Reviewed by Hiker-girl from Prescott AZ on Thursday, March 19, 2015
This hat is made of a treated, stiff canvas. It's very lightweight. It runs small. I have a small head and ordered a medium and had to send it back as it was so tight. A large fit well (21" head). If you pack it, be very careful of the brim--any wrong bend will alter its shape and render it unattractive. It seems to have an Australian look to it.
Reviewed by gulfbreeze from FL on Friday, March 13, 2015
It's no surprise this hat has no sweat band when the pic shows through the ventilation it doesn't have one (or at least it would be impossible to have one of any consequence). But for the most part, I don't notice any difference (and I shave my head so no hair to buffer any perspiration). Perhaps that makes the lack of a sweatband on this Kakadu less noticeable (and perhaps better) for me since I simply get more air circulation to my scalp.
Also note that while the poly fabric may be UPF 50+, it is for certain the ventilating fabric on the sides of the crown is not even UPF 50 since the ventilating fabric covers approx. 50% of surface area at most. A UPF 50 rating translates to no more than 1/50 of UV rays penetrate the fabric (meaning ~98% of UV rays are being blocked, and ~2% of those rays are transmitted through the fabric). Kakadu's advertising of UPF 50+ means they claim less than 2% UV transmission. So since the ventilating fabric covers perhaps only 50% of surface area, effectively such fabric has a UPF rating of ~0.
Also note that this minimal UPF rating applies to ANY hat that has ventilating fabric with substantial holes.
Given this hat's limitations, I use it for specific applications and it works ok. Living in brutal FL sunshine it is definitely the last hat I would ever choose for wearing on mid-summer days. Unlike some other reviewers, mine came true to size in a Large.
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