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Awards  Editors' Choice Award Top Pick Award Best Buy Award  
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Pros Great sun protection, well ventilated, adjustable.Lightweight, durable, good sun protectionGood protection, comfortable, good in wind, breathableTotal protection, removable cape, good in the wind, good valueGreat protection all around, especially on the back; brim is angled for longer protection, good ventilation, comfortable
Cons Very deep crown, brim hits backpack, not stylish.Not super stylishLess durable than Tilley, not great for backpackingLooks a little funny, can get hot on the back of your neckNot stylish, brim is not crushable, shows stains easily
Bottom Line While this isn't the best hat we tested in any category, it holds its own across the board.The highest performing and most versatile in our fleet, the Ultra Adventure takes our Editors' Choice Award.A great choice for boating, the Sombriolet has decent protection from the sun and good wind performance.What it lacks in the style department, it makes up for in protection. It is versatile and wins our Best Buy Award.This dorky looking hat has great sun coverage and we'd recommend it for any activity.
Rating Categories REI Co-op Paddler's Hat Ultra Adventure Outdoor Research Sombriolet Sun Runner Cap Adventure Hat
Protection (30%)
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9
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10
Comfort (25%)
7
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8
Breathability (15%)
8
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Durability (15%)
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Style (15%)
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Specs REI Co-op... Ultra Adventure Outdoor Research... Sun Runner Cap Adventure Hat
Weight (ounces) 3.3 oz 2.6 oz 3.1 oz 2.8 oz 2.64 oz
Size of Brim (inches) 3" front, 4" back 3.25", with 6" neck cape 4" front/back, 3.25" sides 2.75 brim, 7.25" neck cape 3.75", with 7.25" neck cape
Material Nylon 88% nylon, 12% polyester dobby 86% nylon, 14% polyester double weave ripstop 100% Supplex nylon 100% nylon with 100% polyester mesh insets
UPF rating 50 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+
Cinch Cord Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Packable/compressible Yes Yes Yes Yes No - do not fold or compress the brim. Packs Flat
Size tested L/XL L L L M 21" - 23"
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