Kavu Chillba

Priced: $33.71 - $44.99 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 7 reviews.
Kavu Chillba
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KAVU's Chillba Hat is shaped like a modern day rice paddy hat and protects your head from rain, sun and friendly splashes on your summer river trip.
Constructed of DWR nylon and closed cell foam that won't sink if you drop in water.
One size fits most, and the large brim can block the meanest of sun rays.
The KAVU Chillba is lightweight laundered Taslan with Kavu webbing for on head adjustment with a quick dry mesh and drawcord chinstrap.
The mesh allows the Chillba to sit high on your head so you retain all of your peripheral vision.
The KAVU Chilla provides so much shade you will feel cooler and more comfortable no matter how hard the sun is beating down.
Cell foam construction means it won't sink even if it takes a swim through some rapids.
Do not leave in a hot car since the foam melts when too hot.
Rice paddy hat, sun hat, river rafting hat, whatever you call it, make a statement with the KAVU Chillba!


  • Constructed of DWR nylon


  • KAVU webbing-secure head adjustment to hold it on tight.


  • Quick dry poly mesh headpiece
  • Drawcord chinstrap with toggle lock
The Kavu Chillba Hat sure looks funny but you won’t be laughing when you’re using it to bail water out of your boat. DWR coated nylon repels water and the closed-cell foam makes it float so you can chase it down the river if you drop it in.


Kavu's Chillba hat is one size fits most. You'll only laugh until you try one out. *Do not leave in direct sun or a hot car = foam melts when hot.*

Hey, there's a reason people have been wearing this style of hat for centuries in eastern Asia: they work. Perfect for a day on the river, the Chillba keeps the sun away, floats in water, and repels it too to keep your dome both cool and dry.

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Available Color(s):Camo, Gold, Everglade, Black
Fit:Webbing secure head adjustment
Hat Type:Sun
Material:100% Nylon
Materials:Taslan, DWR Nylon, Closed Cell Foam
Technology:Closed cell foam (won't sink)
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Kavu Chillba Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

So I'm a tree planter working in Golden, B.C. I bought the chillba hat after seeing my sister's. This is the best rain-sun hat I've ever had. It has unmatched ventilation which is awesome on hot days and it's basically like an umbrella that you wear on your head. I've only had one day thus far where the wind was a bit too strong for it, but it seemed that if I tightened the chin strap it stayed in place pretty well. Even with the shipping charges to Canada I still payed roughly what a store what charge at retail value (roughly $60 Canadian). Best outdoor hat in existence (in my opinion..).

Mike at Backcountry.com on 06/06/2011

I got this hat to use at the beach when I go surfing. When I show up in California at Dana Point every year, the guys say, hey, the rice merchant is here again this year. The hat floats and has plenty of ventilation. As already said, it is a conversation piece; however, I don't know if it is a bird puller.

wil3400728 at Backcountry.com on 06/28/2011

This hat is not for everyone because its a bit different looking. What it does is great shade for the head. The hat is super light weight and super comfy. It works fine even in wind. The adjustable headband and neck cord keep it on no matter what. I love it for anything i do outside.

Maxbootay at Backcountry.com on 04/30/2013

When I go on the river I never forget this hat, perfect for keeping the sun off my neck and hell, its a great conversation piece! I really think that anyone who is comfortable with themselves should own one if they kayak, suhch a good deal!

Kyle forrest at Backcountry.com on 05/29/2011

I work and play around the water everyday, and this beauty keeps the rays off my melon. Thanks for the killer deals!

ken3128369 at Backcountry.com on 06/15/2012

Great hat, good fit to my big head, well built.. Just buy it!

tjs4952069 at Backcountry.com on 11/02/2011

Negative Reviews:

This is hat is clearly kind of crazy looking, but as the last reviewer stated, it does its job. I use mine the most when working outside, and occasionally while just relaxing creek side. Tried it out on a few paddling adventures, and unfortunately due to the chance of wind, it just get’s left at home now.
Pro: Water does not get through to your noggin’, nor does the harsh sun
Con: If it’s even a bit breezy out you’ll be wishing you had something else on, sits pretty high on the head

Cameron Erwert at Backcountry.com on 06/01/2011