Melin Hat Review – High Quality, Fashion and Performance

Last updated April 21, 2022

Melin Hat Review

Pros

  • Hydrophobic technology repels water & sweat.
  • High-quality materials.
  • Expert craftsmanship.
  • Stylish and good looking.

Cons

  • Higher cost (but worth it, in my opinion)

Summary

Melin hats are an absolute win in my book. Although they may cost more than your average hat, the price is absolutely worth it. They’re my favorite hat, and I have multiple. They’re built well, they feel right and they look good!

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Redefining Hats

There’s no denying that Melin hats are some of the finest crafted headwear on the market. They’re sturdy, high-quality hats, and they look good! I love Melin hats and tend to wear them almost exclusively. Sure, there are other nice hats out there, but in my opinion, Melin brand hats last longer than other brands. Plus, they’re just more comfortable. These hats are built to stand up to your daily grind. Whether you’re working in the yard or hitting the town, a Melin hat will keep you looking sharp.

Based in California, Melin was founded in 2013 by two Cali dudes that have since revolutionized the headwear market. They spent time traveling the world, studying the art of hat-making, sourcing the best materials and they did everything they could to relentlessly improve their hat-making skillset. This resulted in the finest-crafted, good-looking, headware for all active and fashionable hat lovers.

The logo is the capital letter “M” situated on a strong foundation and supported by three pillars. The three pillars represent the three key aspects of the company’s philosophy: materials, details and innovation. This is a brand that prides itself on its quality and its ability to constantly push boundaries.

When it comes to finding a quality hat, there are few brands that can match the style and durability of Melin. High-performance athletes put these hats through the toughest conditions, and Melin gear takes the beating while maintaining it’s good stylish looks the entire time. No matter if you’re taking a dip in the lake or ocean, running marathons or playing golf, people will always notice your nice hat when you’re wearing a Melin.

Melin Hat Review

I’m a hat guy. On any given day, you’ll find me wearing a hat while at home, at work, on the weekend, always. I’ve owned and thrown away a ton of hats, but I always take good care of my hats and I appreciate a good quality hat.

As a premium brand, Melin caters to those who are looking for quality. As such, their products have a minimum price tag of $59 which is twice as much as other average brands in the market.

As a hat lover, I’ve purchased other nice hats that are not Melin brand. I also paid a premium for my other nice hats. So, I’m not shocked by the price because I expect a higher-quality product. After owning multiple Melin brand hats, I know for sure that they’re well worth the price.

I first noticed Melin hats while walking through a retail store. They immediately caught my attention. I really liked the Trenches Icon Hydro, but I didn’t buy it that day. I’m really picky with my style and fit, so I wanted to see all of the other options Melin carried.

While packing for a trip, I remembered the Melin hat and I started doing my research. Again, I was really impressed by the style and quality. I learned that there’s a 30 day refund or exchange policy, so I realized that I had nothing to lose. I bought two Trenches Icon Hydro hats for my trip.

When I received my hats in the mail, I tried them on of course. I liked them both, but I wasn’t thrilled about one of my color choices. So I asked for an exchange, and it was easy to do. No questions asked, I was provided with a return label and I re-used the same sturdy box that my hats originally arrived in.

We’re fortunate enough to have visited the Big Island of Hawaii. While on our trip, we were on the golf course when we were hit with a sudden drenching from the sky. Out of all of the places on the island, the storm cell was only located immediately above us. We traveled long and far to golf, so we did not cower and leave. We held tight, and after about 30 minutes, the rain let up. But we were drenched from head to toe.

As anyone that’s owned hats knows, water can ruin a hat. Especially the forehead side of a hat. I’ve had multiple hats that have failed and collapsed after being drenched with water. Not Melin.

melin hawaii golfing in the rain 1

During this event, my Melin hat stayed cool, calm and collected. It initially repelled the first drops of rain, but after a 30-minute downpour, it was soaked. However, my hat dried relatively quickly and it’s shape remained in-tact with no after effects from the drenching it sustained.

During that trip, I wore my Melin hats all day, every day. The hats stood up to the sun and my sweaty head and they remained looking impeccable the entire time. After two weeks of Hawaii sun, sandy days on the beach, and rainy days on the course, my Melin hat still looks brand new months later.

Melin Features

High-quality Materials and Construction

Melin brand hats are made to last. They’re durable and built for your most demanding days, so they can keep up with your daily grind.

