best brimmed hat for africa

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  1. kevin masters

    kevin masters BRONZE SUPPORTER AH Member

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    what is the best brimmed hats you guys have used in africa and do you need one
    or will a ball cap sufice?
     

  2. gordon kings langley

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    It depends on the time of the year, it the winter a cap is fine, never hunter in the summer
     

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    Welcome to AH, Kevin, this is what I use

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  4. Boela

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    Ball cap should be all you need....

    .....and one of these will earn you brownie points...;)

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  5. Hank2211

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    Ball cap generally suffices, but if it's hot, and there's a lot of sun, I also wear a boonie. Gives a bit more protection from the sun (especially on the ears, where I've had issues before).

    I really want to see someone show up with a pith helmet though.
     
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    Couldn't resist !
     
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    Looks like it belongs on you!!!
     
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    @sierraone , it did belong on me. Our PH took a serious shine to it. So if your PH in Namibia turns up in a pith helmet like that next week you'll know where it came from.
     

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    I've used the same $7 surplus boonie hat for all outdoor activities for at least the last 10 years. No problem on three trips to Africa
     
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    cap or hat - depends on how sensitive you are to the sun and what time of year you hunt. if sensitive to sun or hunting when sun is intense, recommend a hat. i used Dorfman-Pacific Weathered Cotton Outback Hat With Chin Cord ordered off amazon. it's light/cotton & breathable with wire around the edge so it can be shaped as you please. flexible so it can be stuffed in a backpack. highly recommend it.
     

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    The Tilly hat, made in Canada.
     
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    The best safari hat, for when you're combing the desert
     

  15. kevin masters

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    great info guys thanks
     

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    I have a hat from www.rogue.co.za it's very comfortable and keeps the sun off my head.

    These rogue brimmed hats are very popular around here, but I've started wonder if the full brim is too unnatural of an outline to lend itself to concealment. On an unsuccessful buffalo hunt last year I had left my 11 year old son and a camp hand at the car while my friends and I tracked a group of buff. When we walked back to car some hours later my son said that the first thing he saw was my hat!

    I bought a more discrete cap for hunting.
     

  17. BenH2016

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    Me in my "rogue" brimmed hat.
     

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    I did a 10 day hunt in Zim, followed by 7 days in Namibia so I wanted a wide brim hat for that many days in the sun (severe clear in Nam). I bought a wide brim, sort of canvas cowboy hat, for about $20 at Academy Sporting goods in Houston. Wish I had it when I went to Alaska. Had an unheard of 10 days of sunshine on a spring brown bear hunt on the Alaskan Peninsula and with just a ball cap was pulling my hood up to cover my neck. Daylight from 5am to 11pm didn't help either.

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    Where can I get one of those , I have not seen them for sale yet.
     

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    REI hat. I think though, on my next safari, Tilley hiker/summer hat. I like the brim and how the Tilley breathes over the REI hat.
     

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