Running accessories span a bland and technical gamut. A highlight might be a heart rate-monitoring watch or a light-up belt that includes a pocket for a smartphone. But if there’s one brand fighting for style in pavement performance, it’s Montreal’s Ciele Athletics. The company is known for running hats blocked out in tasteful colors and patterns. And what started as one cap has expanded to many in half a decade. Recently, Ciele debuted its Spring 2020 collection, which includes an unexpected new entrant: the bucket hat.
Ciele’s take on the classic dad hat is based, like all its products, on performance. The BKTHat has a 360-degree brim that offers +40 UPF protection from the sun, and its sides and top feature Coolwick mesh for breathability. It even has a rear drawcord for dialing in the perfect fit.
“I believed we could do something better technically,” Ciele co-founder Jeremy Bresnen told Gear Patrol in 2019 while chatting about starting the brand. The statement certainly holds for the BKTHat.
Ciele’s Spring 2020 collection also includes its first running visors, limited-edition World Marathon Majors hats and a smaller version of its flagship GOCap called the ALZCap.
Tanner Bowden is a staff writer at Gear Patrol covering all things outdoors and fitness. He is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School and a former wilderness educator. He lives in Brooklyn but will always identify as a Vermonter.
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