Love this hat. I lost my Outdoor Research full brim hat and was on a quest for a new one for a few months.
The Compass is exactly what I was looking for. I got the cream color which is very cool in direct sun. The dark under-brim means no glare. The convertible vents work nicely to allow a breeze in. My head is shaved and I can definitely feel the ventilation when they're up.The sun protection is very good - I was out from 10-2 in southern California sun with no sunblock on my neck or face and was not burned at all
I'm an avid paddler so love that it floats. I was playing in the surf and got knocked over by a wave and lost my hat. I went into shore, climbed on some rocks, found it floating in the rip current and was able to retrieve it! nice.
My only complaint whatsoever is that the chin strap is exactly over your ears which is a horrible place for the strap. This flaw is common to many brands so its not the end of the world, but a hat maker should know by now to put the strap forward or back of center, not right over your ears!
That said, I will happily buy another when I loose or wear this one out. Highly recommended.
I bought this hat for myself and liked it so much I showed it to the company I worked for and they adopted it as part of their uniform for outside workers. Nice design, not hot to wear and travels well if you have to pack it. I have several now and love them
Best sun hat I have ever tried in ages. Not over priced for its features materials and fit. love the cream color and grayish bottom color for glare. The only other type hat that worked good for me was a straw hat that didn't hold up to the test of time. I love the brim style they use here. Looks great and functions very good. UPF 50+ rating is excellent. You will like this hats features fit materials and finish.
Like the hat....basically...but why can't hat manufacturers do the things we want. They'd sell more hats for sure.
Firstly...the adjustable fit works well. The flappy bits on top even work to ventilate in the rain. Good.
Now my criticisms. The chin strap attaches right at my ears...as they do for others. It's too far back and the hats blows off or lifts in strong winds. I moved the attachment points forward 40mm. Works well now.
The brim, despite a plastic outer rim strip, lifts in strong winds and it doesn't have enough of a downward cast for sun protection on the sides. I took to it with scissors and put a few "darts" in the sides of the brim and then glued a sheet of stiff foam right around under the brim. That fixed those problems. Sunday Afternoons...we want stiff brims!
Lastly, you know how we park sunglasses up on top of baseball caps? It works with caps because they have a firm shape. 'Doesn't work with this hat though - glasses fall off every time I look down. I added glasses arm keepers at the side and a narrow hook and loop strap at the front. That fixed that problem. Gee, I rather all this was done at manufacture though. I'd pay the extra.
The Compass hat is fantastic; lightweight, wide brim, side vents. Great for sailing on other on the water use. Best of all, I received unusually superb customer service from Kristin at Sunday hats.
Tanks very much.