Glastonbury may have been and gone, but there are plenty more festivals on the horizon, where your headgear needs to be as practical as it is stylish. US brand Sunday Afternoons has a range of hats available in the UK that can help keep you protected from the diverse weather conditions often expected at UK festivals!!
The cowgirl/boy style never goes out of fashion so the Tahoe (RRP £35.95) hat is a classic buy and will serve you well for when the forecast looks good. 100% raffia, yet still UPF 50+ this lightweight hat is fun and comfortable.
Add a splash of colour to your festival wardrobe with a Sunset hat (RRP £28.95), available in a range of shades, these hats are UPF 50+ and the strap means you won’t lose it in the crowds. Also it folds away easily so you can shove it into your rucksack and it will still keep its shape.
The Cayman (RRP £27.95) is your classic fedora, that suits both men and women equally. It's a very cool hat both in terms of style but also its lightweight fabric and wicking sweatband.
As we all know, not all festivals are sunshine and flowers, often our boots get muddy, clothes get damp and we struggle to keep a dry head. The Quest hat (RRP £35.95) is still UPF50+ but has the added bonus of being water and stain resistant.
Sometimes you just want a funky looking cap, designed by Mexico City artist Carlos del Rio, the Artist Series Truckers have strategic crown ventilation, wicking sweatband and adjustable sizing, so should be the most comfortable cap you will find. We love the Paradise Artist Series Trucker (RRP 27.95).
And don't forget the kids, we have a range of hats that are perfect for mini festival goers, this will shield them from both sun and rain - all hats have UPF50+, are soft and easy to pack. Our favourites include, the Infant Sunsprout for teeny heads, Kids Play hat and Kids Clear Creek Boonie.
For information on all our festival suggestions and to see lots more come find us on sundayafternoons.co.uk.
Sunday Afternoons fan Jen, has just arrived back from the Isles of Scilly where she participated in the 30th World Pilot Gig Championships. Coming first in her group, ‘mid-ship Millsy’ loved every minute of this exciting, adrenaline filled, weekend, which saw more than 150 gig boats travel to the islands.
Jen took with her the Sunday Afternoons’ Slate Aero visor – which she looks simply fetching in we must say, while her cox, Dave, sported a Black Sun Tripper cap.
Jen said: “In all honesty, I took the hats as a bit of an after-thought, on the assumption that the only weather I would be worried about was the strength of the tides. But by day two, I was thanking the rowing gods I did, as both the visor and the UV Cool gaiter were invaluable, they helped me to keep the beating sun and glare from hindering my performance, while preventing hair and sweat from impeding my vision.”
“Dave and I were so impressed with how comfortable the hats were, the adjustable strap meant they didn’t fly off in very challenging conditions, and provided the perfect amount of sun protection. Both are likely to become an integral part of our kit in coming races.”
So, forget their rowing heroics on the water, and the fact they ‘bossed it’ with their team of amateur rowers. We think the credit really needs to go to Sunday Afternoons, surely? ; D
Family-owned for over 25 years, our company was built on the belief that the key to enjoying outdoor adventure is a healthy dose of respect for wild places. And every year, we take additional steps toward using more sustainable practices when making our hats and accessories. Our commitment to thoughtful practices keeps us on our toes. As long as people like you keep exploring the mountains, rivers, and trails, we’ll keep innovating while trying to make the world a better place. Our mission is to enhance everyday adventures with durable, stylish, feature-rich hats that look as good as they feel. We are striving to implement responsible design principles whenever possible, which is why we use recycled fabrics.
Six styles in our collection are now made from 100% recycled polyester main body fabrics. Our recycled polyester is high-performing and sourced from post-consumer recycled material made from plastic bottles. As it turns out, the same containers that hold your favorite sports drinks can end up as the main ingredient in your favorite hat! Align your values with your headwear when you choose from the following styles.
As the sunny weather creeps back into the UK, there are two words that strike fear into the hearts of parents when it comes to protecting their kids’ skin… sun cream. The trauma of keeping your little one still as they wriggle around and resist the dreaded white lotion. The instant feeling of terror as they hurtle towards the sand, giving themselves a sticky coating of salty dust – and of course the sinking realisation as they race into the sea, that you’ll have to do it all over again in just a few short hours.
