Although the Beard Cap might seem like a late April Fool's Day joke from Virgin Trains, it appears to have been created in all seriousness. Developed for male swimmers participating in the United Kingdom's Great North Swim, the Beard Cap is decrease drag while they are competing.
Made out of Lycra, the Beard Cap is reusable and adjustable, making it a great purchase for those who are loathe to shave their facial hair for the one day event. Granted, it might still be easier to swim in if they do make that sacrifice. Event director Alex Jackson says, "As a newly bearded man, who is also a keen swimmer, I can empathize! We’re sure our swimmers will appreciate the efforts Virgin Trains has gone to and perhaps the Beard Cap will solve the problem of ‘facial hair-drag’ and encourage more guys to suit up and take the plunge in 2015!"