Previous blogs have covered the fabrics that would be most suited to and comfortable in the tropics. It covered the Pros and Cons of a wide variety of fabrics and what characteristics were most popular. This is the first of a series of blogs on summer hats for men, women, youth and children, but we will first start with summer hats for women.
Over time this blog will introduce a wide selection of clothing and footwear for leisure, sports and travel, along with camping and hiking equipment, electronic equipment, camera equipment, cell phonE accessories, binoculars, travel guides, etc. to make your travel experience the most memorable.
Summer Hats for Women
Summer hats for women come in many styles, shapes and colors, but one of the most important things nowadays is that the hat should protect you from the harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun.
The American Academy of Dermatology promotes the wearing of sun protective clothing which will prevent sunburn and skin cancer such as basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas.
The good thing about a hat that has UV protection is that it will always be there, unlike a UV suntan lotion whose properties break down after two hours in the sun.
It is recommended that if you are buying hats for outdoor activities in hot climates then you should buy wide rim hats whose fabric is made of tightly woven denim, canvas, wool or synthetic fibers. A more open weave will still allow UV rays through the fabric.
In choosing colors, it is best to go with light colors as they reflect away the rays of the sun, whereas dark colors absorb the rays and increase the temperature of the fabric and will have less of a cooling effect; this is especially true for synthetic fabrics.
Our Top Picks for Hats for the Tropics for Women
The most popular hats for hot climates or hot weather can be seen below. These include:
- Wide Brim Straw Fedora Panama Straw Sun Hat UV UPF50
- Wide Brim Foldable Roll-up FURTALK Straw Sun Hat UV UPF50
- Audrey Ribbon Bucket Hat by Coolibar UV UPF50
- Wide Brim Muryobao Straw Sun Hat UV UPF50
- Wide Brim Foldable Outdoor Sun Hat with Cooling Mesh Ponytail Hole
- Victoria Fedora Sun Hat with UPF 50+
- Wide Brim Outdoor Safari Sun Hat with UV Protection
- Hiking Fishing Hat with Wide Brim and Large Neck Flap and UPF 50+
This straw hat is ideal for use anywhere. This attractive adjustable size hat is made of high-quality paper straw and has full UV UPF 50 sun protection. The hat comes with a wicking sweatband and an adjustable chin strap for windy conditions. The brim size around the hat is 2.75- 3.15 inch (7-8 cm) wide brim to provide shade for your face and neck. It comes in a wide variety of colors and head sizes which are adjustable using a Velcro strap inside the sweatband.
The hat is foldable for storage in your bag or luggage and can bounce back to its normal shape once released. Reviews on the Amazon website have been excellent for this hat. It got 3,345 global reviews
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2. Women’s Wide Brim Foldable Roll-up Straw Sun Hat with UV UPF 50 Sun Protection – Brand: FURTALK Store
This lightweight FURTALK summer straw hat is made of high-quality paper straw and is a very popular hat with young adults and seniors. The surface of the hat has UV UPF 50+ sun protection to reflect harmful rays from the sun. The very large brim, 4.7 – 4.7 inch (11.9 – 12.4 cm) wide, provides ample protection for the hot sun for your face, neck and ears. There is a wide sweat ban around the hat to prevent sweat on your forehead. The hat some in two sizes: Size M which is 21-22 inches (56-57.5 cm) in circumference and Size L which has a circumference size 22-23 inches (57.5-59.5cm). These sizes can be further adjusted using a Velcro strap inside the brim of the hat. These adjustments allow the user to have a loose-fitting or snug-fitting hat. The materials are durable and can be easily folded and put into your travel bag without damage or wrinkles. Reviews for the hat were very good showing 4.5 out of 5 stars from 6,365 reviews as of 19 May 2021.
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This 100% polyester bucket cap is 22 inches (55.9 cm) wide with a 3.6 inch (9.2 cm) brim. The hat is flexible, foldable and has an internal drawstring to adjust the size. The hat is wrinkle-resistant, washable and resistant to stains, and is recommended for all outdoor activities. The fabric has UV UPF 50+ protection from UVA and UVB rays from the sun and is a very popular hat for all ages and sexes.
