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Best sun protection hats 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated December 1, 2023

Roger BarnettMy name is Roger Barnett. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. After putting in 47+ hours of research and testing, I made a list of the best sun protection hats of 2018 and explained their differences and advantages.

The reviews are compiled through a mix of expert opinion and real-world testing. What I would like you to remember as you browse my website is that I don’t work in the industry so the reviews I have are based on good old fashioned honesty.

Best sun protection hats of 2018

I have taken the initiative to educate you on the top three best sun protection hats that you can buy this year. I have a variety of material used in the construction of sun protection hats including metal, plastic, and glass. I am going to specify each good-to-buy feature as much as possible for your references. Many brands have introduced sun protection hats on the market. These brands have resulted in a variety for the user. These require that the consumers be well aware of what they are buying so as to make the best choice.

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You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the sun protection hats by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.



№1 – Sun Protection Zone Unisex Lightweight Adjustable Outdoor Booney Hat

Sun Protection Zone Unisex Lightweight Adjustable Outdoor Booney Hat

100 SPF/ UPF 50+ Adjustable Lightweight, only 2.5 oz
4 ¾” Brim for Maximum Sun Protection
Adjustable: One size fits most
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet

Why did this sun protection hats win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.


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№2 – Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hats

Columbia Sportswear Bora Bora Booney II Sun Hats

100% Nylon
Adjustable drawcord and toggle at back
Has some durability issues.
It is pretty expensive.

Why did this sun protection hats come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.


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№3 – Siggi Summer Bill Flap Cap UPF 50+ Cotton Sun Hat with Neck Cover Cord for Women

Siggi Summer Bill Flap Cap UPF 50+ Cotton Sun Hat with Neck Cover Cord for Women

cotton/ramie, pls find accurate % in Description.
SIZE: Best fit for 56-58cm 22″-22.8″ 7 – 7 1/4.
DETACHABLE CHIN STRAP: adjustable for a better fit; won’t blown off when it gets windy.
Requires some skill/knowledge to use.
Very expensive.

Why did this sun protection hats take third place?

I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.


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sun protection hats Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy sun protection hats, right? No!

What Makes Good Sun Protection Hat

The best sun protective hats, i.e. that give the maximum sun protection, should have a UPF rating of at least 50 and hat brim that is at least inches (7.cm) or more. Any hat is though better than no hat at all.

The brim should ideally be angled downwards, i.e. to give you more hours of protection as the sun moves (ascends to descends) during the course of the day. Some people find wide brims distracting. If your sun hat has brim that is less than inches remember to apply sunscreen on your face as well, i.e. add it generously and frequently.

Waterproof sun protection fabric is also preferable. And for travelling you should look for hats that you can easily pack in your luggage.

What Are You Doing When Outdoors

The type of activities you are doing outdoors play an important role when deciding what kind of sun protective hat to go for.

For example, peripheral vision can be important for both your safety and performance, e.g. when playing golf or tennis. If you expect windy conditions, then you should choose a hat with chinstrap to help keeping your sun hat in place.

You might even want to wear sun visor or sun hat with mesh crown if you are undertaking outdoor activities that generate body heat (though only if you have full head of hair).

Your Hair

Your hair provides some protection against UV rays, so if you have full head of thick hair you can get away with wearing lighter sun hats, with mesh crown for additional cooling effect.

Those with less, or no hair, need to take more care in the sun and ideally wear their sun protective hats at all times when outdoors. They should stay away from mesh crown hats as they let some UV rays through.

If you have short hair, then your neck is exposed to the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen generously and frequently if not wearing sun protective hat with brim wide enough to cover your neck.

Look And Feel

Look and feel is important but do not forget what makes good sun hats, i.e. UPF rating of 50 or over and brim that is at least inches and angled downwards.

There are plenty of good-looking sun protection hats available that fulfill these criteria so there is no reason to compromise on these important features.

The Right Size

It is important that your sun protective hat fit you correctly. Too big hat is though always better than too small hat as tight hat can give you headache… making you less likely to wear it.

To find the right size for you, measure the circumference of your head, just above your eyebrows. Use a flexible tape measure, or use a piece of string and measure it against a ruler. Refer to a size charts to convert your head measurement to the correct hat size.

All reputable on-line hat suppliers will show size chart to allow you to find the right size for your head.

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Who this is for

Whether you’re running, hiking, backpacking, rafting, golfing, or just taking the dog for a walk, you are exposing yourself to ultraviolet radiation. Every dermatologist we interviewed warned that even during winter or on overcast days, UVR (ultraviolet radiation) hits the earth, and thus, you.

