contributor

from Billings, Montana
35-44 yrs

New and Improved
March 31, 2011

I own an OR Swift Cap from a few years ago and have really put it through its paces during long hikes in harsh sun and in wet environments. I now own this updated version and it's night and day. I love how they've decided to literally separate the Supplex and mesh and have an entire mesh lining against the head and the Supplex just over the top of the head. Very functional; very comfortable; and very worthy upgrade. Glad I spent the money. It's hard to imagine anyone not appreciating the functionality and usability of this cap. Oh, and it looks good too. ;-)

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, thoughtful upgrade

Great hot weather hat!
May 11, 2009

I love this hat so much I own it in 2 colors. I live in south florida and where it almost every day. I does a great job keeping my head cool and the sun off my face. Plus is looks super cool.

Awesome hat!
May 15, 2009

Great for hiking. Kept my head very cool in humid conditions. Love the shaped bill. Definitely worth the $20 I spent on it.

Excellent lightweight cap
December 19, 2009

Very comfortable, breathable, and great fit! I ordered a second one in another color.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SierraHiker

Great Hiking Cap
July 25, 2012

I really like to wear this hat for hiking, as it is lightweight, water-resistant, and looks good. I like how the mesh side panels allow for ventilation and that the back strap is adjustable. You can't go wrong buying this hat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Great value

great warm weather cap
October 14, 2006

the swift cap is a great fitting and very comfortable cap. it seems to be very good for warm weather activities and looks good to boot.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
kelsojack57
from Southwest Washington
45-54 yrs

Excelent Back Country Hat
March 25, 2011

Fit is perfect, light weight, easy to store. I have an odd shaped head and this is the only hat out of the box that feels like it is broke in. My wife has had this hat for a couple of years, instead of me borrowing it all the time, I thought I would step up to the plate and get my own!

Pros: Great design, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
nonie
from NYC
45-54 yrs

Great hat!
June 24, 2011

This is my husband's third one of this model hat. He wears it all the time whenever he goes out hiking or even shopping. It's cool and comfortable and looks sporty. The design gives it a sleek look while still looking casual. I hope OR never stops making them, as occasionally they need replacement if you sweat a lot. Highly recommend this hat!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

Great cap!
July 22, 2010

My number 1 summer cap

Excellent!
August 23, 2010

Excellent cap, very lightweight and convenient. Great for summer hiking trips.

Great Running Hat
July 15, 2009

I have tried a number of running hats and this is the best. Fits great, light and cool.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Cat22

cat22
October 03, 2011

Bought this hat with the sombrero hat too. Use it for teaching and coaching cross country on those sunny days. Fits very comfortably. Great color. Matches the school colors.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value

Great Hat
October 07, 2007

this hat became my every day hat...it is a low profile hat, and very breathable...Great Hat

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
smickersmaker

August 30, 2013

Best hat ever, can't find a better hat. great to run in or just to keep my head from burning.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
CDavidT
from Louisville, KY

Had to get a second one
August 30, 2011

I found this hat at a retailer in the spring. I have worn it so much that I wanted a second one. The hat fits well and is very packable. It also dries quickly and is not hot like a regular ball cap. Now I rarely go on a trip without both of them. Great Hat!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Great purchase
June 06, 2009

Feels so light and comfortable, it's like nothing is even there. Great for warm weather activities.

Tucsonpeople

Slate color goes with everything.
July 05, 2009

Superior construction and lightweight, head stays cool even with the Phoenix, AZ heat. The slate color is very sharp looking; feels a bit small on me.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
theglobalguy
top10Contributor

from Louisville, KY
25-34 yrs

Love the ventilation.
June 02, 2011

First glance i thought the mesh material was a bit of a gimmick. Having worn trail running since i bought, feel very different now. Will be buying another at the first sign of wear and tear. Fits well, form fitted style cap. Material dries out fairly quickly. You almost forget you are wearing it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Knoxville, TN
55-64 yrs

AWESOME CAP
April 20, 2011

This is the best cap I've ever owned. It's very light, extremely comfortable, and the mesh sides keep you really cool. Great for all outdoor activities. It's so good I plan to buy another one very soon.

Pros: Great design, Lasts forever, Performance, Great value

Great cap, lightweight and fits like a glove!
October 04, 2009

I love this cap! I bought it in every color they had, and even an extra one in slate! It's lightweight, and unlike cotton doesn't weigh a ton on your head, airy, vents well, when wet - dries quickly, and very important for me; fits like a glove, no bunching or wrinkling, fits the shape of my head. I even wear it in the winter, and as light as it is, still keeps my head fairly warm, and I have no hair to do that (shaved head)!!! I can't say enough about this cap!!!

Great hiking hat
August 30, 2008

I bought this hat for hiking and paddling in warm weather. Very comfortable and well ventilated. Dries fast too. Love it!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
JeffM
top100Contributor

My Favorite Cap
September 29, 2011

I own several. As caps go, it feels both lightweight and breathable. Not the best choice on really windy days when tends to get blown off. Works well combined with rain jacket when using the hood. Light and comfortable.

Great Hat!
August 26, 2009

I really like this hat especially since it vents heat so well. I bought this hat to go on safari in Tanzinia after climbing Kilimanjaro. I did spray on some water repellant on the top panels and bill to help shed rain which worked perfectly. It allowed air to circulate around my head keeping me cool while climbing and while on safari. It fit perfectly and adjusts easily. It's much better than typical cotton, wool, or mesh type hats.

Swift cap has a great fit and is very breathable and comfortable
September 18, 2006

This is a great hat. It's well made, looks good, comes in multiple colors and fits well. The hat feels light and airy on your head and offers excellent protection from the sun. I like the way it performs.

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