The Best Hiking Hat in Australia [2019]

Best Hiking hats

Out on the trail, the sun can be quite ferocious. Especially in hot and sunny climates or at high altitudes, it’s easy to get a sunburn if you leave your face unprotected.

Although sunburn might not seem like a major issue, a bad one can be painful and uncomfortable enough to ruin a hiking trip, especially if you get burned on your face or ears. Hiking hats therefore are the most important piece of kit for protecting yourself against the sun.

There are many great hiking hats on the market but it can be difficult to choose just one from all of the options that are available to you. To help you decide which hat is right for your needs, check out this hiking hat buyer's guide and review that takes you through the ins and outs of hiking hats.

After the summary table below we will discuss some of the key things to look for in a hiking hat, followed by our detailed reviews.


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PRODUCT
OUR #1 RATED
OUR #1 RATED

SUNDAY AFTERNOONS ULTRA ADVENTURE

  • Light
  • Cape-style hat
  • UPF 50
  • Wicking


TILLEY T5

  • Eco-friendly and organic materials
  • Well ventilated
  • UPF 50


AKUBRA TERRITORY WIDE BRIM

  • Australian made
  • Real fur felt
  • UPF 50


SUNDAY AFTERNOONS SUN GUIDE

  • Versatile
  • UPF 50
  • Good ventilation


MARMOT PRECIP BASEBALL CAP

  • Waterproof and seam-sealed
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable

How to choose A HIKING HAT

Although they may seem like simple pieces of gear, there’s actually quite a bit that goes into making a quality hiking hat. Here are some things to look for before you buy one:

Brim Shape/Size

A traditional hiking hat will have a full brim, which provides ample sun protection around the entire head. Generally speaking, the wider the brim, the more protection you’ll have, but the heavier and more “in the way” the hat will be.

Other options, like baseball hats, provide sun coverage for the front of the face, but none for the ears and neck, although they allow for good peripheral visibility. A good middle ground, when it comes to hats, is a “cape style” hat which has a brim in the front and a “cape” that drapes over the back of the neck for sun protection.

Sun Protection

While a hat does provide sun protection just by covering your head, some hats also have a built-in UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) rating, which allows the fabric to be quite thin while still blocking harmful rays.


HIKING HAT reviews

#1 ​Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure HAT

TOP PICK

BUY AT WILD EARTH

​If you want the sun protection of a full-brimmed hat without the extra weight and restricted peripheral vision, then a "cape" hat like the Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure might be for you.

This lightweight hiking hat has a slim, well-ventilated construction and is made from breathable UPF 50 materials that wick away sweat while protecting you from the sun.

Pros
  • Light
  • Cape-style hat
  • UPF 50
  • Wicking                                                               
cons
  • Not very stylish                                       

#2 Tilley T5 HIKING HAT

BUY AT WILD EARTH

​Made from organic, eco-friendly materials, the Tilley T5 hiking hat is designed to keep the sun off your face with a UPF 50 rating while simultaneously allowing for maximum breathability.

You can wave a sweaty head goodbye with the T5’s ventilated crown, which helps move warm air out and cold air in for a better hiking experience.

Pros
  • Eco-friendly and organic materials
  • Well ventilated
  • UPF 50                                                          
cons
  • Expensive
  • Fairly narrow brim for a sun hat              

#3 Akubra Territory Wide Brim hat

BUY AT WILD EARTH

​A veritable national icon, the Australian-made fur felt Akubra Territory Wide Brim hat is specifically designed to keep you protected from the sun while looking good.

With UPF 50 sun protection and a 102mm wide brim, the Akubra Territory is a great option for people who want a lot of sun and rain protection while hiking.

Pros
  • Australian made
  • Real fur felt
  • UPF 50                                                           
cons
  • Heavy
  • Expensive
  • Poor ventilation                                          

#4 ​Sunday Afternoons Sun Guide Cap

BUY AT WILD EARTH

​The Sun Guide Cap is a versatile, all-in-one hat that bridges the divide between a cape hat and a baseball cap. At its base, it is a standard, well-ventilated baseball cap with a detachable microfiber cape.

The detachability of the cape gives the Sun Guide a number of different configurations, making it a great option for people who expect to encounter many different climates on their hikes.

Pros
  • Versatile
  • UPF 50
  • Good ventilation                                         
cons
  • Not stylish                                                

#5 ​Marmot Precip Baseball Cap

BUY AT WILD EARTH

​Made with fully waterproof materials, the Precip helps keep your head warm and dry in a rainstorm. That being said, the baseball cap design leaves much to be desired on the sun-protection front as it doesn’t cover the ears or neck.

Pros
  • Waterproof and seam-sealed
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable                                              
cons
  • Minimal sun protection                          

verdict

At the end of the day, if you can only choose one hat, you want something that’s versatile, durable, and great at protecting you from the elements. If we had to choose, we’d pick the Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure because it is well ventilated and designed to keep you protected from whatever mother nature throws at you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Mountain guide

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gaby Pilson

Professional Mountain Guide


A professional mountain guide and experienced outdoor educator, Gaby enjoys travelling and exploring the world’s most remote locales.

As a writer and editor, Gaby has written for a variety of climbing and travel blogs, news sites, and climbing magazines.

She is currently finishing a master’s degree in outdoor education but in her free time, Gaby loves a strong cup of coffee and searching for the next great adventure.