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Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero

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    Keep your head dry and sweat-free in any downpour with the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero.

    The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is a burly full-coverage hat designed for extremely wet climates. In Seattle, there are two types of weather. It's either raining, or it's about to start raining. The Seattle Sombrero's waterproof breathable Taslan Gore-Tex to keep the downpour from soaking your head. Its soft brushed-tricot lining wicks moisture, and the chin strap is removable. The foam-stiffened brim on this Outdoor Research hat offers full protection from rain or sun, directing water away from your head when it's really coming down. And if things get really wet--like, you fall into the river you're rafting--the sombrero's foam brim floats. Maybe better than your boat.
    • Item #ODR0086

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Taslan Gore-Tex®
    Adjustability
    hook and loop strap
    Recommended Use
    rain protection

    Tech Specs

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    very light weight

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: large

    very comfortable, like the adjustable size, does a good job of keeping the rain off. I like the being able to stuff it in my coat pocket when I don't need it and pull it out when the weather turns.

    Great hat for the pacific northwet.

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    Waterproof and a nice wide brim all around to keep the rain off without blocking the sound like hoods do.

    Not as nice as the Nimbus it replaced.

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:Runs large
    • Size Bought: large

    I used to have an OR Nimbus Sombrero for many years. I recently lost it and had to replace it. I researched many hats and tried on many of the OR hats and this Seattle Sombrero is the closest thing to my old Nimbus.

    First off, for cold, rainy, Seattle days...this hat is probably perfect. For me it will be more of a 3 season hat (Spring, Summer, Fall) and it seems a little overbuilt and hot for summer use. I used to use the Nimbus for kayaking and my head rarely got hot. Kept the rain off and the sun off.

    But, there are two things that make me worry about the Seattle version - 1) it has velcro on the sides instead of snaps. So, if you don't look in the mirror when you put the sides up they are often mismatched or crooked. The Nimbus had snaps so you only had one way to put the sides up and it was always perfect. 2) The entire inner hat is lined. That and Gortex not being nearly as breathable as the folks at Gore would like you to think, it seems like it'll be a sweaty hat to wear on a summer day. No ventilation options at all.

    But, it was the closest thing to my old Nimbus so I bought it.

    Seems very well constructed and I have not doubt it is waterproof.

    Regarding sizing, I measured my head and the chart says I'm a solid Large. The large is very big on me. I have to tighten the inside strap all the way to make the hat comfortably snug. Plus it looks pretty baggy up top (lots of extra room). I ordered a M and found that was too snug, but the brim and top were just the right size. So, I stuck with the large.

    I'm feeling this is the best hat I've found but maybe not the best for me. Or maybe I just miss my Nimbus. You know how it is when you lose an old trusted piece of gear and have trouble finding it's equal...

    Hey there - the Seattle Sombrero has been in the line for decades, and I think the Nimbus was a lighter version of the Seattle Sombrero. The SeaSom is indeed lined, but you can try the Halo Sombrero. I think that will be the right replacement for what you liked in the Nimbus.

    Good Luck!

    Leta
    OR Rep

    Absolutely love it

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size
    • Size Bought: Extra Large

    The Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is the bomb (to borrow a term from 1995). The fit was perfect (I bought an XL for my big head) and it's not hot and heavy. I love the versatility of it - I wear it hiking, but to do yard work, as well. Super happy with this purchase!

    Great Hat

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    fits well & adjustable. Brim up for fair weather hiking & down for rainy hiking. Best for Fall & spring.

    Great for wet weather!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    This hat is perfect for keeping rain off of your head and its great at directing the moisture away from your face. It can also shield you pretty well from the sun, but if you use it in too warm of conditions it can feel a bit muggy. I suppose this is due to the Goretex membrane that has to reach a certain level of humidity before it allows vapor to escape.

    The Anti-Umbrella

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    I sort of love walking in the cool rain with this thing on. Keeps water well away from neck, strap is great, and adds just enough warmth for most rainy situations. Would change nothing.

    AWESOME

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit:True to size

    This is my second one. I lost my first one after about 6 years and it was still in great shape. This hat stays in my truck at all times eady to be thrown in my pack or worn. sheds water great, it also blocks some sun on those cool fall days.

