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Bucket hats are uncool, you say? We beg to differ

June 29, 2014

Protecting yourself from the course from the summer sun's harmful rays should be a priority, and your first line of defense is a proper hat. A bucket hat, a favorite of PGA and Champions Tour pro Kirk Triplett, is your best option for covering your head, face, neck and ears. Now, thanks to a couple brands, you won't have to substitute style for function.

Dorfman Pacific offers a few smart choices, including its MC288 line (below). The hats come in three colors and feature Supplex Nylon and Coolmax technology to help wick sweat. Made of brushed twill, Dorman Pacific's 864M is a lighter option.


Stetson offers bucket hats with 2 1/2- and 3 1/2-inch brims that use a treated nylon fabric to help repel insects, especially helpful in warm, wet climates.


The hats retail for about $35. Because of their size, my advice is to stick with neutral or earth tones. Then again, when it comes to your health, protecting yourself is all the style you need.

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