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The Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat helps you enjoy bright, sunny days in the backcountry.

Pull on the Outdoor Research Helios Sun Hat and explore the red rocks or kayak on a bright summer day. This lightweight sun hat protects your head with UPF 50+ SolarShield fabric. The Helios Hat's Coolmax headband wicks moisture to keep you cool while you're exerting yourself in the sun, and the external drawcord and removable chin cord dial in your comfort. Not to worry if you drop this Outdoor Research hat in the water, its foam-stiffened brim floats.

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fisherlady's dream catch.

fisherlady's dream catch.

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...see what I did there.

I love this hat. Dry fast, fits great, breaths well and is easy to pack without damaging the shape. It's my go to hat and I'm not going back.
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4 5

You have to have a floppy hat.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Great hat keeps the sun out of your eyes and off you neck.

You have to have a floppy hat.
5 5

Perfect Hat

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I first ordered the OR Sombriolet, but returned it. The brim was just too big and the style not quite right for me. I got the Helios instead and couldn't be happier. After spending a week in this hat camping, hiking and fishing, we'll, it's perfect for me. I ditched the chin strap, but could see using it if boating or in high wind conditions. The adjustable tension has been just right for fine-tuning the fit for different conditions. The brim has been good for sun and for shedding rain, like when breaking camp in a downpour. So glad I got this hat!

5 5

Can't get it away from my Husband.

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

Got this hat for my husband and now he does not want to take it off. Other guys keep stopping him and asking where he got it, which in turn makes him preen like a pretty blonde on prom night. Love the hat, but a little iffy on the diva attitude it has caused.

5 5

Superb Hat for all outdoor applications

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This hat is wonderful. It fits and performs better than most every similar hat I have tried, even by the same company. The material is good for hot days even and does a good job of keeping the sun off your face and keeping you cool. I use it for hiking, biking, camping, fishing. Get it wet, get it dirty, get it windy, scorch it in the sun.... it can handle it all.

4 5

Nice sun hat

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size

Got this hat recently and it really does the job when out in bright sunlight. Sure it's not waterproof and a little floppy but it has a nice wide brim and covers your shoulders and neck well. I would recommend it for nice sunny days, not for extreme weather though.

Outdoor Research Sun Protection Products

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If you're not careful, long days outside hiking, paddling or climbing can leave your skin damaged and burned. To keep you protected from damaging ultraviolet rays, Outdoor Research offers a full line of sun hats, and UV Protective shirts and pants designed to keep you protected from the sun.

5 5

Summer Hat of Choice!

Every member of our survey crew and family owns this hat. Guys and girls. It's a great light weight hat. Drawstring in the back allows a perfect custom fit. Easy to fold and pack. We have had these hats for years. We have backups for when they are dirty or briefly misplaced. Easy to wash in washing machine, air dries over night. My husband says "you should be born with them on." They have a floppy brim that takes good shape and form after a few washes.

how wide is the brim on the mens helios...

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how wide is the brim on the mens helios hat

5 5

Great Hat

Bought this hat for glider club operations. Fits great, is very comfortable, and shields my face and neck adequately and the brim is not too large.to wear when piloting the glider.

I need a large Kid size age 5,6,7 with...

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I need a large Kid size age 5,6,7 with this style of hat, color sand, do you have it?? Item: ODR0223

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Hi nla5644521,

if you go here: http://www.backcountry.com/outdoor-research-helios-sun-hat-kids

And you use the drop down button on the upper left side, you'll see that the color Sandstone is out of stock in the Large size--the typical size for a 5,6,7 kid...

If you'd like to know when it'll be back in stock, try using the "Chat" function on backcountry's website--they handle stock issues better than these question forums do (the people answering questions are typically not backcountry employee's).

5 5

No more red ears

I absolutely love the OR Helios Hat. It fits perfectly, sheds water well enough to use in the rain, and keeps me from having to lather my dome in sunscreen. I was right in between sizes and decided to go a size up. So glad I did. There is a drawstring closure which allows you to fit the hat perfectly and between this and the chinstrap, this thing will stay on in any kind of weather.

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Good details about going up on size. The adjustable drawstring in this hat is great!

5 5

this is the one

Tropics to desert, sweat evaporates as fast as it drips through your pores (I sweat A LOT) and the breeze seems to come through the crown. OR really nailed it with this one. Seriously. Amazing product.

5 5

Great Hat

Everything about this hat is great. Its cool and light. Some might say that the brim flaps around to much in the wind. I'd say that considering all the other great stuff about this hat that it would be only a minor concern.

Write your question here...my husband has...

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Write your question here...my husband has a very big head how do know if xl or xxl will fit? can i measure his head to tell if u have u have one to fit him? he is a farmer and needs this hat since several cancers have been removed.

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There is a sizing chart below the price you can compare to his head circumference. Best of luck!

