Because I ride in just about any weather condition I have accumulated a large collection of cycling caps, bandanas, hoods and balaclavas. Most of these items are one-trick ponies, i.e., they are only designed for one specific weather condition. A few weeks ago the folks at HooRag sent me one of their products for review and it has turned out to be a very versatile piece of outdoor wear.
The basic design of the HooRag is fairly simple: it is an 18″ long tube constructed of 100% polyester microfiber and it is open at both ends. You can pull the entire HooRag over your head and slide it down your neck and wear it as a neck gaiter—you can also pull it up halfway for a face mask or pull the top all the way over your head and use it as a balaclava. I need to point out that this material is fairly thin, so it is not a substitute for use as a deep winter balaclava. You can also quickly fold the HooRag and wear it as a pirate rag or beanie rag. If you just want to keep the sweat out of your eyes you can wear it as a head band, and if your hair is long enough you can use it to wrap your ponytail (sorry, but I couldn’t try this one myself).
The target audience for the HooRag is pretty broad, i.e., anyone who engages in outdoor activities. The polyester microfiber on this product wicks away moisture extremely well and it is small enough that you can stow it in your pocket when not in use. The HooRag is not just for athletes—fisherman or even fans sitting in a stadium for fall sports would enjoy it.
The HooRag retails for $15 or less and they are available from the HooRag Website. They offer free shipping for orders mailed to within the continental U.S. The HooRag I tested was Tactical Black, but they come about fifty different styles—from numerous camouflage patterns to bright colors and paisley designs.