Escape from the sun even if there's no shade in sight.

Like a shaded pond in the desert or an umbrella at the beach, the Outdoor Research Women's Oasis Sombrero lends respite from the sun and protects your skin from harmful UV rays. And while no one knows for sure how much protection you receive while resting under a palm tree, the Oasis Sombrero has been scientifically engineered to provide UPF-50-rated protection from that giant ball of burning hydrogen in the sky.

  • Wide-brim protection casts a larger shadow
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats in water
  • Drawcord adjustment lets you dial in the fit
  • Removable chin cord does exactly what you'd expect it would
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great for Travel

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

Good fit, comfortable, lightweight and "smash-able" (within reason). Needed good coverage on the beach and on a boat with high wind and this fit the bill perfectly. It packed and recovered well from being smooshed in my suitcase to boot!

comfortable sun protection

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

This hat offers great sun protection & is actually better looking on than at first glance. I appreciate the extra-wide brim & the fact that you can tighten it down. The only issue I had was that the back was too big to comfortably wear with a backpacking pack. Just make sure you try it on with your pack before you plan on using it to backpack!

I concur. The back of my hat gets smashed against my pack. It’s not th best combo to wear together for my set up but something to keep in mind when considering to purchase.

My go-to hat on my sailboat.

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

LOVE this hat. Does a great job keeping me shaded on the boat. A little big and awkward on the foredeck when changing sails, but GREAT for at the helm, lounging around. Packs easy, has held up great.

and the string keeps it on your head!

OR Rep

Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero Hat

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

Size about right, well worth price

Awesome Hat!

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share
  • Fit: True to size

I got this as a gift for my husband and he loves it. Doesn't go very far outside without it. great and wonderful.

This hat is very cute but quite big to carry around. Can it be folded and stuffed in a pack or will that ruin it? Thanks

Best Answer

You can absolutely put this in a pack. Fold it, roll it, however you want. The brim isn't rigid, so it can take quite a lot of punishment. My mom has this exact hat and it's held up to hiking, sailing, anything she's thrown at it.

Great Hat

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I got the Sand Large hat. It is pretty much white and i love the flower pattern on the inside. There is no venting on the top like some of the other shade hats and so it can be a little warm with no ventilation but i like it and will just remove it when in the shade to let my head breathe. It has a pull adjustment that allows you to tighten it around your head plus it has a nice under chin pull for if there is wind.

Nice hiking hat.

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

I was looking for a nice hat to keep the sun off my face when hiking. This does the job nicely. I got a white-ish color so the sun wouldn't get too hot on my head. I like the flower pattern on the inside of the hat too.

Nice hiking hat.
Unanswered Question

What's the size of the brim? Also, is the...

What's the size of the brim? Also, is the brim stiff? I'm looking for a hat with a brim that won't blow up and away when I'm running or biking. Thanks.

Comfortable Sun Protection

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

I recently purchased this hat and wore it last weekend canoeing, walking, and relaxing in the sun. I like that the brim is slightly wider in the back to cover the neck. I love that it comes in three sizes and has an adjuster to provide further size customization; most hats are too big on me, but the small fit me perfect (my head is 21 inches in circumference). I was also pleased that the hat stayed on in strong winds even when I did not have the chin strap tightened. I would definitely recommend this hat to anyone who wants sun protection while being active.

Outdoor Research Sun Protection Products

If you're not careful, long days outside hiking, paddling or climbing can leave your skin damaged and burned. To keep you protected from damaging ultraviolet rays, Outdoor Research offers a full line of sun hats, and UV Protective shirts and pants designed to keep you protected from the sun.


  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Bought the lightest color possible (sand) for adventures in the desert. So far I've used it on a river trip and was SO very happy I had it. The temp. difference around my face and shoulders felt amazingly cooler. It will be coming with me, starting this weekend, on all of my fall desert escapades. I usually wear a med. in men's and a large in women's. I bought the large in this one and it fits great.

Shade-providing hat

    I bought this hat to take on a backpacking trip across the Grand Canyon. It never failed me and kept the sun off my face.

    Oasis Sombrero

    Is the sizing on the women's hats the same...

    Is the sizing on the women's hats the same as on the outdoor research men's hats?? I would like to buy one as a gift for my mate and has worn my Men's large previously, so I was considering a Medium for her.

    Hats are sized for adults and not differentiated by sex.