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Conner Airflow Review

This inexpensive hat looks similar to other western hats but performs far less impressively in every category than some
Conner Airflow
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Price:  $59 List | $52.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Lightweight, good ventilation
Cons:  Warps out of shape easily and is hard to fix, sizing is inaccurate
Manufacturer:   Conner Hats
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 20, 2018
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  • Protection - 30% 5
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Breathability - 15% 9
  • Durability - 15% 5
  • Style - 15% 7

Our Verdict

We like that the Conner Airflow is made with fully recycled materials. It looks stylish and is very lightweight and breathable. However, we are disappointed in its performance because it bent out of shape right away. We were unable to bend it back and didn't enjoy wearing it as a result. It also didn't provide as much sun protection after it was misshapen, which is the whole point. Its sizing is way off as well. We'd recommend sizing up if you're going to purchase this hat. If we hadn't believed Connor's crushable claims and had ordered a size up, this would be a functional sun hat.

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Pros Lightweight, good ventilationLightweight, durable, great sun protectionVery stylish, well ventilated, packable, comfortableExcellent protection, removable cape, good in the wind, good valueComfortable, very breathable, good color, great value
Cons Warps out of shape easily and is hard to fix, sizing is inaccurateNot super stylishSomewhat narrow brim, not adjustable, expensiveLooks a little funny, can get hot on the back of your neckNot very stylish, brim could be wider
Bottom Line This inexpensive hat looks similar to other western hats but performs far less impressively in every category than someThis hat wins our Editors' Choice for Technical Use for being the highest performing and most versatile of the bunchThis versatile, stylish, durable hat stole our hearts and earns one of our top awardsThis super protective hat is lightweight, versatile, and an excellent value, winning our Best Buy AwardOne of our top choices for a full brim hat that is extremely comfortable and breathable and a great value
Rating Categories Conner Airflow Ultra Adventure Filson Summer Packer Sun Runner Cap Horizon Breeze Brimmer
Protection (30%)
5.0
9.0
7.0
10.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Breathability (15%)
9.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Durability (15%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Style (15%)
7.0
5.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Specs Conner Airflow Ultra Adventure Filson Summer Packer Sun Runner Cap Horizon Breeze Brimmer
Weight (ounces) 2.8 oz 2.6 oz 3.9 oz 2.8 oz 2.9 oz
UPF rating Unspecified 50+ 50+ 50+ 40+
Size of Brim (inches) 3.25" 3.25", with 6" neck cape 2.25" 2.75 brim, 7.25" neck cape 2.9"
Material Recycled plastic, organic cotton 88% nylon, 12% polyester dobby Dry finish shelter cloth 100% Supplex nylon Nylon Ripstop, 97% recycled polyester mesh lined
Cinch Cord Yes Yes Optional Yes Yes
Packable/compressible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size tested M (7-7 1/8) L Large L L/XL

Our Analysis and Test Results

We got bent out of shape about the Conner Hats Men's Airflow Hat when we could not bend ours back into its original, stylish shape.

Performance Comparison


The Conner Hat's brim got completely bent out of shape and we could...
The Conner Hat's brim got completely bent out of shape and we could not make it look anywhere near normal afterwards.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Protection


The Conner Airflow is not the most protective hat of the bunch. Its brim measures 3 inches around, which is somewhere in the middle compared to the other products we tested. The brim is a lightweight material that is covered with mesh, providing reasonable sun protection. The top of the crown is also covered, but the sides are pure mesh. This lets plenty of sun through, which could allow your scalp to burn if you have a deep part or don't have much hair to begin with.

The brim and top of the crown are covered for sun protection, but...
The brim and top of the crown are covered for sun protection, but the sides of the crown are fully mesh for ventilation.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Conner does not specify a UPF rating for the Airflow. As a result, we can't compare it directly to the other products in this review. The Airflow's brim bends out of shape easily, too. This can cause this hat to have even less sun coverage.

The Conner Hat's sizing is inaccurate. We recommend sizing up!
The Conner Hat's sizing is inaccurate. We recommend sizing up!
Photo: Ian McEleney

Comfort


The Airflow is a lightweight hat, particularly for its rigid cowboy style. It is lighter than some of its competitors. However, its sizing is very off. The size medium we purchased is supposed to fit a circumference of 22 ⅜ inches, but it barely fit on our tester's 21.5-inch, size small head. If you are considering purchasing this product, definitely size it up.

The Airflow is comfortable otherwise, with a soft brow lining material and a removable chin strap to keep it on when it's windy.

The Conner Hat's Crown has a little stash pocket for small belongings.
The Conner Hat's Crown has a little stash pocket for small belongings.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Breathability


This product excels in this category. As we already mentioned, the sides of the crown are made of mesh. This makes the Conner Airflow one of the most breathable products we tested.

While it doesn't seem like it will wear out easily, it certainly...
While it doesn't seem like it will wear out easily, it certainly doesn't live up to the company's crushable claims. One ride in our luggage and it was irreparably misshapen.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Durability


The Airflow is not particularly durable. Conner Hats claims it is crushable, so we threw it in our suitcase with little regard for maintaining its shape during our travels. We were very disappointed when we took it out of our luggage. It was wildly misshapen, and we could not make it go back to its original form. After this, it was a very strange and misshapen hat.

The recycled materials that Connor uses to construct the Airflow are very lightweight. While this helps keep the hat comfortable and airy, it does not seem like it will stand up to much abuse as a result.

Style


At first glance, this hat seems very stylish — if you're into the Australian outback cowboy kind of look. If you are careful with it and maintain its shape, it could work for you. But if you aren't vigilant and the hat gets bent out of shape. Then it becomes very un-stylish very quickly.

The Airflow has a certain Australian outback style, if you're into...
The Airflow has a certain Australian outback style, if you're into that sort of thing.
Photo: Ian McEleney

Value


The Connor Airflow is a decent value. Still, we'd pay more for something more durable if we wanted a hat with this type of style.

Conclusion


The Connor Airflow is a stylish hat with an eco-friendly conscience. But its recycled materials let us down by getting completely bent out of shape. Its inconsistent sizing is also a pain. This could be a good choice for many outdoor activities, from boating to yard work, if you size up and treat it with care. But there are more durable and protective options available to keep you out of the sun.

Jessica Haist