Health educator Lisa Quale of the University of Arizona Skin Cancer Institute mentioned in an email that “the face, tops of the ears, neck, chest, hands, and arms are some of the most common sites for skin cancer.” She suggested sunhats should be seen as just one part of your defensive lineup. In addition to wearing a sunhat, avoid the sun during peak times, wear clothing with high UPF fabrics and full coverage, wear sunscreen, and use a sun-shading umbrella (a favorite of Bunting, who has backpacked over 30,000 miles across the US with a mylar umbrella).

Ultimately, the protection offered by a baseball cap is pretty minimal. Not only does it not cover the back of your neck, but cheap baseball caps block little or no UV radiation, meaning that the hat you think is protecting you is in fact doing no such thing.

Outzie Wide Brim Fishing Sun Hat

As the name suggests, the brim of this hat is nice and broad, and the materials used here block UV rays.

Protective clothing

Between 11am and 3pm on sunny days T-shirts are essential as shoulders are particularly vulnerable and burn quickly. Look for loose-fitting ones made of closely woven cotton. If you go to the beach or local pool, encourage your child to keep a T-shirt on while splashing around with water, and change him into a dry one once he comes out.

The high-tech (and more costly) alternative is brightly coloured sun protection suits made of lycra or a lycra/nylon mix, also called “rash guards”. These block out more than 80 per cent of harmful UVA rays — more than a normal T-shirt. They also dry quickly and can be worn in or out of the water.

Canopies and parasols for strollers

A canopy tends to offer more protection than a parasol, which needs adjusting as the sun moves around. Check that the canopy or parasol fits onto your type of stroller. If in doubt, find a “universal” version that will adjust to fit all models. Alternatively, choose an elasticized UV sun cover. These are made of dark, synthetic mesh and cover the whole seat area of the stroller so your baby is totally protected.

Tip: Make sure that you can open and close your stroller easily once the parasol is attached.

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Do replace your riding hat immediately if it suffers an extreme impact.

Do buy the best riding hat you can afford and never compromise safety.

Do throw away a hat that has sustained a significant level of impact is thrown away even if the damage isn’t visible.

Do report any accidents you and your hat are involved in to the British Horse Society as they maintain records of how hats perform.

Do replace your riding hat every years – because the padding compresses with wear and factors such as sunlight can break down its construction.

Materials of horse riding hats

Once upon a time horse riding hats were only made of velvet but nowadays different materials are widely available. Velvet, vinyl, leather-look, suede-look and plastic are all options as long as they include the correct safety rating. For competitions, check the requirements beforehand to ensure your hat meets the required criteria as you may be eliminated.

Choosing your riding hat

There are two genres of riding hats: single size and adjustable. Choosing between them depends on your discipline and riding ability.

Features of a riding hat

The chin strap is often overlooked despite being a key part of the hat. It needs to be easily adjustable so that it feels comfortable. The purpose of the chin strap is to ensure that the hat does not move and that it stays in the correct position on your head whilst you’re riding.  It should always be securely fastened under the chin and you should only be able to get one finger under it when it’s on. If you can get two fingers, side by side under the strap, the strap is not tight enough.  Adjust the chin strap before you adjust any of the other straps or dials if the hat has one.

The straps at the back and side of the hat come if several different designs but all serve the same purpose: to stop the hat from tipping forwards.  Fasten them equally.

Hats either have a 3- or a 4- point harness. The ‘3’ and the ‘4’ simply relate to the number of places it can be adjusted. Obviously a 4-point harness is more desirable as it means that you’ll be able to adjust fit in the maximum number of places for the best fit without compromising on safety.

Low Profile

Some of these liners are attached via Velcro while others are attached via tiny poppers.


Consider buying a ventilated hat if you have a ‘hot head’! From the safety angle, if you’re concerned about whether a vented hat will provide the same level of protection as a non-vented one…be assured that it will. Vented riding hats go through the same rigorous testing process and having vents does not reduce the level of protection. A good example is the Gatehouse RXCSkull Cap. It’s the most protective riding hat we sell. It has vents and yet still has the greatest level of safety certification, i.e. Snell E200and PAS: 015.

From the aesthetic angle, if you’re concerned about how the hat will look when you’ve got it on, the vents are incorporated in to the overall design of the hat giving a modern look which is incredibly popular.

A Brief History of Hats

What can we say about hats that hasn’t already been said? Historically, hats have been worn to mark social status or military rank. Straw hats have been used and made for hundreds of years by farmers to block the sun all over the globe. Hats became a common part of American culture through baseball and military use. Now that you know about the history of hats, on to the fun part.


As a general rule, if it has a front facing brim and panel construction, it is a ball cap. There are many different types of ball caps based on how they adjust to your head and how they are constructed. These include fitted, snapback, strapback, flexfit, trucker and 5-panel styles.


