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During the summer, my family frequently gets invited to spend the day at the neighborhood pool in my in-laws’ community. We’ve been looking for ways to amp up our sun protection on pool days and recently purchased rash guards for every family member. We’re also looking to ward off the sun’s rays on other days when we spend time outside, such as when we’re camping, hiking, walking in the neighborhood, visiting outdoor attractions such as the zoo, or even working in the garden.
Aldi often sells what we need exactly when we need it, and in my case, I found an adjustable sun hat that was exactly what I was looking for. Aldi sold the hats in several different colors, with some styles that varied slightly. I found one hat style that had a noticeably larger brim compared to the others. I went with a hat with an average-sized brim.
The Gardenline Garden Hat cost $8.99 at the time of publication. That’s at least several dollars cheaper than most sun hats or garden hats I found on Amazon, with a few other hats costing double.
Here’s more information about the hat:
- One size fits most
- Unisex styles and colors
- Moisture wicking
- Offers UV protection from the sun (50+ UPF)
- OEKO-TEX certified
- Body: 100% nylon; Mesh: 100% polyester
- Features drawstrings with plastic clips for adjusting head circumference and for adjusting the neck strap
- Made in China
This hat can be hand washed in cold water and air dried. Do not iron, and do not tumble dry.
This hat has several features that are necessities for me.
First, I wanted it to have a mesh section to allow for some air flow. I’ve worn traditional hats without that breathability, and they’re not so pleasant on very hot days.
Second, I wanted a hat that has clips so I can adjust the fit for a custom wearing experience. This hat has a plastic clip so I can adjust the neck strap/strings. This is a useful feature on windy days, when I can snug the clip under my chin to keep my hat from blowing away. I prefer the clip feature over some other hats I’ve seen that simply have string ties. This hat also has a clip attached to an elastic strap that goes inside the hat around the head circumference to make it fit tighter, although it fits pretty well on my average-sized head and I wouldn’t really want it any more snug.
The hat material is fairly soft while the brim is stiff enough that it doesn’t flop down and obstruct my vision. This hat is also flexible enough that it would be easy to fold or roll it up and pack it in luggage if necessary.
The only feature this hat does not have is a hole for a ponytail to go through the back. I can only wear low ponytails while wearing this hat.
My kids tell me this hat won’t win any awards for style, but it offers good sun protection and works for me.
The Gardenline Garden Hat offers sun protection and comes in several different colors with some slightly varying styles/brim sizes. The hat is one size fits most and features a strip of breathable mesh running around the head for air flow and cooling. It also has plastic clips for adjusting the head circumference and for making the neck straps snug under the chin if desired. It costs a fraction of what we’d pay for similar sun protection hats.