My favorite Patagonia cap is back on sale for 42% off this Presidents' Day

James Frew wearing the Patagonia Airshed cap at the beach
(Image credit: James Frew / Tom's Guide)

I used to buy cheap caps, the type you pick up for a few dollars that (inevitably) break after just a few months. Then, when I was on vacation in Canada a few years ago, mine ripped and I needed a new cap, so I picked up the Patagonia Airshed Cap on sale. At the time, I was after a casual hat I could wear on occasional walks, but it turned out to be one of my best purchases in recent years. 

Right now, the Patagonia Airshed Cap is just $26.99 at Patagonia. That's 42% off and one of the best Presidents Day sales today. That’s actually cheaper than when I got mine, and the lightweight hat has a customizable fitting at the back, so it’s always stayed in place, even on stormy days. I wear it a lot, so it does get dirty, but you can pop it in a cold wash to give it a spruce up.

Patagonia Airshed Cap: was $45 now $26 @ Patagonia

Patagonia Airshed Cap: <a href="https://classic.avantlink.com/click.php?tt=cl&mi=10083&pw=27131&ctc=hawk-custom-tracking&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.patagonia.com%2Fproduct%2Fairshed-lightweight-cap%2F195699582811.html" data-link-merchant="patagonia.com"" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">was $45 now $26 @ Patagonia
The Patagonia Airshed Cap is made from recycled fishing nets and plastics and has an adjustable fit and a water-repellent coating to keep you dry in wet weather. Plus, it has a lightweight, breathable fabric to keep you cool in the warmer months. It comes in six colors, though only the Wavy Blue variant is on sale right now.

Of course, the fit and quality of the cap are important, but I was also pleased to find a more sustainable and ethical alternative to my previous cheap hats. The crown and bill are recycled polyester with a water-repellent coating, while the bill is made from recycled fishing nets.

The water-repellent coating is especially helpful when you’re outdoors in the rain. I really don’t like water getting on my face or in my eyes, and the cap keeps my hair dry and my face clear. Plus, during warmer summer weather, the breathable fabric helps stop my head getting too sweaty.

And although Patagonia lists the hat in men’s and women’s versions, it’s actually the same cap. My partner would occasionally wear mine, but she ended up liking it so much (especially when we’re out on dog walks) that she got her own too.

At this time of year, it’s a good way to keep dry in the late-winter weather, but you may also be after a new jacket to keep properly warm. Fortunately, one of our favorite Columbia jackets is down to just $55 right now, while the REI Presidents Day sale brings the cost of Patagonia and The North Face jackets below $150.

James Frew
Fitness Editor

James is Tom's Guide's Fitness Editor, covering strength training workouts, cardio exercise, and accessible ways to improve your health and wellbeing.


His interest in fitness started after being diagnosed with a chronic illness, and he began focusing on strengthening his core, taking regular walks around the city, and practicing meditation to manage the symptoms. He also invested in fitness trackers, home workout equipment, and yoga mats to find accessible ways to train without the gym.


Before joining the team at Tom’s Guide, James was the Fitness Editor at Fit&Well, where he covered beginner-friendly exercise routines, affordable ways to boost your wellbeing, and reviewed weights, rowing machines, and workout headphones.


He believes that exercise should be something you enjoy doing, so appreciates the challenge of finding ways to incorporate it into everyday life through short muscle-building sessions, regular meditation, and early morning walks.