Measure your dome and buy accordingly. These hat sizes are usually the circumference of your head, in inches (5/8″, etc. Fitted hats are standard baseball caps, made from cloth triangles and topped with a fabric-covered button called a, yes, this is the real word, squatchee.


Snapbacks got their start in sports during the 1950s but declined as fitted hats became more popular. It wasn’t until the ’80s and ’90s that snapbacks blew up in the hip hop scene and they gained popularity across the hat-wearing world. They use plastic snaps to adjust the diameter (size) of the hat. Snapbacks can generally be found on truckers, baseball, and old school Starter style hats.


Trucker hats were originally used by truck drivers and farmers. Why? They were generally cheap giveaways by agricultural companies and are breathable by nature: good for working outside, which actually translates well to snow and action sports. Truckers are made with mesh and foam instead of the sweat-magnet called cotton and are generally snapbacks.


The more skin that’s covered by your clothing, the better the protection you’re getting. Choose clothing that’s loose-fitting and deeper in colour. Also look for materials with a close weave- as a guide hold the material up to check you can’t see through the fabric. Clothing that’s dry also provides more protection than if it’s wet. This is particularly the case for cotton clothes.

Hats are great for protecting the whole face and head. Choose a wide-brimmed hat for the most protection. A ‘legionnaire’ style hat that has flaps around the ears and back of the neck also offers good protection.


Sunscreens will not protect us completely from sun damage on their own. However, they can be useful for protecting the parts of skin we can’t shade or cover. This is why we recommend using sunscreens together with shade or clothing to avoid getting too much UV exposure.

Tips for using sunscreen properly

No sunscreen will give the protection it claims unless you apply it properly.

Reapply sunscreen regularly including ‘once a day’ and ‘water resistant’ products. Some products are designed to stay on better than others, but beware of sunscreen rubbing, sweating or washing off. It’s especially important to reapply after towelling dry. And reapplying helps avoid missing bits of skin.

Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to avoiding getting caught out by sunburn.

Don’t be tempted to spend longer in the sun than you would without sunscreen.

Don’t store sunscreens in very hot places as extreme heat can ruin their protective chemicals.

Don’t forget to check the expiry date on your sunscreen. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 2-years, shown on the label by a symbol of a pot with the letter M and a number – this is the number of months the sunscreen will last once it’s been opened. Check your sunscreen has not expired before you use it.

Herschel Supply Co. Gambier Straw Hat

Seek shade from the Gambier Straw hat at the beach, in the park or while reading your favourite book by the pool. The wide brim provides shade for your face and your neck so you can maintain a healthy glow and avoid a lobster, red glow. The multi-coloured woven brim underlay adds a little colour and fun to the simple hate which tops off any chic, summer outfit.

Lightweight and style go hand-in-hand in the Vista Panama Hat. It is made from 100% paper straw making it lightweight enough for those scorching, hot summer days. A black band around the base adds a subtle stylish flare. Pair it with a sundress or your favourite tankini and enjoy the summer sun.

The first and foremost thing that you need to look for in a hiking hat is about the external factor: the climate and season of the time when you intend to go hiking. If you are most likely to go hiking in the summer, it would be really sunny and hot. Therefore, you would need a hiking hat with a wide brim in order to cover a lot of your face’s area, your neck, your ear and protect you well from the harsh sun rays. On the other hand, if you go hiking in a cool autumn or winter day, you would need a hat that is warm.

In addition, provided that the time when you intend to go hiking is the rainy seasons, make sure that you can buy a hiking hat with a quick drying performance and a great ability to resist water.

The Material Of The Hats

The materials of the hat would depend on the styles of the hat as well as the price of it. There are basically many materials that you can find in a hiking hat. Each will have their owns pros and cons. The choice of which material your hiking hat has would depend much on your requirements as well as your personal preference.

In case you need a classic sun hat, you might consider a material which is breathable and well ventilated. It also needs to have a good ability to block the harsh sun rays. You can check for its sun blocking protection ability by looking at its UPF. A good hat should be rated 30 + or more for the UPF. A suitable material should be cotton, nylon or synthetic material.

Provided that you go hiking in the summer with a lot of rainy sessions, besides having good air ventilation, a good hiking hat should have a quick drying performance. In this case, choosing a nylon hiking hat is better than a cotton one.

And when you go hiking in the winter, a beanie hat which is made from a blend of wool and acrylic would be a good choice.

The Size Of The Hat

When you figure out all of the details above including the style of the hat, the durability or the material and choose one hat that you like, the next thing you need to consider is the size. It is very important that you can choose a hat that fits your head’s circumference perfectly. It will ensure the most comfort and stability of the hat on your head.

