10 Best Nike Visors Reviewed

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A hat is great, but sometimes you need that extra ventilation on top of your head, and Nike is the go-to brand for visors. Having sun in your eyes is no fun while running, and squinting actually does drain you of energy and vital focus.

Grab a visor if you are an especially sweaty runner who runs hot.  They are protective for eyes and skin, and also function to allow our body temperatures to regulate naturally during hot summer activities by allowing heat dispersion via the top of the head, which is a body area which is known to release heat.

When it comes to reflection from UV waves, visors have a function.  Though they won’t stop it completely they will cut down on the amount of reflection. The choices for visors are extensive; they are protective, functional and can look really stylish.

Check out our reviews of the best Nike visors and choose one to add to your gear.

Last Updated: March 2, 2018
By Richard Haberkost:

For 2018 we have increased our selection of top Nike visors. Check out our latest updated choices, reviewed and selected to ensure you get the best options. We are very thorough in how we find the best for you, read our criteria section to see our methodology. For answers to questions posed by runners, get answers from our helpful FAQs.

Nike Tech
  • Nike Tech
  • 5 out of 5
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  • Twill Fabric with 4-way Stretch
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Nike Tech Swoosh
  • Nike Tech Swoosh
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Cushioned Headband
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Nike Golf Tech
  • Nike Golf Tech
  • 4.5 out of 5
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  • Dri-FIT with Snagless Back Closure
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10 Best Nike Running Visors

1. Nike Tech

This visor keeps you comfortable and dry with Dri-FIT technology and features a cushioned, velcro headband for an adjustable fit.
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Fit/ Comfort:
This visor features a spandex/polyester combo that provides a stretchy yet secure feel for an even better fit around the head. The adjustable strap makes it a nice tight but comfortable squeeze on the head and the moisture-wicking padded material on the forehead keep you dry and cool.

Style:
Features a classic design with a variety of colors to choose from, but sometimes that is all you need.

Cost:
This visor is one of the most inexpensive Nike visor products.

2. Nike Tech Swoosh

The Nike Swoosh Visor offers Dri-FIT Technology to help wick moisture away from the skin, keeping you dry during your round. The Nike Swoosh logo is on the front and the back of this visor. Adjustable, snagless, closure allows for one-size-fits-all.
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Fit/ Comfort:
This visor features a spandex/polyester Dri-FIT technology that absorbs sweat and stands up to stretch. The adjustable velcro strap features a tuck-in option at the back to hide any excess. The cushioned headband keeps you dry and cool.

Style:
Features a classic design with a variety of colors to choose from.

Cost:
This visor offers very good value for your money, typically priced around $20.
Pros
  • One size fits all
  • Dri-FIT technology
  • Velcro strap tucks in

 

Cons
  • Some reviewers thought the fit was too small

3. Nike Golf Tech

This visor adds 12% spandex to the otherwise polyester makeup, which gives it a nice bit of stretch. Adjustable in the back with velcro, the tech visor is a moisture wicking technical material.
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Fit/ Comfort:
The spandex really gives this visor a unique stretchy feel for an even better fit around the head. The adjustable strap makes it a nice tight but comfortable squeeze on the head, and the moisture wicking padded material on the forehead keep you dry and cool.

Style:
This is a pretty basic design with a variety of colors to choose from, but sometimes that is all you need. Not exactly any bells and whistles in the design category, but a nice classic visor from nike.

Cost/ Value:
Again the different colors are slightly different prices, but very affordable nonetheless. It is a middle of the road price, which is great that they don’t jack up the price of the visor that uses spandex in addition to the polyester.
Pros
  • Extra stretchy
  • Nice padded moisture wicking forehead 
Cons
  • Some sizing issues


4. Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh

This moisture wicking 100% polyester visor will keep you cool and dry. It looks good, feels good, and still lets your head breath. This is a great option if you have a big head!
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Fit/ Comfort:
It is adjustable with a velcro strap on the back, but like with all one size fits all styles there is a limit. On this one, the limit is for those with smaller heads. The side panels that wick sweat away are perforated so they vent more, and the contrasted color under the brim ensures the sun doesn’t reflect into your eyes.

Style:
With the contrasted stitching, you can’t beat the sleek style on the Dri-fit swoosh. The stitching on the brim contrasts with the color of the brim on each of the three color styles.

Cost/ Value:
This is one of the cheaper options, while still delivering all the benefits of moisture wicking technology, fit, and comfort.

5. Nike Golf Tech Tour

Just because it has golf in the name doesn’t mean it is just for golf! You can use this for any active sport, especially running, since it wicked moisture away, and stays on tight.
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Fit/ Comfort:
With a cushioned sweatband front, you can adjust the fit to be tight without squeezing your head too hard. It can wick away a lot of sweat, and keep you dry throughout any activity. Runners will love the secure fit and moisture wicking technology.

Style:
There are more color options in this visor than some others, so the variety is a plus. It doesn’t have the nice contrasted stitching, but the dark underbrim is a great contrast with the lighter colors of the hat to add some accented style.

Cost/ Value:
It’s not the cheapest option out there, but still very affordable. For what you are getting, the price is right! It is a solid visor, that is good lasting quality.

