Seinfeld and the Urban Sombrero
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
When I lived in Seattle we would joke about this hat and the Urban Sombrero episode of Seinfeld. I'm not certain if Seinfeld got its idea from OR and this hat or not. However, this is a good hat. I have another OR hat for hot conditions and this is indeed warmer. That being said, there is no one-trick pony when it comes to gear. This hat is great when it is raining or there is light snow and you want to keep your head shielded, or if its cold and you want a sunblock. Additionally, its pretty cool to wear in town as it kind of looks like a Stetson. A regular sunhat off the trail is fairly uncool.
Again, OR marketed this for 'wet, rainy weather'.
Finally, shells have functional and great hoods which work to put over your head when stopped and the winds are picking up. Coming down a scramble, or crossing a busy street in Seattle...you don't want that hood over your head-as you restrict visibility. The Seattle Sombrero will keep your head dry and warmer while granting you visibility. Two velcro strips allow you to fold up the brim even more.
5 star product.