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Choosing the Right Hat for Your Outdoor Job: A Comprehensive Guide

melissa whillas

Posted on November 29 2023

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Hat's Off to Outdoor Work: A Guide to Choosing the Right Hat!

G'day, mates! If you're about to tackle an outdoor job, you're not just dealing with the scorching Aussie sun; you're facing a battle against the elements. So, grab your toolkit and slip-slop-slap on a hat – but not just any hat. Choosing the right lid can make a world of difference. Let's embark on a journey through the world of hats and find the perfect head protector for your outdoor adventure!

  1. The Wide Brim Wonder

When it comes to outdoor work, the wide brim hat is a true blue Aussie classic. This hat provides a shady oasis for your face, neck, and ears, shielding you from the sun's relentless rays. It's like carrying a portable patch of shade wherever you go. The wide brim hat is perfect for jobs like landscaping, gardening, or anything that keeps you under the open sky for extended periods. Just picture yourself casting a shadow so wide it could rival Uluru! For a solid Wide Brim contender, we’d pick Big Jim's Bush Hat, with classic style and extra wide brim. 

  1. Ventilated Hats

For those scorching hot days when the sun is more relentless than a upset emu, a ventilated hat is your best mate. These hats come with breathable mesh panels that allow the breeze to flow through, keeping your brow as cool as a Tasmanian summer. Ideal for construction work or any job that has you breaking a sweat, a ventilated hat is the secret weapon to staying cool under pressure. We swear by this at Kakadu, and have an array of Breeze Mesh Hats of all shapes and sizes. 

  1. The Soaka

Australia is a pretty damn hot place, that's why we need some good tech to keep ourselves cool, calm and collected while battling and toiling outdoors. In these situations, our Soaka collection of hats are the one to reach for! Employing cooling technology fabric, this fabric is a game changer when you’re on smoko, and need to chill your beans. Just as the motto goes, Wet the hat, let the Wind pass through the hat, and Wear that bad boy!

  1. The Brumby– The Aussie Icon

For a touch of outback elegance, consider the iconic Brumby. This classic Australian hat is a symbol of rugged charm and durability. Whether you're mustering cattle or simply want to look like a true blue Aussie legend, a Brumby is a statement piece that says, "I mean business, mate!" Choose from various styles and colours to match your personality and the demands of your job.

  1. Bucket Hats – Laid-back Protection

If you're after a casual vibe without compromising on sun protection, the bucket hat is your go-to. This hat is perfect for jobs that demand flexibility and movement. Whether you're fishing, painting, or just having a yarn with your mates, the bucket hat is a versatile choice. Plus, it's easy to fold and stash in your pocket when you're done, making it as convenient as the servo’s opening hours. In these sort of situations, it’s hard to go wrong with either the Buckleys or Dalston, two very solid oilskin bucket hats. 

Hat's the Way to Go!

So, there you have it – a fairly straightforward guide to choosing the right hat for your outdoor job. Whether you're battling the blazing sun, doing some navigating of some dense bush, or herding cattle in the outback, your hat is your trusty sidekick. Remember, it's not just about looking good; it's about staying safe and comfortable under the Aussie sun. So, grab your hat, slap on some sunscreen, and face your outdoor job with confidence – you've got this! Hat's off to you fellas for keeping this place running!

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