Dec 28, 2009 at 10:46 pm #1253594
@foundLocale: Sacramento, CA
Anyone else like their Sunday Afternoon Hat? I'm a pretty huge fan of these dorky hats. My second Adventure Hat is looking kinda grim and I bought a Field Hat this summer.
Adventure Hat: Wear this hat if you want to looking like Second Graders at the local Montessori school. While it's an incredibly dorky looking hat, I think it looks good on me. It offers superb sun protection. The front wide brim is huge and angles down to shade my entire face well, down to my chin. The back is a huge drape, so I'm totally covered back there. It's got a tendency to blow off in the wind, so I deploy the neck strap. But then, sometimes the wind blows the rim up and it provides no sun protection and is annoying. So i generally just take it off. It does pretty good in the rain. The rim doesn't get floppy, but after a while in a heavy rain, if it's under my hood, it starts channeling water down my neck. It's crushable, and has survived a lot of packing, but at this point, it's getting pretty flimsy from the abuse. All in all, a GREAT hat. I'm a fan of sun protection (but not like some older people I see who 100% cover up.) and I will be buying it again.
The Field Hat:
This is the model that's brim all around. It's good, but not an Adventure Hat. It's not as crushable, I tend to fold it. My main gripe is that it blows off my head insanely easily. Just the slightest bit of wind, from various directions can send it flying. I think that sometimes the hat creates and increases a small back current under the brim and sends it off by itself. It also doesn't fit under a hood when it's raining easily.
Anyone else have an opinion on this company's hats?Dec 29, 2009 at 12:10 am #1557726
@valsharLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I embrace my inner trail geek and have worn mine proudly for 9 years now.
Love my Adventure Hat….nothing better on the trail.
Yes, uber dorky, but I am not out there to impress the bears with my trail fashion.
Completely functional for the task…..about Zero style points.
-TonyDec 29, 2009 at 4:41 am #1557735
Never heard of them, but now that I'm looking at their website, I kind of want one. They look totally hiker-nerd-chic.
Not as much use for hats like that where I am, but I bet if I were to move out of the "green tunnel" for a long time, I might have to get a sweet hat like that.Dec 29, 2009 at 6:18 am #1557740
@red_foxLocale: South Florida
I am a big fan of the Headsweats hats.
My personal favorite is the Race Hat. It doesn't provide sun protection for the neck but I am usually carrying a small towel anyway, which can serve that purpose when worn under the hat and left draped over the neck in the back (which looks just as dorky, if not more so, than the Sunday Afternoon hats). Plus, it is very light.
They do have the Protech Collection hat which provides full sun protection without the need for a towel to be worn under the hat, but I prefer to use the Race Hat with a towel since it is more versatile.
I've always wanted to try their Elmer Fleece hat for colder weather. It seems like it would work great (and look dorky, of course).
-SidDec 29, 2009 at 6:24 am #1557743
The Sunday Afternoons look like a quality hat, but for the best bang for the buck I prefer the Dr. Shade Long Bill Cap. I bought two recently at Sierra Trading Post for about $6.50 apiece (with DealFlyer discount). The tie clasp is junk if it's windy, but there are ways around that. Overall, a nice lightweight hat that provides good protection for face and neck. And if it happens to get lost, not such a big deal as it would be for a more expensive hat.Dec 29, 2009 at 7:20 am #1557757
@eggsLocale: Mid Life
I need a new hat. I like the field hat style with a brim all the way around. I lost mine last weekend canoeing.
Need to start looking I guess. Light, airy, and adjustable are my requirements. I had this great REI branded one with a little buckle in the back that is now with the river gods.Dec 29, 2009 at 7:49 am #1557761
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
+1. I have been using their hats for the last six years. One of the few perfect backpacking items for me.
Why is it that hats guys look dorky in, many women look good in? My wife has one of the more decorative versions of this hat and looks cute. I look like a dork. Oh well.
–MarkDec 29, 2009 at 8:17 am #1557770
"My wife has one of the more decorative versions of this hat and looks cute. I look like a dork."
