Gear Up: Honey Creek Safari Fedora

John Muir Trail Gear Check: Honey Creek Safari Fedora

A great adventure deserves a great hat.

For example, there’s Indiana Jones. And Daniel Boone. And The Hatter. But my hat of choice for like hiking the John Muir Trail is the Honey Creek Safari Fedora, part of the Goorin Bros Grenadier Collection.

Honey Creek Safari Fedora

Why the Honey Creek Safari Fedora?

It has classic styling, a stiff, durable brim that holds up under challenging conditions, and is made of water resistant cotton (which will be put to the test, make no mistake).

The 2″ brim is just wide enough to keep the sun out of my eyes even when it’s low on the horizon, yet narrow enough that I can take in panoramic views without obstruction.

It sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Yet it has a few distinct disadvantages for this trip.

First, it’s not compressible, so when it’s cold and I’m wearing my polka-dot Smartwool beanie (the style I have is no longer available, it seems), I’ll have to figure out a way to store the Honey Creek.

Honey Creek Safari Fedora in Action
The author, looking rather pretentious, in the Honey Creek Safari Fedora.

Second, It does not have a chin strap, so when it’s windy (and it will certainly be windy at some point) it might blow right off my head. Which might prove to be inconvenient.

Lastly, as mentioned before, it’s cotton, so it won’t wick moisture as well as some of the “technical” (what a funny adjective for clothing) hats on the market today.

So considering those points, the Honey Creek may seem a little extravagant, and perhaps a tad impractical. But, for me, the pluses outweigh the minuses.

Besides, it’s my adventure — and I like this hat.


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