Everyone knows how important it is to protect your skin from the sun, one of the best ways to do this is with a good men’s sun protection hat. Whether you need a hat for hiking, traveling, boating or just relaxing in the sun, we have found some of the best options that will protect your face, neck and ears while also helping to keep you cool and comfortable in the warmest summer weather.
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Columbia Bora Bora Booney II
A popular, inexpensive sun hat that works well for a lot of men is the Columbia Bora Bora Booney II. It is a lightweight hat with a floppy brim, that keeps your head cool and well ventilated. This a a good style for traveling as it packs well, it doesn’t take up much room, and it adjusts back to its regular shape easily when it is unpacked. A couple of other important features include the ability to adjust the size for a better fit, the material has a UPF of 50 that should block out 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays, and the Omni-Wick™ sweatband will stop sweat from dripping in your eyes. Also if the hat does happen to get wet, it has quick-dry properties so it dries super fast.
Dorfman Pacific DPC Outdoors Solarweave Treated Cotton Hat
One style that has a large mesh panel to help keep your head cool is the Dorfman Pacific DPC Outdoors Solarweave Treated Cotton Hat. The fabric mix is 75% cotton, and 25% nylon mesh, so the mesh panel takes up a significant portion of the hat. It has the standard UPF 50+ protection on the cotton, along with a Coolmax sweatband. The brim is wide enough that it will protect your face and ears all day, although the mesh won’t protect any skin showing on the head, so this hat is probably best for those who have a lot of hair. This is also a great option for those with larger head sizes, as it goes up to XXL which is sometimes hard to find in a sun hat. The brim can be folded so it is easy to pack, and without getting ruined when travelling.
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The Outdoor Research Sombriolet is one of the most popular men’s sun hats going. It does a great job protecting the top of your head, your face, your neck and your ears. It is durable and the colors won’t fade in the sun. One thing that a lot of men like about this hat is that the light material makes it easy to hand wash and dry quickly without shrinking. As far as comfort, the crown has good ventilation along with the UV protection and the fit is adjustable, with a drawstring hidden in the hatband. Another nice feature of the Sombriolet is that the 4 ” brim is lined on the lower part with a dark glare reducing fabric and you can shape the brim however you like.
Available from Backcountry.com
Tilley LTM6 AIRFLO®
A wonderful, broad brimmed sun hat that has a loyal following is the Tilley LTM6 AIRFLO®. Tilley make great hats for travelling and have really perfected the sun hat. There are a lot of features to the popularity of this style including the extra mesh ventilation around the crown that does a great job keeping you cool. The fabric is also certified UPF 50+ so you will be well protected from the sun. Tilley hats have other aspects that Tilley fans really love like being guaranteed for life, being water-repellent, and they have a secret pocket that you can store money or valuables. The brim size on the Airflo is 3 ½” at the back and 2 ½” on the side. This hat has a moisture wicking sweatband that will help stop sweat dripping onto your face, although you will need to clean the hat on a regular basis to stop sweat stains and mildew issues, luckily this hat is super easy to hand wash and air dry.
O’Neill Men’s Sonoma Prints Straw Hat
Straw hats can be a stylish, well ventilated choice when looking for a sun hat. The downside to straw hats is that they aren’t very durable and they can be difficult to pack if you are traveling. If you are looking for a straw hat a good one to check out is the O’Neill Men’s Sonoma Prints Straw Hat. It has a 4 inch brim, which will give you excellent protection from the sun. The black lining on the bottom of the brim also helps block UV rays from penetrating the straw, as well as helping to block glare from the sun.
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Wallaroo Hat Company Men’s Hamilton
For those who might be looking for a dressier Fedora-style hat, a nice one to check out is The Hamilton from the Wallaroo Hat Company. This style has a 3″ structured brim and wide belt around the crown to give it a little bit of a formal touch. It comes with an internal drawstring, and you can get it in two sizes so if your head is an average size you shouldn’t have any trouble getting a good fit. The material it is made from is a durable 100% poly-ribbon that has a UPF 50+, so you can definitely take it on vacation and rest assured that you will be protected from the sun and it will be able to be packed without any damage or loss of shape. The only downside to this style is that it doesn’t have any venting at the top, so it may hold in the heat a little bit. The fact that it doesn’t have any mesh panels does mean that it is good option if you are looking for full protection, so you can avoid any burnt skin on the top of the head.
