Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero

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If you want a comfortable storm hat that will keep…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars


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.


  • Waterproof
  • 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.


If you want magnets to throw your compass off, or…

Rating: rated 1 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $30?


If you want magnets to throw your compass off, or a slight wind to blow the brim into the up position you might like this hat.


  • Light color makes it good in rain or sun (if not real hot)


  • Magnets

I always get a hat that is sized a bit large so I can adjust how it fits on my head, and use the cord lock if wind becomes a problem. I put a compass on the cord and slide it inside my shirt.

This hat would be fine except for the magnets. The magnets mean if the wind pushes the brim up at all the magnets grab hold much more often than the velcro ones. This means you are constantly pulling the brim back down.

I have OR's Meteor Mitts, which also have magnets. At least those could be cut out, and other features still make those a 5-star item. I had the polarity permanently reversed on one compass because of the magnets on the mitts.

I just lost this hat on a month long road trip, otherwise I would have cut out the magnets to save for something else and thrown this hat out. Now I look real close before I buy anything online (esp. from OR).


I have an older OR hat with velcro and the velcro catches on everything. I cut out some pieces of velcro to match up to the hat velcro which took care of most of the problem. It wouldn't bother me if there wasn't anything to make the brim stay up - I am not with the rat patrol, after all.

3 months ago

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Outdoor Research Force 9 SombreroThe Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero is a great hat when you go out for ocean fishing or on the beach; it will protect you from the sun, and stands up to the wind. As it has waterproof GORE-TEX technology, the water runs right off it and away, without soaking your head. It has got a rigid brim which stays flat in the wind. Made up of 100% Nylon and brushed tricot lining, this hat is quite durable for lasting quality. The foam-stiffened brim will float but stays firmly against your head, equipped with a buckle closure and dual anchor points on the chin cord. The size of the brim is 2 3/4 in. The Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero will shield you from chilling rain, harmful sun, and gusts of biting wind.

- SunnySports

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.

- Moosejaw

When the weather kicks up and the Beufort Scale is rising, grab the Outdoor Research 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.

- RockCreek

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.

- Backcountry.com

With Gore-Tex technology and a rigid brim that stays flat in gale conditions, the Outdoor Research Force 9 Sombrero is the perfect way to shield yourself from driving rain when the weather kicks up.This product will be shipped directly from Outdoor Research and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.