The Real McCoy´s Jungle hat€ 135.00
(outside EU, import tax not included)
A boonie hat is a form of wide-brim hat commonly used by military forces in hot tropical climates. Its design is like a bucket hat but with a stiffer brim. Often a fabric tape band of 'branch loops' is sewn around the crown of the hat, meant to hold additional vegetation as camouflage. A strap provides stability. A blue cap with an all-around brim was issued as part of the 1937 blue denim fatigue uniform that was nicknamed the Daisy Mae hat. The M1941 green herringbone twill cloth fatigue uniform featured the same hat.
The boonie hat was introduced to the United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War, when U.S. Army Green Berets (and other special forces units) began wearing them in the field, along with Australian and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) units. These leopard spot or tiger stripe boonie hats were locally procured. The camouflage cloth was usually salvaged from other uniform items, parachutes, or fabricated by a tailor. The name is derived from boonie, the abbreviated form of boondocks. The hat was similar to the hat worn with the pattern 1941 HBT fatigue uniform.
In 1967, the U.S. Army began issuing boonie hats, as the "Hat, Jungle, with Insect Net", made of cotton and wind-resistant poplin, in olive drab, tiger stripe, and ERDL (Engineer Research & Development Laboratories) pattern. It was meant to supplement and replace the patrol and baseball caps that had been in service since World War II. As the U.S. military evolved away from a garrison mentality, the boonie hat found a permanent place as part of the uniform of all services. The boonie hat has changed little through the decades since the Vietnam War and was used in the Iraq War and in the War in Afghanistan as an alternative to the patrol cap. The U.S. military boonie hat has come in a variety of camouflage patterns; the current assortment includes Woodland, three-color desert, UCP, MultiCam, and both desert and woodland versions of MARPAT, as well as the Air Force ABU pattern.
The Real McCoy’s has (re)produced the 1967 version of this iconic hat, the first official issue of this hat. Made from 100% tropical poplin cotton, with drawstring and in the official color of this first issue: OG107/153, It comes in two sizes: 7 3/8 (circumference 59 cm) and 7 5/8 (circumference 61 cm).
- 100% tropical poplin cotton
- OG107/153 color
Made in Japan.