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Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Reversible Bucket Hat
Coolibar have lots of great sun hat choices, with one of their most popular being the Coolibar UPF 50+ Men’s Reversible Bucket Hat. Sometimes bucket hats aren’t the best for full sun protection since the brim is traditionally fairly small. However, this hat has a 3″ brim, so it is a good design if you love the bucket hat style. The fabric is very soft, lightweight, quick dry, and has a UPF 50+. The Coolibar Bucket Hat goes up to 2XL size, so it is well worth looking at if you have a larger head and have trouble finding hats that fit.
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Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat
The Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat is a very popular hat that you will see everywhere once you start to notice it. It has great sun protection, especially with the neck flap and the 4″ wide brim that will protect your neck and head from the sun. The material it is made from is lightweight and moisture wicking, so it is cool in the hot weather. If you don’t want to wear the neck flap all the time you can lift it for added breath-ability, although it does have the mesh ventilation on the crown so that may be enough to keep you cool. It only comes in medium and large, but you can adjust the size further with the external size adjuster.
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Henschel 5310 Packable Mesh Breezer Hat
This is an interesting style that is 100% cotton mesh that comes in either a 3″ or 4 ” brim. The Breezer will give you good protection for your face, ears and neck, although it won’t be the greatest for the top of your head due to the mesh. If you have a lot of hair this is a good style to have a look at since it is really good for airflow and ventilation. It can shrink a little bit if it gets wet, so you have to take a bit of extra care with this hat.
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Sunday Afternoons Eclipse Cap
If you are looking for a sun hat for high performance sports, you obviously aren’t going to want to wear a wide brimmed hat, but you still need to stay protected. One option is the Sunday Afternoons Eclipse Cap that has been made for active use. The Eclipse has cool little flaps that you can keep down if you need them for sun protection or to lift up if you need to get more air flow. It’s also very light, comfortable and really easy to pack.
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Ddyoutdoor™ Flap Hat
For those who are looking for a cheap hat with extreme coverage you are going to want to have a look at this style from Ddyoutdoor. It is obviously a little different looking, but if you are working outside in really hot conditions and you want to keep your face, neck, head and ears protected this is a style you may want to consider. The material is made to feel cool and it is also breathable. It is kind of a different look, but if you can get past that it is great for sun protection.
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KUHL Sun Blade Hat
The Kuhl Sun Blade is a style with a slightly different design that has a lot of cooling technology put into it. It has 3D mesh, so the fabric isn’t touching your skin and it gives a little bit more room for ventilation. It also has the all important moisture wicking sweatband. The main unique feature with the Kuhl Sun Blade is the design can be worn with either with the longer part of the brim facing forward or backwards (as shown in the picture) giving you more sun protection where you need it most depending on the activity you are doing. The under brim also has a dark, gray fabric to stop the glare from the sun.
Available from Kuhl.com
Sun Protection Hats: The Basics
Not all hats are created equally when you are trying to get the best protection from the sun. There are a few basic things that go into making a really good sun hat.
Breathable– A good sun hat will be made of a light fabric that lets the air flow through, so your head doesn’t get too hot and doesn’t trap sweat.
Moisture Wicking– A lot of the best sun hats have a moisture wicking sweatband around the inner crown of the hat. Sweatbands are a great feature if you sweat a lot and often find that sweat is dripping into your eyes.
Packable-If you are planning on wearing the hat when travelling, you will want to look for a style that you can fold up and pack and that will pop back into shape when you remove it from your luggage or bag.
Neck Flaps– Neck flaps look a little dorky, but they do an incredible job keeping the sun off your ears and the back of your neck, which are two areas that people often forget about when trying to stay protected from the sun.
Ears– Some of the neck flap options also have a little part that covers the ears as well. If you don’t love the look of a neck flap you could look for a wide brimmed style that has a full brim around the entire head that will protect your ears.
Mesh Panel– Mesh panels are a great feature to have in a sun hat, but if you don’t have much hair covering your scalp you may need to be careful that the skin doesn’t get burnt through the mesh. The mesh will not provide the same sun protection as a solid fabric so if you are worried about burning the skin on the top of your head, you may want to avoid the styles featuring mesh panels altogether.
Colors- It is fairly obvious, but lighter colors are a much better option if you are trying to keep cool.
Cleaning– To prolong the life of the hat you will want to make sure you are cleaning it on a regular basis, especially if it is being exposed to a lot of sweat. Sweat can cause stains that are difficult to get rid of if you aren’t keeping on top of them. If the sweat mixes with sunscreen that can also causes issues with staining or clog the moisture wicking sweatbands that are included in a lot of styles and make them less effective.
UV Protection– Look for hats that have been rated with a sun protection rating of at least UPF 50 +.