Nov 19, 2012 at 5:36 pm #1296224
I got a Kavu Chilba today, which is the second ugliest hat after the Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat, but like the SAAH, it works. What's on your head?
My headgear herd:
Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat
Postal worker's plastic pith helmet (third ugliest)
The North Face High Point Andean style cap— a beanie with earflaps and chinstrap
Patagonia micro-grid fleece beanie
Tilley T3 nylon
OR Seattle SombreroNov 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm #1929745
@bsmith_90Locale: Epping Forest
I have a wild plethora of snowboarding hats (mainly polyester)
My favourite hat is my smartwool training beanie, thin enough to run in but often perfect alone.
I wear a really old freebie columbia cap for sun protection but my favourite headwear has to be my…
SHARKACLAVA. Yes, it's a balaclava that looks like a shark. Complete with a fin on top of the head.Nov 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm #1929749
Frank H.BPL Member
I just use a visor and a wool beanie. Nothing fancy. If I need more protection from the sun, I will use a bandana along with the visor. I love the addition of hoods on my jackets.Nov 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #1929757
Paul MagnantiBPL Member
@paulmagsLocale: People's Republic of Boulder
Look to the left.
It works.. :)Nov 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm #1929761
Mary DBPL Member
@hikinggrannyLocale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Sunday Afternoons Adventure hat, of course. It's well ventilated, doesn't bump the back of my pack thanks to having the drape in back, and really keeps off the sun. The only time I need sunscreen is where the surroundings are really reflective–water, snow, bare ground above timberline. Since I'm allergic to most sunscreens, this is really important for me. The drape in back also means that I can pull the hood of my rain jacket over the hat so I have a nice big brim to protect my glasses in a downpour–definitely beats windshield wipers!
I really don't care how dorky the hat looks. It works for everything I need in a hat!
For cold weather: a fleece balaclava and one of Kat Pierini's beautiful knit hats!Nov 19, 2012 at 7:00 pm #1929770
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Mary's right – the dorkiest and the best.
RichardNov 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm #1929774
Dave HeissBPL Member
@daveheissLocale: Pacific Northwest
The Sunday Afternoon Travel hat is what I use now. I had the SA Adventure hat and liked it, but I could never figure out how to store the dang thing temporarily when I wasn't wearing it – such as when I'd leave a hot, sunny ridgeline and begin walking through a shady stretch of woods. When my SA Adventure hat disappeared during a river crossing (it wasn't on my head at the time), I opted for the slightly smaller Travel hat. 3" brim instead of 4", with a slightly smaller drape, the big advantage for me is that the SA Travel hat folds in half. I just fold the brim, then fold the drape over it, and it sticks perfectly under my MLD shoulder pouch… ready to be grabbed and unfolded again when the need arises.Nov 19, 2012 at 7:24 pm #1929782
I have become a fan of the smallest Nite Eyz s-biners for things like attaching a hat or other loose gear to my pack. I use them on the ridge line of my hammock too.Nov 19, 2012 at 7:34 pm #1929786
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
I use trucker style hats with the snap back. I seriously can't find anything else that will fit my head. I must have a big head or something.Nov 19, 2012 at 7:59 pm #1929790
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
+1 Sunday Afternoons–Everything you need in a mountain hat. Keep it stupid simple!Nov 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm #1929793
Richard CullipBPL Member
@richardcullipLocale: San Diego County
Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap for me. Love the coverage from the sun that it gives and it's light weight.Nov 19, 2012 at 8:26 pm #1929796
robert mckayBPL Member
@rahstinLocale: The Great Land
+ 1 on the sun runner. Its awesome in the wind and comes in xl for us large domed folks. Not an ounce of sunburn for this pasty scottsman! Come winter its my trusty wool hat with fleece lining from headgear knits in soldotna ak.Nov 19, 2012 at 8:47 pm #1929801
Outdoor Research Pocket Cap in warm weather.
Icebreaker Pocket 200 Beanie in cool weather. (Although I am looking for a replacement)Nov 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm #1929805
Kenneth JacobsBPL Member
100% cotton Maxxis snow-camo bucket hat. Shaped much like Jimmy Fallons…I mean, PaulMags hat above. ;O)Nov 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm #1929810
Paul WagnerBPL Member
@balzaccomLocale: Wine Country
From our blog of earlier this summer:
And you may also see that P is wearing a new hat in these latest photos. He picked up the most recent version at the Mataderos Flea Market in Buenos Aires…and he loves it. It looks like it's make of leather, but it is actually very lightweight felt, and coated with oil so that it is waterproof. And it is crush-proof, too. Do what you will, it always pops back into shape. Best of all, we got it when we were visiting Argentina for our daughter's wedding…so it has additional sentimental value. A perfect hat.Nov 19, 2012 at 9:25 pm #1929813
@aerikssonLocale: Austin, TX
I've actually been on the hunt for a decent looking ball-cap styling hat for some time now. Problem is A) I have a huge head size 7 3/4 in fitted baseball hats, B) I honestly can't bring myself to wearing something ridiculous looking, and C) whatever hat needs to be fairly light in color. Call me vain, it wouldn't be the first time; but certainly there's gotta be something out there that's breezy with at least a decent brim in a baseball style (not a fan of boonie or those hats with capes). If I could find an Arcteryx Escapa that would be nice. Perhaps a Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper? Both of those options have me at the top end of their "L/XL" sizing though. What a pain in the @ss.
