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Adidas Terrex Aeroready Five-Panel Graphic Trail Running Cap | Review

Stand out on the trail this year with Adidas Terrex’s Aeoroready Five-Panel cap, made for trail running, hiking and all-summer-long adventuring.

Why We Chose The Adidas Terrex Aeroready Five-Panel Graphic Trail Running Cap: Nice design, recycled materials, very breathable

Panel caps are pretty popular these days, so finding out which ones are the real deal in terms of performance can be tricky. One that, from our experience, you can count on being up the demands of those days on the trail is the Adidas Terrex’s Aeoroready Five-Panel Graphic cap.

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It’s got most of what you need in a trail cap, including breathability, adjustability and flexibility, as well as some nice eco features and a unique design. Think funky zebra-like stripes with multi-colour options and jagged patterns dotted throughout. 

Here’s a breakdown of the main materials, its features, and how it got on during our rigorous Outdoor 100 testing in the Scottish Highlands. 

Who Is The Aeroready Five-Panel Cap For

The Aeroready Cap is made for trail running, sunny hikes, and those warmer days when you need to keep your head cool. Its modern and unique design also makes it well-suited to city life as well as country adventures out on the trail. 

Materials and Construction

Made from 90% recycled polyester and 10% elastane, this five-panel cap uses Adidas’ Aeoready fabrics to absorb water as quickly as possible. The insert, on the other hand, is made from mesh whilst the adjustable buckle closure is built with a sturdy plastic.

Photos: Mike Drummond

It’s machine washable, though it needs a cold and delicate cycle with mild detergent. You shouldn’t use fabric softener or bleach on it, nor should you tumble dry, iron, or dry clean the cap. 


Our heads can get very hot when running in the sun, and overheating is a real risk. Breathability, therefore, is very important in a trail cap. Let’s be honest, it’s also just really annoying having to constantly wipe sweat away from your face when you’re trying to concentrate on the rocks and ridges ahead of you.

The Aeroready cap uses targeted mesh zones to help with this, and you’ll find them on each side of the cap. This provides an easy way for heat to escape from your head whilst also allowing cool air to filter in as you run.

The moisture-wicking headband should help here too, while the adjustable strap should come in handy as your head expands with the heat, or alternatively, if you need a more snug fit on windy days.

The overall fit is very secure, and should conform to most head shapes, whilst the flat, firm brim provides more than adequate protection from the sun. It’s comfy too thanks to the brushed interior with flat-lying seams that reduce the risk of chafing against your head. 

With size options ranging from kids to L/XL in adult sizing, there’s varied colour options too, including: almost lime/ acid red, shadowy navy/ black and multicolour/ black/ white.

Tester’s Verdict

Will Renwick, editor of Outdoors Magic

“I’ve got a narrow face and pink isn’t my colour so this looks pretty terrible on me. At least it’s performed well though! It’s quick-drying, it holds really well thanks to the adjustable rim and the somewhat oversized peak gives really good coverage. Breathability/ventilation has been top notch too.”

Adidas Terrex Aeroready Five-Panel Graphic Trail Running Cap

Selected for the Outdoor 100 2022/23
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