Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero

3 reviews
5-star:   1
4-star:   2
3-star:   0
2-star:   0
1-star:   0



I bought this hat almost 20 years ago and it still…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $34.95


I bought this hat almost 20 years ago and it still does its job.


  • Waterproof
  • Large brim
  • Chin strap


  • Brim lacks structure
  • All my jackets have hoods now

I lived in the Seattle area when I bought this hat and it seemed appropriate because South King County where I lived was in a moderate drizzle ten months a year. 

The Gore-Tex material has never in the years I have owned it leaked a drop. This hat was my first introduction to the OR brand and it gave me a very favorable impression of the company.

This hat has been with me through forests and mountains, in mud and under water. I grew up wearing this thing. I met my wife while I was wearing this hat. The only wear it has is one melted spot which came from a hot ember from a campfire that otherwise would have burned me. Just added character.

The hat has an internal adjustable Velcro band which I have had to readjust a total of once ever. The brim of the hat has Velcro tabs that allow the brim to be worn up "Aussie-style" if you like. After having the brim accidentally stick up once too often I removed the Velcro and decided to use the chin strap to hold the brim up if I wanted it that way. This in no way affected the water-proofness of the hat.

The hat has a thin liner but I wouldn't describe it as very warm. 

For about five years after buying this hat I wore it most places I went. Then I discovered that most of my jackets came with hoods which made the hat a little unnecessary. Another issue was that the hat took up a lot of space when I didn't need it, which occurred a lot since I moved to dry Eastern Washington.

For the past ten or so years, rather than hiking with it, I wear it mainly hunting and fishing where pack-ability and weight aren't such an issue. Wearing a hat hunting lets me hear and see more than a hood does. 

I can't see myself getting rid of this hat anytime soon. I don't wear it much anymore, I live in an area with an average of 8" rainfall and I have hooded jackets. Still though the memories of wearing it chasing animals, fishing or just hiking make it sentimental to me. Besides all that, it's still a very good hat. 


Perfect hat for sitting in the rain. This is the perfect…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new


Perfect hat for sitting in the rain.


  • Waterproof
  • Packable
  • Lightweight

This is the perfect hat for spending a significant amount of time in the rain. I love that it is waterproof and will keep your head dry. I have used this hat extensively in Alaska and fishing the northern Minnesota and it has never let me down.

It is very packable and will roll-up and fit in a pocket while not is use. It is also lightweight so you feel like you're not even wearing it. It might be a little warm for the middle of the summer, but it does great the rest of the year.

As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.


Great hat, but very warm. Too hot for most summers.

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Fabric: gore-tex
Fill: none
Price Paid: $35

Great hat, but very warm. Too hot for most summers. Would still carry if cold evenings w/rain were suspected. Very packable. If looking for lighter material, look towards the Nimbus, that is without the fleece lining.

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Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain HatHave a great time in the outdoors with this Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat. This Seattle sombrero has been designed with 100% nylon material, to make it exceptionally tough for all your outings into the wild and even for everyday use. The crown and brim are made of 70D taslan. The taped seams guarantee that it will not come apart. This hat is waterproof so that you can use it to protect yourself from the rain, while you are out on your adventures, as well as from the sun's harmful rays. It has a chin cord that lets you keep it on firmly. You can also remove the chin cord for more comfort. It comes in various colors such as black, yellow, chili/java, abyss/black, and others, giving you an ample choice to find the right one for you. Enjoy all your outings more with this Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat.

- SunnySports

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 rafting--the sombrero's foam brim floats. Maybe better than your boat.

- Backcountry.com

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is the ever-classic waterproof GORE-TEX rain hat that can stand up to the heaviest deluge. Fully taped Taslan GORE-TEX dome is waterproof, windproof, and breathable. Comfortable, contoured fit in the windiest weather with little space between head and crown of the hat. Guaranteed To Keep You Dry certification. Passes W.L. Gore's tough rain room test. Brushed tricot interior is soft and wicks away moisture, spreading perspiration rapidly over its surface to aid in more rapid exhaust of vapor through the GORE-TEX crown. Tricot is soft against the skin and feels dry even when wet. Cinch-Band adjustment of the internal headband can accommodate a liner or simply tighten the fit to keep the hat from blowing away. Outer shell is held away from the head a bit to maintain air flow and therefore greater comfort and vapor transmission through the GORE-TEX membrane. Two-inch span of elastic in the Cinch-Band increases comfort. Foam-stiffened brim helps hat keep its shape and stay afloat if it goes overboard. Hook and loop tabs on brim and dome allows sides of brim to be flipped up. Brim longer in back than front keeps water from running down your neck without getting in the way of a backpack. Brim provides sun protection when the rain finally stops. Removable chin cord with cordlock. Backpacker Magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Gold Award. Infinite Guarantee - Outdoor Research products are guaranteed forever. Ditch the claustrophobic hood on your rain jacket and stay comfortable and dry while seeing and hearing better. Whether you're headed to the Pacific Northwest or on a tropical vacation, don't leave home without this best-selling Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero. Fabric GORE-TEX 3L, 100% nylon 70D Taslan crown // 100% polyester lining. Avg. Weight: 3.2 oz / 91 g (L) . Available Color(s): Black, Khaki/Java

- Tahoe Mountain Sports

On Sale. Free Shipping. Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Backpacker Magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Gold Award Waterproof Breathable Moisture- Managing Seam Taped Foam-Stiffened Brim Floats Brushed Tricot Lining Internal Cinch- Band Adjustment Hook/Loop Tabs Secure Brim To Dome Removable Chin Cord SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Weight: (L): 3.2 oz / 91 g Gore-Tex 3L, 100% nylon 70D Taslan crown 100% polyester lining This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us.

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