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.
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.
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.
Really nice hat!
Color is perfect, and it's lightweight.