best sun protection hats

In this post, we will review the Best Sun Protection Hats. Our team has researched and reviewed these best sun hat for men, mens sun protection hats, and womens summer hats 2020 options to help you come up with a better decision. We’ve also put up a shopping guide with the features you can consider when buying the best hat to protect face from sun and best sun hats for travel.

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best sun protection hats

In this text, I present 11 best outdoor sun hats for men and women. Some models are unisex

and some are designed specifically for men or for women. All models are very breathable and most of them offer maximum UV protection.

What to look for?

♦ The first thing that comes to mind is UV protection. This is of importance in any outdoor environment, but this is particularly important at high altitudes.

At higher altitudes, UV radiation intensity is higher. Roughly speaking radiation increases by 8 – 18 % with 1 km (0.62 miles) increase in altitude. So at 3000 meters, you will be exposed to drastically more radiation than at the sea level. For that reason, almost all the hats presented here have very high ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), either 30 or 50.

This table from Wikipedia shows standards accepted by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), good to bear in mind when you buy an outdoor hat:

UPF rating scale.
UPF rating scale.

♦ The radiation is not only direct but also reflective from the ground. For that reason, it is good to have a brim with a dark underside. This is protection from reflective glare.

I would warmly recommend you to see a video below, with some general advises on how to choose a hat.

♦ Having a hat with a wide brim or a narrow brim, or just a hiking cap with a front brim only will depend on the purpose of the hat/cap. Those presented here are all hats with brims.

Here is a video on how to choose a hat:

best mens sun hat 2020

The hats are given in alphabetical order. Please read more about them below.

1. Camo Coll Outdoor UPF 50+ Boonie Hat

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Camo Coll Outdoor UPF 50+ Boonie Hat.

This is an incredibly popular hat, there are more than 1200 customers’ reports on Amazon alone, and the average rating is 4.4/5. When you see its all features and the incredible price of around $12 (can you believe this?), you realize why this is so. There are around 12 different colors available for men and women. As you realize from the title, it comes with a great UPF factor. You can smash it and store in any pocket and use when necessary. This item is built for protection.

The hat comes with a wide ventilation mesh on the crown, plus a few holes on the sides. The material is a soft 100% polyester. The inner diameter is 7.5 inches and the outer 13.5 inches. You have an excellent UPF 50+ factor. As you see from the picture, you have an adjustable drawstring.


This is a great all-around hat, for any activity where you need a decent sun protection. It is very high in the list because of the alphabetic order, but I would rate it high in any case.

Please see this Camo Coll hat in this short video review:

2. Columbia Carl Peak Booney Hat

This nicely designed hat offers advanced repellency and UPF 50 protection from the sun. The hat is equipped with a drawcord and a toggle on the back and with an adjustable chin strap. The ventilation features are similar to the Bora Bora hat below, and possible objections are the same. Note that the fabric used here is water repellent.

Columbia Carl Peak Booney hat.

Columbia Carl Peak Booney hat.

Summary of features

  • Omni-SHIELD advanced repellency.
  • Omni-SHADE UPF 50 sun protection.
  • Adjustable drawcord and toggle at back.
  • Fabric:
    – 96% nylon; 4% elastane stretch canvas.
    – 100% polyester mesh.
  • Water and Stain Repellent.
  • Best use: fishing, hiking, camping.
  • Model for men.
  • Colors: 4.

Users experience

This hat has received a very high rating from Amazon customers, with 4.3/5 average rate. It offers a great ventilation, and it is built in one size.

Please see more in this video:

3. Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II sun hats

Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II sun hats.

Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II sun hats.

This is an enormously popular sun hat, available at Amazon in many colors. The Bora Bora Booney II has the Skin Cancer Foundation’s seal of recommendation.

It offers UPF 50 protection, which implies that it blocks out around 98% of harmful UVA and UVB rays.

The hat is equipped with a drawcord and a toggle on the back. You also have an adjustable chin strap.

It has a large mesh section on the crown, which offers great ventilation and breathability. You can see it in the picture above, it goes all the way around the back side. The brim is 3 inches wide.


Above the brim (and just below the mesh section) you have a webbing which allows you to clip the hat onto your backpack when you do not need it.

This is a unisex model.

Summary of features

  • Fabric:
    – Omni-Shade 100% textured nylon poplin on top, sides, and brim. It has UPF 50 for protection.
    – Omni-Wick sweatband and mesh vents, which are non-UPF.
  • Omni-Wick sweatband and mesh actively breathe and pull moisture away.
  • Adjustable cord and toggle at back.
  • 8 possible colors:
     Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Hat colors.

Users’ experience & possible cons

  • At Amazon, the average rate for this hat is 4.6/5.
  • Fit as expected statistics is phenomenal 92%.
  • In my view, it offers far better ventilation than the model above. But note that the mesh itself does not offer UV protection. This is different in the Outdoor Research Sombriolet model above which has the protective fabric over the ventilation openings (but those also reduce ventilation).

4. Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat

Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat.

Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat.

