Kokatat Destination Baja Hat
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: around $25
The best sun hat I am aware of. Provides complete sun protection from all directions.
- Complete sun protection for head, neck
- Soft flexible bill
- Poor face flap management
For a long time I have been looking for a lightweight breathable sun hat which would provide complete head and neck protection. Sunblock creams are just not suitable for heavy athletic activities like mountaineering. Sweat will quickly wash the cream off the skin, causing burning eyes, etc. Standard sun hats cover only the top and sides of the head. Face is barely protected by most of these products. With those, I have repeatedly experienced sunburned tongue and other parts inside the mouth from UV radiation reflected off the snow.
Kokatat design eliminated this problem 100%. That does not mean it is a perfect product.
My main complaint is the poor face flap control. The flaps are attached to each other with two small Velcro dots lined up vertically. No adjustment is possible. One connection fits all. When breathing heavily and there is a wind from any head direction, I inhale the flaps instead of air. Velcro strips instead of dots would help at least partially. I did not figure out yet how to keep the flaps from inhaling them in the strong head/ side wind.
Unfortunately, the company does not make these hats anymore. Once my piece reaches the end of its life, I might have to stich another one myself.
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Kokatat Destination Baja Hat - The Baja Hat by Kokatat covers the entire head and neck for excellent sun protection. The durable, quick-drying Supplex material is designed specifically for paddlers wanting comfortable warm weather protection from sun, bugs, splash, and wind. This nylon fabric has a soft, cotton-like hand with excellent water and wind resistant properties, high abrasion and tear resistance, and great moisture management. The neck drape can be pulled back and out of the way and multiple adjustments are secure even when the wind picks up. Even if your hat does end up in the water, the floating bill will keep it from sinking. You won't have to worry about the sun with this amazing hat!
The Baja Hat covers the entire head and neck for excellent sun protection. The neck drape can be pulled back and out of the way and multiple adjustments are secure even when the wind picks up. Made of 100% quick drying nylon.Full coverageAdjustable bungee drawcordNon-glare brim on undersideFloatable foam billAdjustable chin strapNeck drape with hook-and-loop closure can be pulled back and secured behind neck.UPF 40+.