Packable sun hat

Old Feb 10, 14, 6:45 am
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Packable sun hat

I need some advice on finding a sun hat that is easy to pack and looks nice. I like the medium brim straw hats, but they don't pack very well or packing it would lose its shape. I've also been looking at the khaki cloth bucket style hats. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old Feb 10, 14, 10:32 am
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Originally Posted by FromMAtoAZ View Post
I need some advice on finding a sun hat that is easy to pack and looks nice. I like the medium brim straw hats, but they don't pack very well or packing it would lose its shape. I've also been looking at the khaki cloth bucket style hats. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!
I just Googled "women's travel sun hat" and got lots of hits. REI has a really cute (IMO) one here:

http://www.rei.com/product/829939/re...vel-hat-womens
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Old Feb 10, 14, 2:33 pm
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I have a packable straw hat from the San Diego Hat Company that's been going strong for about five years now.
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Old Feb 11, 14, 6:57 am
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Helen Kaminski makes fantastic packable straw hats. I own one but keep wanting to buy more. Mine is about 5 years old and still in great shape.
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Old Feb 12, 14, 6:51 pm
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Tilley

I highly recommend Tilley. Great replacement policy.

I have the hemp hat but they have many good choices:

http://www.tilley.com/The-TH4-Hemp-Hat.aspx
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Old Feb 12, 14, 11:40 pm
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Both my mother and I have the white models of this hat
http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/wo...-sombrero.html
It comes in 4 sizes and the crown of the hat is soft so it packs down well in a "flat" position. I just put it in my carry-on last and clip the compression straps over it. Brim is made of a pliable foam so it straightens out just fine. Quite light, too.

Eric Javits makes a cute rollable "Squishee" hat. I've also heard great things about Tilley.
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Old Feb 17, 14, 1:23 pm
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I have a cheap packable "straw" (I think it's actually grass) that I found at TJ Maxx. I also have an OR sombrero (more for rain - it's goretex - like thishttp://www.sierratradingpost.com/outdoor-research-oasis-sombrero-sun-hat-upf-50-for-women~p~2424f/?filterString=s~sun-hat%2F&colorFamily=07 ) and another that I think is Ex Officio - I'll look when I go home....(I wore that all day every day on our BVI sailing trip last August!)
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Old Feb 17, 14, 6:48 pm
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Nope, both the hats I'm thinking of are Outdoor Research (OR)

The Seattle Sombrero I've had since, gulp, 1988. I got it for spring hiking when I was in high school. It was a gift so I'm not sure where it was purchased. $60 on the OR website now.
http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/wo...-sombrero.html

My other hat I bought a couple years ago from Sierra Trading Post - it's a color I wouldn't normally wear (pale blue) but was super cheap - less than $15 I think. Looks like it's this OR sunhat but I'm not sure

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/wo...-sombrero.html

(Sierra Trading Post has some sun hats on their website now - I'd check there, as well as Campmor and REI - esp reioutlet.com - if this is the sort of hat you're looking for - OR brand or not)

These hats are what I wear when I'm active - esp because of the chin strap. For relaxing (or more style ;-) I'll wear the collapsing straw/grass wide brim.
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Old Feb 23, 14, 11:19 am
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Coolibar usually has a good selection of SPF rated packable hats and clothing:

http://www.coolibar.com/category/Sun...ategoryId=2195

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Old Feb 24, 14, 8:52 am
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Thanks for all the awesome suggestions! When I think of beach getaways I just need more hats! I ended up going with a cloth one from Wallaroo. It was expensive at $44 but it looks stylish, has 50+ SPF factor (important for my trip to Oz), and its easy to put into shape and roll up for packing.

Wallaroo Scrunchie Hat
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Old Sep 28, 14, 6:48 pm
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Just another suggestion that others might find helpful.

http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/pag...260,71263&ap=1

This hat is packable, UPF 50, rainproof, has adjustable head size band and chin strap, plus it floats if dropped in water. Worked great over my last holiday.
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