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Favorite SPF wide brimmed hat?

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  • Favorite SPF wide brimmed hat?

    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?
    "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." --Dwight D Eisenhower

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  • #2
    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/Publ...c&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!
    Last edited by ReSomething; May. 26, 2012, 04:28 PM. Reason: looked it up, always a good idea
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    • Original Poster

      Thanks for the suggestion!
      "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." --Dwight D Eisenhower

      Boston Terrier Rescue of NC - www.btrnc.org - Adopt for Life!


      • #4
        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.



        • #5
          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.


          • #6
            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!
            Nani Lio Farm, LLC


            • #7
              Originally posted by Chall View Post
              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.
              Courageous Weenie Eventer Wannabe
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              • #8
                Angela's Garden

                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


                • #9
                  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?
                  The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                  • #10
                    Love these and cute

                    You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something… S. Jobs


                    • #11
                      Oh I love those! I think this might be my next one
                      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


                      • #12
                        My favorite Tilley hat:


                        The airflow feature works very well.


                        • #13
                          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.


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                            • Original Poster

                              Wow thank you for all of the great suggestions!! I have a lot of shopping to do
                              "Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil, and you're a thousand miles from the corn field." --Dwight D Eisenhower

                              Boston Terrier Rescue of NC - www.btrnc.org - Adopt for Life!