I'm a big goofy guy, so like and wear big goofy hats.
I like the KAVU chillba.
Can be had in many colors, floats, has a chin strap for heavy winds, is pretty floppy in heavy winds, but does do some shading of bald heads and necks and facess
I run a palm straw hat - had it for years. when it's hot dunk it, when it's raining it seals up - sort-of. Anyways most of the rain runs off. Regular straw falls apart, palm lasts much longer. I got mine, like 10 years ago at Targhee fest. I see them every year at various outdoor markets - they're usually 40-50 bucks.
The Riverz look pretty sweet.... Not sure about $95 bucks for a hat but I like the idea of the adjustable band and sizing.
My son's river hat (and my wife's tucked up under the bimini)
Tilley hat. Made in Canada. Very durable. Has a replacement guarantee if you wear it out. Half price replacement if you lose it. I have had one for about 7 years now. I just wash it in the washer after each trip (river, camping, fishing, hunting, framing, roofing, backpacking, etc...) I use it a lot. Buy it about one size bigger, as they shrink a small amount. Only complaint is they are hotter than a baseball hat. Check out their website. Just my experience with hats.
I wear a Tilley hat. After many years, I had one wear out. They sent me a new one for free as their warranty states. The newest one has many years on it. I like the chin strap design. Mostly I wear it with the strap stuffed in the top, but if the wind comes up, it's quick and easy the pull the strap down.
The biggest reason I wear it is for sun protect on my face, ears and neck. It does great in the rain, unless it's a big, long downpour. Then it will get soggy, but I still wear it, wet as long as it's not cold out. When it's hot, I dunk it regularly to keep my head cool.
Your sex appeal drops by at least 50% the instant you don one, but a cotton fisherman's hat is pretty darn functional. They're dirt cheap, will fold up and stow when it's windy, you can soak it in the water when it's hot, and it has enough lip to shade well for mid-day. Switch to a visor or ball cap cinched tight for the wind or angled for early- or late-day sun. I keep a Seattle Sombrero in the dry bag for wet days. I gave up on straw hats since they all seem to get floppy in the wind or squashed inadvertently.
Also, after leaving my hat and sun glasses hanging on a tree one morning, I always bring at least two of each.
I'm on my 3rd Shady Brady Crushable. Shady Brady Hat Company Theyre spendy (Birthday present) but they last about a decade . My first one blew off my head and sank in a swamp in Louisiana. Since then I glue a minicell disk in the crown for flotation. I also put a grommet in the back of the brim. I can clip it to the back of my PFD when it gets windy because stampede strings are just in the way.
I wear a straw cowboy shaped hat, But I think of river hats to be a disposable item. Lucky if they make it through a season. they get crushed in cars, sat on, dunked in the river, rained on, lost, who knows what happens but mine always look like shit after 2 months.
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