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This popular lightweight hat is made of tightly woven 80% straw 20% polyester blend and is perfect for fun at the beach, attending special events such as parties, sports events, weddings and outdoor activities, and goes well with dresses, swimsuits or shorts. The floppy brim of the hat is 5.1 inches (13 cm) wide, and the hat has a circumference of 22.0 to 22.8 inches (56 to 58 cm).
The hat is foldable and has a sweatband that absorbs moisture keeping sweat from your eyes. If dirty, then it must be hand washed. This hat has a rating of 4.5 out of 5 out of 92 global reviews as of 19 May 2021.
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5. Sun Shade Women’s Wide Brim Foldable Outdoor Sun Hat with Cooling Mesh Ponytail Hole – Brand: HSELL Store
This foldable washable outdoor hat is made of a tight weave waterproof cloth and can be worn for a wide variety of outdoor activities, gardening, hiking, camping, fishing, sports, beachwear, travel, etc. The hat size can be adjusted from 21 to 23 inches, has a brim 3.35 inches wide and is 4.33 inches tall. It comes in many colors and has a unique hole at the back to accommodate people with ponytails, thus making it much cooler for people with long hair. The fabric has UV UPF50+ sun protection. The wearer can use the adjustable chin strap in windy weather.
This hat has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 out of 1,523 global reviews
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This stylish hat is made from 100% poly-straw with 100% cotton lining, and the surface is protected by UPF 50+ sun protection to reduce the damaging rays of the sun. The crown size is 22 5/inches or smaller and has an internal drawstring for the perfect fit. Customers say that it is 98% true to size. The brim of the hat measures 3 inches (7.6 cm). It comes in 11 colors to complement any outfit.
This hat has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 out of 767 global reviews
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This is actually a Beach Sun Bucket Hat with a detachable brim, which makes it much more versatile than conventional hats that cannot change shape. You can use it as a large sun hat or just use the bucket hat depending upon your need or occasion. It is made of 100% polyester and has a moisture-wicking cotton lining inside the bucket hat. The hat is also reversible, allowing the user to better color coordinate.
The 7.5 inch (19 cm) brim is attached to the bucket hat using button closures, and there is a wire installed on the outer rim to allow you to shape the brim as you desire. The circumference of the hat + attachable brim is 21.5 – 22.5 inches (54.6 – 57 cm). The brim of the bucket hat is 4 inches (10 cm).
The hat is very foldable and does not take up space in your luggage or backpack. The fabric has full UPF 50+ sun protection and the wide brim covers your whole head and shoulders to protect your skin from the sun. The fabric is easily cleaned by hand washing. This hat has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 out of 1,282 global reviews
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This 100% premium nylon sun & fishing hat is lightweight, breathable, waterproof and quick drying. The nylon is also coated with UPF 50+ which blocks 99% for the sun’s harmful rays. The hat has a 4.6 inch (11.7 cm) wide brim to protect your face, ears and neck. A 1.18 inch (3 cm) moisture-wicking band is sewn into the hat to protect you from sweat on your face and eyes. This is a one size fits all hat that has a head circumference of 23.2 inches (58.9 cm) and an elastic drawstring to adjust the size. A ponytail hole is available at the back to reduce temperature because of long hair. The fabric is foldable and can be restored to its former shape easily. This hat is perfect for hiking, boating, camping, gardening or just hanging out at the beach. This hat comes in 10 colors to best suit your favorite outfits.
This hat has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 out of 786 global reviews
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A selection of top picks for men is provided in the following post entitled ‘Most Popular Summer Hats for Men‘, and top picks for kids is found at ‘Summer Hats for Kids‘. More detailed information on the characteristics of several of the most common fabric types is discussed in the blog ‘Tropical Island Clothing – The clothes you choose for your vacation‘.
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