6. Nike AW84 Run

Ah, the one running specific visor! It is specially designed with polyester spandex lining to wick moisture, and a mostly nylon outer to stay dry. Lightweight and airy, you’ll forget you’re wearing a visor!
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Fit/ Comfort:
With adjustable straps that velcro shut, and spandex that stretches, the fit is tight enough to stay in place without restricting the all import blood flow to the brain. The moisture wicking technology is specially designed for running, which means it will take more of the sweat and wick it away from your skin.

Style:
The nylon outer really ads to the style of this visor, and gives it a sleek look. White is the only color available, which is a nice basic, clean look. The other benefit to runners is that the details are reflective in this visor, for a little extra visibility at night.

Cost/ Value:
Okay, so this one is probably the most expensive visor available from nike. But you really do get more bang for your buck! It’s the only one that has a nylon outer and reflective details. If you have to have the top of the line specific running visor, the price won’t change your mind, it is worth it.
Pros
  • Reflective
  • All moisture wicking technical fabrics
Cons

7. Nike Golf Women's Big Bill

Here’s a great visor designed specifically with women in mind. It’s got the big bill to keep more sun off your face, so you can stay cool and protected during those especially sunny midday runs!
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Fit/ Comfort:
The adjustable strap loops through on the back so it is easy to get this visor to stay secure, even when you are running hard. Moisture wicking polyester still makes this an awesome option for running.

Style:
Shade more of your face and remain more mysterious! You can see them from under the brim, but can they see your eyes? Some people think the large brim looks a little funny, but it’s more about function with this one! It still comes in some great colors.

Cost/ Value:
The price is good, middle of the road, which is a good find for a specific design like the extra large bill to keep the sun off. And the functionality of the visor makes this one great not only for running, but the beach, pool, and any other summer activity in the sun.

8. Nike Court Featherlight Tennis

You've got the minimal shoes, you've got the two-inch shorts, and your mesh shirt is practically see through. You like to keep it light and minimal, but you don’t want the sun in your eyes! Grab the featherlight visor; it adds virtually no weight to your get-up, but still has all the function of a sombrero. Well, close anyway.
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Fit/ Comfort:
Sure they say tennis, but that’s just a narrow vision of what this visor can do for you! Run with it, and you will feel the lightweight benefits. Don’t lug around any extra weight than you need to! It is a stretchy fit instead of the adjustable strap, so just pop it on and go! It doesn’t have quite as much moisture wicking potential as the others, but it keeps the sun off your face!

Style:
It looks even more fitted than others since this visor doesn’t have the adjustable strap in the back and instead stretches to fit your head. Get it in every color under the sun to match whatever bright running shirt and neon shoes you decide to wear that day.

Cost/ Value:
The price actually depends on the color you go with, but they are all reasonable. It is not an expensive visor and gives a great lightweight option that doesn’t have to be adjusted, just stretched to fit.
Pros
  • Stretches to fit
  • Lightweight
Cons
  • Stretchy fit can be too tight for some

9. Nike Women's 2016 Tech Golf

Another specific design for women, this one has gold in the name, but that’s just branding! Sure use it for golf, then take it on your long run, and keep it on while you relax by the pool.
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Fit/ Comfort:
More airflow, more ventilation, and still great moisture wicking capabilities. It is an adjustable fit but apparently doesn’t do so well for really small noggins. Definitely a must for those who run hot; it keeps the air flowing, and moisture evaporating by wicking sweat away, and ventilating it out!

Style:
This one has a unique style with the laser cut perforated front that gives it a dotted look. It adds a little pizazz to the visor, on top of the functionality of increased airflow. Choose your color, they all look cool.

Cost/ Value:
Great price for the airiest visor available. It’s cheap enough so you can buy it in different colors to match all your outfits. Yes!

10. Nike Unisex Featherlight Adjustable

Built with Dri-Fit material which lifts away sweat with sound wick capability to ensure runners are dry, feel comfortable and not distracted by sweat.

The designed in ComfortBill system works great for managing moisture effectively.

The design is interesting and comes in a sweat-band-less style.

A Very light hat which holds firmly in place and has a rear adjustable system to ensure a secure fit.
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Fit/Comfort

Remain dry and comfortable through the efficient Dri Fit fabric system which quickly wicks away sweaty moisture.

The rear adjustable strap is secured by a reliable Velcro fastening system so once you have adjusted for fit the hat stays securely in place.

The hat features a stylish screen print and the styling designed into the gives an athletic appearance.

The body of the hat is highly durable due to being made from polyester at 100% for the exterior, the interior lining is 91% Dri-FIT and weaved with 9% Spandex

Style

The hat is styled towards an appealing athletic appearance, very popular among runners.

Cost/Price

A good price, worth the purchase.

Pros
  • Snug customized fit
  • Unisex
  • Dri-FIT Technolofy
Cons
  • Limited color availability

Conclusion: There are plenty of options available for Nike visors, it just depends on what style you want, how much you want to spend, and how technical you want to get with the material. Nike has been doing this a while though; with them, you can’t go wrong.


