Boonies hats are known widely after being made popular by the US Marines. Boonie Hats have a soft, unconstructed appearance and a cool slouch look that means business. The advantage over a army fatigue cap is that they offer 360 degrees of shade, screened side vents for air circulation, branch loops to tuck in some camouflage & a chin strap to keep you from losing it. A boonie hat is a form of wide-brim hat commonly used by militaries, armies and marines. It has a unique design is similar to a bucket hat but with a stiffer brim. The crown may be vented with rivets or mesh panels. Other names for boonies are called "Hat, Sun" or "Hat, Sun, Hot Weather", which is still the designation for this type of cover. They are made in various patterns, colors & camouflage styles and made in cotton rip-stop, polyester-cotton or nylon blend cloth.
Boonie Hats were introduced to the US Army during the Vietnam War. The boonie hat began to be produced with insect nets to protect soldiers faces when they were in the jungle & replaced the common used fatigue hats. Boonie hats are ideal for fishing, camping, hunting, hiking, paintball & everyday use.