Rated 5 out of 5 by saul comfortable hat
i haven't worn another hat since i got it. the lights are a bonus
January 16, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by starofwonder Disappointed
The hat lights wouldn't turn off the first time we turned it on, then they seemed to burn out and the next day wouldn't turn on even after sitting in sun for recharging. Also, the clasp on the back of the hat seemed to be missing a piece. Not up to Bean's usual quality standards.
January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ZumbaMomMD Perfect for camping, dogwalking, or reading in bed
I got the solar cap a week ago and haven't gone camping yet, but I've been using it every night reading in bed: the beam is directed so it won't disturb my husband, and the solar apparatus is light enough that it's comfortable. Now that it's fall and getting dark earlier, I expect to use it for walking the dog. I got it in maroon (Stanford cardinal color!) and I like the styling: perfectly curved brim, lightweight material in the crown, easily adjustable back which can attach it to a belt loop or backpack strap when it's not on your head. The 3 settings are great: low, forward, or both. The battery saver feature functions like a 15 minute timer, so it's slightly annoying when it turns off suddenly, but you can keep it going by rotating through the 3 settings. For example, during dogwalking, change the setting just before your hands are occupied with, um, duties, and it won't turn off then.
October 11, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5 by steelstringplyr Great in Theory... Not in Function
The solar recharging battery is what attracted me. For use around the yard at night it worked fine. It stopped working after what I consider light use on a camping trip. LLBean replaced it. The replacement hat only lasted a few days before one of the two sets of lights stopped working. This was after just a few days of using it only at night to take the dog out. Fortunately the lights that point straight still work and still recharge. The point is... the idea is great. The hat recharges with the sun. Two sets of lights pointing two different directions. But the wiring on the hat is so fragile it keeps the hat from living up to it's potential. If you intend to backpack, camp, any kind of rough wilderness activities I do recommend this hat.
August 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by RPH13 Great Hat
Very pleased with this hat. I am an avid fly fisher and camper, this hat is just what I've been looking for. Lightweight and comfortable.Highly recommended.
May 8, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Stanislau This little light of mine
My wife and I have purchased several of the pathfinder hats and given a good number to our friends and relatives, who love them, as we do, for outdoors in the evenings. One couple uses the pathfinder to help light their way onto a little island that they own. So when we saw that the pathfinder has gone solar, we decided we had to have at least one. So far, it works fine and it has one more light (total of 4) by comparison with the three on the non solar pathfinder. We believe that it will largely repay us for the purchase because we don't have to buy those expensive batteries for it, as was true of the ordinary pathfinder, and we can keep it charged by exposure to the light, so it's brightness won't fade as the batteries dim(as is true with the oriiginal pathfinder).
Very good value, very good product. Because it does away with the batteries, I'm sure we will be buying more of them.
March 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Outdoorgearfan Indespensable Gear
As an avid hiker, camper and outdoor enthusiast, I am always looking for gear to make my activities easier and more enjoyable. This POWERCAP Solar Rechargable Lighted hat sure fits the bill.
Since it recharges during the day while I am wearing it to keep the sun off my head, its always charged and ready to go when I am sitting around the campfire at night or packing up my gear in the pre-dawn hours. It was really helpful when I had to make a nature call in the middle of the night!! :) I really like the fact that I don't have to worry about running out of batteries
The hat is well made, lightweight and the LED's are super bright. I like the fact that there are lights that point down so I can see what I am doing with my hands or where I am going to step, but also LED's that point out so I can see where I am going.
While I bought this hat for outdoor use, I find my self using it while doing home improvement projects around the house too since the light in the hat beats holding a flashlight while fixing things. This hat is a real winner!!
February 20, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JIMMY3 Very functional cap
Very functional cap with bright lights that work well. Cap appearance is a little nerdy looking with low slung style that doesn't quite fit down on the head far enough on windy days, but all in all a strong light for night time barn chores etc. Maybe a restyle or winter model would be advised.
January 30, 2013