Our Favorite Sun Hats for Men

Keep your cool with these functional and fashionable hats


October 20, 2021
Man in sun hat standing in the woods
Don’t head out into the sun with a stylish and protective hat. Unsplash

“Don’t go outside without a hat on!” Floridians have been hearing this since we were little. Moms always knew best, right? As a result, generation after generation of Florida natives grow up with closets full of sweat-stained ball caps and hats. But the happy truth is that one well-chosen hat can last for years – and keep your face and neck safe from the sun’s rays.

Here are several models of hats we think are perfect for life under the sun.

Columbia Unisex-Adult Bora Bora Booney
This hat features UPF 50 sun protection and is made of a sweat-wicking fabric. Columbia

You can call this a “fishing” cap but we think it’s good for any outdoor activity. It features a wide protective brim and mesh venting panels to keep your noggin cool. The drawstring lets you adjust the hat’s size as needed. Hand wash this and it will last for years.

Tilley Mens Womens LTM6 Broad Brim Extra Ventilation Sun Protection Airflo Bucket Sun Hat
This hat has a UPF 50+ sun protection rating and features a secret pocket for keeping a driver’s license, cash or room key safe. Tilley

Tilley built this hat so that the crown is slightly higher than the competition’s. Why? So that the hat doesn’t sit right up against the top of your head, allowing the mesh vents to keep you cool no matter the weather.

Home Prefer Mens UPF 50+ Sun Protection Cap Wide Brim Fishing Hat with Neck Flap
This polyester constructed hat is designed to keep the sun at bay. Home Prefer

The wide brim and mesh vents will keep your melon cool while the back flap takes the heat off your backside. The chin strap is both adjustable and removable.

Sunday Afternoons Havana Hat
This fedora-style hat is made of 90 percent paper and 10 percent polyester. Sunday Afternoons

Not every hat needs to be saved for sweat-drenched afternoons in the Florida heat. This hat looks sharp in the evenings when you’re strolling down to the neighborhood bistro for a mojito. The size is adjustable using an interior strap, and the breathable construction gives it excellent ventilation.


Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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