Salomon XA Cap Review

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If you love heading outdoors to get your workouts in and enjoy the warm summer weather, you might want to consider taking along a running hat, such as the Salomon XA Cap. It is going to help shield your eyes from the bright sunlight, and the curved bill can help you tune out the world around you, letting you focus on what is in front of you without distraction. The sweatband and moisture-wicking materials help keep you dry and prevent the sweat from rolling down your face and into your eyes, giving you a more comfortable and distraction-free experience. You might spend a tad bit more for this product, but the great features, such as the vents for breathability and the reflective details, make the cap well worth the little extra cost. You get a handful of color options, although some customers would have liked to have seen a wider variety, most were content with what was available. Multiple size options ensure there is something that will fit just about anyone. Customers love this product, and it would be a great addition to your running gear.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Long-lasting durability

Comfortable fit

Multiple sizes available

Vents for breathability

Lightweight construction


Slightly higher price tag

Limited color options


If you like to get outside and enjoy getting your daily run under the big bright sky, then you might want to consider adding a running cap to your attire as it will help keep the light out of your eyes and the suns harmful rays off of the skin on your face.

Of course, you are not limited to leading an active lifestyle to wear the product. If you want an additional layer of sun protection, no matter what the activity, you will be able to take advantage of the great coverage this hat offers. Sitting at the park with the family, watching your child play a sports game, heading out for your daily jog, or running errands, no matter what you are doing the Salomon XA Cap can go with you and make your experience just a little bit better.


When you are heading out for your workout, you are going to want to make sure that your apparel offers you a decent amount of breathability, that also includes the hat that you are wearing on your head. It is essential to have some satisfactory ventilation so you can be sure that air is flowing in freely and efficiently. This will help keep you nice and fresh, aiding in preventing you from overheating while you are out and about. There are venting strips on the sides of the hat, allowing the air to enter the cap and gives the heat a place to escape, so you are staying cooled down and feeling fresh.

Not only is the lid breathable but it is also designed with a moisture-wicking fabric that helps keep the cap, and therefore your head, nice and dry while you are out being active. It is going to allow your sweat to roll right off of your cap so it can evaporate quickly and efficiently, leaving you dry and comfortable — no need to run around all day with a hat that is soaked in your own sweat.


As is typical of athletic apparel of any kind, the Salomon XA Cap is made out of 100% polyester. The material is used because the fibers are exceptionally strong and are not prone to ripping and tearing easily at all. Additionally, polyester does not retain water so if it does get wet, it will dry quickly. That being said, this hat has a moisture-wicking coating over it to make sure it will not get wet while you are out and about. It will allow the sweat to bead up and roll right off the fabric, evaporating quickly and escaping the lid, keeping you cool and dry.


Consumers can agree that the Salomon XA Cap is exceptionally comfortable. It comes with a hook and loop strap on the back so you can adjust the fit to something that works best for you, ensuring you get stellar comfort for a more pleasant experience when heading out for your workout. The lid is tailored so it will contour around your head so it will not sit awkwardly, pleasing many customers.

The Salomon has a sweat absorbing headband that is going to work with the sweat-wicking materials of the hat to help keep the sweat from dripping down into your face and helps keep it out of your eyes. When you are working out, you are going to sweat, and it can get frustrating and uncomfortable, feeling the beads of moisture drip down your sweat and feeling them roll into your eyes. That is not something that you will have to worry about with this product, and it is going to help prevent that discomfort for you.

Additionally, it will help keep the sun out of your eyes and the hot suns rays off your face, preventing any discomfort that is associated with that. The cap really does a great job of keeping you comfortable while you are out and about.


The Salomon XA Cap comes in a couple of different sizes so you can find a hat that will fit your head comfortably. You can choose a size SM/MD which has a circumference of 21 inches (53 cm), the MD/LG has a measurement of 22 inches (56 cm), and the LG/XL measures in at 23 inches (58 cm). Please note that this measurement is around the head, right above the brow line and your ears.

Regardless of what size you decide to purchase, the cap features an adjustable rear clasp that gives you a more customizable and secure fit. All the variations and customizability when it comes to the size of the hat, make sure that there really is something out there to fit everyone.


The good news for many customers is that the Salomon XA Cap is highly durable. It should not suffer from any premature wear and tear, mostly thanks to the use of polyester in the construction. Polyester is constructed with extremely robust fibers, so you are not going to have to worry about it ripping or tearing unexpectedly.

