I’ve been told I look ridiculous while wearing my floppy hat, but there are times when fashion takes a backseat to function.
We all know that the potential pitfalls of a simple hike are many, so being well-equipped is paramount. With this in mind, I’ve recently discovered the joy of a full brim to keep the sun off my head, neck and shoulders.
I came across Dorfman Pacific Co.’s Big Brim Boonie Hat serendipitously, as I was about to set off on a backpacking trip but lacked a good lid for face shade. A kind friend gifted me the hat — no it was not languishing at the bottom of his closet at the time — and it’s since become one of my favorite pieces of gear.
You want function? At 100 percent nylon, this hat is as lightweight and breathable as can be, with a full-circle brim that is 3.25-inches wide, casting a generous shadow. Seriously, it’s like air conditioning for your dome. It’s got a cord dangling from the chin that can be tightened and loosened, and an adjustable elastic chord that goes around the head to keep the hat in place in the wind. Throw in a sweat-absorbing headband and mesh lining on the inside, and you are ready to brave the elements.
Don’t underestimate this guy. It usually retails for around $20, a screaming deal for something that might make the difference between all-day comfort or a premature run for cover.
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Dorfman Pacific Co.’s Big Brim Boonie Hat, $19.99 plus shipping on