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Wallaroo Hats for summer travel

Wallaroo hats are among my all-time favorites. Why? They’re stylish yet practical, with adjustable bands and packable features. Plus, they’re made in Australia, where they know sun protection and have it down to a science. I am embarrassed to admit how many hats I own, but I continually reach for my Wallaroos, and they never let me down. I was excited to try three new styles this summer, reviewed below.

Victoria fedora: I haven’t met a fedora I don’t love, and the Victoria didn’t disappoint. It’s a straw fedora, but much softer than you’d imagine, with an almost woven look and breathable cotton lining. You get UPF 50, in compliance with the Australian Radiation Protection Agency, and a three-inch brim. It stays true to its shape even after being tossed in a tote bag or into the back of the car or camper, though Wallaroo doesn’t recommend packing this one in a suitcase. The crown size is 58 cm, but you have an internal drawstring to adjust the fit, which, as I noted above, is my absolute favorite feature of Wallaroo hats, as I have a small head that’s hard to size to hats. The Victoria fedora is $46 in nine colors (the mixed camel is the most natural look) and can be found on Amazon as well!

Sedona: With a more rugged, outdoorsy-woman look, the Sedona is perfect for soft adventure trips. I can attest to its abilities both on the water (kayaking and paddleboarding) and IN the water (whoops), where it floated pretty well and retained its shape even after an unexpected swim. It comes in natural or camel, with a classic shape and fun Aztec accent ribbon. It can be packed in your bag as long as you give it the soft taco treatment, and has a 2 3/4 brim. Like the Victoria, it’s totally adjustable and rated at UPF 50. Pick it up for $50!

Cabo: A

A classic surf-style hat, the Cabo is a men’s hat offering that comes in two sizes (M/L and L/XL) but it still has that nifty drawstring for adjustability and I found the M/L to fit a woman’s head, too. It’s another great one for travel, as it does fold down (taco style). It’s substantial once you unearth it from your bag, though, with a 3 1/4 brim and a chin strap to keep it on during windy days or while on the water. UPF 50 of course; this one needs to be on your next river rafting trip! For $52 it comes in a natural color only.

 

Amy

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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