Kavu Fisherman's Chillba
Doesn't cut it for hot weather use This hat has potential…
Source: bought it new
Doesn't cut it for hot weather use
- Unique styling
- Very portable and collapsable
- Doesn't breathe well at all
- Unpleasant in hot weather
This hat has potential but falls short.
First the positives: The design of the hat is unique, straddling the delicate line between cool and geeky. It's much like a traditional fisherman's bucket hat, but the transition from the top of the hat to the brim is just a gentle curve, leaving no distinct separation between the top and bottom portions of the hat. It's an interesting look, and I kind of liked it.
Second, the hat is wonderfully portable. It stores completely flat with no problem and no loss of shape, or it can be compressed down into a small form factor via its flexible wire brim. It would travel equally well in a suitcase or in a backpack or tackle box.
Finally, the hat is not advertised as such but I found it to be reversible. I picked up an olive colored hat and simply turned it inside out and cut off the tags and voila — I now had the option of a black hat too. The chin strap is only functional right side out, but even when reversed it's no problem to tighten the strap and have it rest on the top of the brim. Pretty cool!
Now for the one big deal-breaking negative: the hat is simply not breathable. I wore it for the first time doing some pretty intense landscaping (digging up some very large shrubs) in my yard on a hot day, and when I broke a heavy sweat the hat got unpleasantly wet.
It is made of a lightweight nylon but it just doesn't breathe. I kept having to take it off to shake some of the perspiration out and found it to be unpleasant to wear due to the accumulations of moisture and lack of fresh airflow on my noggin.
Too bad the Kavu Fisherman's Chillba doesn't breathe, otherwise it would be a great hat for sun protection. I suppose if you plan to use it in an environment with mild temperatures it could serve you well. But for those like me who foresee most of its use coming in hot weather, I'd definitely pass on it.
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Kavu's Fisherman's Chillba is lightweight and quick drying. It has the unique ability to twist or bend and return to the original shape.
The Fisherman's Chillba Hat from Kavu is the perfect hat for your next fishing trip. It's easy to stow away...just twist it and tuck it in your pocket. PRODUCT FEATURES: If it gets wet, simply twist it Lightweight and quick drying Give it a twist and stow it in your pocket Internal stainless steel band provides a wide brim for maximum shade Has the unique ability to twist or bend and return to the original shape Travels in a kayak, a fishing vest, or next to your cell phone in your briefcase
- Appalachian Outdoors
CLOSEOUTS . Every boat should have a stowaway, and Kavu's Fisherman's Chillba hat dries quickly and pops back into shape after being stored in tight places. Available Colors: KHAKI, PYRITE, BANANA CREME, MINT, GRASS, MARINE BLUE PRINT, BLACK, DAY BREAK BLUE, DAWN PRINT, SEA BLUE, KETCHUP, TOMATO, RASPBERRY PRINT, NAVY, CHARCOAL, VOLCANIC ASH PRINT, NAVY CHERRY, STARS, LIME GEO, EVERGLADE, HOT TIE DYE, WATERCOLOR, BALLARD BLUE.
- Sierra Trading Post
When the fish are jumping you don't want to start the day without the Kavu Fisherman's Chillba Hat. Lightweight and quick drying, it gives you protection from sun, wind and rain; stows easily in a pocket.The two-ply nylon Supplex(R) material is lightweight and quick drying.The hat protects you from the sun, wind and rain and keeps you cool while you're reeling in the "Big One".The internal stainless steel band in the hat brim gives maximum shade and has the unique ability to twist or bend and return to the original shape.Adjustable drawcord cinches up to keep the hat in place. Travels in a kayak, in your pocket or wherever you want it!Reversible to black.