Oh, the places my beloved boonie hat has taken me over the years.
Along the divide and through the desert and all-around northern New Mexico, the simple surplus-style boonie hat served me well in different forms.
It kept off the sun, made sure the rain did not get into my eyes and served as a faithful companion for all my trips.
But the time came for it to go into the back of our vehicle. And get used as a spare hat in an emergency stash.
Time for a new hat.
And though the boonie served me well, I wanted something a bit wider and maybe a touch less heavy in terms of the material for the hotter weather I find myself in vs. Colorado.
And that hat I found?
A hat with the mouthful of the name of “Pudolla Unisex Bucket Hat Boonie Hunting Fishing Outdoor Cap Wide Brim Military Sun Hats” but what I’ll simply call Boonie Hat 2.0.
It weighs in 2.5 oz, made of thin polyester vs. a thicker cotton blend, and, crucially, has a broader brim of 3″ vs. 2.5″ of the classic boonie, meaning more sun protection. Oh, and keeping with a theme typical for me, it’s only $13.
Photos tell the story best; the first photo is from Comb Ridge back in 2017 wearing Boonie Hat 1.0:
And here I am this weekend, same shirt, wearing Boonie Hat 2.0:
Note the more ample sun protection and lighter fabric. But similar aesthetics overall.
As I mentioned in my recent sun hoodie post, I prefer a wider hat for sun protection vs. a hood or lot os sunscreen. A wider hat facilitates this preference.
The Boonie Hat 2.0 still has a semi-rigid brim I prefer vs. a floppy one and has the same drawstring to wear under the chin if needed. Oh, and if I choose a dapper(?!) look, I can use the snaps on the side too! Available in OD green, gray, black, and khaki as well.
All in all, it’s a newer spin on surplus store classic, that’s an inexpensive hat that’s effective sun protection.
After six months+ of constant use, I think it’s safe to say that I plan on using Boonie Hat 2.0 for a while to come.
UPDATE – Thanks to a recent Reddit thread for a shout. Here’s my hat, still trucking along, if faded, two years later –
Disclosure: I purchased Boonie Hat 2.0 with my funds.