In CHEYENNE, WY – today, OutdoorGearLab.com released the findings of its 2013 Editors’ Choice awards for Top Sun Hats. Twelve of the top sun hats were evaluated in comprehensive side-by side reviewing. They were evaluated in the following areas: protection, breathability, comfort, durability and style.
The reviewing involved many months of camping, hiking and backpacking in the Sierra's and Bishop. View the entire best sun hat review.
Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat – Winner of the Editors’ Choice award for 2013. As reported by Gear Editor Devin Chance, "The Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat wins our Editors' Choice award for being the top all-around sun hat. It's not the most stylish hat, but it makes up for that with its exceptional protection, breathability, and comfort. It also is on the cheaper side of most of the other hats we tested. If you are looking for a hat that will keep you comfortably protected from the sun while doing your favorite activities, then this is the hat for you.”
REI Paddlers Hat – Winner of the Best Buy award for 2013. This award is given to a product that balances a high score in our tests and a reasonable price. Chance states, “The REI Paddlers Hat wins our Best Buy award for being the overall greatest value hat we tested. It scored highly in every category, giving you a hat that will perform well in just about any situation. This hat also gives you great protection without sacrificing style, unlike some of the other hats we tested that make you choose between style vs. protection."
Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap – Winner of a Top Pick award for 2013. This award goes to a product that is featured for its comfort and breathability. Gear Editor Chance announces, "The Outdoor Research Sun Runner Cap won our Top Pick award for being the most protective, one of the lightest and most comfortable hats we tested. It comes with a removable liner that can add total protection when needed, or can be removed so that you can wear it as a baseball cap when you don't want to look like you just came from an expedition into the heart of the Sahara desert. This hat is so light and comfortable that we never wanted to take it off. If you want a hat that will be extremely versatile and give you total protection, but don't mind looking dorky when you want to be protected from the sun, then this hat is for you. "