10 Best Nike Visors Reviewed
Headwear, whether you view it as a necessity or an addition to your standard running wardrobe there is no denying that a good piece of headwear can improve your overall running experience. And few brands can deliver better headwear than Nike with its wide array of hats and visors. Nike is a brand many athletes have come to rely on and the quality of there visors is no less than what you would expect.
While many may favor hats there is no denying the strengths of a nice running visor. All the protection and visibility advantage of a nice wide brim running cap plus the ventilation of having your head exposed to the wind blowing through your hair. Visors may not be for everybody but we at Runnerclick certainly like what they have to offer.
Nike may have a strong brand name, but that doesn’t mean their entire line is of equal quality. We scrutinized and sifted and eliminated until only the very best of what Nike has to offer in terms of visors was left. Below our top 10 list, we also have the criteria on how we made our choices so you can verify that our assessment matches your needs. We have also included an FAQ made up of the questions we saw again and again so our readers will know how to choose their visor as well as maintain it.
Check out our reviews of the best Nike visors and choose one to add to your gear.
- Nike Tech
- Twill Fabric with 4-way Stretch
- Nike Tech Swoosh
- Cushioned Headband
- Nike Golf Tech
- Dri-FIT with Snagless Back Closure
10 Best Nike Running Visors
1. Nike Tech
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.
Features a classic design with a variety of colors to choose from, but sometimes that is all you need.
This visor is one of the most inexpensive Nike visor products.
2. Nike Tech Swoosh
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.
Features a classic design with a variety of colors to choose from.
This visor offers very good value for your money, typically priced around $20.
- One size fits all
- Dri-FIT technology
- Velcro strap tucks in
- Some reviewers thought the fit was too small
3. Nike Golf Tech
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.
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.
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.
- Extra stretchy
- Nice padded moisture wicking forehead
Some sizing issues
4. Nike Dri-FIT Swoosh
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.
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.
This is one of the cheaper options, while still delivering all the benefits of moisture wicking technology, fit, and comfort.
5. Nike Women's 2016 Tech Golf
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!
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.
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!
7. Nike Golf Women's Big Bill
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.
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.
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.
6. Nike Golf Tech Tour
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.
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.
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.
8. Nike AW84 Run
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.
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.
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.
- All moisture wicking technical fabrics
- Only comes in white
9. Nike Court Featherlight Tennis
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!
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.
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.
- Stretches to fit
- Stretchy fit can be too tight for some
10. Nike Unisex Featherlight Adjustable
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.
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
The hat is styled towards an appealing athletic appearance, very popular among runners.
A good price, worth the purchase.
- Snug customized fit
- Dri-FIT Technolofy
- 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:
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.
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 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.
Q: Can I wash my visor?
A: We give the same advice we always give when it comes to washing your athletic gear: read the care instructions. Different gear has different materials and construction and this means it requires different levels of care. Often mis-washing can result in unnecessary wear and tear and will reduce the overall durability of your purchase. You want to get the most out of your athletic gear and to do that you have to make sure and wash it right.
Q: How do I remove sweat stains?
A: Sweat stains are extremely common when it comes to hats and visors. They won’t have a major impact on the performance of you or your visor but can be unsightly. We do have some general advice we recommend checking your care instructions anytime before washing.
To remove the sweat stains it is recommended that you soak the visor in a mixture of cold water and white vinegar for 20 to 30 minutes. Once removed from the mixture then you should run cold water over the soiled area while rubbing the stain. Afterwards, wash as you normally would and this should remove any trace of sweat from the affected clothing.
Q: How do I find a good fit?
A: Visors are generally pretty flexible when it comes to size since most have a strap based sizing. Shopping will allow for generalized size choice, small, medium, large, etc. If you are shopping in a store then you will have the benefit of being able to try it on before buying. Shopping online means you will more likely have to be dependent on a sizing chart. Normally sizing charts can have margins of error but since visors are adjustable to begin with you should not be too concerned with choosing the right size for yourself.
Q: Will the length of the bill effect my running?
A: While drag is always something to consider the drag created by a longer bill on your visor will be as negligible as the wearing of the visor altogether. A longer bill will shield more of your eyes and face so if you are noticing sunburn or vision issues with your current visor then you should probably look into getting a longer bill. There may be some adjusting to a longer bill since the weight will be slightly different but once again that should be negligible.
Q: How do I maintain my Velcro straps?
A: One of the biggest problems with the general durability of a visor is the Velcro strap, it tends to accumulate too much debris and become unusable over a relatively short amount of time. Instead of getting rid of your visor you can repair and/or restore the Velcro with relative ease. Some duct tape to remove the immediate debris and then going through the straps with a small brush, such as a toothbrush, should help bring your Velcro up to snuff.
If all else fails to obtain new Velcro tap a stitching it in place of the old ones is an option. This can prove to be difficult but is a cost-effective option over buying a new visor and can add years to the life of the one you have.
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.