I’ve been wearing a boonie hat of one sort or another for quite a while now.
It accompanied me for my first forays out West, was worn on a trek on the divide and I purchased a new one when I lost THAT hat during a move.
A boonie hat is inexpensive, durable, packable and versatile. Great for sun protection, rain and even some light snow. And long lasting.
I am sure there are better hats out there. But the boonie hat works well enough for me.
When I lost the khaki boonie hat sometime in 2008 or 2009, the local surplus store only had Army green in my size. So I bought it. I like boonie hats and I did not want to shop any more than I had to with my free time.
When I lost THAT hat when an unexpected gust of wind took it away on one trip, I had to buy another boonie. And, just like the previous time, the local surplus store only had my size in Army green. (Of course, I’d buy the hat online now.)
For various reasons, the Army green boonie hat became a identifiable trademark for me over the years. I’ve been recognized roughly half a dozen times now because of that hat. 🙂
There are not too many photos of me because I am taking photos of other people and places typically.
Most of them are courtesy of my buddy Mark. Usually of me taking a photo. And in those photos, I am always wearing an Army green hat.
I’ve been taking a few self portraits lately since I’ve been taken to task that almost all photos of me have a camera in front of them. 🙂
And because of those photos, it is apparent that the Army green hat is starting to become sun faded and looking less Army green and more and more like khaki. A good sign for some well used and loved gear! 😉