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Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat sun hat

With the wide brim all the way around and the back flap, constructed of UPF 50+ soft nylon fabric, with multiple sizings and an adjustable strap in the back to help it fit your specific head, and a chin-strap to keep it on, this is the most comfortable and functional sun hat for kayaking or canoeing, hiking or trekking, or even gardening or yard work, that I've found.


  • Excellent UPF protection and coverage
  • Adjustable and comfortable fit


  • Not waterproof—buy the waterproof version if you're going to be in frequent downpours
  • Can get hot when hiking, even with the side vents

My dermatologist said that I needed to get a sun hat with a wide (3.5+ inch) brim and made of UPF protective fabric. The Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat fills that bill and it's comfortable enough to wear most of the time.

I get hot when hiking, even with the cream-colored hat, so I have to take it off occasionally to vent, but soon it goes back on. I rarely take it off when kayaking or canoeing. The side vents seem to be enough to keep me comfortable on the water. 

The fit is marvelous—multiple sizes allow a reasonably approximate fit, and then the adjustable strap in the back puts it just how I want it.  I've not had to fool with it since I set it up for my head. The chin strap with cord lock is available for gusty wind conditions. 

The nylon UPF 50+ fabric is not waterproof, so I actually also bought the Oregon Cloudburst version of this hat, but that hat's waterproof fabric with its additional lining is so hot I'd rather put up with getting my head wet occasionally from the rain while wearing the Adventure hat, unless there's going to be an all-day rain or precipitous downpour. Wearing the Adventure hat and packing along the Cloudburst hat for those heavy rain eventualities would be the way I'd deal with a multi-day outing with dubious weather possible. 

I've owned the Adventure hat for three years now, and it's held up well although I don't think that I've handled it roughly—I do toss it onto the back deck of the car when I return from an outing, and it hasn't frayed. They say not to bend the bill but to pack it flat, and that's good advice. Sunday Afternoons does make some hats which are meant to be folded in the center of the bill, but this is not one of those. I don't think they need to make it to be folded—it packs flat just fine.

I gave it four out of five stars just because it's not as ventilating as I want it to be all the time.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39

Lose the vanity — get this hat.


  • Complete protection from the sun
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable


  • Not very durable
  • A touch expensive



Okay, so you're going to look a little like the girl from True Grit. It's worth it.

Hat offers great face, neck, and shoulder coverage. It's lightweight but will lose its shape if you treat it adventure hat.

I even wore it once on a Saturday.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $39

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