Some of the hiking hats come with sizes such as small, medium or large or some come with an adjustable size only. If you are an adult with normal head’s size, you can wear a hat with one size only without any difficulty. It is even easier in case of beanies. They are typical stretchy and flexible to fit a wide range of sizes.

However, if you want to wear a baseball cap, choosing a size that fits your head perfectly is more important.

It is worth noting that in some cases, you might wear a medium baseball hiking cap. However, if you change to wear a classic sun hat, you might consider switching to a bigger size.


One mom has this hat in multiple sizes so all of her kids can wear it.  She says that all sizes run large.  This hat features UPF protection of 50+, a wide brim to keep sun off of delicate skin, chin ties to keep hat firmly in place, and extra soft flat lock seams that do not chafe.

Omni-Shade UPF 50

Colombia’s Bora Bora Booney Hat II is 100% Nylon and is available in basic colors. It features Omni-Shade and Omni-Wick protection, keeping you safe from both the sun and moisture and sweat. It is all kinds of adjustable with a drawcord and toggle located in the back. The included chinstrap is also adjustable.

This is designed to be a fishing hat first and foremost but really its a fit for any travel excursion. The sweatband features Omni-Wick, a patented technology combined with a vent made out of mesh. Both these features keep you from getting overheated and you won’t have to worry about sweat running into your eyes.

The hat features quick dry fabric, so even if you fell into a lake it’ll dry off pretty shortly. The chinstrap keeps the hat safe from flying off your head. The brim of the hat isn’t stiff so its super easy to fold up this hat and pack it away in your luggage.


It you are looking for a travel hat with a huge brim, check out this hat from Itopfox. I love that it not only comes in basic black but it is also available in a color section of striped designs. This hat is comfortable and soft and features a thick material which stays cool and is breathable.


After the protection, a good fishing hat must provide you comfort. If your hat is not comfortable enough, you will not feel well wearing it. The hat should be soft, have the ability to keep you warm or cool whatever you want. It should not be too tight or too lose. And after all, it should be lightweight. All these features make a fishing hat comfortable enough.

Waterproof Outershell

You should choose a fishing hat that is made of waterproof materials. Which has the ability to protect your head from being wet when it is raining. If your hat is not waterproof fishing will be challenging in the rainy season.Your head will be wet, and you will not feel comfortable. After all, you will not be able to enjoy your fishing trip well.


You have to choose a hat that has perfect ventilation system as there will be excessive heat on a sunny day. And you will sweat a lot. So you need ventilation system in your hat so that your head remains cool to the touch of air and you feel comfortable. And you can concentrate in fishing better.

Fade Resistance

Fade Resistance is not that much important as it won’t affect your fishing. But it is a matter as you will not feel better to wear a hat that has lost it’s color and is looking ugly. And you don’t want to spend your money on a hat that will be faded after a short use. So just check the color quality.

MSA 47540Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat

Looking for hats that are a touchstone to please your fervency? Well, the MSA 47540Natural Tan Skullgard Hard Hat is one of such hat that falls in this category. It gives you advanced protection in the workplace. It reduces the risk of head injuries from falling objects, shocks and stones. It is made with pressured laminated textiles for all round protection.

Hard hat is ideal to be used in heavy industry applications industries. It proves to be the lightest hard hat and is quite comfortable to wear and work for hours. With this, you can trust that you are purchasing one of the best hard hats for construction available in the market.

Fibre-Metal Roughneck Hard Hat

These caps are specially designed to provide ultimate protection in the toughest place. Like other conventional fiberglass safety hats, this hat will not be easily nicked, dented or even cracked. It’s never doubted quality and performance ranks it in the list of the best hard hat for construction.

Husqvarna ProForest Chain Saw Helmet

Anyone who is frequently working with a chainsaw will always be looking for an effective yet stylish protective helmet. Usually, the helmets that come with a mesh and protective muffs are bulky and heavy, making it difficult to use. But the Husqvarna pro-forest chain saw helmet system is an outstanding product acquiring itself a position in the list of an almost comfortable hard hat. A must for any chainsaw operator, it is one of the finest products created by Husqvarna. The helmet is designed keeping in mind the comfort level a person should have while clubbing together all the required accessories in one single helmet. If you are looking for a tough helmet that will easily withstand the extremities you face while working then this is the best helmet for you.

Fibre Metal PRoughneck Full Brim Hard Hat

It ensures highest user satisfaction and helps to reduce any chance of injury without the hard hat giving up in long run. Designed to meet the needs of different people this is one hard hat that makes it in the list of the best hard hat for construction.

UVA versus UVB

There are two types of UV radiation that can damage skin—ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB).

UVB radiation only penetrates the top layer of skin, but is more dangerous. It causes sunburns and is most associated with skin cancer.





How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the sun protection hats by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.



Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your sun protection hats wisely! Good luck!

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