Melin sources materials from the most iconic fabric mills in the world and each hat is put through an 88-point inspection, so you know they’re constructed with the finest hand-selected materials in the world.

High-performance athletes put these hats through the toughest conditions, and Melin gear takes the beating while maintaining it’s good stylish looks the entire time.

Hydrophobic Technology

Most of the gear the Melin offers includes Hydro technology. In short, their Hydrophonic technology repels water & sweat. There’s an added layer of anti-microbial protection on the triple quilted moisture-wicking interior lining. The visor also keeps the hat buoyant, so it won’t sink.

These hats are built for water and sweat. No matter if you’re taking a dip in the lake or ocean, or walking the golf course on a hot day, all styles in the Hydro collection are water repellent and designed specifically to withstand the toughest water conditions.

Visor seal for your thumb

No man likes a smudge on his hat. It’s like a stain on his character. That’s why Melin designed their hats with a perfectly positioned seal for your thumb to grip the bill every time you put your hat on or take it off. The seal is made of a plastic material that’s easy to grip and keep your hat looking fresh.

Secret Pocket

Each hat includes a hidden sleeve-like compartment. The interior pocket comes in handy when a wallet or pockets are not available. The pocket easily fits cash or a key.

Melin Hat Shapes & Styles

There are five different styles to choose from. All of these hat styles include Hydro technology:

  • Trenches Icon Hydro
  • Odyssey Hydro
  • A-Game Hydro
  • Coronado Hydro
  • Pace Hydro

To ensure a perfect fit, make sure to check out Melin’s handy hat fitting guide. The detailed measurements and diagrams help you determine what type of hats are best suited for your head size or shape.

Here’s all of Melin’s Hydro hats, categorized by style.

Why purchase a Melin hat?

Right away, let’s address the biggest complaint against purchasing a Melin hat. Hats start at $59. This is about twice the amount, as compared to other brands, on average. Exclusive designs and other products, like thermals, range higher in price.

However, this is not another run-of-the-mill hat. These hats stand out and feel good. There’s 5 main hat styles to choose from, and lots of classic and bold colors.

All styles in the Hydro collection are water repellent and designed specifically for use in the water. In short, their Hydrophobic technology repels water & sweat. It also adds a layer of anti-microbial protection on the triple quilted moisture-wicking interior lining. The visor also keeps the hat buoyant, so it won’t sink when in the water.

Melin sources materials from the most iconic fabric mills in the world and each hat is put through an 88-point inspection, so you know they’re constructed with the finest hand-selected materials in the world.

On top of this, each hat includes a 30 day, no questions asked, return or exchange policy, and each purchase is backed up by a 2-year limited warranty should anything go wrong.

As a hat lover, I’ve purchased other nice hats that are not Melin brand. I also paid “extra” for my other nice hats. So, I believe the cost is justified. After owning multiple Melin brand hats, I know for sure that they’re well worth the price.

Customer Support

Each hat includes a 30 day, no questions asked, return or exchange policy, and is backed up by a 2-year limited warranty should anything go wrong.

Customer Support is available by phone, chat or email.

Melin Hats FAQ’s

How do you clean Melin hats?

1. Run it under medium temperature running water. Soak the hat throughout.
2. Squirt a small amount of gentle dish soap into your hands and rub your hands together, like youre washing your hands.
3. Using your hands only, throughly wash your hat as you would if you where scrubbing it down with a towel or sponge. Make sure to also clean the interior of the hat.
4. Run it under warm water again and thoroughly wash out all of the soap using your hands only.
5. Shake out all excess water and air dry.

You can watch a full video here.

WHERE DOES MELIN SOURCE THEIR HATS?

All hats and products are designed in California. Melin prides themselves on sourcing only the best materials from top of the line fabric mills from all around the world. Production is based in China. No detail is spared in the pursuit of high quality, and it shows in the finished product.

Where to buy Melin hats

The best place to purchase is direct via the Melin website. All orders include free shipping for purchases above $75. So, shipping is free if you purchase 2 items or more.

Alternatively, there are a number of other online retailers, including Amazon that sell Melin brand gear. However, 3rd parties typically have smaller inventory options in stock.

If you prefer to purchase in person, check Melin’s store locator to see if any local retailers carry Melin brand hats.

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