Irrespective of the place you might be, from the jungle to the desert, the hills to the seashore, the boonie is the one merchandise of headwear that’s just about assured to make at the least one in your travels particular person go “I want I had a hat like that”. They’re so cool, that my 17 12 months outdated apprentice instructed me “bucket hats are a vibe”… Regardless of the fuck meaning.
There are extra types of boonie than you’d count on; the yanks have their very own vast brim boonies, us brits have our bush hats, Ibiza ravers and 17 12 months olds have their bucket hats, and the Aussies… Effectively, they’re the specialists and have various variants; the slouch, the giggle hat, vast brim, quick brim, hats with poppers on the facet and even these funky hats with corks/croc tooth on…
So when Platatac, an Australian tactical clothes firm with a historical past of placing out nice designs turns it’s head in direction of revamping the boonie hat, it’s one thing I take into account value trying into.
I’ve been that means to seize a brand new boonie for a while, having had my outdated DPM bush hat for a few a long time and by no means actually getting alongside nicely with the a number of commercially made boonies I‘ve owned through the years.
The opportune second got here when buying a pair of Platatac’s DAX fight pants within the restricted version tiger stripe sample. I missed out (together with many different individuals) on a Kurtz shirt, however I did handle to seize Platatac’s newest boonie design, the GBH-R hat. I ordered mine direct from Platatac in Australia as I used to be after just a few bits from them anyway. Supply took round 2 weeks from click on to knock, and by organising a U.Ok. supply deal with, they work it out so that you don’t find yourself paying VAT at each ends.
The Tigerstripe GBH-R is an evolution of Platatac’s older GBH and GBH-J vary (Good Bush Hat/Jungle), and though the variations are minimal, it’s value realizing what they’re. As for the R designation? That stands for Recon, and with the newest model comes just a few refined variations.
The present model of the Tigerstripe GBH-R doesn’t have the inner pocket or orange/crimson ID band discovered on the opposite colour-ways which is a little bit of a disgrace, however not a deal breaker. One other distinction is that the Tigerstripe model additionally lacks a loop area for attaching glint tape and many others to the highest, though once more, it’s not one thing I’m going to overlook.
The hat is marketed as a brief brimmed, medium topped bush hat. Out there in 4 sizes starting from small (7” – 56cm) to XL (7 3/4” – 62cm), I can affirm that its generously sized, so even these with melon sized heads ought to be capable of discover a hat that matches comfortably.
The 4.5cm brim is versatile and with out the inflexible reinforcement seen in some business fashions, nevertheless it does have adequate materials and stitching to carry it the place wanted. The underside of the brim can be constituted of the identical materials, so must you want to put on your hat “Aussie” style with one facet up, it gained’t distinction.
The primary part of the hat is light-weight to the contact and in contrast to the opposite bush hats, Platatac have omitted the same old brace of steel vents others use to help air circulation. I’ve to say, they’re not missed and I’ve but to note any extra warmth increase while the hat is worn. The cool really feel of the hat might be because of the extremely low profile, slanted vents on all sides. They’re refined, however they seem to work very nicely.
A band of fabric is shaped into loops the place the brim meets the physique of the hat. These loops can be utilized to connect native vegetation, offering further camouflage to the wearer.
The loops are shut becoming and shouldn’t trigger a snagging challenge when not in use, the band is constituted of the identical materials as the principle physique of the hat, that means that it blends in quite nicely and doesn’t intervene with the camouflage impact, one thing that usually occurs when producers use webbing.
The within of the hat is residence to a mesh liner across the inside the crown, that is held in place by a sweatband constituted of the identical Tigerstripe materials as the skin of the hat, it’s comfy and doesn’t have any noticeable edges or irritating edges that might in any other case trigger discomfort.
Inside the highest of the hat, Platatac have printed the hat’s particulars the place the marker panel would normally sit. While I’m nonetheless grumbling in regards to the lack of a marker panel (that I’d seemingly by no means want anyway), I do actually like the general consideration to the aesthetic of Platatac’s newest hat. The printing is sensible and has an genuine classic USGI look to it.
A skinny nylon, paracord kind neck strap is fitted to the GBH-R, with a leather-based cordage lock to maintain it secured to your head as required. It’s one thing that I normally lower off from most hats as I don’t ever use them, however I felt obliged to maintain mine because it comes for the sake of the evaluate, though I’m certain it’ll be coming off within the close to future.
Tweaking the hat’s measurement may be achieved through a brief size of shock wire held throughout the rear of the hat. A wire lock and tab help with adjustment and assist preserve it in place. It’s not one thing I take advantage of, however the shock wire does make for a useful loop to hold the hat on my belt when not in use.
The Tigerstripe sample is printed on a khaki material and closely inexperienced biased, a really darkish greyish blue Tigerstripe, with a smaller quantity of chocolate brown making up the 4 colors of the sample. Some may need most well-liked a black tigerstripe, the blue achieves the identical disruptive impact however with out the harshness you’d get with the black.
General, Platatac have tweaked the common-or-garden boonie into one thing quite particular. It might sound odd to be enthusiastic about one thing so easy, however hats are one thing that may simply be neglected but so necessary when out and about.
I’ve additionally been knowledgeable that Platatac could be doing one other run of quick brimmed boonies in Tigerstripe (and including black to the vary), and these may have the marker panel and different options current on the GBH-R vary.
I’ve been sporting my GBH-R nearly each day, principally while preserving the solar/rain off my head (welcome to late spring in England) while re-vamping the backyard or heading up the hills for a stroll. It’s stored my face out the weather, it’s remained cool sufficient that I don’t really feel like taking it off, and it’s offered concealment and safety when enjoying airsoft. It’s additionally prompted a few chats with different gamers in regards to the sample normally and the hat specifically, so what else can I actually say?
Platatac actually summed it up after they named it the Good Bush Hat