Apparently Nike makes a fitted-style (i.e. flat large brim) nylon hat for their golf line, but I'm skeptical. So for the time being I'm rocking, even in summer, a wool blend New Era. Big brim and it fits.
Alternatively, I wouldn't mind a big lightweight shemagh (arab scarf) wrapped and tied around my head. I actually have one of these scarves, authentic from a military friend in Afghanistan, but it's about twice as heavy a weave as it needs to be.Nov 19, 2012 at 9:26 pm #1929814
@rivrfoxLocale: Western Slope, Colorado
I had this or the possible precursor to it, acquired around 06'. Lost night hiking to Conundrum Hotsprings 1 month ago. Time to repurchase. It's my most worn all around beanie. When it's cold it's the perfect layer underneath. Never to light to carry and takes up no space at all.
18 gramsNov 19, 2012 at 11:05 pm #1929831
@justinmcLocale: Southern California
+1 for the OR pocket cap
(plus, it's one of the only pieces of my backpacking clothing system my wife lets me wear on a regular basis!)Nov 19, 2012 at 11:24 pm #1929832
@brillbLocale: Northeast USA
Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero. Just took a trip to Norway where it rained almost every day… the smartest packing choice of that entire trip was the Seattle Sombrero. It got some serious use… having a Gore-tex rain hat was a fantastic idea. When it isn't raining you can velcro the sides up. One foolish move though was that I removed the neck strap from mine… my wife kept hers and was laughing when a wind gust blew mine off and in to a puddle.Nov 20, 2012 at 2:59 am #1929837
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
If I'm wearing an actual hat it's the Columbia Bora Bora Booney.
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I've been known to go with the multi-use bandanna / head cover.
At night when sleeping I use a Gold's Gym fleece beanie purchased from Walmart on clearance for $3.00. I alternate between the beanie and a merino wool Buff depending on conditions. The Buff is more flexible in that it can be worn in more than one way.
I guess after reading my own post that hats are my luxury item on the trail. ;-)
NewtonNov 20, 2012 at 4:52 am #1929843
Phillip AsbyBPL Member
@pgasbyLocale: North Carolina
I wear a nylon wicking fabric reebok baseball cap in the summer. It fits, is super light and protects my bald head.
In the winter I have a series if hats spending on the temps – a Novarra thin liner (I use it cycling as well which is what it is designed for), a Spyder basic fleece beanie and a heavier mountain hardwear Dome Perignon …
I'm bald so I need something pretty much all the time.
Oh yeah and a Columbia waterproof boonie hat.Nov 20, 2012 at 6:56 am #1929857
John DonewarBPL Member
@newtonLocale: Southeastern Louisiana
"Another 7 3/4"
When it says L/XL or one size fits most I can still be out of luck. 7 3/4 is tight on me. I just measured my "dome" and it hit the 24" circumference mark!
Hat sizes like shirt, pants and shoes sizes vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.
According to the hat size charts I've found, 7 3/4 falls on the borderline of XL and XXL
I was, until I checked it out, under the impression that your hat size was one third of your head's circumference. That would make me a size 8. But the hat size charts do not bear this out.
When I wash my "ONE SIZE FITS MOST" Booney I put it on my head "wet" and stretch it to fit loose and then line dry it. Ball caps for me better have velcro, elastic or adjustable bands. Beanies in the large and extra large size are more forgiving because they stretch but I still give them a trial run before laying down the credit card.
My merino wool Buff fits fine but I picked up an original 100% microfiber polyester Buff and it's a tight fit.
Size does matter! ;-)
NewtonNov 26, 2012 at 8:37 pm #1931379
I'm a member of the 7.75 club myself. Three lies you should never believe:
The check is in the mail
No new taxes
One size fits all :)Nov 27, 2012 at 2:54 am #1931405
Ike JutkowitzBPL Member
@ikeLocale: Central Michigan
I wear my old Tilley fishing hat. Not sure what model. It's on the heavy side and probably dorky, but lots of sentimental memories. My poncho tarp lacks a hood so this doubles as rain hat.
In winter, I like the smartwool beanie, plus a plethora of hoods as needed.Nov 27, 2012 at 2:56 am #1931406
> Look to the left.
> It works.. :)
I also have a boonie hat. It is some off brand I purchased several years ago. It is my favorite hat, though. It has some amount of Thinsulate and was advertised to be Goretex. I have worn it walking (not working) in wet snow and the outer wet through but it did the job for my head. I like a hat rather than having to always wear a hood.
If it is rainy but warmer and not windy, I can just rest the hat on top of my head rather than pull it on. The shape of the hat gives me a bill while the sides flop down over my ears (wind gusts push them flat against the windward ear), and the back has a nice round brim.
I mostly walk in cooler weather and typically the hat is for light walking or resting (Long stops to use a camera). When I am working in cooler weather, I use a wool beanie cap. It is easy to put on or remove and tuck away while walking.
I also have a Columbia Bora Bora mentioned by John. This is a nice warm weather sun hat for me.
As far as hats blown off, both of my brimmed hats have bungee cord in the crown. I tuck the chin strap up inside the hat and tighten the bungee. The bungee runs below the.. skull bump at the back of my head and at the top of my neck muscles. Maybe I have a pronounced skull bump… My hats have staid on in wind that had the brims shaped like unhappy umbrellas. I did fit the chin strap loosely while in a boat (seemed prudent) at about 35-40 mph. Not in the bow, but not behind a windscreen and the hat staid on. Much stronger wind and I think the hat would go. Prehensile eyebrows help, too.
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