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Sunday Afternoons Charter Hat
By Raymond Estrella

July 13, 2014


NAME: Raymond Estrella
EMAIL: rayestrellaAThotmailDOTcom
AGE: 53
LOCATION: North Western Minnesota, USA
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 213 lb (96.60 kg)

I've been backpacking for over 30 years, all over California, Minnesota, and many western states. I hike year-round in all weather, and average 500+ miles (800+ km) per year. I make a point of using lightweight gear, and smaller volume packs. Doubting I can ever be truly ultralight, I try to be as light as I can yet still be comfortable. I start early and hike hard so as to enjoy the afternoons exploring/chilling. I usually take a freestanding tent and enjoy hot evening meals. If not hiking solo I am usually with my brother-in-law Dave or my twin children.


Manufacturer: Sunday AfternoonsCharter hat
Web site:
Product: Charter Hat
Year manufactured: 2014
MSRP: US $49.00
Weight listed: 3.6 oz (102 g)
Verified weight: 3.49 oz (99 g)
Size: Large
Color reviewed: Cream/Sand
Image courtesy Sunday Afternoons

Product Description

The Sunday Afternoons Charter Hat (hereafter called the Charter or hat) is a lightweight hat (or as the company calls it "sun fedora") that provides pretty good sun protection. The protection comes from the 100% nylon that it is made of. The nylon is said to block 98% of UV and provides an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) of 50+ (40 at the top crown mesh ventilation).

The nylon has also been treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) that Sunday Afternoons call their ShieldTek technology. This is said to make the fabric dry 3-5 times faster than un-treated fabrics.


It has a brim that is 3.25 inches at the front and back and 2.5 inches at the sides (64 & 83 mm). The brim is I believe made of foam trapped between two layers of the nylon. It is stitched through every 0.25 in (63 mm) round and round the brim. The foam allows the hat to float when dropped in the water. Sunday Afternoons calls it their "FloatCore brim technology". (I call my gel pen Ink Transfer Technology… ;-) The bottom of the brim is made of a darker nylon than the rest of the hat. This is to cut glare.

The side band (or barrel) of the Charter has an extra layer of material for the first inch (25 mm) above the brim. It matches up with the soft sweat band on the inside and adds strength. They added a couple slots in the outer layer and say that it can provide a secure parking spot for sunglasses by sliding the arms into the slots.

The top consists of a flat one-piece crown. A thin support wire runs around the outer edge of the crown. Just under the crown the top inch (25 mm) of the side band is made of polyester mesh. From outside it looks like the mesh has small holes but actually it is an extremely fine mesh as can be seen when looking at it from the inside.

Iside and sunglass parking

Looking inside shows a pocket that covers the entire crown of the Charter. It has a small patch of hook-and-loop as a closure. At the very back of the hat there is a "Anchor Lock", a flat sliding dis-connect buckle on a thin nylon strap that allows the hat to be cinched tight to the head. Just under the Anchor Lock is a tag with the size and material information on one side, and washing instructions on the other. They are; hand wash cold, line dry, no dryer, no iron. (No problem…) The last thing to notice inside is the wicking sweatband.

The Charter may be kept on my head in windy conditions by tightening the adjustable chin strap that drops from the sides. The strap runs through a small cord-lock. One cool thing about the Charter is the way that it will collapse flat for storage. Just push down on the crown and it drops down to about one inch (25 mm) thick.

That's the Charter hat. Now it's time to get it in the field to see how it works. Come back in a few months to see how it did. My thanks to Sunday Afternoons and for letting me put it to the test.

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