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what's your favorite summer hat/head gear?

 
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I've got to wear a hat to keep the sun off...very pale skin....I love a straw hat most of the time, sometimes a cap with bill.....my old straw has a few years left in it I hope, it is just getting broken in nicely. I've got a new better quality one but it is a tighter weave and too hot in the sun.

Straw hats? caps? head rags? whats your favorite head covering when you can't avoid the sun? post pictures if you can!
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I have way too many hats (haven't found the perfect one yet). Already have had to have a couple chunks of skin cancer removed, and don't want to do that again...

I like boonie hats--dip them in the creek and the evaporative cooling is awesome. Ugly though. This one feels cooler than any hat I have tried, it catches the breeze really well: http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/mens-accessories/headwear-mn/70508.aspx

A couple father's days ago I got this as a "dress" hat: http://www.villagehatshop.com/product/straw-hats/451139-88274/delta-straw-hat.html
It is fake straw, hopefully recycled, but it is WASHABLE straw. It has outlasted any other straw hat I have ever had. A little tight in the weave though. Cooler than most of the mesh and canvas style hats, though.

 
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R. Scott.....The 'boonie' I didn't know it had a name. That is my husband's favorite hat...he can stuff it in a pocket and run it through the wash when it gets too sweaty or dip in the creek... and yeah...a little goofy looking, maybe.
I've had several removals too ...nothing like that to make you conscientious about staying out of the sun.
 
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When it gets buggy... I use this light weight army mosquito head gear.
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bandanas help keep the sweat out of my eyes:


 
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Life guard hat. I've had this one for about 8 years. Works well in the southern california heat.

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R Scott wrote:I have way too many hats (haven't found the perfect one yet).  Already have had to have a couple chunks of skin cancer removed, and don't want to do that again...

I like boonie hats--dip them in the creek and the evaporative cooling is awesome.  Ugly though.  This one feels cooler than any hat I have tried, it catches the breeze really well:  http://www.duluthtrading.com/store/mens/mens-accessories/headwear-mn/70508.aspx

A couple father's days ago I got this as a "dress" hat:  http://www.villagehatshop.com/product/straw-hats/451139-88274/delta-straw-hat.html
It is fake straw, hopefully recycled, but it is WASHABLE straw.  It has outlasted any other straw hat I have ever had.  A little tight in the weave though.  Cooler than most of the mesh and canvas style hats, though.  



That first hat belongs to me as well! It's great and provides a lot of coverage, which my pale skin appreciates. It also keeps its shape, which is something that not all floppy hats do. To be honest, I tend to wear it in slightly more formal settings. However, I live in the Pacific Northwest, where trucker caps are the casual hat of choice.
 
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I keep my hair long.  My long-haired brother gave me some "neck gaiter" things that are basically a stretchy fabric tube.  Makes it easy to twist all my hair up out of the way on hot days, and a hat fits over it for the sun.   I have a floppy sun hat that looks like straw, but is actually somehow made from recycled paper.  Sun hat makes a huge difference on a sunny day.
 
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The very first hat I ever owned was one like this:


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I've owned several straw cowboy hats, though I am not really a hat person.

My favorite is the sombrero.
 
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I am not a hat person either, but I find myself wearing a straw one this  year.
 
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