I live and work as a guide in Israel and...

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I live and work as a guide in Israel and I sweat A LOT! How does the Helios do on soaking up sweat/keeping it out of your eyes? Is it nice and light, or will my head fry in it?

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This is a great hat for soaking up sweat, and it is very light. You will not have a problem with it being breathable or anything like that.

I have been trying to find a replacement...

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I have been trying to find a replacement for a dome shaped travel hat with a 3" brim and a chin strap labeled "Head Trip" and the words "Long Range" on one side and an emblem of a star, bolt of lightening and some other symbol in a red and blue square. The Hat is made in the USA. Does anyone have knowledge of this product? Is your product similar. Is it US made? Nate - sorry - I lost your reply. Please try again?

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Carol, it is not made in the USA, however, it fits the physical description you have here, minus the words and emblem. Does that help?

4 5

This head gear is a winner

Like most products I've bought from Oudoor Research, this one was well made, suited well to its purpose and hard to match anywhere else.

I was looking for a sun hat that wouldn't blow off my head when I get to the summit and would give me a little more shade protection than my usual baseball cap. With the easily adjustable bungie cord, I can make it tighter when the wind blows and loosen it when I feel like it without losing a step.

It works about as well in rain as the rest of my synthetic clothing, which is to say it dries fast and doesn't soak up the water like cotton. This hat has become one of my essential pieces of equipment.

4 5

Nice hat, but not for me

This hat is sold in 3 different sizes (M, L & XL). My head measures 22-1/4″ so I opted for the medium which fits up to a 22-1/2″ (and is the smallest size available). When I received the hat I found that it fit me decent, but really it was a little large. (But in its defense, a lot of hats tend to be too big for my head…) Of course the diameter was just a little too large, but this can easily be adjusted with a cord lock adjuster on the back of the hat. However, the hat itself is also a little to deep for me. In order for the hat to sit down on the top of my head, the hat actually then sits over my ears. This is just a little annoying, but the adjuster on the back does improve the fit slightly.

I also found the headband to be a little itchy on my forehead. This may have something to do with the fact that I don’t typically wear hats though. I have had limited use with the hat so far, but for the one outing I wore it on, the headband seemed to do well at keeping any sweat from rolling down into my eyes.

I like the fact that the adjustable chin cord can be removed, but I have found that there is really no reason to actually remove the cord, for me. There is no way to predict when the wind will or will not blow, so I cannot see any reason to remove the chin strap. Saying this, I have not used the cord lock to actually secure the hat on my head. Of course though, this may have something to do with the fact that I have the back adjuster tightened down to keep the hat from sliding down over my ears too…

Given my limited use so far, it is hard for me to comment on the breathability of this hat at this point as well. The one trip that I wore this hat on so far was a short day hike with my kids and on that trip the temperatures were in the high 70′s to low 80′s. I did break a sweat, and I do not remember my head overheating, so it did fine on that trip. But the temps that I am wanting to use this hat in will be about 20 degrees higher…

Of course the hat did do a fine job at keeping the sun out of my eyes, and from what I could tell, even from off of my face as long as I was not staring up into the sky. It is somewhat hard for me to actually see the back of my neck though, so it is hard for me to say if my neck was shaded. And since I was only out for 3-4 hours and under the cover of trees mostly, I most certainly did not receive a sunburn on my neck.

One other thing that I figured out about the hat that I must admit I did not think about to begin with was wearing the hat in the rain. This hat is not waterproof, and I realized that when I bought it. Truth is, I was not interested in a waterproof hat since I am intending on using this hat in the summer, when it is warm. When it is cold, I will wear my Black Rock Gear down boggin, and that is a whole different set-up. But what I did not think about was when I need to pull my rain jacket hood over my head. I have experimented with wearing the rain jacket hood over the hat, and while the brim of the hat will bend and mold to the inside of the jacket’s hood, it makes turning my head a little difficult. It is really not ideal. Also, I have to think about stowing the hat somewhere when the time comes.

So, even though this hat is a fine hat considering what it actually is, I do not think that it will fit my needs, and comforts. I think I would like to try something more similar to a ball cap style hat. I have looked at some that have the flap in the back that will cover my neck, but I am not so sure that I will like that flap on the back of my neck all day. However, with a ball cap style hat, this design will surely make wearing it under a rain jacket hood simpler, and would actually help to keep the rain jacket hood from falling in my face.

So, yet again, I have found that even though a product is quite effective, it may not be for me. Also, if I choose to go with a ball cap style hat, I will be trading in some things for others (shade for fit and ease of use with a rain jacket hood). Or to put it another way, I will be making sacrifices and choosing which needs are more important to me than others. Even though this is a simple hat, there are still decisions to make, and just like all other pieces of backpacking gear, there may not be one perfect hat that does it all for me…

But I shall see…

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