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This bucket offers UPF 50+ sun protection; the Outdoor Research Sun Bucket features a shorter brim that's more stable in gusty conditions, but still offers sun protection. A drawcord adjustment keeps it firmly attached to your head.


  • SolarShield™ construction; UPF 50+
  • Ripstop nylon/polyester blend
  • Foam-stiffened brim f
  • TransAction™ headband for comfort and moisture management
  • External drawcord adjustment
  • Removable chin cord with cordlock

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Review Summary

4.9 out of 5

32 Reviews

  • Great value: 7
  • Lasts forever: 6
  • Build quality: 12
  • Great design: 11

  • inconsistent sizing or labelling: 1
Comfort: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5
Durability: 4.6 / 5

32 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Bend, OR
25-34 yrs

Great Hat
May 06, 2011

I bought this hat mainly for protection from the sun. The hat has turned out to be one of the best I've found to date. I plan on buying another one just to have as a back up when they quit making them. The build quality is great and the hat looks good. I bought an XL even though I can wear a Large because I like my hats to be a little loose so that they can breathe. In the case of this hat it has a cinch on the back so that you can tighten the hat if it is loose. Also the draw cord is removable if you don't like having one dangling from your hat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Philadelphia
35-44 yrs

August 26, 2011

Easy hat to share in family with different head sizes due to the feature that tightens or loosens the hat (size up if using for this purpose) and it actually stays on in the wind even without the chin strap. It also has more coverage than your typical bucket hat -- shades the nose a bit more. Also, it breathes well -- better than thick cotton -- and tucks away in back pocket when need be. A hat that hits all the right notes.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

A top quality hat with maximum sun protection.
August 28, 2009

I purchased the sun bucket hat because the baseball style caps I've been wearing while sailing did not protect the sides of my face or my ears from getting sunburned. I often forget to apply sunscreen and decided a sun bucket hat with its all around brim would offer far more protection than a cap. Well last week end I was in a sail boat race with wind gusting to 25 knots at times. The tie down laces on the bucket hat kept it from blowing off my head and the brim protected my ears better than any cap I've ever worn. This bucket hat is everything you advertised it to be in your description. This fact,the excellent price and your expedient delivery have made me very happy I bought it. Thanks for the professional service.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Great Looking Hat
July 14, 2012

Was looking for a hat to golf in that offered sun protection, but also looked good. Bought the sand color and liked it so much, I'm thinking of buying another color for hiking and working outside. I have an old O.R. hat I've had for several years, so I know the quality is good!!!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

March 05, 2010

MY new permanent TOWN and country hat great deal*****

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from south
55-64 yrs

great hat
April 23, 2011

Great hat , Good color khaki. Good sun coverage over ears and neck. Excellent feel in wind. Does not blow off head. Size fits right to fit in XL fro 7/5/8" size.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

I love my hat
July 05, 2008

I wear my hat to work almost everyday. I use it when I work on aerial signs. It does a good job of keeping the sun off my face and neck. As a lady, I do not want sun damaged skin. This hat helps a lot. It fits under my hardhat, however my head gets a little warm when I do that, but it beats having the sun shining in my face.

Quality hat
July 09, 2008

Because I am bald I sweat and eventually ruin my ball caps. Not only do I get more sun protection, the sweat wicks away and does not stain the material.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from San Antonio, TX
Over 65 yrs

Sun Bucket Hat
January 22, 2013

When in Canada my wife bought a Sun Bucket Hat and I bought the Ball Cap. In December when we where in Bonaire I knew I should have bought the Sun Bucket because my ears got burned. When we got home I immediately ordered the Sun Bucket Hat and it could not be any better. I have a Tilley, but it is so hot, I do not wear it. I love the Sun Bucket and will take when we return to Bonaire in May. It's great have both the Ball Cap and The Sun Bucket, BEST of both worlds. I highly recommend both.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, light weight, great protection form the sun

Very Light Weight.
July 13, 2010

This is a great hat for the money. Its light on the head and wicks away sweat. It does not feel heavy like a cap and yet it shades the eyes, ears, and neck. I have yet to wear it in the rain.

Great Hat
August 30, 2008

One of the best sun hats I've tried. Drawcord is an added plus if wearing the hat in windy weather.

May 12, 2010

Great sun protection without feeling like you have an large UFO on your head.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Israel
35-44 yrs

Outdoor Research hat
September 16, 2013

I bought the hat: In the past I had this 50UDF hat, which was lost, unfortunately. Now, I bought this great hat!!! Very recommended!

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5

Great Hat!!
October 29, 2011

This hat's got a great fit and feel with just enough "bucketness" in the look. The brim on this hat has just the right depth and width to it to cover both eyes and ears without being affected by the wind.

