A review of that staple of sun, light rain and snow protection AND sartorial splendor: The Boonie Hat .
The Dorky Sun Hat.
For most outdoors people who hike in high altitude and/or sunny areas (The Rockies, the desert and so on) some sort of hat is worn.
The hat can be a simple ball cap or visor and slathering on sun screen for the neck and face or worn French Foreign Legion style with a bandana.
And for those who really want the creme de la creme, there is the admittedly well made Tilley Hat.
Being follicle challenged AND hiking out West, I absolutely need some sort of sun protection for not only my face but also my head. I also hate wearing sun screen for more than a day hike.
Over the years, I’ve used and tried different hats.
Actually tried a Tilley but found it to be stiff and not easily packable.
A ball cap? Except for the occasional day hike, find it does not provide enough sun coverage. And I never did like rocking the French Foreign Legion look ( My seemingly perma-stubble, thick eye brows and round Eye-talian face makes me look more like I belong selling a fake Rolex rather than the dashing and debonair Gary Cooper in classic movies. But I digress….)
My go-to hat?
Crushable, packable, durable. Resists rain and snow. Wide for all around sun protection. Costs $10-$15 at the local surplus store. AND it comes in camo, khaki, black and the ever popular OD green. 🙂
Boonie hat while hiking. Fried chicken optional!
“awesome, iconic, and reminiscent of bill murray in caddyshack. thinking how much fried chicken I could have if I hadn’t gone tilley”
I look a little skeevy in this photo…don’t I ??? 😉
Besides hiking/backpacking, it is something that fits under a climbing helmet quite nicely….
And is worn for skiing, esp in the spring….
So all in all, a versatile piece of clothing that looks dorky but works! 🙂
The only modifcation I’d do to the boonie is remove the leather chin strap piece and replace it with a cord lock for fifty cents or less and avail from any hardware store.
Inexpensive, durable and versatile. I’ve been using this type of hat since 1999. It works.