Here’s a riddle… What do cowboys, jungle explorers and Spanish workers all have in common?
These were all men who spent/spend great portions of their time outdoors in the elements. They were all men who had the good sense to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Cowboys, with their 10-gallon hats and the iconic Stetson have long been an American symbol of a hard-working man. Pith helmets were the favoured choice for early explorers of warmer climates because of the shade they provided, but the Spanish & Mexicans may have had it the best with their wide brimmed sombreros.
All of these men recognized the fact that too much sun is simply not good for humans. Today we know more about exactly causes the problem. It’s the ultraviolet rays from the sun that do the most damage to human skin, especially over long periods of time. We know over time the sun causes premature aging of the skin, better known as wrinkles, and worse, we understand the connection between ultraviolet light and skin cancer.
While the Stetson, pith helmet, and sombrero still exist today, men also have additional choices. Technology and the clothing industry have joined together to create a whole new generation of sun protective hats for men. Made from fabric specially designed to increase protection from the sun’s harmful rays, men’s sun hats offer a new and better way to enjoy being outdoors. Whether you’re going hiking on the Appalachian Trail, river rafting on the Grand Canyon, or just out on a Saturday afternoon mowing the grass, men’s sun hats are a wise choice.
Making that choice is easy too if you think about a few critical factors.
- Fit – You’ll wear a hat more often if it fits correctly. If should be comfortably snug but not tight.
- Style & Colour – The brim is the most important factor to consider in the style of your new hat. Choose one with enough width to provide adequate protection. Men’s sun hats come in many styles and colours so find the one that fits your needs.
- Fabric – The hat you choose should be made of fabric that provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor or UPF of at least 30. The scale goes to 50+ so you have options. Also the fabric should be light weight so that it “breathes”, keeping your head cooler and so that it dries quickly if it gets wet.
- Options – Some men’s sun hats come with straps which make it easier to keep it on your head. Some also come with flaps that can be unrolled or unfolded to provide additional coverage for your neck and shoulders.
Now what are you waiting for? Go find that great hat and get out there for your next wild adventure or your next relaxing day outside in the sun.