Jim Henderson hendersonctr@bellsouth.net
October 10, 2005

Great hat. Iplay lots of golf and other outdoor sports and the Sun Bucket is the ideal head cover. Keeps the sun out of my eyes and off the back of my neck. Thanks. Jim Henderson

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Texas

Great all-purpose hat
January 15, 2012

I have the Oasis Sombrero and it is my most favorite, but I needed a hat that I could wear while driving and that wasn't too big for certain situations. This hat is fabulous! I was worried that it wouldn't protect as well, but for a narrower brim it does great! I think the dark underside helps too. I wore it for around 6 hours of standing in the middle of a giant cement area in 90 degree heat and managed to not be sunburned! That is a major accomplishment for me, so the hat is perfect in my opinion! It is also the easiest to carry along if you will need to stuff it in a bag or something, because the narrower brim and soft top scrunch better without it getting messed up (although the brim has gotten a little wiggly, but it looks fine and works fine). One thing I did have to get used to was wearing it higher than I thought I would - the Oasis Sombrero is cut to sit completely on the top of your head, but this is cut like a bucket hat (duh, right?), so I had to remember to not pull it all the way down. That's better anyway because I like having the space at the top of the hat for my head to cool off. Definitely a great hat!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, stylish

Great hat!!
July 09, 2009

I am very fair skinned and I play a lot of golf. I was looking for something lightweight that offered sun protection (and wasn't ugly). This hat is perfect. It's very lightweight and looks good too.

great! can't survive with out it!
July 06, 2009

Just traveled for a long time and the hat was absolutely helpful to protect from the sun. Very light and convenient! Well, nothing is new- outdoor research is the best!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Does it well
May 19, 2011

I ordered this hat as a replacement for my freebie military boonie hat. This is lighter and provides almost as coverage without blocking my vision (larger and more floppy brim on a boonie). I also wanted a chin cord for windy conditions. Because my head size was midway between Large and Extra-large as measured by the directions on the OR website, I ordered both. Something is amiss because the Large (which fits me well) is larger than the Extra Large (which I am returning) despite all my adjusting and fiddling; even the brim is larger on the Large. Go figure. Anyway, it's a great hat that I will use for many years for backpacking, fishing, hunting, and, yes, even Disneyland.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Northern CA
55-64 yrs

Great bucket hat
September 08, 2011

I have yet to wear this hat outside but from looking and just touching it you can tell this is a top quality hat. It's extremely comfortable on the head and the brim is large enough for full protection.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Sammamish, WA
35-44 yrs

My new all around hat
September 12, 2011

I love the hat, it's very well made, the material is soft and the UPF 50 rating certainly comes in handy. The brim is wide enough to give cover from the sun, but not too wide to make you bump the brim on things as you move around. I haven't had it long enough to give it 5 stars on durability, but I have no doubt it will last a long time. Runs just a bit small I think (I wear M), but still comfortable to wear, I'm not going to return it for a Large. Definitely my go-to hat for summer from now on.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Columbia, SC
55-64 yrs

Quality Product
July 15, 2013

This hat is a gift for my son. It appears that the quality is good. My son loves this hat.

Pros: Performance

It's a great hat.
June 06, 2007

I also play golf and run and walk a lot. The hat is great!

Great hat!
October 11, 2009

This hat is lightweight with a good fit and sun protection, it is cute on! I love it!

Best single hat I own!
September 25, 2007

I do everything outdoors. My doctor told me to drop the baseball caps and get something that protected my ears. I sail, bike, fish, camp, trek and everything else. I needed something that would stay on my head in wind and rain. This is the one perfect hat I own. Just back from sailing for three weeks in Greece - wore it every day, now I feel naked without it.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Virginia
Over 65 yrs

Best hat yet
October 30, 2012

The bucket style is comfortable and attractive, but still provides good sun protection and is better in windy conditions than the usual sun hat. It's light and comfortable without seeming flimsy, and the drawcord fitting adjustment works well so that the hat fits perfectly. The brim is stiff enough not to wilt, but the hat can still easily be folded to fit into a purse or pocket without any ill effects. While I haven't had it long enough to be able to verify its quality and durability, I don't think it will disappoint.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

from Texas
35-44 yrs

July 21, 2011

Great job making this hat. It is true to size and is very comfortable without being to wide and bulky. I have worn the hat hiking, rafting, and for everyday yard work and there is no signs of wear yet. I would buy this hat again.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from NM
25-34 yrs

nice hat
December 06, 2010

I love this hat. I'm an average sized female with a pretty average head size and ordered the L. It is very adjustable, so it fits great. I can tighten it when it is windy and loosen it when I get warm (I live in the southwest). I like that it is spf 50 because many women's sun hats are not!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, great in wind

Cool and Lightweight
August 30, 2009

I bought this hat primarily for an upcoming hiking trip but have worn it just about everyday for the last two weeks! I wear it for sun protection in the garden, hanging out in the pool, playing softball, and I even wore it to a cookout last night because I was having a bad hair day. It's cute! But what I love best is that's it's cool and very lightweight...I can't really even tell it's on my head! Couldn't have bought a better hat. Thanks, OR.

Cool and happy
May 20, 2010

Just moved to Arizona and a hat is necessary. This does the job without being overly large, and it is quite cool and comfortable (for a hat). The features of the removable strap and the adjustable band around your head are good options.

As advertised
February 13, 2006

The brim on this hat has a slight downward slope, which improves the coverage without having to make the brim too large. Perfect. Plus, I like the removable strap.

nice hat
March 29, 2008

I am always on the lookout for a good sun hat and this hat works pretty well. The only issue I have with Outdoor research hats is that the brims are not stiff enough for windy conditions and they flop around but overall the hats are very well made.

Also Available

Outdoor Research Sun Bucket Hat Photo

Fatigue/ Dark Grey, Khaki/ Dark Grey, Sand/ Dark Grey, Eclipse/ Dark Grey and Lichen/ Dark Grey.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: s, m, l, xl.

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