Tula Lifeguard Hat

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The Tula Lifeguard Hat needs more daring company than lounge chairs and water wings. With a wide 5" brim providing 50+ UPF protection it may not save your life, but it will save your day on the water.
  • Handy nylon chinstrap lets you secure it on your head or wear it on your back when indoors.
  • The elastic Sizing Sweat Band enables the Lattice Gardener to be adjusted to fit perfectly to your head.
  • The lightweight palm material cleans easily, dries quickly and it even floats!
  • All Tula hats have been tested by California Polytechnic State University and were awarded the 50+ UPF rating, the highest possible for sun protective gear.
  • Reshaping is as simple as a water spritz and re-sizing as easy as a trip to the hardware store! Tula recommends cutting 3/4" poly foam water seal (at a hardware store near you) into 4-6" long strips and placing them behid the sweatband for a more secure fit.

Product Reviews

  (36)
  • Material: Sustainable Palm Fiber
  • Chin Strap: Nylon
  • Sweatband: Cotton Foam
  • Brim Width: 5"
  • 50+ UPF rating
Size Head Circ. (cm) Head Circ. (in) Fitted Hat Size (US)
S 56 22 7
M 57 22.5 7 1/8
L 58 22.75 7 1/4
XL 59-61 23.5 7 3/8
S/M 56-57 22-22.5 7-7 1/8
L/XL 57-61 22.75-24 7 1/4-7 5/8

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  • Tula Lifeguard Hat

    Q:

    Hi
    is this hat packable?
    thanks mark
    Asked on 12/30/2012 by mark from choteau, mt

    12 answers

    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Great hat, but not packable. Not in dry bags, luggage, or any other way. Wear it or tie it on.
      Sent from Andy's iPhone - which explains the brevity and thaipos.
      ***.****studio/office

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      the nature of this hat is the flat brim.... and it needs to be, either packed in a box that will allow it to lie flat, or be carefully packed in your standard-sized box with care taken to tilt it and support it so the brim doesn't crimp in shipping and look like Larry Storch from 'F Troop'....

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by slowpaddler from Poconos, USA
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      The hat is relatively packable, but I wouldn't mash it down into a small wad for any time (try folding it once and putting it in the top of a backpack). The best case is to wear it or tie it onto your pack or dry bag. Great hat for sun protection, even if it doesn't fold up well. Hope this helps .

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Mark, the crown is fairly stiff and formed, I won't consider it
      roll-able for packing. But a great hat none the less! No yard work
      gets done without it
      Matt

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I have this and another of their models and no, it's not packable.
      They are well made and have stood up to extended 8k' UV's in Colorado.
      The chin lanyard is needed because of the brim size in even moderate
      winds.
      The construction quality is very good. It would put up with moderate
      moisture but rain would likely wilt it a bit.

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by pedalpaddlehead from teaneck, nj
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      I usually fill it up w/ stuff, put it upside down in the suitcase... it bends a little

      Answered on 12/30/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not by my definition of packable. It's woven straw, you can't pack it in a
      sack and expect it to come out in the same shape.

      Answered on 12/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Hi Mark,
      This hat is not packable in the sense that you don't want to fold it or it would damage it. However it is very tightly woven and very strong. During river trips, it withholds rain and mud and wet conditions, but I am always careful to keep its original shape.
      If you take a suitcase, you can put it upside down and fill the head part with T-shirts, etc. this way it becomes packable without being damaged :)

      Answered on 12/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      Not really. I took mine on a three week paddling trip down the Grand Canyon and (carefully) stuffed it into my dry bag every day, the crown of the hat started to fray & the had became very deformed, with the brim sagging.
      It was a great hat, it's just not packable.

      Answered on 12/31/2012 by Anonymous
    • Staff Reviewer

      A:

      No, Mark, it's a great hat but it's not packable.

      Answered on 12/31/2012 by Clyde from NRS
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      No. Carry or wear only.

      Answered on 1/1/2013 by Anonymous
    • VERIFIED BUYER

      A:

      They say that it can be reshaped with a spritz of water.  I haven't tried it, but i would think that would be applicable to the brim and not the crown.  Personally, I would only pack this hat if i could lay it flat in my suitcase with the crown stuffed and clothing etc packed around it.  I would not roll it.
       