You are going to want to make sure that you are keeping your hat clean and taking care of it correctly; otherwise, you are going to run the risk of lowing the overall lifespan. Make sure you wash it according to the directions on the tag to reduce the risk of accidentally ruining it while you are trying to keep it clean.


The Salomon XA Cap gives you the classic style of a baseball cap with an adjustable rear clasp and a hook and loop closure for a more personalized fit. There are vents located on the sides so you can get a decent amount of ventilation into the hat, ensuring that you are going to be able to stay relatively fresh and it gives the head and moisture a way to escape.

There are a couple of different styles and colors that you can choose from so you can try to find a lid that will best fit your style and your personality. You can get it with the 'S' logo and the word Salomon written underneath it. This design is available in black, Poseidon (blue) and black, or white and black. The other style features a large 'S' logo off-centered on the front and is available in hibiscus and Dubarry, maverick and black, fiery red and black, Hawaiian surf and black, sulphur spring (yellow) and black, or urban chic and balsam green.

It doesn't matter what style or color you choose, the logo as well as an elastic band on the rear gives you some reflective detailing that helps keep you visible if you are heading out in lower light conditions, keeping you safe.


The cost of the Salomon XA Cap is slightly higher than your typical running hat, but not by much. The extra cost does not deter customers from purchasing the cap; however, because of the longevity of the product and the great features it offers. You get terrific breathability thanks to the vents, various sizes for optimal fit, fantastic sun protection, and an absorbent sweatband to keep the moisture from your eyes. Taking all of that into consideration makes this a great product that is worth the couple extra dollars that you will pay for it.


When you are heading out for a workout, you want to try to make sure that your apparel and gear are as light as possible. There is no reason to run around carrying a bunch of unnecessary weight. Thankfully, this hat is not going to be something that you will have to worry about. It is super lightweight, so you are not going to feel like you are being weighed down at all. The hat weights in at a measly 67 grams so you will get that barely there feel when you are wearing it.


You are going to get a decent amount of protection when you are heading out in the Salomon XA Cap. You might not expect a lot of protective features coming from a hat, but you would be surprised.

There is the apparent sun protection. The bill is going to help shield your eyes from the bright light of the sun, prevent you from being blinded by the light when you are heading out on bright, sunshiny days. When you might not expect, however, is that is can also help protect you from the suns harmful UV rays. It offers UPF 50 sun protection, helping keep your skin safe from the sun. Of course, you will still want to use sunblock when you head outdoors, but this is going to give you an extra layer of protection.

The brim of the hat can also help you stay focused, blocking out some of the distractions the busy world around you can offer. It can let you focus on what is in front of you without being distracted by everything else going on.

You are also going to get some protection from moisture while wearing this cap. It is made out of sweat-wicking materials, allowing the moisture to bead up and roll right off the lid. There is a built-in sweatband to catch the extra beads of sweat and prevent them from dripping down into your eyes, distracting you from your workout. The vents located on the sides are not only going to let air to cool you down, but it will have that sweat a place to escape to after it evaporates, so you are not stuck walking around all day in a sweat-soaked cap.


You are going to want to try to make sure you are keeping your Salomon XA Cap as clean as possible. Since you are going to be wearing it while you head out for your exercise and will be active in it, the chances are it will start to develop an odor after a while. You should clean the cap according to the directions located on the tag. You can machine wash it in cold water and lay it flat to dry. You want to make sure that you are following these directions, so you don't risk lowering the lifespan while you are trying to keep it clean and odor free.

Bottom Line

If you like to get outside and enjoy the sunshine but don't want to deal with the sunlight in your eyes blinding you, then you might want to consider the use of a hat like the Salomon XA Cap. It is going to shield your eyes from the sun, allowing you to see where you are going and what is happening in front of you. At the same time, the bill can help shield out the world around you so you can pay attention to where you are going without the distractions of everything else around you. The addition of a sweatband is excellent, so you don't have to worry about the sweat from your head rolling down your face and into your eyes, keeping you free of distractions. The moisture-wicking materials help keep you dry, and the side vents allow air in to keep you fresh. The cap has a slightly higher than average price tag but thanks to the stellar durability and the fantastic features it makes it well worth the extra cost. All and all, it is a tremendous running cap that customers adore.