Name: Fuzzy Monkey (David)
Date of Review: March, 2012
Photo Album – Columbia Hat
BACKGROUND: I’ve successfully thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. I also have numerous other backpacking trips under my belt. The weather conditions I’ve dealt with range from the desert heat to higher elevations in the mountains. I’ve dealt with thunderstorms, hail, extreme winds and most weather conditions in-between. I choose to wear this Columbia Sun hat for my 2010 Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike. It is also the reason I wrote this review.
DISCLAIMER: Whenever I talk about my hikes people always end up asking me what type of gear I took with me. This review is to answer those questions and to further expand how it worked for me. This hat was a gift and I have no idea what exact model or how much it cost when it was new.
Manufacturer: Columbia Sportswear Company
Product Information: Columbia Unisex Hat
Year: 2006 or older
Size: One Size Fits All
DESCRIPTION: This is a safarri style hat with a wide brim. The hat has a nice wide brim. The head portion of the hat is made of netting and thin nylon. The netting wraps around the head. The top section of the hat is sewn onto the netting sides of the hat. There is also an adjustable chin strap to secure the hat. One additional adjustable rim straps secures the hat.
After doing a recent search, I came across the Columbia Omni Shade Bora Bora Booney Hat. This is almost identical to the one I’m reviewing here. However, I’m not entirely sure which model this particular hat is.
REVIEW: I wore this hat for my 2010 Pacific Crest Trail. After performing my research I knew that walking through the desert in southern California was going to be sunny and warm. I knew I was going to need a way to keep the sun off my head and face. Using a nice wide brimmed hat was a nice solution. Another reason I wanted to wear a hat was to minimize the amount of sweat dripping into my eyes.
During my Appalachian Trail hike I wore a bandanna on my head. This worked well, but walking in the desert sun I wanted more protection for my face and ears. A bandana would not offer the protection from the sun a wide brimmed hat would. I also learned that I needed a way to keep the sweat from dripping into my eyes. Any hat that I decided to carry would need some absorbent material to help minimize this.
PERFORMANCE: This Columbia Hat worked perfectly for my intended purpose. It shielded the sun and keep sweat from dripping into my eyes. I wore the hat just about every day during this hike. One thing I hadn’t counted on was how nicely it shielded the rain from my face. The mesh also keep my head cool on hot days.
CONCLUSION: As you can tell from the photos, I’ve gotten my use out of this hat. The hat keep the sun off my head for the most part off my face. The mesh keep my head rather cool on hot days. The sweatband kept the sweat from dripping into my eyes.
Fuzzy Monkey Likes:
- Wide Brim
- Mesh Sides
Fuzzy Monkey Dislikes:
- Eventually all great gear wears out
Fuzzy Monkey Approved: YES