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Duckbill Cap

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November 28, 2023

Great hat

It really can pack flat! Hard to find hats that are all mesh. Love it!

September 12, 2023

Love it so much I have two

I wear this all the time, I wish there were more colors! The band to adjust is very generous and stays put wether I have it on loose for casual or snug to move. I like the short duckbill it blocks bright sun but doesn't interfere with my sight. Yes, the hat is soft, floppy and not at all a baseball cap - its more like a technical cap that with... Read Morestands the abuse of an active lifestyle. I have washed my first one like 40-50 times and got it mixed up with a new one, the white of the mesh has stayed bright despite of all the sunscreen and bug spray I have gotten on it!

September 4, 2023

Love these hats for the

Love these hats for the ventilation they offer!

September 2, 2023

Perfect hat for the Perfett Head

It fits great right out of the box. And best of all the soft brim allows me to control the amount of light that hits my eyes to optimize visibility on the run. It's well-ventilated to keep your head cool and the sweat out of your eyes.

July 29, 2023

Lightweight, breathable hat

I've worn this hat running and kayaking and love that it's super lightweight and breathable. I also appreciate that it's easy to adjust on the fly.

July 26, 2023


I love this hat! Just replaced it after some 20 years. Highly recommend.

July 15, 2023

The BEST cap!

This is the only cap that has fit me in the last 20 years! Perfect for my smaller head (or is it my short short hair that makes it feel small?) its the perfect size bill, not rigid, but soft and comfortable. Wear it for fit walks, around town, and in my kayak. Please continue to make this cap! Ive been wearing Patagonia since the early 90s, but thi... Read Mores cap is the first thats fit. Did I mention it fits into my fanny pack?

July 7, 2023

Is this the running hat for you?

As a runner, I run hot. I can run in 40 degree temperatures and I need to take off my windbreaker within 10 minutes. I live in California. I tried wearing normal hats (with side panel mesh, no mesh, thin "running" hats, etc.) but I continued overheating. I tried running with a visor, but I kept burning the top of my head. So, I plunked do... Read Morewn the $35 for the Duckbill. From the moment I put it on my head, literally, it felt like my visor; actually it was cooler than my visor. Not sure how that is possible. I felt like I wasn't wearing a hat. I went on my mountain run. What's amazing is I forgot I was wearing it. My head felt VERY cool. It seems as though the sweat was being pulled off my the top of my head; does the air moving over the top of the hat create that condition? Not sure, but I never had any heat issues AND my head didn't burn during my long run. :) 100% recommend this hat. I don't work or know anyone at Patagonia. I just wanted to let any runners out there with the same overheating issues that there is a solution!

June 2, 2023

Wonderful to use with helmets!

I actually bought it for trail running, but I saw some comments that people wear this cap with helmets, so I tried it with my rock climbing helmet and I loved it; if I had to look up, I simply flipped the visor up and it stayed, it's just wonderful!!! Also, the adjustment was great after I tightened it, so I'm pretty sure it fits any bigg... Read Moreer size (I'm an S-size in helmets).

May 29, 2023

Best all purpose cap!

I have had this cap for several years and its by far my favorite cap. Ive run several half marathons wearing it and its my favorite travel accessory. When it gets nasty I just throw it in the wash with my other dwr gear.

May 1, 2023

Great Lightweight Hat

I bought this hat in anticipation of warmer weather in the Summer. It's very soft and comfortable. I thought the bill seemed kind of small in the store but it's just a perfect size after all.

April 10, 2023


I've had every iteration of the good ol' Duckbill Hat from Patagonia since the 90's. These Duckbills LAST and They do LAST. I wear them everywhere. The Every Day Carry. They shine when you go out on a RUN in Hot Summer Days and Nights. For Rainy Days, I have these on along with my trusty Hoodie Full Zip with the Hood Over the Hat. Th... Read Moree Material of the bill is so perfect for everything. Easy to Conform and gets better in time from multiple uses. It just works.