Are you sure it's the hat? Just sayin'…….Dec 29, 2009 at 8:37 am #1557774
@verberLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
> Are you sure it's the hat? Just sayin'…….
I guess I have embraced by inner geek so I don't worry about it. If fact, I sometimes make it worse by wearing a light weight watch cap under the Sunday afternoon hat as the weather cools off. That said, there is some serious dorkiness in the hat. I have yet to see any male who didn't look like a dork in a sunday afternoon hat. Some of these guys don't naturally look like dorks.
–MarkDec 29, 2009 at 10:00 am #1557795
I really like my hat from them but I think I am going to switch over to Joe from Zpacks conical straw type hat. It is waterproof and I think will offer me better protection. $30 in silnylon and $40 in cuben. Probably about the only hting I will ever be able to afford in cuben.
As a note, the first hat I had from them had the velcro grabbing on to everything including the hat and starting to worry it in under a year. They gave me a lot of grief on the phone about replacing it.Dec 29, 2009 at 10:08 am #1557796
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
HTML Man (and Gear Enabler).Dec 29, 2009 at 10:20 am #1557800
My go-to hat for ~20 years, military boonie hat/jungle hat. Full, short, floppy brim. Works great in sun and rain. Stays on well. Tough. It's the only piece of gear I own that has never changed.Dec 29, 2009 at 10:22 am #1557801
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@ben2worldLocale: So Cal
Brad — it's cotton!!! The horror.Dec 29, 2009 at 10:30 am #1557804
Oops! I meant this one… poly, um, cotton blend. But it's been truly perfect, even in the wet. Who'd a thunk it?!Dec 29, 2009 at 10:42 am #1557808
On the rivers, in the summer, I sometimes wear a hat with a big neck cape, or I wear a regular boonie style hat. There's no way to scientifically measure this, but out of hundreds of people encountered, I tend to think people are friendlier to me in the boonie style hat. I can say that it is a more positive experience to not wear the dorky looking neck-caped hat. Now, bear in mind that most of these river people are casual recreationalists (aka river dorks) and not regular paddlers. Should I look like a dork and protect my neck from sun damage, or just let the redneck river dorks look at me strangely?Dec 29, 2009 at 10:51 am #1557812
Get a Lochsa River hat from Orvis. Rednecks think they're cool, protects your neck. Love mine, just wish the wind didn't blow 20 MPH about 320 days out of the year. I could care less about fashion, but I'm not doing the Montesorri pre-school hat.Dec 29, 2009 at 12:03 pm #1557832
I wore the Sunday on a trip to the S.W. this summer and I swear when i put it on, it felt 10 degrees cooler outside. When the sun's overhead it practically shades my whole body. People give me s**t about the looks …. I have no issues w/ my masculinity like they do. I LOVE this hat.Dec 29, 2009 at 1:36 pm #1557855
I normally just use mine to work in the yard but after a bout with skin cancer this fall – it's with me on my hiking trips. Great hat….Dec 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm #1557909
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Another Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat fan here, too. I don't care how stupid I look in it–being short and stout, more like a mushroom than anything else. You'll never see me on the trail without it!Dec 30, 2009 at 10:44 am #1558041
That is one goofy looking hat but its not as bad as the Kavu Chillba. Regardless, I am not going to make fun of anybody on the trail unless its a couple wearing matching seafoam green, neon pink and gold windbreaker suits.
I like my wool felt fedora I got from Bass Pro Shops for $30. Classic looking, crushable, breathes better than cotton or nylon and has kept my head completely dry in some real heavy downpours. It probably weighs about as much as my usgi boonie.
JosephDec 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm #1558207
@wunderLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
An Akubra hat was my hiking and in-town hat for years, until I left it in a restaurant. It looked a lot like Indiana Jones' hat.
These days, I've settled on a Tilley LTM6. Big brim, stays on in the wind, and ventilates almost well enough. Plus, you can wash it after you develop a nice sweat/dust line around the sweatband after a week on the trail.
Tilley now makes one with a neck protector curtain, if you like those (the LTM6C).
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