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Shred Alert Outback Hat : A Great Reason for a Tropical Vacation

My complexion lies on the peachy end of the global continuum of skin color, so when I hit the trails at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada this past September, I was quick to don my new Outback Hat from Shred Alert.

The day was hot and sunny, but the Outback had me covered with a 360-degree brim wide enough to totally shield my face, ears, and neck from all angles. Of course, once I had let the sunblock soak in, and was feeling a little jaunty, I quickly snapped up one side of the brim to give me an oh-so-Aussie appearance that met with my wife's aesthetic approval.  

In fact, as we changed our facing over the course of our hike, I simply changed the up and down sides of the brim for the most effective shading.   As the sun lowered, I ended up wearing both sides snapped up and still looked sassy, (er, I mean, manly.) Either way, I felt comfortable under the sturdy, lightweight cotton canvas.

The next day we hiked at Zion National Park. The trek to Angel's Landing, an essential part of the Zion experience, was going to take us in and out of the hot sun as we wound our way up the steep climb. No problem. I unstuffed the Outback from my day pack and kept my cool under its light and absorptive lining.  

Along the last stretch of the trail, known locally as the Razor's Edge because of the sheer exposure on both sides, I decided to use the adjustable cord-lock strap that I had kept tucked up inside the crown. Blow as they would, the mighty winds of Southwestern Utah couldn't part me from my new favorite hiking hat.  

You won't want to part with yours either.

Available in tan, green, and maliblue.

Bottom Line: For a g'day in the sun, the Outback is a most comfortable, very versatile hat.    --B.S. (Nov. '06)

Price: $23

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When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.

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