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COLUMBIA SPORTSWEAR BORA BORA BOONEY HAT
BY TODD A. YODER
OWNER REVIEW
January 21, 2008

TESTER INFORMATION

NAME: Todd A. Yoder
EMAIL: pyroman489@cox.net
AGE: 46
LOCATION: Fort Smith, AR. USA
GENDER: M
HEIGHT: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
WEIGHT: 200 lb (90.70 kg)

I am a full time firefighter and am on our Rough Terrain Rescue Team, I am also a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts. Our troop started backpacking about five years ago. I mostly hike extended weekend trips that last 3 4 days. I would consider myself a mid to lightweight backpacker. I normally hike in the Ozark and Quachita mountains from early fall to late spring.

PRODUCT INFORMATION

Manufacturer: Columbia Sportswear Company
Year of Manufacture: N/A
Manufacturer's Website: http://www.columbia.com/
MSRP: US $N/A
Listed Weight: N/A
Weight as Delivered: 3.4 ounces (96.4 grams)
Sizes: One size fits most
Width of Brim: 2.7" (6.86 cm)
Color: island orange, fossil, suede, sage, blue frost, fossil/black
and sage/black.

The inner tags (there are 3 of them!) notes that the outer shell is
100% nylon, and the mesh lining is 100% polyester. It directs you to
hand wash and line dry. The underside of the brim is black to reduce
glare and the inner hat is lined with a moisture-wicking polyester
sweatband with a cooling mesh upper panel in the hood.

The hat comes in one-size fits all with an adjustable draw cord and
toggle that cinches the hat comfortably around my brow. The
adjustable chinstrap comes in handy in windy conditions.

FIELD USE

This is my second Bora Bora; I lost my first one
several years ago while on a camping trip. This hat has followed me
through the Boundary Waters of Minnesota, the Teton's of Wyoming, and
the Waimea Canyon, "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific." in Kauai.
This hat is lightweight but protects me from the sun and keeps me dry
in light rainstorms. In the hot summer days the hat keeps me cool
due to the vented mesh panel. The hat can be hot when doing
strenuous activities but this is when the chinstrap comes in handy as
I can slide the hat off and let my head cool. The hat does not keep
me warm in the cold weather but I take along a beanie to wear under
the hat to keep me warmer. The adjustable draw cord works well with
this as it can adjust to the additional bulk under the hat.

SUMMARY

Over all this is a great hat that provides great protection from the
sun. I wear this hat every time I go out into the wilderness whether
it's canoeing, backpacking or just camping.

THINGS I LIKE

- The hat is light weight
- The hat is breathable
- The hat provides protection from the sun and light rain
- The adjustable draw cord allows for a custom fit to my head

THINGS I DON'T LIKE

- The hat doesn't provide warmth in the winter
- The hat becomes hot during strenuous activities

SIGNATURE

Todd A. Yoder

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