Alex Roddie from The Great Outdoors Magazine tests a versatile hat with head-turning looks.
Baseball caps with detachable capes have been around for a long time. The basic concept is to take a standard baseball cap and add a shroud that protects your neck from all sides. This drastically improves protection, and – if the cape is removable, as it is for the Sun Guide Cap – the result is a highly versatile item of headgear that can be used in a range of environments from chilly forest to baking desert.
The hat has a UPF 50+ sun rating. My Medium sample weighs 96g all-in, or 68g for just the cap. The shroud has several low-profile ventilation slots and is easily detachable from the cap. The cap itself has a comfortable wicking liner and two vents at the top that can be covered or exposed at will to adjust ventilation. It offers a snug, reassuring fit. A nice touch is that the extra-wide brim can fold in half, which really aids the hat’s packability – no risk of the brim getting squashed when shoved into a pack or pocket. It also means the cap folds down smaller than you might expect.
Read the full glowing review in all of its 5 star glory here
We would like to share with you an exciting announcement!!!
The awesome Sunday Afternoons Hats, not only produce an epic range of hats for the outdoors, they also have a fantastic ethos of 'giving back'. With this in mind, Sunday Afternoons U.K have teamed up with the South West Coast Path Association as their charity of the year.
It is 40 years ago that this amazing 630-mile National Trail opened. To mark the occasion the SWCPA have set themselves the challenge of raising £40,000 by the end of October and Sunday Afternoons U.K are absolutely chuffed to bits to be supporting their amazing efforts.
Given how much enjoyment all of our friends and families get out of the coast path and with our office located only metres away from it, we couldn't think of a better charity to support. To kick start our efforts we are organising a Sunday Afternoon coast path walk (see what we did there!) on Sunday 24th June.
We will be walking with family and friends from Sidmouth along to the stunning spot of Weston Mouth,
here families can stay, frollick on the beach, play in the sea or push on a further 3 miles to Branscombe. We will then have a slap up BBQ on the beach before heading back to Sidmouth in the late evening sun!
If you would like to join us on this walk then please do drop us a line. You would be very welcome and certainly more the merrier!
Please also do check out the absolutely amazing work of the SWCPA, it is such a worthwhile charity that benefits so many people.
We look forward to sharing pictures of the day with you, please keep your fingers crossed for sunshine!
Everyone knows that we shouldn't bake our skin in the sun and yet skin cancer is still the most common form of cancer in the UK. The British Association of Dermatologists has set up The 'Don't Bake' Bake as a way of encouraging people not to bake their skin, through the persuasive power of delicious baked goods (homemade or store bought). By raising awareness, promoting sun safety, and creating funds for skin cancer prevention initiatives, The 'Don't Bake' Bake is uniting people to push back against skin cancer.
The 'Don't Bake' Bake launches during the British Association of Dermatologists' Sun Awareness Week 2018 (14th-20th May) and runs through to the last week of August 2018. For full information on this fantastic initiative visit their website www.thedontbakebake.com
With less than 3 weeks to go until the Women Can Marathon the U.K Sunday Afternoons Team are starting to get slightly (very) nervous!
This is a fantastic event that takes in 26 and a bit off-road miles through the stunning and very hilly coast paths of the East Devon countryside. In it's second year this all female marathon was inspired to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kathrine Switzer, the first ever woman to complete a marathon. Switzer who completed the Boston marathon in 1967, was attacked by an official during the all male event, when they realised her gender and tried to pull her off the course.
With a HUGE sense that we are somewhat unprepared for the task that lies ahead we just hope that we can slog through the distance and keep each other going. We are all keen runners that regularly run on the coast path, though have a somewhat haphazard approach to training. We are all very much holding on to advice such as 'you can over train' and best to turn up on race day with 'fresh legs'. We will of course let you know how we all get on, wish us luck!
Out for a training run amongst the bluebells. What are the chances of us keeping these smiles for the full distance of the race......