Urban Canairie Hat

The main reason you get so hot while wearing a regular cotton baseball or military style hat is because those hats actually trap and retain heat from your head, on your head, compounding the problem. The Urban Canairie hat employs an exclusive patented design to keep your head, face and eyes in the shade while minimizing heat build-up on your head. The main functional features of the Urban Canairie hat are an oval, head shaped flat top and a surrounding mesh vent strip that promotes the movement of air around the crown of your head. This allows heat to escape from the top of your head.

The Urban Canairie is made from strong lightweight materials with light colors to reflect the sun’s rays, further reducing heat build-up. The bottom side of the visor is anti-glare: a darker color that absorbs light, minimizing the amount of light that reflects into your eyes. Inside the hat, the headband is made with a sweat absorbing, moisture-wicking material.

The main components of the Urban Canairie sun hat are made from a durable and lightweight polyester and cotton blend, composed of 65% recycled water/soda ‘P.E.T.’ bottles and 35% ‘G.O.T.S. certified’ organic cotton. This was chosen to reduce landfill waste through recycling, and to minimize pollution via an ecologically friendly and sustainable process for dyeing and finishing this fabric.

Disclosure: Urban Canairie contacted me with an offer to try their hat. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

Sizing

 

The Urban Canairie hat comes in three sizes. Small for those who like their hat to sit high on their head; Large for those who like their hat to fit low down on the sides of their head (sitting on ears); and Medium for in-between. The hat circumference is a “one size fits most” which ranges from size 6-7/8 (head circumference of 21~1/2 inches or 55cm) to size 7-3/8 (head circumference of 23~1/8 inches or 59cm) via a velcro strap which allows for precise adjustments.

 

Here I am sporting the Urban Canairie hat in arctic stone color.

 

What Did I Think?

 

I found the Urban Canairie to be quite comfortable. It is easily adjustable with the velcro strap in the back. Make it as snug or as loose as you like. On a day that started off chilly in the morning, I was able to fit it over top of my ear band by adjusting the strap.

Urban Canairie Ventilating Hat

The mesh vent really works. It is breathable. Air gets inside and heat goes outside. Usually my hair gets pretty wet after a day of hiking when I wear a conventional ball cap. I found that to be less the case when wearing the Urban Canairie.

Sure, it seems a little funky looking. But so what. You can’t see it on top of your head anyway. And if your pals give you a hard time, tell them they just aren’t yet in the know.

Like most caps, the Urban Canairie is easily cleanable with water and a toothbrush at the sink. Simply brush the dried perspiration salt away.

I tested this hat in mostly mild winter weather, so I really wasn’t able to achieve the full benefit. The Urban Canairie is likely to become my hat of choice in the heat and humidity of summer. Simply put, the concept works.

 

How to Get One

 

There are two colors to choose from: wintery white and arctic stone (grey) and three sizes. The hat sells for US$35 and can be purchased directly from Urban Canairie.

The Urban Canairie hat comes with a money back guarantee if not completely satisfied. Get free shipping on orders of 2 hats or more from Urban Canairie.

 

Disclosure: Urban Canairie contacted me with an offer to try their hat. It was provided at no cost to me. My only responsibility was an agreement to complete this review after trying the item. I was not pressured in any way to make a positive endorsement.

 

This post was created by Jeff Clark. Please feel free to use the sharing icons below, or add your thoughts to the comments. Pack it in, pack it out. Preserve the past. Respect other hikers. Let nature prevail. Leave no trace.

 

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