Shady Sailing: Sunday Afternoon's Cruiser Hat
"Live your life, do your work, then take your hat." - Henry David Thoreau
Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference on the water. Take for example the Cruiser Hat from Sunday Afternoons. It's just an outback style hat (Seen lots of those before!) but it's light weight, breathability and sun protection will have your neck, face and eyes thanking you when you slip below to the cabin at night. While none of that is necessarily new for wide brimmed hats, at less than $40 it's a real bargain compared with some of the other sun hats you might be familiar with that are suitable for sailing.
I've been wearing mine this spring and almost always forget that it's even on because it's so light and airy. Another cool feature: The insides of the brim (3" front/sides, 4" on back) are foam, so the hat floats if you forget to use the chinstrap during your next windy sailing adventure. I also like that it packs flat without losing it's shape so it's easy to store in the limited space of a boat cabin.
If you're looking for an early Father's Day gift or just want to add a little shade to your summer sailing, the Cruiser Hat should fit the bill.
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