When I was a junior sailor, I scoffed at sun protection; now that rates of skin cancer have dramatically increased, I pay close attention. Sun Day Afternoons’s Adventure Hat offers great UV protection (the hat’s material carries a 50+ SPF rating) and, thanks to its generous, down-sloped bill, plenty of shade. What caught my eye was the hat’s long back veil, which keeps the sun off your neck. The Adventure Hat also features breathable mesh siding, a moisture-wicking sweatband, and a chinstrap. $38. Sun Day Afternoons, 888-874-2642, www.sundayafternoons.com
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Posted: April 15, 2008