View Full Version : Favorite SPF wide brimmed hat?

May. 25, 2012, 09:48 AM
I'm looking for an SPF hat that is rather wide brimmed, yet also flexible, that has a chin string or some other method of securing it to your head in windy conditions. I also enjoy boating/kayaking so a hat that can do double duty as a barn/gardening hat and boating/kayaking hat would be great.

Any suggestions for great sun protection hats that are functional and not just pretty?

May. 26, 2012, 04:17 PM
I get my hats from the garden shops. The one I have now sounds like it would fit your description. It's tightly sewn straw so no sun (but no airflow either, not too fond of that part) has the leather thong with a slide that will tighten it up nicely, made in Mexico for a Texas firm called "Tula". Here's a link that shows the one I have http://www.tulahats.com/Scripts/PublicSite/index.php?userid=&template=ShowItemPublic&item=4616897 and their other styles. Mine's three years old and as long as I keep from dropping it on a chair and then sitting on it by accident it should last much longer than that!

May. 26, 2012, 10:02 PM
Thanks for the suggestion!

May. 26, 2012, 10:11 PM
The Tilley Mesh hat. Cool, chin strap, Australian type, made in Canada ( not China). It's quality. Plus it looks good on me, relatively speaking.


May. 26, 2012, 10:21 PM
I have a woven grass type hat. I wear it ALOT. It is stiff so it does not fold back like in the wind.

I wear sunscreen anyway on my face and neck, but this helps keep the sun off very nicely. Also has a tie so it stays on my head, doesn't blow off. Made in MX I think, got from TSC. Well under $10.

I have another one, straw, and it has a big blue bow on it, very cute. It is worn and gets a bit floppy, so use it only for garden work. All other stuff like mowing pastures, etc I use the stiffer one.

Both are very cool wearing.

May. 27, 2012, 10:23 AM
I have the Columbia Omni-Shade Sun Goddess Hat
and LOVE it! It has a soft inner band (no itchy straw against your forehead), a chin strap, and is UPF 50+. I love that it stays put whether I'm gardening, cleaning water troughs, or teaching on a windy day. Looking at the link I may buy the mud or Heliotrope as well (Stone was my only option when I purchased mine).


Happy hat hunting! :)

May. 27, 2012, 02:28 PM
The Tilley Mesh hat. Cool, chin strap, Australian type, made in Canada ( not China). It's quality. Plus it looks good on me, relatively speaking.


This one sounds like your winner - I wear my hat in the pool and have gotten it wet without spoiling the shape before but for a double duty kayaking hat I'd choose this one first. Kayaking you can get pretty darn wet, not like an "oops" at poolside.

Beau Soleil
Jun. 4, 2012, 07:24 PM
Hello -
You could also try
All have a UPF of at least 45, though most are 50+.
All are washable and have an adjustable brow and a drawcord to keep it on your head!
Full disclosure - it is my company :)

Jun. 4, 2012, 07:30 PM
Mesh hats, straw hats, cotton hats, etc, generally provide poor SPF factors unless it's been specifically added, so make sure that's the case.

You also want a good 4" brim if not a little more.

Mine is from Sun Precautions and it's still going strong, if not a little ratty looking, at 10 years (maybe more?). It's also very cool, without a thick, heavy crown piece. It is white on top for cooler, and has a dark blue under brim for "sun shade". Love it.

That Columbia hat looks interesting though - is the brim stiff enough to stay up?

Jun. 4, 2012, 07:36 PM
Love these and cute :D


Jun. 4, 2012, 11:07 PM
Oh I love those! I think this might be my next one

Jun. 4, 2012, 11:17 PM
My favorite Tilley hat:


The airflow feature works very well.

Jun. 5, 2012, 10:21 AM
I know a couple of people with really nice looking hats from Sunbody Hats. You can customize brim width on some of them. Hat bands and chin cords are options too. http://www.sunbody.com/index.cfm I would really like to have the Reata.

Jun. 5, 2012, 12:34 PM


Jun. 6, 2012, 04:08 PM
Wow thank you for all of the great suggestions!! I have a lot of shopping to do :)