Sports visor

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Former President George W. Bush wears a sports visor courtesy of the U.S. Beach Volleyball team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
Tennis player Ashley Harkleroad wears a sports visor at the 2007 Australian Open

A sports visor—also called a sun visor or visor cap—is a type of crownless hat consisting simply of a visor or brim with a strap encircling the head. The top of the head is not covered and the visor protects only the face, including eyes, nose, and cheeks, from the sun.

The visor portion of a sun visor may be either curved or flat and the strap is often equipped with an adjustable velcro fastener in back. The strap can function as a sweatband although usually not. This type of headgear was designed for use in outdoor sports (especially golf, tennis, volleyball, and softball) where eye protection from direct sunlight is desirable, while the missing crown allows for ventilation. It is now often used by non-athletes at beach and other sunny outdoor events.

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