    SE Alaska Must

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I love the fleece lining! It keeps my head warm during the downpour. I use this on all my fly fishing outings. Water does tend to pool on top of the brim depending how you have the brim oriented. I wish I had gone up one size though. You can adjust the fit with a Velcro strap inside the hat, but I have mine maxed out and it fits tight. Still love the hat though.

    Great for Europe!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    While in Europe- it poured on us! This hat was a life saver. I purchased the "red" in size "small" and both were true to color and size. I purchased the olive green for my S/O and he has enjoyed the hat as much as I have.

    Love this hat!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times
    • Fit:True to size

    I've never been disappointed with any Outdoor Research gear, and once again I'm satisfied with my purchase. I have used it out in the cold pouring rain and it kept me protected, and it's very comfortable. I would definitely recommend this!

    Very pleased!

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size

    I was looking for an all weather hat to keep off the sun and rain. This hat was so highly rated that I decided to take a chance even though the standard comment was that it was not very attractive on. I got the hat yesterday and can't wait to wear it! The hat is VERY nice and looks nice on. The quality of the construction and the reviews that say it can take a beating and still look great for years won me over and I am glad I made this purchase. My husband liked mine so much that he wants one. I ordered the small based on the sizing chart and it fits EXACTLY right. While my husband's head circumference is the same, his head is taller from the eyes up and the hat fits a little small on him that way so he will go with the medium and just use the head band adjustment strap to tighten it a little if necessary.

    Superior rain proof hat!!!!!!!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    1000% waterproof, how's that for a review!

    Lightweight, long extension for neck coverage. Front bill also protects against rain for those of us who wear glasses. Top part of the hat is goretex-lined for wind proof, as well as rain-proof protection! I wear mine in the winter as well -- top gortex section keeps the wind out.



    There you have it, now get off the couch and get one of these great hats!!! Well worth the price. When, if, mine wears out I'll get another!!! You'll thank me later for this recommendation. I wear a 7 1/4, and I got the Large. What's nice is the internal velcroe adjuster, so you can both tighten or loosen the hat as necessary. Perfect fit no matter what. And the inside top is soooo soft as well.

    Great for being in the rain

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is the perfect hat for spending a significant amount of time in the rain. I love that it is waterproof and will keep your head dry. I have used this hat extensively in Alaska and fishing the northern Minnesota and it has never let me down. It is very packable and will roll-up and fit in a pocket while not is use. It is also lightweight so you feel like your not even wearing it. It might be a little warm for the middle of the summer but it does great the rest of the year.



    As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

    Take care of business.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Ok, so I test products from W.L. Gore. And I used to live in Seattle. So I think that makes me qualified to review this. While I would not place this in the stylish category, it for sure takes care of business. It keeps you dry, keeps the sun out of your face, and is easy to clean. Keep this in your pack if there is a chance of rain, and it will make you one happy hiker. Not much else to explain, but another solid product from OR.

    Substance over Style

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I am a member of a GORE-TEX product testing team and received this hat a sample while working at a gear store about 5 years ago.

    That said, these hats are great. They last forever (mine doesn't show any wear and tear and my father has had one for at least 10 years) and are very functional.

    I will readily admit that they aren't the most stylish thing out there, but whether you're venturing out in the rain, wind or sun, this hat does a great job of protecting you from the elements. The brim keeps rain off the face and back of you neck and shades you from the sun. The velcro patches make it easy to hold the sides up and the chin cord ensures that your hat won't run away from you.

    I use mine primarily in the rain and on river trips - they are warm enough that I don't love using it in the middle of the summer when it's hot and sunny out (although I have used it for that purpose on occasion).

    The Sombrero's light and packs down enough that it will easily disappear in a back pack.

    All in all, a great hat if you pick function over form.

    Customer reports these hats run on the...

    Customer reports these hats run on the small side, can anyone confirm?

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    Write your question here...is this a rain hat or will it just soak up the rain?

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    if i'm close to a measurement should i go under or over? if it stretches out a little, should i go under my head measurement? you get the idea, i don't want it too loose- i figure too tight if it'll loosen.

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