Tubers and tooners should always wear something on their heads while afloat. During the summer a hat brim or bill helps shield your eyes from intense sunlight. Hats also help to keep the head cooler through shading and through dissipation of perspiration. If your hat has a neck shield, it also covers and protects the skin of ears and neck from dangerous sun exposure. In cold weather a warm hat or cap is the body’s first line of defense against heat loss. You get chilled much quicker without a head covering. In extreme cold, such as just before ice up or right after ice out, you may even want to wear a ski mask or other face covering. Thanks to the snow sport contingent who have given us a lot more goodies to choose from.