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Comparison of Sunday Afternoons Protective Sun Hats

by Barbara 7. September 2009 04:26

Q: "Dear Customer Service, I have the following questions regarding your hats.
 
I have the following questions regarding your hats:
 
1) If I want max sun protection, which one is better:  sunday afternoon adventure hat(GCSDWAHMCS) or sport hat (GCSDWSHLCS)?:
2) What are the materials for the hat? cotton, nylon,..
3) can I machine-wash w/ cold water?  . will the hat shrink if I tumble dry in dryer? 
4) How thick are material above top of head:  1 layer? 
5) Is there styrofoam insert inside hat if it suddenly rains?
6) Do you have picture of back of hat?
Thanks. Howard"

Answer: Thank you for your question. No one has before asked us to compare them. I have the Adventure Hat, have had it since 2001 when it was available only in California at a few places. I got the one with the scarf and quickly removed it as I found it a bother. The hat is so lightweight you hardly know you are wearing it.

Here are quick answers to your questions in bold.
1)  If I want max sun protection, which one is better:  sunday afternoon adventure hat(GCSDWAHMCS) or sport hat (GCSDWSHLCS)?: the Adventure Hat covers more of your neck, ears.
2) What are the materials for the hat? cotton, nylon,...100% nylon
3) can I machine-wash w/ cold water?  No, handwash. will the hat shrink if I tumble dry in dryer? The nylon won't. However the styrofoam might crumble. Machine drying is not recommended. not advised.
4) How thick are material above top of head:  1 layer? 2 layers except for the mesh vents. Both hats are lined. That and the tight weave are what give the hats the sun protection.
5) Is there styrofoam insert inside hat if it suddenly rains? styrofoam insert is to keep the hat floating if it blows off while you are canoeing. It won't keep your head dry.
6) Do you have picture of back of hat?  unfortunately, we don't have a picture of the back of the hat. You can get a good idea by going to these webpages and taking a look at the sides.

Unless noted, these are features of both hats:
  • 100% Nylon construction except for decorative braid (none on the sport hat)
  • 2 layer constructions:  nylon lined with a darker fabric to help protect eyes and make vision more comfortable.
  • 50 UPF (Mesh vents not rated).
  • 2 mesh vents, one on each side of the hat
  • Wide brim to protect the face. The Adventure hat has a 4 inch flexilbe brim. The Sport Hat brim is also 4 inches and tapers over the ears and overlaps the 5 inch neck veil.
  • Neck veil: Adventure hat has a 7.5 inch neck and ear veil with a grip tape on the veil so you can shorten it off the neck.. Sport hat veil covers only the neck and is 5 inches long.
  • Moisture wicking sweatband
  • Portability: the Sport hat is a smaller profile, easier to pack,
  • Sport hat: 2.2 oz, Adventure hat: 3 oz.
  • Sizing hole in the back of sport hat for pony tails.
  • Handwash cold, line dry, no iron care
  • Chin strap with cord lock to keep hat from blowing away.
If you plan to wear the hat for golf or tennis, I recommend the sport hat as the larger brim of the Adventure hat may block your vision.

Thanks for your question.
Sincerely, Barbara

Lightweight, Cool Sun Hats for Babies and Kids Give 360 Degree Sun Protection

by Barbara 22. July 2009 08:13

Question about Sunday Afternoon Sun Protection Hats for Children

Q: "I usually wear a baseball cap to keep the sun out of my eyes and wear sunscreen. My children ages 2 to 6 dislike having sunscreen applied to their faces and won't wear sunglasses for more than a few minutes at a time. They are quite active physically so most hats won't stay on. What are the odds that they'd wear the Sunday Afternoon Sun Hats? How do they stay on?" Thanks. Matt

Answer: First, please consider a Sunday Afternoon adventurer hat for yourself as your ears, neck and most of your face remain exposed with a baseball cap. When you don't need the neck protection, you can use the velcro to pull it off your neck onto the hat. It is great to not have to worry about sunscreen.   More...

50 UPF Sunday Afternoons Hats Mean No Sunscreen Drips Into Eyes

by Barbara 10. June 2009 11:08

Question about effectiveness and comfort of SundayAfternoons Hats versus using sunscreen on your face.

Q: "I am a native Floridian and have paid my dues over the past 10 years as I have skin cancer after skin cancer removed from those many years outside in the sun. Now I never go outdoors unprotected: I apply heavy duty sunscreen after every morning shower. If I perspire a lot, the sunscreen drips into my eyes which is uncomfortable at best. Do you have personal experience with the Sunday Afternoons sunhats? How effective are these sun hats at keeping my face, ears and neck safe from the sun? Would I still need sunscreen on my face?" Thanks. Gail

Answer: Yes I do have personal experience with the Sunday Afternoons hats and had one skin cancer removed from my forehead two years ago. (Who wore sunscreen in the 40's, 50's and 60's?) After day one in Hawaii in October 2008, I concluded I would wear my Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat (bought in Palm Desert, CA in 2003 at the encouragement of a friend) and not wear sunscreen. (I had a miserable day one due to the sunscreen dripping into my eyes and ended up dumping bottled water on my face to try to wash them out on three occasions.)

I was surprised that I didn't even need my sunglasses most of the day as the darker underside of the hat plus the large brim shaded my eyes . Indeed, these hats are light weight and give 360 degree solar cover from both UVA and UVB rays. In fact the hats were awarded an unprecedented 13 point utility patent fro sun protection. Except for the mesh ventilation inserts, the hats are rated at 50 UPF which is the highest rating given for clothing for ultraviolet protection against solar rays.

The unisex adventure hat and the Sunday Afternoon sports hats are our more popular sellers.

The adventure hat has these features:
# Rear sizing tape for custom fit.
# Hook and loop closure raises veil off neck
# Moisture wicking sweatband
# Down sloped 4 inch brim is flexible and shades entire face.
# Chin strap with cord lock
# 7.5 inch veil for neck and ears.
# Foam core brim floats.
# Dark underside of hat for eye comfort.

The unisex sports hat is similar. Other styles are available and all come in a variety of colors.

Thanks for your question. Stay safe in the sun!
Sincerely, Barbara.