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Good lightweight hat
I was looking for a lightweight hat with a bit more sun protection, and the Forge hat covers those criteria nicely. It is comfortable and the brim has good coverage, but it is pretty floppy, so if you want something that will hold a shape, look elsewhere. It has the laid-back feel of a bucket, but with the added dorkiness of a sun hat. The appeal o... Read Moref that is obviously going to be subjective. The grommets do allow for some ventilation. It will still get warm on a hot day, but the headband material is super cozy and functional, so no worries of sweat in the eyes.
Cool in warm weather and not bulky
Bought this hat in black and it looks very stylish - doesn't look like a safari hat. Fits well and is comfortable. Only thing is, the hat on the model in the picture has a floppy brim but the brim on my hat is straight and stiff like a gaucho hat. I think I'll wash it and it will get softer with a little flop. Great material and it keeps ... Read Moresun off my face and neck. The string is great when a breeze comes up to keep it on my head.
Too large and floppy
I really wanted to like this hat but have found myself not using it after a month unfortunately. Two issues: 1. The hat is really big. I was clearly within the L/XL size according to the size guide (I'm 6'7" with a 23" head circumference), but its so big the head hole actually comes down over my ears slightly like a beanie. I h... Read Moreave a fairly tall head as well. It makes it a bit uncomfortable to wear and I feel like I'm swimming in it. 2. After some wear the hat became very floppy. The sides of the hat don't stick out but fold down. This isn't as much of an issue on the sides and back, but it enters your sightline which means you're constantly pulling it up.
Hey Nick, thanks for the review. We're sorry to hear it's not working out with the hat. You're welcome to start a return [here](https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html).
This is a fairly nondescript hat, reasonably nice in style, clearly well-constructed. But it was underwhelming for the style aspect. But then I found an old piece of 3/8" webbing with a cute design around the house, attached it around the brim, and voila! It looks fantastic. It's frigid here, so I've only worn it around the house so ... Read Morefar, but it's comfy, and the brim is stiff enough for sun protection. I have a hunch, though, that it will become a favorite--it has that wear-it-for-decades-before-passing-it-down-to-my-grandchild aura about it. Ah, Patagonia; how do you do it?
Deep bucket, almost too deep.
I had to modify the upper seam of the hat to make it sit right. Default fit has it being almost lower than eyebrows for a little-bit-too-mischievous sort of look. Is heavier than a sun hat would / should be and brim flops as a floppy brim should. I like it but Im still on the hunt for a perfect sun hat to eventually replace this one.
We're sorry to hear that this one has been a disappointment. We designed this one to be a bit more on the sturdy side, as it's part of our Work Wear line. The altered seams would void the warranty in that area, but we hope you still enjoy it and find a more suitable sun hat from our Spring 2022 product release!
So close to being perfect..
This hat is so close to being THE hat. It has the perfect amount of floppiness, the fabric is of excellent quality, but sadly, its too big. My head measures exactly 22 around and the s/m slides down over my ears and eyebrows, not just a tad too big, but way too big. This would be an easy fix with an adjustable string in the sweatband.
I looked all over for a hat that was good looking, casual and didn't look like a goofy bucket hat or made me feel like a tourist. One that I could wear while working in the garden, on a hike or simple stroll with the dog. The Forge Hat fit that bill (pun intended) perfectly. Good job, Patagonia!
I wonder if it would shrink some if I wash it. I mostly wear it to play golf. I like the hat, I just wish it was a little smaller. It would be nice if the pocket in the hat was a little deeper,
Thanks for the feedback on the fit. We don't think it will shrink in the wash, but if you do have any issues with it don't hesitate to return it.
Stylish, functional, long lasting
I originally got this hat for my male partner but he doesn't like the olive green color. I decided to keep it and have loved it so far! Feels comfortable and light on my head, protects me from the sun, and looks great! Of course the hemp, recycled and organic materials are great. Love it and Patagonia
Great sun hat
I've had this hat for about a month and have worn it in sun and rain. It blocks both well. The brim is a bit floppier than I expected, but in a good way. A 100% nylon hat would be a touch lighter and more crushable, but this one breathes very well and provides really good coverage of my face and neck.
This hat is great, I got it for my father in law and he loves it. It's a bit big on him, and neither of the two colors match his style, however it has a drawstring close which helps keep in on his head during long hikes in the windy mountains. He recently came to me to show me a hidden pocket inside the hat that appeared big enough to stash ID... Read More's and a passport. He's not a fisherman, however this hat would work great for that as well. It's material that would dry quickly, be easily washed, and can hold flies.
Literally the only hat that doesn't look terrible on my huge head
Despite being a small person, I have a big, round head and literally 99% of hats look terrible on me. As in, my head is wider than the brim of a baseball hat and it just looks bad. The L/XL size of this hat actually fits me, and the nice wide brim gives great sun protection AND looks like a hat is actually supposed to look on one's head. I got... Read More the coriander brown color which is a nice gold-tan color that is pretty neutral. I have been living in this hat during all my outdoor, socially-distanced adventures this summer.
In spite of using my head-measured circumference to order the L/XL size this hat is way too large. There is no way to adjust the size. I tried washing it and drying to attempt to shrink it some, but to no avail. I would advise not buying this hat unless you can try it on firsts.
Hello Robert, we're sorry to hear that the size L/XL ended up being too large. Please note that we do offer this hat in the size S/M as well. You are welcome to return it for a refund or merchandise credit if you remain dissatisfied with how large it is. https://www.patagonia.com/returns.html We would just recommend returning it for a refund before washing it in the future. Thanks for your review!
Super cute and lightweight
Loving my new hat. Currently wearing it in my couch since I cant go anywhere yet to wear it in public but I am really looking forward to it! This hat is lightweight. So comfortable. Love the chin strap- Ill never lost this hat. Also, has a random pocket on the inside of the hat on the very top part??? No idea what this is all about but I love it!... Read More Im gonna stash some cash in there when Im not wearing my new stand up bag belt that is just so cute to wear with this hat!!!
I have a big head (23 in. circumference). And dislike anything tight or confining. Especially hats. Plus, I live in KeyWest where the sun can cause spontaneous combustion as it did to my previous chapeau. But not this one. Not only is it comfortable and durable, but handsome, as well. It puts steam in the step and Imbues an aura of well being. More... Read More colors - maybe a mellow yellow - would be nice. But, for now, this one is ensconced in my cadre of required gear, right up there with the Model 16 Randall and your five-inch Baggies. OogaBooga. Mark Faris.
Large and floppy
I noticed one of the low star reviews for this hat was that it was too large and floppy. That was actually an endorsement for me. I often have a hard time finding hats that are large enough. I also need something that excels at keeping sun off of my face and neck, I don't want a brim that is excessively large. So, a hat that is large and flopp... Read Morey sound perfect to me. It isn't so floppy that it is going to obstruct your eyes or ears, it's just not a stiff brim hat. I will say, the material it is made out of is pretty hefty, so it may get too warm in the summer.
floppy and too large
The hat looked great on the site and in the video, but when I got it I was dismayed to find out that the brim is completely floppy. It has almost no stiffness at all. They must have spent hours shaping it so it looks so even in the video... Unlike a Tilley hat that has some metal wire in the brim so it holds its shape this one doesn't seem to ... Read Morehave anything. That makes it too annoying to wear for me, perhaps it's great for someone else... The sizing also didn't work for me. I'm right at the boundary between small/med and lg/xl. I have the wayfarer hat and had to exchange a sml/med for a lg/xl, so I ordered the lg/xl forge hat. Well, that turned out to be way too big.
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