Very good materials are used in this Sombriolet sun hat, it is lightweight, 88 grams only, and it offers great UV protection, with the UPF factor above 50.

The brim of the hat is stiffened with foam, and this same foam makes the hat floating if you drop it into the water. The brim is in the range 3 inches to 3 3/4, so it is rather large everywhere.


This implies a great protection from the sun and your face will be in shade most of the time. But at the same time, such a size implies it might be unstable in windy conditions.

The hat has venting openings all around the crown, which is surely a great feature to have for ventilation and increased breathability. The chin cord is long and with a lock, you will like to use it in particular in windy conditions. The cord is also removable.

On the back you have a drawcord with a clip, to adjust the hat to your head circumference.

Inside the hat, you have a moisture-wicking headband, and in the crown, you have a mesh as an extra layer.

This is a unisex model. Note that Outdoor Research offers an infinite guarantee for their hats.

Here is a short video about OR Sombriolet sun hat, have a look:

Specifications & summary of features

  • Avg. weight: 3.1 oz / 88 g (L).
  • Fabric:
    – 86% nylon, 14% polyester double weave ripstop crown.
    – Supplex, 100% nylon plain weave under brim.
    – 100% nylon mesh lining.
  • Breathable.
  • Lightweight.
  • External drawcord adjustment.
  • Crown venting.
  • Removable chin cord.
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats.
  •  Wicking TransAction headband.
  • UPF 50+.
  • Flexible brim piping.
  • Mesh-lined crown.
  • Lifetime guarantee.
  • Sizes: M, L, XL.
  • Colors: 5
    Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Hat colors.

Users’ experience, pros & cons

Outdoor Research Sombriolet sun hat has received a great rating by users:

  • At Amazon, its average rate is 4.6/5.
  • Fit as expected statistics is 86%.
  • It offers full UV protection even in the ventilation openings which are covered by the protective fabric. The underside of the brim is made in dark colors to reduce glare, which is a great feature.

5. Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat

Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat.

Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat.

This is again an ultra lightweight hat from Outdoor Research. The same material is used here as in the Sombriolet model (the item 1 above).

This hat comes with 50+ UPF rating. Its design includes a broad brim and an external drawcord with the clip on the back. The chin cord is adjustable and removable.


Inside you have a headband which wicks moisture and enhances comfort. The hat is available in several nice colors and in 3 sizes.

You might want to compare this hat with the waterproof version presented in my another post.

This is a model designed for men.

Specifications & summary of features

  • Avg. weight: 2.3 oz / 65 g (L).
  • Fabric:
    – 86% nylon, 14% polyester double weave ripstop crown.
    – Supplex, 100% nylon plain weave under brim.
  • Breathable.
  • Lightweight.
  • UPF 50+.
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats.
  • Wicking TransAction headband.
  • External drawcord adjustment.
  • Removable chin cord.
  • The hat does not have ventilation opening.
  • Lifetime guarantee.
  • Sizes: M, L, XL.
  • 5 colors:
    Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat colors.

Users’ experience

  • Amazon average rating for this hat is exceptionally high, 4.7/5.
  • Fit as expected statistics at Amazon is also remarkable, 92%.

Please see this short video which shows this Helios hat, and the corresponding Solar Roller hats (for women) which is my next item in the list:

6. Outdoor Research Women’s Solar Roller Hat

Outdoor Research Women's Solar Roller Hat.

Outdoor Research Women’s Solar Roller Hat.

The Solar Roller hat is very lightweight, 65 grams only, and made of a very breathable material. It is built specifically for women. It provides UV protection, with UPF 30. The brim is stiffened with foam, it is of the same width all around the hat.  Due to the foam, the hat floats.

The hat is very packable and it can be stored in any pocket on the pack. There are no ventilation sections with mesh like in the models 1 and 2 above. The color under the brim is made darker to reduce glare, just like in other OR hats presented here.

You have a drawcord with a clip on the back of the hat, this is used to adjust it to the head size. The chin cord is adjustable, you have a clip under the chin, and it is also removable. 

Please see the video above where this hat is presented together with the OR Helios Sun hat.

Specifications & summary of features

  • Avg. weight: 2.3 oz / 65 g (M).
  • Fabric: Supplex, 100% nylon plain weave.
  • Breathable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Wicking TransAction headband.
  • UPF 30.
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats.
  • Brim width 2.75 inches.
  • External drawcord for adjustment.
  • Removable chin cord.
  • Lifetime guarantee.
  • Sizes: S, M, L, XL.
  • 6 colors:

Users’ experience

  • This hat is available on Amazon in several departments, and it has received different average ratings. They are in the range 4.5/5 up to 4.9/5.
  • The fit as expected statistics is great, 90% or 91%, dependent on the department.
  • The hat has no ventilation openings. This is not an issue for every outdoor activity, but it may be in some situations. Also, the protection rate is lower than in other models presented in the text.

7. Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap

Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap

Outdoor Research Radar Pocket Cap.

