May 27, 2013 at 8:47 pm #1303464
I am looking for a new sun hat for backpacking. Kinda favor the ball cap with cape style to give my neck and big nose coverage, but will consider all suggestions. A chin strap would be nice, but that can be added after the fact. Would prefer cotton as it is cooler than synthetic fabrics.
thanks for your suggestions…
BillMay 27, 2013 at 8:55 pm #1990291
Ryan TealeBPL Member
@monstertruck-2Locale: Almost Yosemite
It's not cotton but I have been using the Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap. Has a removable neck cape. The cape has a chin strap attached. The ballcap has mesh panels in the sides. I did the John Muir Trail without having to use sunscreen so it works pretty well coverage wise.
Not sure anyone makes a similar hat/cape in cotton.
I think the Sunday Afternoon Adventure Cap or a Tilley would allow more airflow than the cape style.
If you prefer a cotton cap you could always use a bandanna as a neck cape with your favorite ball cap.
RyanMay 27, 2013 at 9:04 pm #1990292
Justin BakerBPL Member
@justin_bakerLocale: Santa Rosa, CA
A bandanna with a ball cap works great. I prefer a mesh trucker hat with a snapback.May 27, 2013 at 9:07 pm #1990293
Ken T.BPL Member
Sunday Afternoon Adventure Hat.May 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm #1990294
@b-g-2-2Locale: Silicon Valley
"A bandanna with a ball cap works great."
Plus, if it gets cold, you fold up the bandanna and place it inside the hat to provide slightly more insulation.
–B.G.–May 27, 2013 at 11:32 pm #1990314
Nico .BPL Member
@nickbLocale: Los Padres National Forest
Check out the Patagonia canvas sun cap.
It's got a longer bill, neck cape, chin strap, and it's made of cotton canvas.
Sounds like it should hit all marks for you.May 28, 2013 at 11:37 am #1990443
thanks for the suggestions. The Patagonia hat is very close to what I am looking for… though I'd prefer a Velcro adjustment in the back as the buckles sometimes hurt my head…
I like the all cotton because when you're hot you can dip it in a creek and put it back on to cool off… cotton holds more water and breaths better than synthetic fibers… the opposite of what you want when it's cold and/or rainy… a summer hat.
when I'm hammering up a trail in the sun on a warm day I'd wouldn't want a synthetic jacket… or gortex boots…. or synthetic hat… all for the same reason… they're too hot.
billMay 28, 2013 at 12:13 pm #1990450May 28, 2013 at 2:05 pm #1990481
Dr Shade hat is nice, but it's not cotton.
thanks for the suggestion though.
maybe I'll get the cotton one from Patagonia for warm weather and a synthetic one for cooler weather..
billMay 28, 2013 at 7:10 pm #1990600
Rick SuttonBPL Member
I have been using this hat since 2006 on all my summer backpacking trips. I bought the first one from Backpacking Light back when they sold gear and clothing. I liked the hat so much I started to wear it on my outside jobs as a contractor, when mowing the grass, etc, etc. It started to get a bit dirty from all this extra use so I wanted to find another one to keep just for hiking yet Backpacking Light was no longer selling gear. I researched it a bit and found the hat was made by Headsweats. My second hat was identical to the first one except it didn't say Backpacking Light on the front. It has been a great hat for hot summer hikes. Hope this helps.May 28, 2013 at 7:37 pm #1990607
Jay WilkersonBPL Member
@creachenLocale: East Bay
Sunday Afternoon Adventure Hat. Great sun protection with wide brim and back of neck coverage!May 28, 2013 at 7:40 pm #1990610
that looks like an interesting hat. is that mesh over the top? if so, that could be a problem for me as I am bald on top…
BillMay 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm #1990643
@enginerdLocale: Southern California
I wanted a hat that vented very well, based on a BPL members suggestion I got the Hens hell Aussie Breezer and love it. Less expensive than a Tilley LTM8 and breathes better. They come in different mesh and brim materials, I got the one with ultralight mesh. http://killerhats.com/5300.htmlMay 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm #1990647
K PBPL Member
I picked one up recently, love it:May 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm #1990653
nice hat Jani… but I still wonder how mesh would be for my bald head… great for ventilation, but I wonder if my scalp get too much sun?
billMay 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm #1990656
KP… the Billi Bandana looks very interesting…
but the visor looks a bit short… is that your impression?
thanks for a great suggestion…
billMay 29, 2013 at 4:26 am #1990713
@flriderLocale: The Southeast
A $3 poly/cotton or cotton visor and a cotton bandanna will do you just fine. The visor breathes exceptionally well (good for when moving through shade with short sunny areas mixed in) compared to an hat, and the bandanna works just fine as a sun shade when worn Foreign Legion style. Lightest (~2.5 oz for the pair), cheapest, and most multi-use (it's a bandanna, remember) hat combo I've found.
Hope it helps!
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