Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero
Outdoor ResearchSeattle Sombrero

Top-shelf rain protection.

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 raftingthe sombrero's foam brim floats. Maybe better than your boat.

  • Protective hat is must when hiking in wet, rainy climates
  • Gore-Tex construction delivers waterproof, breathable protection
  • Durable nylon face fabric withstands wear from the trail
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Love this hat!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I purchased this hat for my husband and he loves it. Fits great, and keeps the sun out of his face. It is a durable product and a great purchase.

Thank you for your review, Lauren!

Enjoy -

Leta
OR Rep

Does the Job

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great waterproof hat. Added bonus of adjustable interior and clip up sides.

Coolest Hat Ever!--Part 2

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

Because I love this hat so much for myself, I bought a second one as a gift for someone else, and they totally love it, too! Great Pacific Northwest hat.

The coolest hat ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love this hat! perfect for blocking the sun, keeps the rain off, and is also lined so your head stays nice and warm! Probably not the best hat for the summer, but cold Oregon or Alaska rain--perfect!

OR HAT...

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

I GOT 1 FOR MYSELF AND 1 TO GIVE AS A GIFT...I LIKE MINE AND THE WOMAN I GAVE THE GIFT TO SAY'S IT'S PERFECT....

BEST RAIN HAT, BAR NONE!

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

LISTEN UP, I'VE OWNED THIS HAT FOR 8 -YEARS NOW AND IT'S NEVER FAILED ME IN THE HEAVIEST OF DOWNPOURS. THIS IS A "RAIN" HAT, NOT A FICTITIOUS, FAKE, WATER-LEAKING PIECE OF JUNK. MY SOMBRERO RAIN HAT IS STILL IN "NEW-LIKE" CONDITION, THAT'S WHY I AM GOING TO ORDER ANOTHER ONE, JUST TO HAVE IT ON HAND! NOTE: NO MATTER WHAT SIZE YOU ORDER, THESE HATS HAVE AN ADJUSTABLE VELCRO HEAD-BAND FOR TWEAKING YOUR FIT. I WEAR A 7 1/4, I ORDER THE LARGE AND JUST TWEAK IT A TAD AND IT'S PERFECT, AND I MEAN PERFECT. IN SUM, DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME ON ANY OTHER BRAND IF YOU'RE SEEKING THE BEST RAIN HAT -- YOU JUST FOUND IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT, NOW ORDER ONE. YOU'RE WELCOME!

You win! Best review! I LOVE the all caps... I can HEAR you!! So glad you love the Sombrero. We at OR call it a "pinnacle product." It is so core to who we are and the quality of our brand. Thank you so much for the killer review. :-)

Leta
OR Rep

you know you want one !!Seattle Sombrero

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

I love this Seattle Sombrero so much that i bought myself a second one , one for work,one for pleasure .

Thanks for the review!

Leta
OR Rep

Perfect for Seattle weather

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

Bought this for a trip to Seattle over Thanksgiving holiday. No problem in the rain. My husband bought one long ago and recommended me to get this hat because it worked the best for him. I got a large based on their measurement. Fits perfectly. Don't think twice about it.

Thank you Fifi! Enjoy this classic OR hat!

Leta
OR Rep

Great fit for my melon!

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

I wear a size 8 baseball hat, so finding a hat isn't always that easy, but the XL size of the OR Seattle Sombrero Hat fits perfect. It's a good looking hat that protects me from the elements when I'm hiking.

Really??? This thing suxs!

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

Way overpriced for such a poorly made hat. Of course, it is made in CHINA!

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.

Hey Peter - a classic OR hat for sure, and it's fit and performance are why. Thanks for taking the time to write,

Leta
OR Rep

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.

Hey Peter - this is an OR staple. It's what we call a "Pinnacle" product. Many try to copy it, which is a complement, but there really is only one Seattle Sombrero! Thanks fr taking the time to write!

Leta
OR Rep

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.

Great Hat

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This hat sheds rain and wet snow, fits great, packs up small. We've had lots of rain in CO, this has come in handy.

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.