Then the next challenge is ensuring your kids get the right level of sun protection by encouraging them to wear their hats. Sunday Afternoons wants to help parents with this, by creating a whole range of hats that are UP50+, durable, often include a safety strap, and can be squashed into a beach bag yet still keep their shape – and they are pretty cute too.
Here are just a few examples;
Infant Sunsprout Hat - Super soft and with no back brim so you get your little one into a pushchair comfortably this hat has an UPF of 50+, and a quick release chin strap - oh and it’s completely adorable.
Kids’ Fun Bucket Hat – Originating from a popular adult style, the Fun Bucket Hat like all Sunday Afternoon hats, can be crushed, can float on water, resists stains, has a UPF 50+ and adjusts to size. This really is the superhero of hats – perfect for your little superheroes.
Kids’ Rodeo Hat – Yee-ha, UPF 50+ sun protection can also be stylish. This hat is completely adjustable and has a simple breakaway strap (a popular safety feature), meaning it will stay on while they gallop along the beach.
Kids’ Play Hat – A best seller due to its versatility, sun smart fabric, large brim and most importantly a neck cape to give fuller coverage. This Kids’ Play Hat definitely makes playing in the sun a lot more fun for both parents and children.
Protecting your kids from the sun is so important for their long-term health. Wether you are dropping them at school on a sunny day or playing on the beach, having a durable and easily foldable hat, will make sun protection a whole lot easier.
By Laura Chatterton
The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warm-heartedness” – Dalai Lama
'True happiness is having a nice cosy, warm head in chilly weather' - the very wise people at Sunday Afternoons
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The kids and I have just returned from an absolutely incredible three weeks of travelling around Borneo. We encountered all beaches, jungles and rivers during our trip and had some amazing experiences from seeing wildlife in its natural habitat to swimming in the warm sea off pristine white, sandy beaches, Borneo has it all!
Throughout the trip I am pleased to report that the kids were very happy to have their Sunday Afternoons Clear Creek Boonie hats glued to their heads. The hats offer UPF50+ sun protection and the wide brim ensures that necks and faces are protected from the sun.
In addition to the excellent sun protection offered by our Sunday Afternoon hats we loved how lightweight they were, the kids hardly realised that they were wearing them and they really helped to keep them cool in the very hot weather. The chin strap also ensured that the hats stayed put, especially important on the boat trips when they could have flown off their heads and ended up in the river, this coupled with the fact that they are adjustable ensured that the hats fitted perfectly and stayed where they were meant to be. One last feature to get a mention is how small they can be scrunched down when not in use. The hats could easily be shoved in a rucksack pocket and still come out looking good and ready for action!
Now that we are home and back to reality all that remains is to plan out next adventure! Any suggestions where next very welcome.......
For no other reason that to 'share the love', here are some photos of the Sunday Afternoons team out enjoying the South West Coast Path on a Sunday Afternoon, (see what we did there!) We tackled a stretch on the East Devon coast walking from Sidmouth to Branscombe, described as 'undulating' by some of our more energetic team members, a more accurate phase would be 'stonking great hills'. If you are not familiar with the coast path then we can not urge you enough to check it out. Whether you decide to undertake a couple of miles or the whole 630, it is a real treat and you will not be disappointed. Of course if you do decide to get out for a walk, don't forget your hat!
Specialist Hat Brand Sunday Afternoons were thrilled to support the juniors taking part in the Aquathlon at Keswick Mountain Festival over the weekend. The event saw under 12's complete a 200m lake swim and 1.5km trail run with the overs tackling a 350m swim and 3km run, all with the stunning lake district as a backdrop.
The junior aquathlon was just one of the many events taking part over a weekend that was jam packed full of outdoor activities, ranging from a three peak challenge, 5km lake swim and various triathlons. 'I could not imagine a more breathtaking setting in which to hold an outdoor festival. The atmosphere was absolutely incredible and everyone we met were obviously so delighted to be there!' says Jon Whitfield from Sunday Afternoons.
'Huge congratulations to everyone that took part in all the events, it was very inspiring to see so many people of all ages out enjoying all that the wonderful outdoors has to offer and we could not have been more happy to be part of it!'
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