Rei Paddler's Hat

Priced: $29.50 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 4 reviews.
Rei Paddler's Hat
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Color: Dark Khaki
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Head out with the REI Paddler's hat for a day of fun on the water.



  • Rear toggle fine-tunes the fit of the REI Paddler's hat


  • Polyester mesh panels on the side provide ventilation
  • Polyester headband wicks moisture away from your brow and speeds the evaporation process

Weather and Wind:

  • Chin strap keeps the hat on your head when the wind picks up
  • Wide brim shields eyes from sun and rain; foam insert in the brim keeps hat afloat should it fall off
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Fabric:(Main) nylon / (panels) polyester mesh
Hat style:Sun hat
Lining fabric:(Headband) 60% recycled polyester/40% polyester
Moisture wicking:Yes
Quick drying:No
Sun-protective fabric:No
Width of brim:(Front) 3.25 / (back) 4 inches

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Rei Paddler's Hat Reviews:


my go to hat

i purchased this hat as my go to hat for spring,fall & summer hikes and it has performed admirably. I especially like that it breathes well because the summer heat here in So. Cal. can be daunting. since i perspire heavily i have washed it a couple of times in the washing machine, as apposed to hand washing, and it seems to be holding up well. The only thing that might be a negative would be the strap adjustment thingy :p that goes on the cord. it's made of flimsy sponge material and after a couple of uses it's basically worthless. but that is nothing that an after market product can't take care of cheaply. it did hold up against some constant light drizzle but i wouldn't take it out when rain is expected.
idle wanderer at REI on 05/05/2013

Great Paddling Hat

This is my favorite kayaking hat. It ventilates well in the Florida heat, looks good, and the brim holds its shape, even in a strong breeze.

Fit can be problematic since only two sizes are provided. Even with the hat adjustments, I'm between sizes, so the S/M is too snug and the L/XL is too big. I liked the hat so much that I kept the S/M and got a hat stretcher to obtain a comfortable fit. Hopefully REI will offer more sizes in the future, since fit is everything.

I have used mine for a year and it has held up well, with the exception of the chin strap tensioner which is just a small piece of neoprene. I replaced it with a cord-lock.
Kayak Vagabond at REI on 05/05/2013

REI Paddler's Hat

I like this hat. It protects from the sun and stays on in the wind. I expect it will give protection from a light rain too, but I haven't encountered that yet. So far, I have used it for yard work and paddling and it is great. I will try it for backpacking but fear that the rear brim will interfere with my pack.
JohnSaltFish at REI on 06/06/2013

Really nice hat!

Color is perfect, and it's lightweight.
CruiserArtist at REI on 05/05/2013