      Hope this helps...
       
      “It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there.”-Bob Dylan

      Answered on 1/1/2013 by Anonymous
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Tula Lifeguard Hat
 
4.5

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good protection from the sun (34)
  • Rugged (18)
  • Stylish (18)
  • Good protection from rain (9)
  • Washes easily (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Kayak / canoe / rafting (6)
    • Beach (3)
    • Casual wear (3)
    • Hiking (3)
      • Sizing:
      • Feels full size too small

         

        Feels half size too small

         

        Feels true to size

         

        91% 

        (30 reviews)

        Feels half size too big

         

        Feels full size too big

         
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (32), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Hat Ever !

    This is the best hat for providing complete coverage from the sun. I wear it daily on the farm and at farmers markets. Everyone stops me to ask where I got this hat. ...Read complete review

    This is the best hat for providing complete coverage from the sun. I wear it daily on the farm and at farmers markets. Everyone stops me to ask where I got this hat. One time, at a big event, some people stopped me to ask about my hat and while I was saying "everyone asks me about it", two other people stopped to ask about it while I was standing there talking about it! Everyone loves the look of it, besides the fact it covers my face and the back of my neck completely. I think this is my third buy of this hat, I trade them out every 18 months or so, taking the old one to the farm and keeping the new one for markets.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not suitable for the river

    I purchased this hat for a 17-day kayaking trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Before purchasing it, I spoke to the people at Tula to ask them if this was...Read complete review

    I purchased this hat for a 17-day kayaking trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Before purchasing it, I spoke to the people at Tula to ask them if this was a good choice and if it would stand up to being wet. They said it would be great. Unfortunately, after just a couple days on the trip, it began to smell so bad that people near my boat would say, "Why does it smell like a barn over here?" I would say it smelled like a barn that had not been cleaned out for some time. By day 3 or 4 it was so bad that I crunched it up and crammed it into a garbage box that was about to be sealed up. My boat still smelled funny for a couple of days. Yeesh. I spoke to someone at Tula again when I returned and they were surprised to hear of my issues, but didn't offer me anything (and I didn't ask since I didn't have the hat to send back anymore.) I think this would be a good hat for sun protection if it wasn't going to get wet, but would not recommend it for the river.

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    5.0

    Oustanding Quality

    By Machias

    from Stafford, VA

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Protection from Rain
    • Good Protection from the Sun
    • Rugged
    • Stylish
    • Washes Easily

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Rafting

      Comments about Tula Lifeguard Hat:

      I use this hat on my cataraft and it provides outstanding protection from the sun!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Shade!

      By Kailua Boy

      from Windward side, Oahu

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Protection from the Sun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Casual Wear

        Comments about Tula Lifeguard Hat:

        Great when you're in the sun all day w/out other shade. Comfortable and well made.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Great Headgear

        By Zachtown

        from Ridgway, CO

        About Me Professional/Guide

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Protection from the Sun
        • Rugged
        • Stylish

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Casual Wear
          • Fieldwork
          • Hiking
          • Performance
          • Travel

          Comments about Tula Lifeguard Hat:

          I work outdoors ten hours a day conducting survey or excavation, and good protection is a must. This hat is relatively light, breathes well, and provides excellent protection from the sun with the wide brim. The hat stays in place well while hiking, and does not interfere with my pack. Highly recommended.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Great hat, I'm now buying for friends

          By Big Dog

          from Williams Bay WI

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Protection from the Sun
          • No Matter How You Store I
          • Stylish

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Casual Wear
            • Hiking

            Comments about Tula Lifeguard Hat:

            No matter where I store it ,how cramped the space- the brim always retains original shape

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Great Hat but the Size has Shrunk

            By Albany Dave

            from Albany,OR

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Floats
            • Good Protection from the Sun
            • Not Damaged By Water
            • Rugged

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Boating

              Comments about Tula Lifeguard Hat:

              My son and I have bought a number of these and have loved them for boating. However from the last hats that he and I have purchased we will no longer be able to buy them because the manufacturer is making them smaller and they no longer fit our X-Large / 7 1/2" heads. We also haven't been able to stretch them to fit.

              These are great hats for people with 7" and smaller heads.

              • Sizing:
              • Feels full size too small
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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