We just bought our first house this past winter, and I spend a lot of time doing yard work and gardening. A baseball hat is just not cutting it for keeping the sun off the sides of my face. But every sun hat "meant for women" is a giant, floppy monstrosity in pastel pink, blue or yellow. I bought this hat from Home Depot just as summer was really heating up, and it does a MUCH better job of shading my face.
I did not encounter any of the "poor quality" remarked upon by a couple other reviewers; it has held up just fine for me all summer, so far, with daily use. It stays firmly on my head. I do wish it somehow had a little more ventilation, as every hat I've ever had traps hot air pretty effectively up there.
The only other downside for me is, as a woman with long-ish hair (that I don't want to wear down, because it's so hot) is that it's difficult to wear my hair in a pony tail or bun with this hat. The hat brim becomes very tight. A top-bun doesn't work because there isn't quite enough room up inside the hat to accomodate it. So I'm having to wear a pony tail on top of my head, put the hat on, and let the ends just sort of peek out around the brim of the hat.
But in general it's a good hat and does what I wanted it to. I haven't used the chin strap / cord much, but it did come in very handy on the couple of windy days we had.
The hat was a gift from my son...I loved the design of the hat with its huge brim and the cord to tie the hat to my head on windy days. My old garden hat was always blowing off and I was always chasing it across the yard. BUT my son did not notice the rim was torn...The weaving is so cheap I doubt if it would last a few weeks let alone a whole summer. It was returned and NOT replaced. It is a shame because it would make a wonderful garden accessory!!!
I have purchased hats that are similar to this in the past form Homedepot. I was disappointed that the new model is of cheaper quality. Did the purchasing agent from Home Depot not look at the quality, or was it the case that it was no big deal to the agent. I find it frustrating that the quality of many of the products in several of the Home Depot departments continues to decline. I also find it extremely frustrating that many of the associates in the stores know virtually nothing about the products the sell. They will look it up on their hand held devices, but they know nothing about it. I was told by one of the store associates that the management thinks that because they can access a product on their electronic box, that will suffice.