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Recommend a good hiking hat for sun exposure?

Postby Buckeye » Mon Oct 29, 2007 9:35 pm

I'm trying to find a good quality, recommended hiking hat. I've always worn a ball cap but with my fair skin I think its time to finally find better coverage for the sun. Recommend any hats that provide good coverage but don't interfere with your pack, stay on your head, and don't look dorky?

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Postby Tory Wells » Mon Oct 29, 2007 10:32 pm

Go to REI and try some on. They have lots. Look for one that has UV protection and a string to keep it on on windy days.
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Postby iceman » Tue Oct 30, 2007 5:43 am

Here is my favorite summer hiking hat. Pretty pricey but has a lifetime guarantee.

http://www.tilley.com/detail.asp?catId= ... ductNo=LT6

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Postby Presto » Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:22 am

Boonie hat from Army surplus store.


I agree, G! I think I paid about $18 ... not enough to cry about if something happens to it. I spray mine with waterproofing, the brim is wide enough to protect my neck, there's ventilation around your head.
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Postby gsliva » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:01 am

My personal favorite. Tested by the famouse Talus Monkey!

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Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:48 am

I really like my North Face Breeze Brimmer. I strongly recommend a good hat like this--PLUS sunscreen: I had a pre-cancerous spot removed from my ear a few years back. I feel that I have been duly warned!
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Postby changingground » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:54 am

gsliva wrote:My personal favorite. Tested by the famouse Talus Monkey!

http://www.14ers.com/talusmonkey.html
Um, the purple hat, or the Tilley style?

That'd be a sure-fire way of identifying 14er.com members- If everyone took up wearing those purple hats. Oy!

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Postby CO Native » Tue Oct 30, 2007 8:59 am

For sun protection I like the Columbia Booney

http://www.rei.com/product/646963

Nice vents, not as hot as the waterproof ones, and a 30+ upf rating.
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Postby JayMiller » Tue Oct 30, 2007 1:28 pm

I have an Outdoor Research Bucket (now the Element Bucket). I find it breaths well and works quite well in the rain. I have enjoyed it more that my Tilley.
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Postby JeffR » Thu Nov 01, 2007 2:01 pm

Another vote for the Columbia boonie. I also like the wicking headband that keeps the quarts of nastiness off my head.

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Postby roozers42 » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:51 pm

Recommend any hats that...don't look dorky?


This has always been my problem with them. I just can't pull it off! I load up with the 45 sunscreen and wear a breathable ballcap most of the time. The only person I've known that made the hat work was TalusMonkey...

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Postby Bill Cummings » Fri Nov 02, 2007 1:59 pm

and don't look dorky?


To me, skin cancer is a lot dorkier looking than the hats. Most of us on this site are hiking at 14,000 feet, doing it as often as we can, usually aiming for the fairest (i.e, sunniest) days we can get, and probably not looking to die young.
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