Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero
If you want a comfortable storm hat that will keep your head dry in downpours and the rain out of your face, this is it. I am a hat person and this is my favorite.
- Breathable with rear vent
- Broad brim with hardened front
- Broad brimmed hats out of style
- Magnets move around.
The Force 9 is made of 2 layer Gore–Tex fabric (While the O.R. website does not specify, I think it is Paclite.), one of the most waterproof shell fabrics on the market. No matter how terrible the cats and dogs, water will not penetrate it.
It has a broad brim, three inches in front expanding to four inches in the back, and is hardened on the front so that is does not get all flappy when in high wind, like Outdoor Research’s similar Seattle Sombrero, which I also own.
It is broad enough so that neither wind blown rain nor water running off the brim get into the neck area of your jacket, and the extra inch in the rear even helps prevent water buildup in unworn jacket hoods. The tradeoff of the firmer front brim is that the hat is not quite as packable as the Seattle Sombrero, yet it is still pliable enough for easy packing.
For improved breathability and ventilation, the hat has a rear vent that is well protected from water infiltration. This works so well that the hat is not uncomfortable to wear in warmer temperatures, which is a problem I have with the Seattle Sombrero, which lacks the vent. The Force 9 has a head adjustment cord with secure lock, an adjustable neck strap, a sweat band, and four small round magnets — two in the brim and two in the dome — so as to flip the sides up.
As for complaints, other than the magnets moving around somewhat, I have none, though some think that the hat looks a bit dated, a remark that I very much pooh-pooh. This, however, is not the fault of the hat, but a sign of changing times and tastes. Broad brimmed hats may have been quite stylish up until the early nineteen seventies, but not so much in the current epoch. How unfortunate.
The Force 9 Sombrero is another great product from my favorite head and hand-wear company, Outdoor Research.
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Here's what other sites are saying:
When the weather kicks up and the Beufort Scale is rising, grab the Force 9 Sombrero to shield yourself from driving rain and gusts of biting wind Using the same waterproof GORE-TEX technology as our award-winning Seattle Sombrero,but built with a rigid brim designed to stay flat in gale conditions, the Force 9 brings an additional layer of rugged protection to our famous wet-weather headwear collection
The Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero doesn't even think twice when thunderous angry-looking clouds roll in and unleash their wrath. Why' Because it comes equipped with a waterproof, breathable, and windproof Gore-Tex Pro Shell insert, that's why.
Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero Durable Waterproof Breathable Wicking Seam Taped Rigid Brim Stays Flat in High Winds Foam-Stiffened Brim Floats Tricot Lining Crown Venting External Drawcord Adjustment Magnets Secure Brim to Dome Removable Chin Cord Dual Anchor Points on Chin Cord Buckle Closure on Chin Cord SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero Weight: (L): 5.3 oz / 150 g Gore-Tex 2L, 100% nylon 70D Taslan crown and brim 100% polyester lining This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.
Head out into the drizzle with the waterproof Force 9 Sombrero from Outdoor Research. Your head won't suffer from the northwestern clime thanks to fully seam-taped GORE-TEX fabric and a wide, rigid foam-lined brim that stays flat during high winds plus floats in case your hat gets knocked into the harbor. Magnets secure the brim to the dome when you don't want full coverage while the removable chin cord offers a secure fit in windy conditions. 3-inch front/side brim, 3.75-inch back brim.
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