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    REI Paddler's Hat

    Head out with the REI Paddler's hat for a day of fun on the water.

    • $29.50

    Item # 847874

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    • Wide brim shields eyes from sun and rain; foam insert in the brim keeps hat afloat should it fall off
    • Polyester mesh panels on the side provide ventilation
    • Polyester headband wicks moisture away from your brow and speeds the evaporation process
    • Rear toggle fine-tunes the fit of the REI Paddler's hat
    • Chin strap keeps the hat on your head when the wind picks up


    Item 847874

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    REI Paddler's Hat Specs
    Best use
    Sun hat
    (Main) nylon / (panels) polyester mesh
    (Headband) 60% recycled polyester/40% polyester
    (Front) 3.25 / (back) 4 inches
    Hat style
    Lining fabric
    Sun-protective fabric
    Moisture wicking
    Quick drying
    Width of brim

    REI Paddler's Hat

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    Rated 4.7273/5 based on 11 reviews
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromREI 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.
    Date published: 2013-06-03
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat for hiking. I agree with some of the other reviewers. Would have liked a tan that the picture looks like. The olive color isn't bad though. the foam toggle on the chin strap is a bit flimsy. I did, as one reviewer mentioned, buy some toggle locks. I will replace it when it wears out. The foam toggle is a bit awkward to tighten or loosen quickly do I may replace sooner. The venting on the sides is better than most hats which is a good thing. Brim has excellent coverage. I bought this hat to replace my old hiking one that I misplaced and even though it is made for water activities it is an excellent hiking hat. The toggle in the back ensures good fit. Only downgraded it due to lack of color I thought it was in the picture and cheap chin strap toggle. Other than that I like it a lot.
    Date published: 2014-06-24
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGreat 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.
    Date published: 2013-05-30
    Rated 4out of5
    by fromGood, but a few improvements would make it PERFECT This hat is sold as a kayaking hat but I am using it exclusively for hiking/backpacking. I wanted a hat to replace my OR Helios hat which has been great but needed better ventilation and a larger brim for summer hiking IMO. So far this has been a great hat as well for the money spent considering the other options available Pros: - largest brim I have found outside the cowboy hat realm - foam in brim keeps it stiff enough to maintain shape when wet/sweaty, but can still be folded/crushed to pack away, also makes hat float - good ventilation via side mesh panels - brim is larger in back to protect neck, can be turned around to better protect face Cons: - chin strap cinching device is cheap foam which will obviously not last, also chin cord is not removable. - sweat band is somewhat flimsy and does not lay flush inside crown - side mesh panels are somewhat flimsy and will probably tear easily if caught by a tree branch/twig, also they allow for a small patch of sun to burn the upper corners of your forehead if the hat is worn too far above your eyebrows, worse if turned around backward for better face protection from larger rear brim - rear size adjustment cord is very thin and feels like it will break easily and inconveniently - color I received is more of a dark olive than the khaki pictured on the website A perfect redesign of this hat needs: - removable chin cord with better cinching device - more robust/durable rear-draw size adjustment cord - more robust/durable side mesh panels (with better forehead sun protection) and sweatband - lighter color
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromReally nice hat! Color is perfect, and it's lightweight.
    Date published: 2013-05-21
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromGreat Hat! Im going on year plus with this thing and love it, It went to the top of Kilimanjaro with me but also does great when im mowing the lawn..gonna pick up one more cause they tend to run out of stock.
    Date published: 2014-04-03
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromkeeps the sun off and the head cool... AWESOME hat I really like the fit and feel of this hat as well as the materials and quality that went into making the product. A+ hat for the outdoors. highly recommended
    Date published: 2014-04-29
    Rated 5out of5
    by fromAwesome hat Just ordered my second one, the first has years on it and the only issue is the mesh has started to tear a bit. I have to wash it at least every two weeks and it cleans up easy. I wear this every day at work(in summer), then again on time off so it has had plenty of chances to fail and has not.
    Date published: 2014-06-08

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