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Gear Advice: Hat (Brim)
The main purpose of a hat is to protect you from the sun, rain or cold. This means that there are different hats required for different seasons. For summer use, a ball cap works ok, but they usually do not shed water, nor do they protect the ears. If you have sensitive skin, keep this in mind. A wide brimmed had takes care of these issues, but the back tends to hit a large back pack.
I have an old REI wide brimmed hat that I have used for years, and also have an "Ultimate Hat" that seems to work better with a backpack. While rather pricy, it is crushable, it floats, and is guaranteed for life.