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Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure Storm Hat

Test Report by Joe Schaffer

INITIAL REPORT - August 22, 2019
NAME: Joe Schaffer
EMAIL: never2muchstuff(at)yahoo(dot)com
AGE: 71
HAT SIZE: Medium
HOME:  Bay Area, California USA

     I enjoy California's central Sierras, camping every month with a goal to match my age in nights out each year. For comfort I lug tent, mattress, chair and such. Typical summer trips run 5-8 days; 40 lb (18 kg), about half food and water related; about 5 miles (8 km) per hiking day in the bright and sunny granite in and around Yosemite. I winter base camp most often at 6,000 to 7,000 ft (1,800 to 2,000 m); 2 to 3 nights; 50 lb (23 kg); a mile or so (1.6 km) on snowshoes.

sideProduct: Ultra Adventure Storm Hatback

Manufacturer:  Sunday Afternoons
        Weight: 2.9 oz (82 g)
        Sizes: S/M and L/XL 
        Colors: Pine, Taupe, Shadow   
        Features: (from mfr. website)

    100% waterproof
    Breathable fabric
    Fully seam taped
    3 1/4" (83 mm) Reverse Split Brim™ and 6" (152 mm) neck cape
    Reinforced brim structure
    Reflective details
    Integrated wicking mesh liner
    bluesign certified main fabric
    Adjustable sizing
    Packs for travel
    Patent pending
    UPF 50+ sun rating
    Weight: 2.9 ounces

WARRANTY: Lifetime materials and workmanship.

CARE: Hand wash cold, line dry; and don't do anything else to it.

MSRP: $54 US

Received: August, 2019

foldedMy Specs:  S/M size
        Weight 2 3/4 oz (79 g)
        Front brim: 3.5 in (9 cm)
        Cape: 6 1/8 in (15 cm)

My Description:
       Ultra is a lightweight weather hat with a broad brim around the front and a long cape around the back. It features reflective strips on the back of the head; webbing strap adjustment to fit the head; and a chin strap. The strap feels like flattened para cord and has a cord lock. The brim of the hat has a crease in the center to allow the hat to be folded up (not down). The inside of the hat is lined with polyester fabric. The hat body is 78% nylon/22% polyester.

     I'll have to give up the manly swagger of my cowboy hat, but I'm eager to give this headpiece a run. It seems remarkably light, and I like that it folds up to a very tidy, flat package.
I've not seen a hat before that figures out how to fold in half without stressing the pellon that keeps the brim in shape. The hat adjusts to fit me perfectly; and the chin strap is a must for windy conditions or granite scrambling.

    I wore the hat in the 72 F (22 C) house for an hour and was impressed with how well it breathes. Then I wore it in the shower and am certainly initially impressed with how well it sheds water. Water beads up and can be almost completely shaken off for the hat to dry in minutes.

    The hat's cape deserves special comment as I'm often at risk of a sunburned neck when I neglect to take appropriate defensive measures. The cape looks like it will provide ample coverage. It's also long enough to go well over the collar of a shirt or jacket, deflecting water that would otherwise run down the inside.

     Reflective strips on the back should help SAR find me when I'm face down on the trail some night.

Feather-light weather hat breathes well and sheds water. Large brim and cape for sun and weather protection.
Quick shots:
a) light
    b) comfortable
    c) great coverage
    d) folds small
Thank you Sunday Afternoons and for the opportunity to test this product. Field Report in two months and Long Term Report in four.

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