March 26, 2023


Been wearing this 'classic' since the 90's. Back then these hats were made here in the USA. They last longer and built to withstand anything. I wear my Duckbill hat everywhere . Rain or shine. Nothing fancy. But stands out among the crowd. The materials are top notch bombproof as well as the mesh. I can crush the hat and jam it in m... Read Morey Houdini pocket with no problem at all. Most important, the bill of the Duckbill won't break down in time . As a matter of fact it just gets better after every wash. Happy 50th Patagonia! Glad to have been there since the 90's. Will still be there while moving ahead.

February 20, 2023

New Vs Old

Old means I'm still beating the 2014-ish version, this is my take on the new one. 1. Easily lightest yet than previous versions, which is great for running. 2. Brim has more foldability, even greater packability. Many has problems with its form, I don't. 3. Over the years this hat slowly changing its looks, form and function from a &#x2... Read More7;duckbill' to a 'bicycle hat'(the one that Buff made). 4. It has a wee bit shallower depth than previous. I hope in the next version they'll keep the weight. I like the current brim (form) but I don't like the width (the old width's better). please make the closure 'black thing' a half inch longer so it can still hide inside if we want it more loose. Since they made the Shorty Duckbill trucker it has become my fav tool for running and doing thing outside since the brim has more cover and it looks good on me. But on a long run or Ultra event? Duckbill for sure! Thanks for adding bit of colors on the mesh, waiting for an 'All Black' version!

Response from Patagonia
February 27, 2023

Hey Yusrie, thanks for the feedback! We will share your thoughts with our product team. If anything comes up, feel free to reach out to [customer service](*qkm7d5*_ga*MTE3MzgxOTU4OS4xNjQ3NTMxMTc0*_ga_1SYPSJZYJ5*MTY3NzUxOTg4MC41ODQuMC4xNjc3NTE5ODgwLjAuMC4w).

September 18, 2022

Great Fit

I primarily wear this hat while running but itd be my go to hat for anything outside to keep my hair from getting in my face and for the look. This hat is very flexible and packable, it fits in a fanny pack and its very light weight. I also like that it doesnt show the sweat from my head. The material is very breathable and doesnt hold moisture. O... Read Moreverall I would recommend this hat to everyone!

September 7, 2022

Please continue to make these

I love these duckbill hats. I have about 8 of them that I've collected over the years. They are great for my head shape (narrow and high), and they protect my bald head, but still breathe and absorb sweat very well during hiking, volleyball, etc. I even wear them going out sometimes since they look good on turned backwards. I actually prefer t... Read Morehe previous model with a slightly more rigid brim - the new ones are definitely lighter, but the brim can droop or bounce around into your vision if they get wet. Maybe there is a middle ground? I check the website regularly because I am waiting for the darker/blue/green-ish/floral type designs to come back. I prefer the white mesh, those look the best in my opinion. Keep up the good work, P!

August 28, 2022

A Hat for Anything and Everything

The Patagonia Duckbill Cap has been a steady companion to me in everything from trail running and hiking to rock climbing and fly fishing. Its packable nature, small brim, and mesh top make it suitable for a number of different activities, and it doesn't hurt that it looks good too. Its brim is small, but effective in keeping over-head sun or... Read More rain out of the eyes, and is a definitive bonus when rock climbing, where standard hat bills tend to protrude and scrape against the rock. For the person looking for a hat that provides heavy sun protection, this cap likely isn't the one, but it does provide decent facial shade in mid-day sun. Its mesh top makes it appealing as a breathable alternative to your run-of-the-mill baseball cap and can be a considerable relief on hot trail runs. On every outing, its soft structure makes it easy to pack away when you're not using it, and as a bonus, helps the cap absorb water when dipped in those icy creek crossings on hot days. If the cap has any downfall, it might be its snug fit. While I prefer the fit personally, it could be a bit tighter for folks with a larger head. I'd highly recommend the Duckbill Cap to anyone looking for a multi-purpose, breathable hat for outdoors activity.

