Nerdy but Necessary: Sun Hats

HatLooking great out on the trail isn’t always a priority. When you’re sweaty, dirty, and smell like you haven’t showered in days you probably don’t care much if that bucket hat doesn’t look spectacular. But for the occasional outdoor activity where you’ll be going to do other things afterwards, using protective sun gear is still important even if you think it might ruin your look.

That doesn’t mean you can’t look sharp in a hat. Try plenty of hats on and try them at different angles. Some colors may be more flattering than others, but the shape will be the most important factor. Guys may find that some hats will look better if they pull their hair back before settling the hat on the head. Girls may find that a little extra eye make up does a world of good.

But sun protection is the most important thing.

Tilley hats are, without a doubt, the best hats around for sun protection. When you’re shopping for a sun-blocking hat, look for a few specific features that will keep your head cool and shaded.

  • Wide Brim

The best hats for summer sun are ones with wide brims that go all the way around the hat. While you might love your baseball cap, they don’t cover the entire area of your head and leave the back of your neck exposed. If you’d rather wear a baseball cap than nothing, wear one. But if you want to get the most from your headgear, get a a hat with a wide brim.

  • Air Flow

Summer hats can feel hot if they don’t breathe well. The best hats for summer have more than just a few holes in the top to let a tiny amount of air through. Instead, they usually have a mesh interior that slightly raises the crown of the hat above your head for a roomy fit. When you’re shopping for a summer hat, look at the construction for designs that enable your head to breathe, instead of trapping in heat.

  • Extra Features

Depending on what kind of activities you’re into, different hats might be better suited to your needs. Boaters and fishers might find floating hats are a better option than conventional hats. Climbers and bikers who wear helmets might like visors instead of hats for sun shading without the extra bulk. When you’re buying a hat, think about how you’re going to use it to find the one that’s right for you.

We have lots of great hats on hand, so be sure to stop by and stock up before summer hits in full force!

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