OBOW Light Travel Forum > Travel-friendly sun hat, anyone?

Looking for a sun hat of some sort for an upcoming trip to Nevada, where I'll be doing some hiking. I usually make do with a baseball cap but I want something that will cover my ears and shade my neck.

I checked out a few online (REI, Magellans) but the reviews were meh. Not looking for anything fancy, just something that can be rolled or smooshed for travel.

Just wondering if anyone (particularly the ladies) have a tried-and-true favorite to recommend. TY :)
May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoCoYoYo

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May 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Bag Lass
I have 2: one's a rain/ sun hat for colder climes (it's Gore-tex), called a Seattle Sombrero. I got it at REI more than 18 years ago. It looks new as the day I bought it!

The second is an Adventure Hat by Sunday Afternoons. I bought the now-discontinued batik color, and it also looks new. The Adventure Hat has a drape down the back of the neck and a brim which really sticks out. I burn even through the strongest sunscreen, but not through this hat! It floats AND rolls up (or packs flat) for convenience. sundayafternoons.com
May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlana
Other places to look can be golf stores. I got my Titleist Aussie golf hat (for both golf and travel) at one.


It is made out of polyester, so it is light and flattens/pack easily.

I like the village hat shop at http://www.villagehatshop.com/ , because it is local and I can try the hats on for size. Ask any bald man with a hat, other than a ballcap and they probably know where a good hat shop or haberdashery (I'm showing my age) is located by you.
May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNeil Gordon
I took my Tilley to Israel. Survived minor squashing in the overhead. Stays on in the WIND. Our guide....was wearing the SAME hat!
May 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan B
I have a Tilley T4 in the original cotton canvas duck with added bug grommets. I have had it for 18 years and it's still going strong. It's broken in but not shabby. Over the years, it has been everywhere from Maritime Canada to South Africa, India, Jordan and everywhere else in between.

I highly recommend a Tilley hat if you're looking for an all purpose outdoor hat.
May 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertcl
I have an Outdoor Research sun hat with a wide brim that I've had and used regularly for at least 15 years, and I have washed it in my washing machine. It is very lightweight with foam to support the wide brim. I think it can be rolled, but I usually just pack it flat and curve the sides of the brim down over my other clothing since it's a little wide for my current bag. I checked on line to make sure they still sell them, and I don't see the exact design I have, but Amazon has an assortment of styles and colors.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
My father has had a Tilley for probably twenty years, and he swears by it. He says the best part is starting conversations with random people he spots wearing Tilleys and trading stories about all the places they and their hats have been and all the crazy stuff the hats have been through. "Really? Well my Tilley got eaten by a croc in Queensland, and then I found it good as new six months later sewn into a crocodile skin Hermes bag in a Paris boutique..."
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkbob
Thank you, everyone! Checking out your suggestions this evening :)
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCoCoYoYo
Sunday Afternoons makes a number of great hats, many styles. I probably own a dozen of them. They're great for any kind of travel, they make rain hats, too. Very easy to pack flat. I believe all their hats are made in the USA.
May 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDianne
My favorite for travel and home is the TH8 Hemp Tilley hat. I have two of them.


I pinned a black abstract black rose on the black band and it looks very classy. I wear it at work on my lunch time walks and get compliments all the time.

It packs flat and holds its shape well. The brim can be worn up or down. It floats and has a comfortable chin strap to hold on in wind.

It is not 100% water proof but water resistant. I live on a farm and travel to horse shows which means I'm outside in all weather. Even in a downpour my head will stay dry. However, if it rained heavily all day, the hat would eventually saturate which luckily has never happened to me. This hat is heavier than the nylon type hats but I feel is cooler overall. The nylon ones make my head sweat. I get warm easily (any temperature over 65F I consider as being too hot) and I still wear it over other "lighter" hats when it is 100 outside.

I own a lot of hats because I am very sun sensitive. This is my "go to hat" because of its functionality while being fashionable which I love.
May 29, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMaggie E
Tilley hats are of course great, and I especially like the new synthetic ones - they are much lighter. However, they ARE relatively expensive and also a little harder to pack (thicker materials, larger size). For travel I like the Patagonia "gilligan" or "bucket" style hats which come and go from stock and are sometimes in good colors and sometimes in pretty outrageous colors - I have one in a solid, light fabric that is good for rain, and one with a mesh ventilation band that is better for the sun. I don't see the mesh band alternative on their website right now, unfortunately. REI may make similar hats I do know the last time I was in their store, their summer hiking hat racks were full and are worth checking out.

To be honest, though, for hiking I am a big believer in using an umbrella. Ray Jardine was the first writer brave enough to suggest this, and having tried it with an aluminized umbrella, swear by it - nothing provides the combination of good coverage and great ventilation that a parasol does. Getting a hiking specific umbrella helped deflect some trail derision, but once I experienced it, I would use any old umbrella and damn the laughs. They work that well. They are also the very best in the event of a sumer or spring shower (not likely in Nevada) - while others walk drenched or sweat in rain jackets, I just keep walking at a good clip, with unimpeded views at that.
June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMWebb