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- ASIN: B018MS1O6A
- Item model number: 58917
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1,765 customer reviews)
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Rothco Boonie Hat
|Price:||$5.50 - $54.35|
- Features 4 Screen Vent Holes
- Cotton/Polyester Blend
- Made to Government Specification
- Adjustable Chin Strap
- Branch Loops
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Rothco's Classic Military Style Boonie Hats are functional & fashionable and made to government specifications. These Boonie Hats feature 4 screened side vents, loops woven into the sides for leaves and branches and an adjustable chin strap and are made from a poly/cotton material. Rothco is the foremost supplier of military, tactical, outdoor, survival clothing and gear.
Top Customer Reviews
As far as boonies go, I have yet to find a more comfortable, functional, better designed hot weather hat! I've tried straw hats (cowboy hats, fedoras, etc.), I've tried baseball caps (one of the WORST hat designs EVER made...good for ONE thing only...shielding the eyes from sun while playing baseball). I admit, I haven't tried a pith helmet yet. They're supposed to be very good in the heat...if you can deal with the constant "safari" comments from everyone around you. Besides, you can wad up a boonie and stuff it in your pocket, backpack, or suitcase. If you wad up a pith helmet, you'll have to carry that wad around until you find the nearest trash can. The boonie is the most comfortable and coolest hat in the heat that I've ever worn even when compared with my straw hat. Boonies aren't especially "dressy" but if you're going casual, they're great. If you're going sporty/outdoor style, NOTHING beats a boonie, in my opinion.
First, I bought this Rothco boonie in White color because it's a good, neutral tone that goes with a lot of different clothing colors. That, and I'm not a huge fan of black. Besides, white is cool in the sunlight and black gets very hot in the sunlight (and fades over time). I also have a khaki colored boonie made by Tru-Spec which is, actually, one of my favorite hats. I will compare this Rothco mostly with the Army issue ACU boonie with a few possible comparisons to the Tru-Spec.
Side by side comparison:
FIT: The Rothco boonie is sized fairly accurately. I bought the Rothco in my official Army hat size 7-1/4 and the two hats feel and fit similar but not identically. If found the Rothco to be VERY SLIGHTLY looser than the G.I. boonie. When it comes to boonie hats, loose is good! "Initial loose fit required for continued comfort" is the notice printed on the label inside both the Rothco and the G.I. boonies. The difference between the Rothco and G.I. boonies is so slight that I want to add a note here to caution you against buying your hat a size larger. There is no need for that because these are made so that your accurate hat size WILL provide a loose fit. Getting the hat too large might make it cumbersome and difficult to manage because it might to slide down and cover your eyes. Be sure to buy your boonie in your accurate, official hat size.
MATERIALS: The Rothco is made of a 55% cotton 45% polyester blend. The G.I. boonies are 100% cotton. The G.I. boonie is made of rip-stop cotton, but the Rothco boonie material is NOT rip-stop. Still the boonie is thick enough that it's not likely you'll get a tear or cut in the hat unless you are putting it through some very rough usage. Polyester is not especially cool in the heat (since it's essentially a type of plastic). Perhaps adding polyester to the cotton lowers the cost since cotton is natural and must be grown on a farm and polyester can be manufactured in a chemical plant. That said, because of the design and fit of this hat--as well as the white color--I expect this hat to be cool in the heat. In fact, I doubt it will prove to be noticeably hotter than my ACU boonie. The Tru-Spec boonie that I have in khaki is 100% cotton like the Army issue boonie; however, I couldn't find a white boonie from Tru-Spec so I picked up this Rothco boonie. Otherwise, I'd prefer to stick with 100% cotton. By the way, since this is mostly cotton, if it's really hot out, you can dampen the hat before you put it on and the evaporation of the water may help to cool your head even more.
STITCHING: The Rothco is made in China. The US Army boonie is made in the USA by the Bernard Cap Co. The stitching on both hats seems identical. The G.I. boonie is uniform and neat and so is the stitching on the Rotcho. The overall stitching pattern is nearly identical on the two hats. There are a few subtle differences mainly at the rear seam and where the bucket attaches to the brim. the US Army boonie is double stitched in those two area; whereas, the Rothco boonie is single stitched. Will the Rothco come undone? Well, it doesn't look like it but that will depend on how hard the hat is used. My Army boonies have lasted me for years and I've put a lot of hours under a boonie. The Rothco is nearly identical to the G.I. boonie but not EXACTLY (for those of us who are detail-oriented or purists).
CARE & FEEDING (aka WASH & DRY): Both the G.I. boonie and the Rothco boonie have laundry tags inside that state the hat can be machine washed (even in hot water), machine spun, and even machine dried at moderate temp. I always hand wash all my hats regardless but supposedly you CAN toss this one in the machine. Comparing the Rothco with my other two boonies: The Tru-Spec label states that the hat should be hand washed and that that it should be rinsed at least 3 times to restore water repellency. The G.I. boonie's label makes no promises of water repellency; however, from personal experience I can tell you that the G.I. boonie is water repellent. This cotton/poly blend Rothco does not make any claim of water repellency either.
1)Both hats have 4 brass screen vents around the bucket. The screen vents have a subdued, black finish.
2)The US Army boonie has a nylon chin strap with a leather "lock". The Rothco boonie has what appears to be a 100% cotton chin strap that resembles a white shoelace. The Rothco, of course, also has a sliding leather lock so you can cinch the hat down on your head in heavy wind.
3)The Tru-Spec boonie has a map pocket inside the crown; the ACU boonie does NOT have this pocket. The Rothco boonie also does NOT have a map pocket in the crown. The benefit of not having a map pocket is that you have one less layer of fabric overhead--so the hat should (in theory) be cooler without a map pocket.
4) The brim of the Rothco is exactly the same size at the G.I. boonie. The thickness and stiffness of the brims feels identical on both hats.
5) The nylon branch loops are the same size and material and exactly the same on both hats except for the color.
6) Both hats have permanent fiber paper tags sewed inside designating their military inventory number and description (although, I've never seen any US military issue of a white boonie).
Overall, I'd say the Rothco boonie is close to true military specifications. Would I recommend this boonie? Well, I haven't had enough time to really put this hat to good use in the hot sun; however, at a glace...YES! I bought this boonie because it was the only one I saw online that appeared to be constructed similar to my G.I. boonies--and available in WHITE. if you're looking for a military-styled boonie in the non-issue color of white, I'd say the Rothco is a good choice.
Hazard 4 SunTac: best of them all for me, due to it being the lightest in color which is what I wanted, plus it is excellent in construction and materials. It also had the stiffest brim and holds the rolled shape I like the best. The Molle straps were a bonus but I would have rather had it with the traditional band rather than Velcro. I cut the stitches off the Velcro on the top of the crown and it came off cleanly. I would have rather had the vents in khaki color rather than black, but not a big deal. It has snaps to hold the sides up sort of like a cowboy hat but the brim holds the shape without those (but as it wears in the snaps might be a good thing). This was my favorite of the 6 I bought from Amazon and it is better than genuine military issue.
Rothko 5815: like a carbon copy of the military issue one I got from my uncle. Great choice as well. It is a darker khaki, more of a medium tan as opposed to the beige of the Hazard 4. I wanted a lighter color so am returning the Rothko. Pics on Amazon make it hard to tell the exact color. The vents are black. No snaps for the sides of the brim. No map pocket.
AimTrend: the tag on it said Fox Outdoor Extreme Endurance. It is also a darker Khaki. It is maybe a little thinner material but not by much. Khaki colored vents and no snaps. It is a little looser fit and my head is exactly 7-1/2". The color is lighter than the Rothko but still a fair amount darker than the Hazard 4. No map pocket. Seems like a solid choice too.
The Hat Depot: the label says "Newhattan New a fashions of New York". It is NOT rip stop material. Dark grey shiny metal vents and no snaps. a little lighter color than the AimTrend hat, and it has a bit more grey in the color but still a decent khaki color. Despite the "Newhattan fashion" label it seems like a sturdy enough hat but...
Outzie: is not marketed as a boonie hat but rather as a fishing hat. It is very good quality; just not exactly what I wanted. The tall crown makes it look a bit... off... compared to a true boonie. It is a nice light khaki like what I wanted. It has snaps for the sides of the brim. Brim is nice and stiff. Vents are an aged brass. No map pocket.
Prikinder: dark grey and pre-faded. Very flimsy and seems like something you would get at a beach t-shirt shop. The mesh "band" is a nice idea tho. My least favorite.
The Hazard and Rothko are great, with the AimTrend not far behind. The others aren't bad just not as good.
Good chin strap
High Quality stitching
Weight (for some, see above)