August 22, 2022

Love it/annoyed by it

I find the duckbill cap something I love for its low profile, quality construction, and high ventilation for warm days. But the bill construction has a few flaws. First, the bill has no sturdy liner in it (unlike some other hats that have a rigid liner). The bill is short and foldable, which makes it easy to carry. But the moment the wind kicks up ... Read MoreI find one side of the bill blowing up, while the other is blown down. And it's even worse when the cap is wet/sweaty...then the fabric that makes up the bill gets saturated and it's even saggier. Also, the low profile bill doesn't offer as much sun protection. I knew that when I bought it, and that makes it a great casual hat. But I find myself getting a bit more sun burnt while wearing this due to the short bill--made worse when the bill ends up flapping in the wind or soaked with sweat. A little more rigidity in the bill would fix that, I think. Other than that, I love this hat....just wish they could make the bill more rigid while keeping the hat low profile.

Response from Patagonia
August 25, 2022

Thank you for this feedback, Michael. We will share it with our Design Team If the brim issues get too annoying please feel free to [return]( it or to reach out to our Customer Service Team for assistance.

August 18, 2022

Perfect for hot / cold running

I use this hat for every run and hike. It protects my head from the sun while the mesh keeps me cooler for the ventilation. Im the winter it keeps me warm. The bill keeps rain and sun off my face. Ive used this hat during Ironman races (especially Hawaii where I stuffed ice in the hat to cool down during HOT potions of the race) and Ultraruns. For ... Read Moreme its the perfect hat.

July 30, 2022

Super breathable hat

Tons of mesh make this hat great for hot weather. The bill is a little on the small side.

July 21, 2022

I never take it off

Just ran a 100 miler in mid-July wearing this the entire time. Didn't feel like I was wearing anything on my head, but it was perfect for wicking sweat, deflecting the sun, and stuffing full of ice. I'm also an entomologist, and I can say that it serves as a pretty good insect net in a pinch while out on a hike or run.

July 18, 2022

Good looks, great ventilation

The perfect mesh hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes on a hot day. Bill holds its shape in both the duckbill and 'regular' configuration. Thanks Patagonia!

July 17, 2022

Perfect Cap

The cap is amazing. It is incredibly comfortable and versatile. The material is very soft and durable. I love the darker grey color, it stays cleaner than the white caps I have owned.

July 15, 2022

Bring back the pre-2018 version please

I'm not sure the exact year or product-cycle when the design of this hat changed. But the two hats that I have from around 2017/2018 are way better. The older version has a longer bill that is stiffer, and the hat itself has a larger maximum cinch size. This newer version however, while cute, has a small totally floppy bill (worthless when we... Read Moret or sweaty), and I have to keep the hat adjustment at maximum all the time (and my head circumference isn't even that big). Looking on eBay, it's clear that there's a lot of buyers looking for the old-style, so why doesn't Patagonia just officially release the old version (perhaps as its own product, in addition to this newer smaller floppier version?) Please bring back the old duckbill cap! :D As a longtime Patagonia customer: most of my favorite Patagonia items were pre-2018. It really seems like something changed around then, and I rarely see items that compel me to make a purchase now, compared to in that earlier product paradigm of the brand. Not sure if something changed within the company, who knows. Seems like Patagonia is more interested in marketing now than product; to be blunt.

July 8, 2022

Light and packable, brim still to big and gets floppy when wet

Light and packable, brim still to big and gets floppy when wet. Haven't worn this through a wet season yet, but the brim starts to get floppy when sweat has moved out of the internal headband. I love that I can crush this down and flip the brim up when its not needed or the hat is on backwards, but I do wish it was somehow less prone to flop w... Read Morehen wet and also if was smaller, like a cyclists cap. Either way, its super rad and I wear it almost every day during the warm months!

July 7, 2022

I use this cap for

I use this cap for running and it keeps my head much cooler than other hats and does a good job of absorbing sweat. Highly recommend.