This is a very functional cap, a great tool for any outdoor activity. The most packable of all models presented here due to its foldable brim which is only on the front.

This is 100% Supplex nylon, very breathable and lightweight, with the TransAction headband that keeps sweat from dripping to your face. There are two versions, with the UPF 30 and 50. There are several nice colors available, for both men and women.

Users’ experience

  • The Radar cap is available at several departments on Amazon, with the average rating in the range 4.3/5 – 4.6/5.
  • The fit as expected statistics is in the range 70% – 78%.

Specifications & summary of features

  • Average weight: 51 g (1.8 oz).
  • Water-resistant.
  • Breathable.
  • Lightweight.
  • Wicking.
  • Quick-drying.
  • TransAction headband.
  • UPF 30 and 50.
  • Foldable brim.
  • Dark fabric under brim.
  • Embroidered Outdoor Research logo.
  • Packable.

8. Outdoor Research Seattle Sun Sombrero

Outdoor Research Seattle Sun Sombrero.

Outdoor Research Seattle Sun Sombrero.

If this name sounds familiar to you, yes you are right. This is the sun-version of the iconic waterproof Seattle Sombrero from this brand. So they built it for those who would go to desert-like areas or anywhere where they need a good sun protection hat.

This is a completely packable hat, so you can store it anywhere, smash it and put in any pocket and it will still look great when you need it. The brim is stiffened with a floating foam, so it will not sink if you drop it in the water. You have 70D nylon, it is with a bit of water resistance and inside you have a mesh liner. A wicking headband is inside as well.


The hat is with an internal cinch cord for adjustability, and you also have an adjustable and removable chinstrap. It has Velcro tabs on both sides (visible in the picture) so you can fix the brim when you want to use it that way.


  • Weight: 2.9 oz (82 g).
  • UPF 50+ protection.
  • Material: 100% Supplex nylon.

9. SiggiHat Womens UPF50 Cotton Packable Sun Hat

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This is a women-specific design, a hut they make in 8 different colors and in 3 different sizes. You see a lot about it already from the title, the UV protection is at the maximum, and the hat is packable so you can store it anywhere. The brim is asymmetric, with 4 – 4.5 inches width, and angled so that it covers the face and offers a good protection.

Note that there are no ventilation openings on the crown. If you follow the link below you will see the UPF 50 rating as certified by a test center. The hat is very popular, so see the price to realize why; it costs only around $16 at the moment of writing this text. The rating it has received from Amazon customers is very high 4.4/5 based on more than 420 reports.


The S size is 54 – 56 cm (21.2 – 22 in), M is for 56 – 58 cm (22 – 22.8 in), and L is for 58 – 60 cm (22.8 – 23.6 in). The chin strap is adjustable and detachable.

Please see more about the hats from this brand in this short video:

10. Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat

Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat.

Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat.

Adventure is an award-winning hat, it has received Editors’ Choice award by Outdoor Gear Lab. The reasons for this are obvious, the hat offers exceptional protection and comfort. The UPF for this hat is 50. No other hat on the market can match the Adventure’s sun protection.

The protection is not only due to the enormous brim but also due to its design; it is down-turned unlike any other hat presented here. The underside of the brim is in dark colors to protect from glare.

In addition to this, you have the cape in the back to protect the neck from the sun. On this back cape, you have a velcro tab, plus yet another tab on the crown. So you can roll it up and attach to the crown.

The fabric of this hat is very breathable. The hat also has mesh sections on the crown, so this provides an excellent ventilation.

With such a ventilation and breathability you have a guaranteed comfort. The small weight

of the hat only adds to its overall comfort.

This is a unisex model.

Some cons

  • The huge back cape is unstable in windy conditions.
  • The mesh sections surely do not provide the prescribed UPF 50.
  • Sweatband does not run all around the hat, see the picture above.
  • Not so nicely packable.

Users experience

  • This hat is presently available at two departments on Amazon. So average rate is 4.4/5 and 4.6/5.
  • The fit as expected statistics is incredibly good, 91% and 100%.
  • My reason for this rate is that I would not like to have such a huge back cape all the time. If this was removable, or if I would use it in some very sunny area, this would be a perfect hat for me. But in the Alps, this would not be my first choice, therefore my rate.

Specifications & summary of features

  • Weight: 3 oz (85 g).
  • Fabric:
    – Body: 100% nylon.
    – Mesh ventilation: 100% polyester.
  • Unisex.
  • UPF 50+.
  • Sizes, for men and women: S, M, L.
  • Water repellent and stain resistant.
  • 4 inches downsloping front brim and 3¾ inches on the sides.
  • 7½ inches back veil neck flap with a lift-up tab.
  • Floatable foam core and poly brim wire.
  • Strategic mesh ventilation.
  • Wicking sweatband.
  • Chinstrap with cord lock.
  • External sizing band for custom fit.
  • Huge choice of colors.

Care and maintenance

  • Hand wash cool with mild soap.
  • Line dry.
  • Do not iron.
  • Packing: Packs flat for travel. Do not fold or crease brim.

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