We’re talking global record-breaking heat. The kind of heat that transforms your regular old baseball cap from a decent form of sun protection to a sweaty, suffocating sarcophagus. So when the summer is at its sizzling worst, you need a head topper that’s supremely light and breathable—a hat that won’t just block out the rays, but will actively help to make your head feel cooler. Here are 14 breezier-than-normal lids worth trying right now.
Built from the same quick-dry fabric as your trunks, so you can leave it on while you wade into the ocean.
A head-turning option from Nike’s reinvigorated, retro-tinged outdoors line.
The trucker hat taken to its logical extreme.
$27, Need Supply
Madras cloth has been keeping preppy torsos cool since the ‘30s, and it’ll work just as well on your noggin.
Lilac is probably underrepresented in your closet—it’s time that changed.
$135, End Clothing
Virgil Abloh knows his way around fashion you can see through.
$225, End Clothing
Marathoners swear by these technical running caps, which wick sweat and promote airflow across your dome.
$55, Ciele Athletics
Red hot looks in a breezy cool package.