July 5, 2022

Brim too soft!!!!

I have the circa 2016 version of this hat and the brim has way more structure. I love the 2016 version. I just got the 2021 version as a present and I unfortunately noticed the brim is so cheap and floppy. Did Patagonia do this to reduce production costs? If so, not worth it in my opinion!!! I won't be buying an extra if they continue to mak... Read Moree the brim too cheap and soft. Sad but this WAS my favorite has. Or at very least Patagonia sell two versions; one brim from 2016 with more structure and the soft brim.

Response from Patagonia
July 7, 2022

Hi Dan! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the hats brim. We have made some changes throughout the years, however these changes shouldn't effect the durability. That said, we truly appreciate this feedback and we'll share this with our design team. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

July 5, 2022

I wear this sailing, the

I wear this sailing, the shorter bill makes it easier to see to sails and the mesh top allows a close fitting cooler cover

June 13, 2022

Best outdoor activity hat!

I LOVE this hat. I have worn it to Europe and Peru and its my main go to hat for running. The band absorbs sweat and the mesh keeps it light and cool. It also packs flat into a suitcase! Highly recommend!

June 9, 2022

Can't wear if you have curly thick hair

So frustrating, finally a cute hat that is super breathable but it only fits if you have a smaller head or minimal hair. Make a deeper version!

Response from Patagonia
June 13, 2022

Hi Kristina, we're so sorry to hear about your experience with the Duckbill Cap. Please feel free to begin a [return or exchange]( at you earliest convenience.

June 7, 2022

Great little hat for under helmets to have a bill.

Got a few of these hats to wear under my climbing helmet . The lack of button on top, mesh ventilation and small bill makes them perfect for that. I have problems with the adjustment buckle, it comes undone with even the slightest pull which is a pain if I need to reposition it on my head. The buckle strap also does not hold when you cinch it down ... Read Moreso it is pretty much stuck at one size. I think I will super glue the buckle and sew the strap in place but not stoked on having to do this to remedy a poor design.

Response from Patagonia
June 10, 2022

Hi George, we're so sorry to hear about the trouble with the cinch on the Duckbill Cap. Altering the hat will void the warranty, so we'd be happy to help with a [warranty return or exchange]( if that would work out better for you. We'll reach out to you as well just in case you need further assistance.

May 25, 2022

Comfy and sustainable!

Was amazing to read this had is made from recycled fishing nets! Its got the cutest design and fits really comfortably. Provides enough shade while still being breathable so your head doesnt get too sweaty. Love this hat!!

May 14, 2022

Kinky and curly hair.

Please make all of your hats in s/m and l/xl or bring back the high crown. If you have a large head or thick kinky and curly long hair you cannot wear your hats. Running and cycling is not only for folx with shaved heads or silky straight hair. I have one of these that I love. It barely fit when I have a shaved head. I grew out my hair and now I do... Read Morent have a chance of getting it on. I do wear the visor. But Id prefer the cap.

Response from Patagonia
May 17, 2022

Hi Christopher, thank you for submitting this review. We're sorry this lower-crowned cap doesn't work for you! You might be happier with a mid-crown cap, like the [Duckbill Trucker Hat]( And please feel free to reach out to our Customer Service Team if you'd like to return something that isn't working for you.

April 22, 2022

Lightweight cap

Great for sun protection and dries fast.

April 22, 2022

Not quite the same, but still very good.

Like a few other reviewers, I own another version of this hat that I purchased several years ago. I thought I had lost it - panicked - and decided I would order a back-up as soon as they were back in stock on the website. (Thankfully I found the original) I ordered the Tea Green and the Sedge Green 2022 version of the Duckbill Cap. The Sedge green... Read More was the typical greyish green you would think of and my kid liked it so much I gave it to him. The Tea Green isn't green at all. It's more of a coral/orange sherbet color for the bill, with a cool pattern on the front. The mesh part of the hat, along with the adjustable band and sweatband lining feel much the same as my old hat. The main difference is in the bill. As others have noted, it's thinner and a little flimsy compared to my other one. I held them side by side and the older one is about 1/4" wider, but otherwise it's the same shape and profile. I like these hats for their portability and the ease with which you can just throw in the washing machine with a load of clothes. Thin/flimsy bill aside, I would still recommend them.

