Guys – Are You Guilty Of Negligence?

  The Best Style Hats For Sun Protection – Men And Boys
When it comes to total protection from harmful UV rays while spending time on the lake fishing or playing outdoor sports men and boys alike should try to find a hat that will protect not only their eyes and face but their ears and back of the neck.  It’s common that men will throw on a simple baseball cap and assume that it’s enough protection but we find that sunburned necks or ears are pretty common using this type of cap.  Since there are so many hats out there, in this article we’ll be focusing on some of the best style hats that men and boys can use while spending time outside that will help them lessen sun exposure and give sufficient all over protection.

Legionnaire Hats – These types of caps have become very popular among hunters and fishermen due to the practical yet functional style.  Made up of canvass, cotton or windbreaker materials they provide comfort, flexibility and protection.  With long wide brim and an adjustable chin strap men and boys can both benefit from this hat.  Typically this hat will come with a removable back flap in case the person wearing it wants to wear it inside so there is a bit of double duty in this particular hat.  This is a great option for men and boys simply because the flap covers the entire ear and back of the neck while the long wide brim reaches out far enough to shade the face from sun.

Fisherman Hats – Fisherman hats have come a long way, if you can find one with a

No neck-negligence here! Widebrimmed Fishermans hat with neck guard

No neck-negligence here! Widebrimmed Fishermans hat with neck guard

large circumference brim it should provide you with sufficient sun protection.  They usually have Velcro siding to adjust coverage and the tie strap allows for a snug fit for windy days.  Well ventilated and flexible, fisherman’s hats work great for men and boys due to their maneuverability and versatility.

Baseball Hats – Though I wouldn’t typically recommend this as an option some men and most boys have a favorite baseball cap that they just don’t want to give up, if this is the case there is a way to make that beloved hat more efficient at protecting you from the sun.  Purchasing a separate neck guard that can be attached to any cap also known as a universal neck protector can turn a simple ball cap into a hat that protects the neck and ears which is most commonly sunburned while wearing regale baseball caps.

When selecting a hat for men or boys it’s important to look at the materials used, how large the brim is and if there is any additional protection for the ears and neck.  Try a few hats on and make sure you look at where the shade hits on the face and neck to ensure that you’re getting a quality hat with sufficient sun protection.

Do you or your son have a favorite hat that works to block UV exposure?  Tell us about it!

Sarah Shade (Guest Blogger) Sarah Shade

Sarah Shade is a long time writer that brings tips, education, and the latest trends in all things heath, fitness, technology & green living. She lives in Sterling and is mommy to Mikey and Foxy the BEST dogs on the face of the earth!

About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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3 Responses to Guys – Are You Guilty Of Negligence?

  1. bamauthor says:

    Really does not matter how it looks….just protect yourself from the sun… will be too late once the damage is done.

  2. Judith says:

    So many cases of melanoma here in the south pacific. Children are not allowed out in the school grounds in the summer without hats and sun screen. My children have grown up expecting to wear hats in the sun. Thanks for bringing this to the attention of the masses. It is so important. And thanks for dropping by and deciding to follow my blog.

  3. Benjamin 0 says:

    Sometimes I’m guilty of it, but I appreciated the encouragement to continue wearing full brimmed hats, that I love!!! Pretty darn cool that your blog focuses on hats!
    In the construction trades, we like to say, “a house is a set of good boots, a jacket that breathes, and a good hat!”

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