Chalk Stream Cap
Key features: Fabric is a polyester/viscose blend; styling is a nod to English chalk stream anglers (U.S.$45).
The promise: “Technical, functional and comfortable.”
Key features: Made of water-resistant buffalo felt; leather band with antiqued metal wraps, breathable sweatband and satin lining (U.S.$145).
The promise: “The standard in western hats.” Stetson, www.stetson.com
Key features: Medium-brimmed women’s cap in quick-dry polyester; taped interior seams and elastic back (U.S.$32).
The promise: “The shape is military, the styling is all girl.”
Key features: Broad-brimmed and made of lightweight, durable Cordura nylon; repels rain and floats; machine washable ($84).
The promise: “Insured against loss. Guaranteed for life.”
Tilly Endurables, www.tilley.com
Schooner Bank Cachalot
Key features: Made from Omni-Shade quick-dry poplin nylon; wicking sweatband, mesh venting and drawcord ($29.99).
The promise: “Shields your face, head and neck.”
Columbia Sportswear, www.columbiasportswear.ca
Tech Straw Outfit Fedora
Key features: Made of buoyant polypropylene braid; chinstrap and wicking sweatband; washable and retains shape when wet (U.S.$98).
The promise: “The best of a fedora and a straw hat in one.”
The Orvis Company, www.orvis.com
Key features: New Era full-back cap, in three sizes; image captures that moment when you see a fish turn and strike your bait ($29.95).
The promise: “Catch fish, and look cool doing it.”
Fishbum Outfitters, www.fishburnoutfitters.com
Key features: Wide, extended brim and broad back flap; spacer-mesh top and side panels; weighs 3.3 ounces ($55).
The promise: “A classic flats hat, updated for the 21st century.”