April 12, 2022

Nice light hat

Perfect bill length adjustability is perfect

March 1, 2022

Wish the brim had a bit more structure.

I was very excited to see these caps back in stock after being sold out for quite a while. I bought this cap to have as a backup for my older (2017) model, which is still going quite strong after hundreds of miles of wear and many trips through the wash. The current version has a very flexible brim -- it's basically just a piece of cloth. Whil... Read Moree the brim is still able to hold its shape when you are wearing the cap, and the increased flexibility improves packability over the older model, I personally prefer the extra bit of rigidity that the brim of the older model has. The additional structure helps to ensure that the older model's brim maintains its shape all day long without the need for adjustment, even in tough conditions. I would love it if Patagonia brought back the older style brim in future versions of this cap. Floppy brim aside, the current version is still a very good option for people looking for a lightweight, packable, and durable cap.

February 24, 2022

Running hat perfection

I've owned multiple Patagonia duckbill caps over the years. This cap is far and away superior to any of the competition out there. The versatility is unparalleled. I've worn this hat in mountain races in temperatures from 20 degrees F (with lots of climbing) up to 90 degrees F. It is amazing that even though it is mostly mesh, turned arou... Read Morend with the bill in front, the hat can provide warmth, reversed, it provides all the ventilation you need on hot and humid summer days. The fit is perfect. A well engineered loop ensures excess pull tab (from the sizing system) is secured in place with no flopping whatsoever. Worn reversed, it has fit perfectly (and comfortably) with three different models of headlamps that I've used. Let's talk packability. This hat is so light and flexible, I'm able to stuff it into running vest side mesh pockets and even into running shorts side pockets. When you pull it out, it magically returns to it's normal position (the bill isn't weirdly warped). I can't say enough good things about these hats. As long as Patagonia keeps making the duckbill cap, I won't ever need to search for another cap.

February 24, 2022

Almost the same.

I have the last version of this hat and love it. Unfortunately so did my wife. So I ordered this one for myself. The fit isn't the same as the other one, and the bill is softer/more flexible. Although I like the hat, it feels like a cheaper version of the previous one.

Response from Patagonia
March 2, 2022

Hi Vincent! Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We're really sorry to hear about the disappointment with the quality of the cap. This feedback is greatly appreciated and we'll pass it along to our design crew. Your satisfaction is always guaranteed so you're welcome to [return](

February 18, 2022

Great Hat for Running

This is a great hat for running. Everything about it is great. The adjustment strap instead of a snap back is perfect and the brim is nice and floppy so you can wear it up or down. It's very comfortable. My only minor quibble is with the color description. It is listed as Sumac Red and looks reddish on the website but it's really more o... Read Moref a salmon or peach color. That is the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5.

February 18, 2022

Great hat for hot days.

I need a hat that wasn't your typical baseball cap (I have too many of those). I wanted a hat that I can use for my walks when it is warm and not make it hotter when wearing it. This is a great hat. I like that you can easily pack it in your bag/backpack if you no longer need it . And that it is made from recycled materials. I got both colors ... Read More(black and red)

February 7, 2022

Best warm weather cap

I have owned six of these caps. Some lost some worn out. I presently have three different colors...charcoal gray/black/light gray. The light gray is shredded. I was patently waiting a year to buy another only to find two colors. Ugh. Patagonia sure is lean in their release of these caps. People want them so much that you will find them used onlin... Read Moree for more than $100.

Response from Patagonia
February 8, 2022

We appreciate your feedback William! Know that we are working hard to release more colors for this style later in Spring 2022. We hope you love them, so keep an eye out for more on our site. Thanks for submitting a review!

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