Conner hats for winter and spring travel

I’ve been a fan of Conner hats since falling in love with their wool Boho while on a dude ranch vacation in the west. This winter, we’ve been trying out two additional offerings, for very different trips: their Portland rain hat on a trip, appropriately, to Portland; and their Aztec men’s sun hat on a trip to Belize.

Portland rain hat: Made of waxed cotton, this medium-brimmed hat is waterproof without being heavy or bulky. The brim is 2.75″ and the crown height is 4.5″. It flattens down for travel easily, and retains its shape, and is rated at UPF 50+. The cotton sweatband is organic, and you also get an organic inner pouch that has care instructions included.

I love that Conner always ships with biodegradable packaging and uses 100 percent recycled paper tags on all their hats. Pick up the Portland rain hat on the Conner website or on Amazon for only $49, a great value for a winter travel hat that will work in all seasons, thanks to its light weight and breathability. It comes in small to extra-large (be sure to use their size chart) in brown.

Aztec Boater men’s sun hat: This sun hat sports a rugged but sophisticated look that works just as well at an outdoor restaurant or city market as it does in the jungle or at the beach. It floats (so cool!), has an interior security pocket, and is well ventilated. The brim is 3.25″ (not too wide) and the crown height is 4.25″. It will pack flat for travel, though we noted that it’s a big bulkier than the Portland rain hat.

You get a chin cord with toggle to get the hat secure on a boat or in a raft or kayak, and a clip system for even more security to keep it on your head. The patterned brim strap adds a nice splash of color, and we found the hat to breathe nicely, with an organic cotton sweat band to do the rest of the work.

The Aztec Boater will head into the jungle with us soon in Belize, but it has also been a godsend on river rafting trips. Pick it up in small to XXL on the Conner website for $52. It comes in just one color, sand.


Amy Whitley is a freelance creative and travel writer and founding editor of the family travel website Pit Stops for Kids. An avid lover of the outdoors, Amy makes her home in Southern Oregon, where she, her husband, and three school-aged children spend much of their time backpacking, camping, skiing, and hiking. When not exploring her own backyard, Amy and her family hit the road for travel reviews of resorts, tour operations, and hotels across the country and abroad. Follow Amy Whitley on Twitter and Facebook.

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