Backpacker - - Editors’ Choice Awards - –Maren Hor­jus

When fickle moun­tain weather was on the itin­er­ary, we reached for the Ul­tra Ad­ven­ture Storm. The hat, which folds down to the size of a check­book, is made of a wispy ny­lon/ polyester ma­te­rial that be­lies its prop­er­ties: It’s 100 per­cent wa­ter­proof and boasts the max­i­mum 50 UPF sun pro­tec­tion. The 3 1/ -inch 4 brim shielded us from snow, rain, and es­pe­cially sun, with­out get­ting in the way of our tow­er­ing toplids (the 6-inch-long neck cape pro­tects with­out stick­ing out). Three wires around the cir­cum­fer­ence of the brim re­in­force it in heavy pre­cip, which we ap­pre­ci­ated on a 30°F day in the Crested Butte back­coun­try when it was nuk­ing wet snow. Be­yond that, it’s all in the de­tails: re­flec­tive trim for high-viz, a glove-friendly draw­cord, an ad­justable chin­strap, and a wick­ing liner. And, though our dads would go crazy for this hat, we think ul­tra­light pro­tec­tion is style enough. $54; 2.9 oz. (M); M-L; sun­dayafter­

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