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All,

My head, face, and ears got fried last weekend on the boat. I was wearing a baseball hat, turned around when on a fast run. I know they don’t do a thing for ear burn, but I’ve tried wide brim type hats and can’t keep them on. With a chin strap, they still catch wind and become dislodged. The ones I have are cheap or free, and an internet search has thousands to choose from. My wife says slow down but I’m impatient. AND I have a lower windscreen.

Anyone have a tried and true favorite? Don’t care about cost if it works.

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Think any wide brim hat will catch the wind and be useless while running. Wear a buff while running and a wide brim when fishing. Slowing down won’t help except making the wife happy so do that. 😀fin

Maybe pith helmet with 1/4” tie downs 🤪

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We wear buffs with ball caps. put the ball cap on and pull the buff over it. Protects your whole face. Mine stays on @ 50 mph but I do have little console to break some wind. I have never found a wide brim hat that makes ant sense while running unless you do not want to see where your going......

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1 hour ago, FROZEN said:

My head, face, and ears got fried last weekend on the boat.

I wear breath like a fish shirts that have a large buff included....don't know if they still make them....but, I full my entire face with water baby spa 50...as soon as I am up in the morning and leaving....when I get to the dock, I touch up my nose and ears.....during the day I hit my face again....

No hat is going to protect you on the water...

 

dc

 

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Check out Outdoor Research hats.  The one I have has a very wide brim. It easily shades my ears, neck, and face. The brim is flexible so it has some give in the wind. 

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Mike, I have used same tru spec boonie for almost 10 years. It’s desert camo and almost white now from bleached out from sun Ive used so much. I also recently bought a dark blue one for work but the new ones  have the “MOLE” webbing which I’m not a big fan of. No reason other than kinda tac-cool to me. Still a great hat. 

Great thing about it is the brim is floppy enough it folds up when you run the boat so you don’t have to take it off.  For $15 on amazon worth every penny and then some. Buy the next size up like it says on tag, supposed to help with the airflow I think

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I'm a big fan of the high SPF hoody shirts which lots of companies make now.  You can wear a ball cap and then pull the hoody over it.  Great protection for the ears, neck, etc. and it doesn't feel tight like a buff.

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Thanks all for the suggestions! I have cataract surgery tomorrow, so in about a week or two I’m going to REI to check out expensive hats, then to WM to compare. I’m also going to get a hoodie and try that.  I’ll let you all know what’s on the market if anything different is available.

M

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Wow.  Cannot believe nobody has mentioned SHELTA.  I've rocked Boonies for 20 years now and have every kind you can imagine.  SHELTA is by far the best Boonie I've ever worn and I'm talking about a closet full of Tilley, OR, Columbia, The Game, etc.  The great thing about Shelta is it has structured bill just in the front.  So you have a baseball cap bill that will not flop or blow up while doing 70 in glitter boats (just found that out last week first hand!!!).  Also, you can submerse the hat and it still won't flop.  I work outside every day and need a sun hat.  Have been using straw hats because they are structured, have airflow  and won't wilt when soaked with sweat but you can't wear them on a boat.  These Shelta hats are meet the same needs but can be folded, put in pocket, run WOT on a boat and you are good to go with any water sport.  They have a draw string to tighten plus it has the chin strap string that can be tightened under the chin or clipped to a shirt.  

Also has a nice neck shield that is not against your skin but protects from UV.  They have face gaitors as well.

I'm telling you guys, this is the only hat for what I do.  Pricey but no more than a Tilley.  Check them out.  If you love boonies/sun hats, they have different styles.  Some with wide brims all the way around and some with smaller brims on the sides and rear.  I have three different models.  Love them all.  https://www.sheltahats.com/collections/sun-hats

This is the widest  brim version. https://www.sheltahats.com/collections/sun-hats/products/the-firebird-v2

Traditional Boonie Style. Medium brim.  https://www.sheltahats.com/collections/sun-hats/products/the-seahawk-performance-sun-hat

 

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I've seen these Shelta hats advertised and thought they looked promising, so it's good to see a real review.

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Rubble are the Sheltas as cool as the Tilley? The problem with the boonies is they are too hot compared to the Tilley and don't dry as quick. I get hot enough with my headgear holding in more heat.

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Very cool hats and dry easy. The designer was an active sportsman. He thought if everything. There are some hats that have ventilation. I’m a big guy. Heavy sweater. Hate the heat. I wear the lighter colors to help prevent additional radiant heat from a dark surface. 

I’m a Tilley guy from way back. I’ve always felt like they were hot. Even the vented versions. I still like them and even wear the old original Tilleys during winter and rainy days. Hot days and on the boat, I go Shelta. Seriously, just tighten the draw string around the headband and also the under the chin cord and that hat is going Nowhere plus it will not flap around at speed. I think they are a winner. 

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I will throw in a hat I just got at Sierra trading post made by "Frog pond" good stiff brim,  lots of coverage,especially in the back and has a tightening head band and a chin strap.  It is made of light ,but sturdy material.  I used for the first time yesterday and am happy.  I have about 10 other wide brim hats and I'm always looking for the best option.  I will use it in FL  this winter.  Costs 20 bucks,which half the retail because of Sierra trading deals.  Take a look. 

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What about a casual ir work shirt for someone that works outdoors?  Columbia or equal?  Which is the best Columbia for the heat?  Looks like maybe the Tamiami II?  Are there others to consider?  Duluth Trading,  LL Bean?  others?  

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On ‎6‎/‎11‎/‎2019 at 12:34 PM, geeviam said:

I bought this one, actually two (one for yard work and one for boating) and happy with them:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01F2F4QB6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1&psc=1

Does the front brim flop around in the wind? I've had every wide brim sun hat made. I  liked some of them, but the front brims flop up and down in a breeze. I don't wear them when driving the boat. So far looks like the Shelta is the winner with regard to an anti-flop brim.

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1 hour ago, SCFD rtrd. said:

Does the front brim flop around in the wind? I've had every wide brim sun hat made. I  liked some of them, but the front brims flop up and down in a breeze. I don't wear them when driving the boat. So far looks like the Shelta is the winner with regard to an anti-flop brim.

The brim has some stiffness to it and somewhat keeps the shape you bend it at - even in a breeze.  However, I don't wear it when driving the boat - I put it on when I reach the destination.  I wear a ball cap with Buff gaiter over top of it when running, and it stays put.  Vroom vroom... :D

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1 hour ago, geeviam said:

  I wear a ball cap with Buff gaiter over top of it when running, and it stays put.  Vroom vroom... :D

The Shelta wears just like a ball cap. Maybe better. I’ve had ball caps blow off with a gust while under way or going Vroom. Last week was in a Ranger with Yami 250 and running near 70( Which I hate... I’m happy at 45mph). I had the brim drawstring tiggt and the under the chin string tightened up. Brim stayed in place (no flop) and hat didnt budge. Was surprised. 

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I have been using the Columbia hat with the long bill and a rear piece that hangs down the back and sides. It has a draw string that tightens around your head not the chin. $20 at Bass pro. Wore it for a week in Belize no burn.

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