The Columbia Bora Bora Booney II is a generic, all-purpose sun hat. This jack of all trades, master of none, came out at the bottom of our scoring. It is not particularly protective or stylish, but does provide good ventilation and is relatively comfortable. Our main complaint is the one-size-fits-all sizing and the fact that it is very floppy and stretches.
Columbia Bora Bora Booney II Review
Cons: Floppy brim, fits very large, not stylish
#10 of 10
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Bora Bora Booney has decent protection but will only fit you if you have a large head. This inexpensive hat is a good choice for hiking and fishing on hot days.
The Bora Bora gets high marks for ventilation and scores decently in protection and comfort. It loses points for durability and style.
The Bora Bora Booney has a 3" full circumference brim, which gives it slightly more coverage than the Outdoor Research Sun Bucket at 2.4". It also has 50+ UPF fabric for protection from the sun. The mesh vents are non-UPF rated, so if you're lacking in the hair department, note that users have reported sunburn through the mesh. Apply sunscreen accordingly!
This hat is quite comfortable, mostly because it was very loose on our testers. The Bora Bora Booney comes in one size, which measures up to 24.5" in circumference; if your head measures much smaller than that, you will be swimming in this hat. Our testers noticed that the Bora Bora Booney also seems to stretch after it had gotten wet. You can tighten the drawcord for a snugger fit, but this makes the hat look strange. Hats like the Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure have webbing drawcords that are more comfortable and look better when tightened. The Arc'teryx Sinsola was the most comfortable sun hat tested.
The Bora Bora Booney does well in this category. It has some of the larges mesh panels in the crown, allowing for ample ventilation. The Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat has similarly sized mesh panels. The Booney also has a nice sweat band around the crown for wicking moisture. The Tilley model has a comfortable sweatband and ventilation panel around the top of the crown that works well for ventilation, while the Ultra Adventure is one of the most breathable hats we tested.
The Bora Bora Booney II faired well in our crush tests, thanks to its flexible material. There were no noticeable creases in the brim. However, we have noticed that the brim is very floppy, especially after getting wet and will flop over your eyes annoyingly. It also stretches after wearing. For these reasons, we scored the Bora Bora Booney lower in this category. The LTM6 Airflo holds its shape very well and is very durable.
We think the Bora Bora Booney lacks style. It is very generic looking and comes in dull colors. The Outdoor Research Sun Runner is also not stylish but comes in a great variety of colors. We especially don't like the way it looks once the brim begins to get floppy. The Outdoor Research Sombriolet and the Tilley LTM6 are stylish full brim hats.
If you have a large head and want a hat to wear on sunny excursions, the Bora Bora Booney could be it. Full brim hats are best worn without large packs, as the back of them annoyingly hits your pack. This could be a good fishing, hiking, or boating hat.
The Bora Bora Booney is the cheapest hat in this review. We would rather spend a few more bucks and pick up the Sombriolet for $42 or just $36 for our Best Buy Award winner the OR Sun Runner Cap for major sun protection. If you're looking for a much more durable and stylish hat with a similar amount of protection, spring for the $90 lifetime guaranteed Tilley LTM6 Airflo.
This hat is large and floppy brimmed. It has a decent amount of sun protection and will protect your ears and face from the sun while providing good ventilation through the mesh panels. We think it lacks style and seems to stretch out even bigger than its already large size.
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