AUSSIE CHILLER

Golf Today Northwest - - Father's Day Gift Ideas -

Dur­ing the dank­est, dark­est, cold­est Pa­cific North­west so-called Spring in liv­ing mem­ory, the chance to es­cape to the Ba­hamas was ir­re­sistible. But, the in­vite car­ried with it a few prob­lems; where were the golf shirts care­fully packed away months ear­lier, what sec­tion of the crawl space se­creted the Clubglider, and how rel­e­vant is the ex­piry date on sun­screen? There was also the is­sue of head­gear. Af­ter go­ing hat­less for decades, for the past few years – on the ad­vice of a der­ma­tol­o­gist and af­ter a few painful treat­ments – a ball-cap style Call­away hat had be­come part of the equip­ment. But for this para­chute from the murky 40-de­gree rain­for­est to the blis­ter­ing 90 de­grees of the Caribbean, I threw the Aussie Chiller in the bag. Our daugh­ters have agreed (rather too en­thu­si­as­ti­cally, I thought) to shoot me if they ever see me in one of those ubiq­ui­tous ‘old folks’ big hats with the chin­strap. The Aussie Chiller Bushie is full-sized with a broad brim, but it’s dif­fer­ent. It’s com­fort­able and doesn’t need a strap, doesn’t look like you just stag­gered out of an out­door store, and af­ter a cou­ple of swings, you for­get you have it on. The Aussies know a thing or two about re­lent­less sun­shine, and the dam­age it in­flicts on ex­posed skin. The Chillers are rated UV 50, and are per­fo­rated for a cool­ing re­lease of heated air from your hot head. And the ma­te­rial is vir­tu­ally in­de­struc­tible – I cram it in my golf bag mer­ci­lessly, and it just pops back into shape. The first time wear­ing it was in Jerez de la Fron­tera, Spain, with the warn­ing signs of 122 de­gree warn­ings posted at pub­lic build­ings. I fol­lowed the “Soak Me” in­struc­tions, run­ning my Bushie in cold-wa­ter foun­tains, and learned first-hand why it’s called a Chiller. It is a pretty cool com­bi­na­tion of pro­tec­tion and style. There’s a wide va­ri­ety of Bushie col­ors, caps, buck­ets, vi­sors, and even a Hogan type called the Ho­gie, mak­ing the Chiller an ideal gift for Dads of all ages Check them out at www.aussiechiller.com and you and your der­ma­tol­o­gist will be pleased.

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