|Year of manufacture
|Cream/sand (pictured above)
Also available: Tan/Chaparral
|Listed: 3.6 oz (102 g) for unspecified
Measured garment weight: 3.4 oz (97 g) for
Also available: Medium/Large
The Charter hat is designed for sun protection. It is very
lightweight, making it ideal for warm climates like
Arizona. Manufacturer's listed features include:
- Wide foam-core brim
- Packs flat for storage/travel
- UPF 50+ rating for sun protection, UPF 40+ on ventilated
top crown mesh
- Wicking sweatband with adjustable sizing
- Interior crown storage pocket
- Chin strap (adjustable)
Trying It Out
After removing from the packaging and cutting off
the hang tags/labels I tried the hat on for size. Fit
seems excellent, which is something I was worried about as I
have a very large cranium. Pictured at left is the size
adjustment along the sweat band, but so far it seemed good-to-go
out of the box and I didn't need to make any changes.
Visible in the first photo above are small slits in the sides
that are supposed to accommodate sunglasses for storage.
I've never found these to be particularly useful on hats I've
used in the past as I don't find it easy to get the glasses into
the slits when I can't see the top of my head, but we'll see how
it goes with the Charter hat design.
This is a very lightweight hat that seems like it will vent
well. The strip of fabric between the brim and the upper
mesh is almost translucent, and the mesh above that looks like
it will breathe very well.
This is an attractive hat. According to the User Guide
that came with the hat I can roll up the brim for a more jaunty
look, or I can loop the chinstrap over the top to give me a
little Aussie flair.
The chin strap adjusts easily and stows nicely in the crown
pocket. I find I don't use these very often, but when you
need one you really do need one, so I'm glad its there.
Also depicted in the photo at left is the internal
sweatband. The fabric is nice and soft, but the band does
not seem like it will absorb a tremendous amount of sweat as it
is quite thin. I'm not expecting this to be a problem, I
don't like a big sponge wrapped around my head, it looks like it
will do just fine.
Things that I find positive at this early stage
- Comfortable fit
- Very attractive hat, including the color
- I like the apparent breathability and light weight - this
should be a great hat for the Arizona summer
Perceived limitations at this early stage
- No real concerns up-front
Check back in two months when I've had a chance to tromp
around a bit in the mountains wearing this garment and see
what I have to say about it in my Field Report.
Thanks to Sunday Afternoons and
Backpackgeartest.org for the opportunity to contribute to this