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Toss on the Outdoor Research Transit Sun Hat when it’s so hot even the mosquitos don’t dare to fly and bite. This breathable, 50+ rated UPF hat uses mesh side panels for ventilation so you’ll keep cool when you hike in the desert heat or fly fish the Gunnison River. Don’t worry about losing your hat when fighting a monstrous rainbow because the hats brim allows it to float in the refreshing river.

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Finally found it!

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

I had a great, albeit inexpensive, Dorfmann Pacific hat for years. It was heavy cotton, acted like a swamp cooler when wet, and kept my bald head from scorching. It was lost.

Saw this hat on Backcountry and picked it up. Very glad I did. It is a great cotton blend, light and very breathable. It is all that I liked about my old standby with massive improvements. Bring it Mr. Sun. I'm covered.

Sizing: I am slightly smaller than 7 5/8 and the XL is great. The draw string around the crown allows for great fitting. I guess if you err, size up and you will be fine.

Finally found it!

Perfect Sailing Hat

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

I sail in many regattas in the Great Lakes. There are plenty of times when you are sitting on a downwind leg and the sun is beating down but there is no airflow. This is a perfect hat vented to keep you cool but a wide enough brim to keep the sun off.


Outdoor Research Transit Sun Hat

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

I got this hat for my dad. He says this is the best hat he has ever had. He wears it mowing the yard, walking or just going out for the evening. The hat color (Tan) goes with almost anything. Very happy with the hat.

Outdoor Research Sun Protection Products

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.


Breathable work hat

    I bought this hat for my brother's birthday because he turned thirty and cut all his hair off...or at least the remains of once-great civilization of hair. He lives in SC and has no shade in his yard, but while he cuts the grass in the muggy 90+ degree weather he can keep the sun off while the vents dump heat and let in the breezes. The strap keeps it secure in the big gusts. I could see this being hot for people with a lot of hair...but jeeze why don't you brag about it a little more? :)


    would not buy

      order a xl and i allways were a large a xl is still small and hat is falling apart at the seams...junk brim is small...


      Nice hat lousy shipping

        My 30 dollar hat which I paid another 7 bucks for shipping arrived in a wad in my mailbox. The packaging consisted of a plastic bag with no cushioning material. I thought USPS gives free boxes for shipping?

        Nice hat lousy shipping

        fake! BC never ships like that. As if... com'on man, it definitely looks like YOU crumpled it

        It should have come on a white flat sheet of hard paper that the hat is placed on. This is what mine arrived on.


        Great backpacking hat

          Don't get pulled into buying a hat with the funky synthetics- they are too HOT when one is in motion. This was a great buy- Very Breathable- wonderful venting- this hat was my very particular daughters choice out of about 5- it accompanied her through the Olympic National Park on a 10 day trip- she would reccomend it highly! The natural fibers, packable and moldable brim add to its ease of use!

          how wide is the brim on this hat?

          how wide is the brim on this hat?

          Are the Helios and the Transit the same...

          Are the Helios and the Transit the same hat except for the vents?

          Best Answer

          No, verry different, although the shape is similar. The Transit is cotton canvas, made to dunk in the water and serve as a swamp cooler on your head. The Helios is lightweight synthetic, UPF 50. Both are great hats. Let me know if you have other questions!


          My new best friend

            I love this hat. I notice the majority of people purchase the Helios, and I considered, but I wanted a Vented hat that did not look like a sombrero, I also purchased the mushroom color (looked grey on monitor, is actually dark green). I hike a lot of prairies and the edges of forest, often in direct sun, while shooting wildlife (photos) in high heat, high humidity and not only does this hat protect my face and neck, it keeps the sweat out of my eyes AND seems to obscure my face enough that a hawk flew out of the grass right over my head!( raptors in Kansas avoid people, with good reason). the brim is not rigid at all which suits me just fine, and I think it is the best hat ever! THE END

            I sweat a lot, will this brim keep it from dripping in my eyes?

            Great hat but it runs very small. Ordered a Large, it fit's my wife who wears a Small


            Great Hat

              I bought this hat for work. I work outside and wanted protection from the sun. It's a very nice hat. I wear it for all my outdoor activities.