REI Co-op Bucket Hat Review
Cons: No cinch cord, not very stylish
Manufacturer: REI Co-op
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REI Co-op Bucket Hat
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|Pros||Comfortable, durable, protective, brim can be folded up||Excellent protection, removable cape, good in the wind, good value||Great protection all around, especially on the back; brim is angled for longer protection, good ventilation, comfortable||Comfortable, very breathable, good color, great value||Protective, breathable, packable, unique, stylish|
|Cons||No cinch cord, not very stylish||Looks a little funny, can get hot on the back of your neck||Not stylish, brim is not crushable, shows stains easily||Not very stylish, brim could be wider||Only one size, cinch cord could work better|
|Bottom Line||This no-frills, inexpensive hat gets the job done without straying from the traditional bucket hat design||This super protective hat is lightweight, versatile, and an excellent value, winning our Best Buy Award||This hat has great coverage and is a good choice for any sunny activity, although it is not the most stylish||One of our top choices for a full brim hat that is extremely comfortable and breathable and a great value||A very breathable sun hat with a neck cape, sunlight reflecting material, and unique style|
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|Specs||REI Co-op Bucket Hat||Outdoor Research Ru...||Sunday Afternoons A...||The North Face Hori...||Alchemi Labs Desert...|
|Weight (ounces)||3.1 oz||2.8 oz||2.6 oz||2.9 oz||3.0 oz|
|Size of Brim (inches)||2.5"||2.75 brim, 7.25" neck cape||3.75", 7.25" neck cape||2.9"||2.5", 8" neck cape|
|Material||Nylon||100% Supplex nylon||100% nylon with 100% polyester mesh insets||Nylon Ripstop, 97% recycled polyester mesh lined||80% nylon/20% polyester|
|Packable/compressible||Yes||Yes||No - do not fold or compress the brim. Packs Flat||Yes||Yes|
|Size tested||L/XL||L||M 21" - 23"||L/XL||OS|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The REI Bucket Hat does everything a simple and affordable hat should do. It doesn't try to be revolutionary or stand out in any way. But, this workhorse is quite comfortable, breathable, and durable. It isn't particularly stylish. In fact, unless you're going for the unassuming hiker look, it's not stylish at all. But, this product doesn't try to look cool. It's too busy doing the job of keeping the sun off of your head.
The Bucket Hat doesn't stand out in sun protection compared to the other hats in our test lineup. With a relatively narrow 2.5-inch brim all the way around, it will keep the sun out of your eyes. But, you'll still want to put sunscreen on your face and neck. The stated 30 UPF rating is a lower sun protection rating than many hats that we tested.
The chin strap will keep the hat securely fastened to your head. And, the small bill doesn't get in the way while you're taking in the views.
Our testers wore the REI Bucket Hat all day and often forgot it was there. It is very comfortable, with soft material and a mesh sweatband that feels good on the forehead, even in the sweltering heat.
It doesn't have a cinch cord to adjust the fit around your head, but it does come in two different sizes. And, the chin strap allowed us to secure this to our heads when we needed to in high winds.
The Bucket Hat has a breathable mesh fabric that wraps around the entire crown. This allowed enough air circulation to keep our heads cool. The main body material isn't very thin, but it also isn't too thick. We didn't notice we were wearing this hat most of the time. So, that means the material breathes well enough.
The Bucket Hat is very durable. It crushes easily and unpacks looking just like it did before. The material is durable and can stand up well to sharp edges, too. This hat did very well on a week-long backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon. But, it's worth noting that its light color shows dirt stains more than other colors would.
In our opinion, the REI Bucket Hat is not so stylish. This is what you wear when you don't want to stand out in a crowd of hikers. That being said, it has a classic appeal that is undeniable. Bucket hats like this one are very popular, and outdoor gear doesn't need to be stylish to get the job done.
This is one of the least expensive hats we tested. And, for the price, it is a great value. The Bucket Hat performs nearly as well and has many of the same features as others like it, but it costs less. We think this is great value for someone looking for an inexpensive bucket hat for any low-intensity outdoor activities.
While unassuming in its looks, the REI Bucket Hat does its job and does it well. It is a very good value purchase. And, it's very comfortable, breathable, and durable. This doesn't redefine the bucket hat, but it doesn't try to.
— Sam Schild