The Criteria We Used For Our Evaluation of the Best Nike Visors

Every runner has his or her own set of running quirks. Some runners only run on specific terrains, or at certain times of the day. Some runners have lucky socks or are completely loyal to a specific brand of running shoes. Some runners hate the sun in their eyes, so they wear a visor while they run.

Data from product research and industry trends were used to determine the criteria by which the best Nike visors would be selected. A thorough explanation of each metric can be found below:

Is this visor comfortable?

Anything you put on your head has the potential to cause discomfort. This can come in the form of headaches, hair pulling, or skin chafing, among other ailments. When selecting the visors that made our list, we included comfort as a top priority. Running while protecting your face from the sun and elements shouldn’t be a painful experience.

How does it affect my vision?

As a runner, you need to be able to see not only what is underfoot, but also obstacles around you. If you are a road runner, it is important to be able to see surrounding traffic as well as oncoming pedestrians and cyclists. If you are a trail runner, pedestrians and cyclists are also a concern, but so are animals and falling rocks or branches. The visors that are included on our list were tested for the range of vision they provide runners. Being able to observe your environment is one of the greatest steps a runner can take to ensuring his or her own safety.

Does it absorb sweat?

When you run, you sweat. It’s a fact. And very few things are worse than having salty sweat drip down into your eyes and impede your vision. And, no one likes the feeling of sweat dripping down his face, or having to stop to use your shirt to wipe yourself down. An important factor that was considered while making this list was the sweat absorbing capabilities of the visor.

There are a variety of moisture-wicking fabrics used to make workout clothes, including the cloth portion of a running visor. Some of these include bamboo, nylon, wool, polypropylene. Cotton, absorbs moisture, but is breathable enough to allow your visor to dry (eventually) and helps minimize odors.


 

Other Factors to Consider When Selecting the Best Nike Visor

There are other characteristics that you should ponder when selecting a visor to wear on your runs. At the end of your shopping trip, what you should have selected is a visor that best meets your needs in both comfort and protection.

To help ease the decision-making process, below are some extra features you should consider when shopping for a new running visor:

Sizing

Visors are available in both adjustable and fitted varieties. Purchasing an adjustable visor eliminates worries about whether or not the visor will fit. However, adjustable visors often use Velcro as there closing mechanism, which may snag your hair or cause skin irritation.

Fitted visors are available in multiple sizes, found by measuring the circumference of your head. When selecting a running visor, it is important to do a little research into the sizing of individual companies. In a perfect world, all visors would fit the way we expect all of the time.  Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. Some manufacturers make products that run small, and others run large. Reading user reviews of visors and checking sizing charts will help you know what to expect in terms of sizing when choosing a running visor.

Bill Size

One of the main functions of a visor is to keep the sun out of your eyes. Visors are made with different size bills, some longer and some shorter. A longer bill will do a better job of keeping the sun out of your eyes but may impair your vision in other ways. A shorter bill will allow you to see more of your surroundings but may not block the sun as much as you hope it will. Experiment with different visor lengths to find out what works best for you.

The Environment

The decision to wear a visor or hat while you run is a great step toward keeping your body cool and protecting yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. The amount of sunshine you will encounter while you run is an important factor to consider when choosing a visor.

If you are running in an environment where there will be radiant sun directly beating down on your head, you might choose a hat to protect your scalp and face. This is a fine choice, as long as you choose a hat made of materials that allow air to flow through, such as a mesh.

A visor can provide the same sun protection, moisture blocking, and cooling properties as a hat. Like a hat, you want to make sure that the visor is made of a breathable material. It is also important to make sure that you reduce glare as much as possible. Selecting a white visor with a black under brim is the best choice to reduce glare while you run.


FAQ

 

Q: Can I wash my visor?

A: Usually the answer to this question is yes. However, you will want to pay attention to the fabric of which your visor is made. Some fabrics are more apt to shrinking, and this could mean your visor will not fit properly after washing and drying it.

The best thing you can do prior to washing the visor is to read the car tag that is attached to the visor. This tag will give you washing specifications for the visor you purchase.

Q: Will this visor fit my head?

A: To absolutely ensure that a visor you purchase will fit, choose one that has an adjustable Velcro back strap. This allows size personalization, guaranteeing a perfect and comfortable fit.

If you are purchasing a visor that gives size options, you should measure the circumference of your head. Then, select the size in which this circumference falls. Also, read reviews of the visor you are thinking of purchasing to see if sizes run large or small.

Q: How long is the bill?

A: If you are ordering a running visor from an online shop, read through the entire description of the product. Usually, the manufacturer will list the length of the bill. If it does not, read through the customer reviews, as someone almost always asks this question. If you still can’t find information about the bill length, call the Nike and ask.


Here are some sources we used while conducting our research:

Data from a variety of industries was researched in the making of this list. Our sources are below.

Sources

  1. Runner's World, Ode to Visors, Informational Running Website, Jun 11, 2010
  2. Bethany Mavis, Hat or Visor: What's Better for Summer Runs? , Informational Running Website, Aug 10, 2015
  3. Karla Bruning, 10 Fitness Fabrics, Explained, Informational Fitness Website,