BC Hats Cool as a Breeze Canvas Mesh Hat

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Made in Byron Bay, Australia at the BC hats factory. This is probably the best outdoor hat ever made! A big call yes, but its true. Made from waterproof canvas and features a coiled spring wire in the brim so this hat can be crushed and will pop back out to its original shape. This hat has been run over by trucks, chewed on by a horse, fell overboard and found on the bottom looking just fine (It does not float). Made to be used and still looks good! Has a cool mesh crown and real leather hat band and cotton chin cord.

  • Made from Waterproof Canvas
  • 3" Brim
  • 4" Crown Height
  • Crushable
  • Chin Cord with Secure Toggle
  • Mesh Crown for ventilation
  • Handmade in Australia



  • Made with nontoxic glues
  • Biodegradable packaging
  • Water soluble garment bags


Cloth Hat Aussie Hats Brown / Small BC Hats Cool as a Breeze Canvas Mesh Hat


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Customer Reviews

Based on 19 reviews
Mark Lowery
Perfect Replacement

In 2020, I lost my previous Aussie hat that I had left up in our cabin in the Sierra to the “Creek Fire”. This had been purchased by a friend and Neighbor while visiting Australia at the Police Olympics. On all occasions I wore it with pride and especially for the ventilated Crown during warm weather. When I asked him specifically where he purchased it, all he could recall is that it was at a Men’s Clothing store in Adelaide. He looked on-line and found the Australian hats sold by BC hats and what we both believe is the exact same model. The only thing I changed when ordering it was the color, opting for the green brim and top of crown rather than the brown of the one lost in a Wild Fire. Wearing almost daily now.

Mark L

Jimmy M.
Excellent quality BC hat!

This BC Cool as a Breeze hat is exactly as described. The fit is perfect and the quality is superb. It arrived in just a week, in a hat box, in excellent shape and condition. I look forward to wearing this on all my upcoming outdoor trips.

And it's the last remaining stock of BC Hats we'll ever have. After 50 years of making hand made hats, Bill Conner (BC) retired in 2020.

Enjoy and stay sun safe!


The XL fit a bit snug, but has grown on me. A loose chin strap secures hat in high gusts. Highly fashionable. Maintains cool temp. Highly recommend. The only thing I would change is the height of the mesh. Another half inch would help the fit, but maybe not.

Gillian Armstrong
Not worth the price

When I opened the box, I felt disappointment. After paying $80, I expected something a bit higher quality. It's not bad, but you can tell they've taken shortcuts, i.e. the sticker label and cheap cord. I will be shopping elsewhere next time.

Hi Gillian,

We're sorry you feel that way about the hat. Many of our hats will come with different cord materials whether real leather, faux/vegan leather or the synthetic cord that we've paired with your hat. It isn't a permanent fixture to the hat so it's well within a customer's right to change it if they feel they want a different cord. Eg; One of our hats comes with a leather chin cord and a customer requested for synthetic one after they had purchased the hat. As for labeling, I'm not sure how a sticker with our branding makes it seem like 'shortcuts' have been taken but I guess it appears in this case, a sticker subjectively has.

We don't want to make you feel like you've wasted your money on our hat so we're happy to have you visit our return center in the link provided to start the returns process and get a full refund:

Once your request is approved, you'll be emailed a free return label (ensure you choose that option unless you want to choose your own return carrier) to print out, attach to the box and drop off at your nearest post office. The hat will be refunded once we receive it.

Once again, we understand not everyone will be satisfied with our hats but we hope we can make good with our return service.

Jesse Haggerty III
Replacing a beloved hat

I owned this hat for 27 years (yes, REALLY!) wearing it regularly. Well, it met an untimely end at the business end of a puppy’s mouth. I was heartbroken. I was elated to find the Conner web site and MY hat! HASTILY I ordered an “identical” replacement. Hastily, it was not the right color. A 5 PM call to factory on Friday afternoon netted a sympathetic ear who had the correct color in my hands by Tuesday! I was even more impressed when he explained that my replacement was most likely crafted by the same hands as my original hat. It may seem silly, but service and sentiment means the world to an old guy. Thank you is not enough...

Hi Jesse,

It's folks like you that make us enjoy what we do. Might I add that you have the last of its kind. Bill Conner (BC) decided that after 50 years of making handmade leather hats, catching that perfect wave was a great retirement option. May your BC hat share many more life moments.