Our take Don’t pick between coverage and breathability: With this lid you can score both. The Sunday Afternoons UPF 50+ hat provides umbrella-like protection, thanks to a 3.25-inch-long brim and 6-inch-long neck cape, but two huge, gill-like vents on the top and a wicking sweatband keep it airy. We wore it hiking across the globe, but it really shone on a 10-mile, off-trail day along the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. “No sweat dripped in my eyes—a huge victory, considering the amount of stress-sweating that was going on,” our tester says. Nice touch: Slots in the fabric on the outside of the brim hold sunglasses in place if you shed your shades. Even when we were downclimbing into the Big Ditch and constantly looking at our feet, our glasses stayed put.
Trail cred “Unlike a typical bucket hat, this one protects the back of your neck and shades your whole periphery,” our tester says. “Plus, it crushes down to fist-size, so I just stuffed it in my hipbelt pocket when I wasn’t using it.”