Truly, there are as many reasons to wear sun hats as there are head sizes. Are you climbing a mountain? Fishing in the rivers or open seas? Or do you intend to relax in a beach chair for the day? Whether it’s one, the other, or both, we’ve put together some of the better sun hats on the market today. Try one of these on for size.
Takes a beating
A 100 percent polyester hat that’s easy to care for. One of the recurring problems we have with sun hats is their fragility. Many of us are just not as careful storing our hats as we probably should be. Einskey’s hat is as durable as it is practical, easily folded and unfolded to fit into backpacks, golf bags, or even in the bag with all the beach toys. It’s waterproof, has a sweatband around the inner rim, and is wonderfully aerated so heat doesn’t get trapped between it and your head.
This hat conveniently dries in less than two minutes when put in the sun. Another drawstring, waterproof model that is easily folded, GearTop adds in a UPF 50+ protection to shield you from the sun’s harmful rays. Pack it in your bag or backpack, it’s light with tons of mesh built-in to allow the heat to escape and the air to flow in. We also like that it dries quickly, in case your canoe trip becomes an unwilling dunk into the waters.
Smartly stylish and custom fitted
Created by an avid sailor who wanted to design a hat durable enough for use on the sailboat, the Tilley Endurable is outfitted to stay on your head, be unshrinkable, and even float if necessary. Besides style, it offers UBF 50+ protection from the sun, and an adjustable string to keep it on when the wind kicks up. Made of 100 percent Supplex nylon, hand wash it or use gentle cycle only, but don’t confuse that with fragility.
Sometimes you need to get maximum coverage. From blue to red, this sun hat offers ten different colors to choose from while providing all the key benefits of a good sunhat. It has a 3.2-inch wide brim for excellent coverage, is aerated with mesh circling the crown to keep you cooler, and comes with a toggled chin cord for both hot and windy conditions. With UPF 50 sun protection built-in, use it for fishing, hiking, or working out in the garden.
A surfer’s staple
For those who place a high priority on style, Billabong’s classic straw hat is exactly what the name implies – a straw weave that emanates beachcomber cool. You’ll look snazzy while staying protected from the sun in this hat that’s designed to keep lifeguards shielded during long stints at the beach or pool. This straw lifeguard hat is made from seagrass, with an attractive front woven brand patch. It also comes with an adjustable drawstring chin strap with a toggle to allow for a secure fit, which comes in handy when the winds change from a land breeze to a sea breeze. The wide brim offers plenty of shade, while the airy straw construction keeps you cool in more ways than one.
S. Ruxton is a contributing writer to Islands, an award-winning brand founded in 1980 that speaks to international travelers who have an affinity for the Caribbean and beyond. The website showcases destinations, resorts, cruises, and recommendations by the Islands’ staff. S. Ruxton has spent considerable hours poking around the Caribbean. To power down, he particularly loves to wander around Fort-de-France in Martinique or Philipsburg, St Maarten.