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Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
sun hat on 05/27/2013 21:47:43 MDT Print View

I am looking for a new sun hat for backpacking. Kinda favor the ball cap with cape style to give my neck and big nose coverage, but will consider all suggestions. A chin strap would be nice, but that can be added after the fact. Would prefer cotton as it is cooler than synthetic fabrics.

thanks for your suggestions...


Ryan Teale
(monstertruck) - F

Locale: Almost Yosemite
sun hat on 05/27/2013 21:55:36 MDT Print View

It's not cotton but I have been using the Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap. Has a removable neck cape. The cape has a chin strap attached. The ballcap has mesh panels in the sides. I did the John Muir Trail without having to use sunscreen so it works pretty well coverage wise.

Not sure anyone makes a similar hat/cape in cotton.

I think the Sunday Afternoon Adventure Cap or a Tilley would allow more airflow than the cape style.

If you prefer a cotton cap you could always use a bandanna as a neck cape with your favorite ball cap.


Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: sun hat on 05/27/2013 22:04:47 MDT Print View

A bandanna with a ball cap works great. I prefer a mesh trucker hat with a snapback.

Ken T.
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: All up in there
Re: sun hat on 05/27/2013 22:07:38 MDT Print View

Sunday Afternoon Adventure Hat.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: sun hat on 05/27/2013 22:09:19 MDT Print View

"A bandanna with a ball cap works great."

Plus, if it gets cold, you fold up the bandanna and place it inside the hat to provide slightly more insulation.


Nico .
(NickB) - MLife

Locale: Los Padres National Forest
Sun hat on 05/28/2013 00:32:57 MDT Print View

Check out the Patagonia canvas sun cap.
It's got a longer bill, neck cape, chin strap, and it's made of cotton canvas.
Sounds like it should hit all marks for you.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
very close to what I want... on 05/28/2013 12:37:20 MDT Print View

thanks for the suggestions. The Patagonia hat is very close to what I am looking for... though I'd prefer a Velcro adjustment in the back as the buckles sometimes hurt my head...

I like the all cotton because when you're hot you can dip it in a creek and put it back on to cool off... cotton holds more water and breaths better than synthetic fibers... the opposite of what you want when it's cold and/or rainy... a summer hat.

when I'm hammering up a trail in the sun on a warm day I'd wouldn't want a synthetic jacket... or gortex boots.... or synthetic hat... all for the same reason... they're too hot.


James Castleberry
Dr. Shade Long-Billed Sun Cap on 05/28/2013 13:13:16 MDT Print View

Dr. Shade Long-Billed Sun Cap

Glacier Glove Sun Hat

Edited by Winterland76 on 05/28/2013 13:16:37 MDT.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Dr Shade on 05/28/2013 15:05:24 MDT Print View

Dr Shade hat is nice, but it's not cotton.

thanks for the suggestion though.

maybe I'll get the cotton one from Patagonia for warm weather and a synthetic one for cooler weather..


Rick Sutton
(rickcsutton) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Re Sun Hat on 05/28/2013 20:10:30 MDT Print View


I have been using this hat since 2006 on all my summer backpacking trips. I bought the first one from Backpacking Light back when they sold gear and clothing. I liked the hat so much I started to wear it on my outside jobs as a contractor, when mowing the grass, etc, etc. It started to get a bit dirty from all this extra use so I wanted to find another one to keep just for hiking yet Backpacking Light was no longer selling gear. I researched it a bit and found the hat was made by Headsweats. My second hat was identical to the first one except it didn't say Backpacking Light on the front. It has been a great hat for hot summer hikes. Hope this helps.

Jay Wilkerson
(Creachen) - MLife

Locale: East Bay
Sun Hat on 05/28/2013 20:37:15 MDT Print View

Sunday Afternoon Adventure Hat. Great sun protection with wide brim and back of neck coverage!

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
headsweats protech on 05/28/2013 20:40:24 MDT Print View


that looks like an interesting hat. is that mesh over the top? if so, that could be a problem for me as I am bald on top...



Jani Kikuts
(Enginerd) - M

Locale: Southern California
Henschell Aussie Breezer on 05/28/2013 21:28:26 MDT Print View

I wanted a hat that vented very well, based on a BPL members suggestion I got the Hens hell Aussie Breezer and love it. Less expensive than a Tilley LTM8 and breathes better. They come in different mesh and brim materials, I got the one with ultralight mesh.

(Schado6) - MLife
Billibandana on 05/28/2013 21:45:32 MDT Print View

I picked one up recently, love it:

Edited by Schado6 on 05/28/2013 21:46:21 MDT.

Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
Hens hell Aussie Breezer on 05/28/2013 22:01:21 MDT Print View

nice hat Jani... but I still wonder how mesh would be for my bald head... great for ventilation, but I wonder if my scalp get too much sun?


Billy Ray
(rosyfinch) - M

Locale: the mountains
billi bandana on 05/28/2013 22:08:38 MDT Print View

KP... the Billi Bandana looks very interesting...

but the visor looks a bit short... is that your impression?

thanks for a great suggestion...


John Almond
(FLRider) - F

Locale: The Southeast
Visor With Bandanna on 05/29/2013 05:26:51 MDT Print View

A $3 poly/cotton or cotton visor and a cotton bandanna will do you just fine. The visor breathes exceptionally well (good for when moving through shade with short sunny areas mixed in) compared to an hat, and the bandanna works just fine as a sun shade when worn Foreign Legion style. Lightest (~2.5 oz for the pair), cheapest, and most multi-use (it's a bandanna, remember) hat combo I've found.

Hope it helps!