82481Thank you Bob D - RE: OR - Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap
- Nov 19, 2013Thanks for answering the Call again this month Bob. Your OR has been added to the Edit Queue.
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---In BackpackGearTest@yahoogroups.com, <geartest@...> wrote:
I've got an OR for Nov/Dec's call for clothing - this time a hat.
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Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap
Owner Review By Bob Dorenfeld
November 16, 2013
Name: Bob Dorenfeld
I'm an active hiker, snowshoer, skier, backpacker, amateur
geographer and naturalist. Home base is the Southern Colorado
Rockies, where I usually journey from 7000 ft (2100 m) to above
treeline, with occasional desert trips to lower altitudes. Six to 12
miles (10 to 20 km) hiking in a day is my norm, including elevation
change of as much as 4000 ft (1200 m) in a day. Most of my backpack
trips are two or three nights, sometimes longer. Often I hike
off-trail on challenging talus, snowfields, or willow brakes, with
Location: Salida, Colorado, USA
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Weight: 135 lb (61 kg)
Year of Manufacture:
Manufacturer's Website: www.sundayafternoons.com
Nylon and polyester
Size Men's Medium
Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap
Photo: Sunday Afternoons
A good hat is hard to come by...and I'm always looking for one to wear
while hiking. I've gone through a lot of hats over the years! Some get
lost, others worn out, and a few just don't work for me. For most of my
warmer-weather trail adventures I prefer the versatile ball-cap style,
which is what this Sunday Afternoons Sun Tripper Cap is. Its nylon
outer body with inside polyester mesh is, according to Sunday
Afternoons, UPF 50+ certified against the sun and is water repellent and
stain resistant. Other features include slipstream mesh venting panels,
internal wicking sweatband, interior crown pocket, folding brim, and
cord lock and bungee for adjusting size. The body of the hat is sewn in
two pieces to allow a more generous fit over the head, and for
attachment to the inner mesh fabric. My cap is the "cream/gray" color
as seen in the photos; other colors are available.
Performance in the Field
I have owned this hat since 2012, but started wearing it regularly in
the spring of 2013. Since then I've doffed it for approximately 300
trail miles in temperatures from 40-90 F (4-32 C), in geography ranging
from alpine mountains to high desert. I estimated winds of as high as
50 mph (80 kph) at one exposed site while in this cap.
This is a really comfortable hat - it fits well on my head and the
bottom of the rim comes down to just between my ears and my head, where
it sits snugly. I'm sure that the two-piece body has a lot to do with
that fit. The brim is neither too long nor too short and so keeps the
sun out but allows good range of sight. I can tip the hat up or down
slightly as needed, and it stays in place thanks to the adjustable cord
lock and elastic cord.
Well-worn hatAs shown in this photo, taken recently after the summer and
fall 2013 hiking season, there are some sweat stains on the brow, but
the rest of the hat is surprisingly clean. I wouldn't expect any hat to
be completely stain-free, but this one does well after a hand-wash in
dish soap and warm water every four weeks or so.
This is my first cap with an interior mesh, and I was very nicely
surprised when I dipped it into the river to help cool off on a warm
sunny day, and found that it stayed wet for over an hour! Almost all
other hats I've owned dry out much more quickly than that in the dry air
typical of the Rocky Mountain region I hike in.
Of course, after the hat dries out I don't want it to be too hot, and
the mesh also provides enough air flow to stay cooler than a
solid-material hat would enable.
Although I don't use it very much, the folding brim is convenient for
stuffing the hat into a jacket pocket or other small space. There is
also a small wallet-sized pocket (with hook-and-loop closure) located
under the top of the hat; not a feature useful to me, but a nice
addition for keeping small items that adds to the versatility of the Sun
I already mentioned high winds, and I really like hats that stay on! In
that gale on a mountaintop I pulled the rear elastic very tight, settled
the hat low on my head, and even with the wind blowing directly into my
face and brim I was confident it wouldn't blow off and away (well,
almost confident - I did have to hold on to it for a couple of gusts).
An excellent hat...it fits me well, the cord lock is easily adjustable
at the rear, it sheds some rain, and keeps its moisture a long time on
the trail after being soaked in cold water. I like the way it fits
snugly around my ears and stays on in high winds. The wicking sweatband
does its job, and although I see some permanent sweat stains, they are
expected in any hat; regular hand washing in mild soap cleans up most
trail dirt. A sturdy and lightweight hat, I expect my Sun Tripper Cap
to last me for many more seasons of hiking and backpacking. I tried to
find a downside, but really couldn't. The price at US$26 initially
seemed high to me for a hat of this type, but if I can hold on to it for
a couple more hiking seasons I'll definitely be getting my money's worth.
Southern Colorado Rockies
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