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Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This is an ideal solution for protection from the wind, rain, snow and sun in cold weather. The hat includes a wool flip down that covers the back of your head and your ears. It has kept me warm in temperatures down to 15°F.

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproofing is outstanding and re-treatable as it wears out.
  • Wool lining has been plenty warm for me down to 15°F
  • Materials and craftsmanship all receive top marks. I love this hat.

Reasons to Avoid

  • Not really breathable, though I don't think that's too much of an issue in cold weather.
  • Not ideal for athletic activity due to lack of breathability

Here's a pic of my old Packer Hat (L) and the Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat (R). Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat with 3" brim Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat from the side with the ear / neck flap pulled down Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat from the bottom with the ear / neck flap pulled down. When to use this hat:  This hat is simply outstanding for cold weather. I've comfortably used it from 15°F up to 32F for whole-day stretches at a time.  The only thing it needs is a chin strap. Guess what?  Filson offers that as an option! I recommend getting it with the strap, though it's not necessary.

Read more: Filson Tin Cloth Bush Hat review (1)

Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4 reviews)

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

Reasons to Buy

  • Waterproof
  • Large brim
  • Chin strap

Reasons to Avoid

  • 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.

Read more: Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero reviews (4)

Outdoor Research Ghost Rain Hat

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

Best all around outdoor hat that I've found yet for our moist, often unpredictable, Pacific Northwest USA weather! Three-season especially rain (but not summer) use, with adjustment options, giving unparalleled flexibility. Classic outback form styling. Had Indiana Jones lived out here, the Ghost might well have been his hat! Almost perfect already and my guess is that later generations may soon be.

Reasons to Buy

  • Highly functional design with important flexible options
  • Gore Tex weatherproof breathability
  • Innovative built in cap cover that can be open and stored away in the hat giving increased aeration when not raining
  • Mesh weave ventilation area for when the rain cover is removed is extensive
  • Ventilation mesh backed with breathable fabric to keep out knats and other biting insects
  • Cooling effect to the forehead and head top where you need it most
  • Wide rim to block sun and rain, with perimeter wire to stiffen
  • Dark underside on light colored hat to reduce light reflections
  • Chin strap for wind, running or horseback riding, removable or stollable while attached
  • Wet headed and sun stressed people compliment you on the trail that they wish they had a hat like this.

Reasons to Avoid

  • Too hot for summer use (I use it under 50° F or raining)
  • My hat could use more durable water finish added at the factory (I can add it)
  • When rinsing after hikes with a hose, rim internally fills up with water (does drain out)
  • Dries more slower than expected (more durable water finish might fix this)
  • Hat not nearly as waterproof if you forget to deploy the Ghosts' skull cap (ie., learning curve).
  • Theft if unguarded might occur
  • Higher cost than simpler hats (get what you pay for)

It was talk my wife into me getting this or wear her purple n' black Seattle Sombrero.  Her S'brero fits neither into my preferred color or functionality range. The S'brero is very nice for some, but just too floppy and hot for me!  I have basic hike standards to meet.  Go in style, and try to approach hugable. I found that I like wearing hats for more than just weather protection. I can dress with less upper body layers and as I warm up, start working on temperature adjustment by altering head layer configuration first -- sequence: full Ghost deployment > skull cap tucked away > hat completely off.  Then harder to remove upper layers begin.

Read more: Outdoor Research Ghost Rain Hat review (1)

Top Rain Hat / Winter / Cap

Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap

user rating: 4 of 5 (1 review)

A bomber noggin topper for a wide range of temperature conditions... with one major quibble.

Reasons to Buy

  • Quality (fabrics, attention to detail is top notch.)
  • Comfort (tricot lining feels nice for pro-longed periods of wear.)
  • Flexibility (can adapt to multiple conditions.)
  • Waterproof (thanks to the Gore-Tex fabric.)
  • Looks decent (doesn't look like it was manufactured on Planet Wackadoo.)
  • Breathable (even under high exertion activities my head has never felt sweaty, or uncomfortable.)
  • Ear protection when needed (zipper works with little effort, ear band is warm, comfortable, and does what it is intended to do.)

Reasons to Avoid

  • External drawcord (great idea in theory but the squeeze toggle does not stay where you set it.)
  • Hidden ear phone pockets in the ear band (I have never used them and I think they are pointless for reasons I will get into further down in the review.)
  • Sizing (as covered above.)

Size: Large  Color: Fossil & Black (I own 2 of them) Weight: 3.8 oz Warranty: OR's Infinite Guarantee (lifetime) A few months back I was looking at noggin toppers for colder weather activities. I have a slew of beanies, fleece caps, toboggans, etc. but headwear is an item I just cannot seem to own enough of... I wanted something different. But I still wanted to keep the dome toasty and dry in the colder seasons. After a bit of searching I came across Outdoor Research's Prismatic Cap and thought "well this takes a different spin on things.

Read more: Outdoor Research Prismatic Cap review (1)

Tilley TWP1 Waterproof Hat

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1 review)

A hat that does its job so well it is a pleasure to stand in the rain! Excellent design and craftsmanship yield a durable, effective hat that can tackle the elements, staying on your head in windy conditions. In balmier weather, a waterproofed zipper opens a vent in the rear of the hat to enhance breathability. Great for sodden conditions anywhere, and an option to consider when one hat needs to offer rain and sun protection over the course of a trip.

Reasons to Buy

  • Superb quality craftsmanship
  • Highly effective rain protection
  • Brim: not too narrow, not too wide
  • Style

Reasons to Avoid

  • Heavier than some similar options
  • Not as crushable as some (too pretty!)
  • Cost

Once upon a time there was a middle-aged backpacker who sought the ideal rain hat that could also double as a sun hat to preserve his pale flesh from scorching. His quest for the ideal rain hat was fraught with perils--the siren songs of various manufacturers lured him, sultry harmonies of weight and waterproofness, style and packability. However one hat caught his eye and won his heart: the Tilley TWP1 Waterproof Nylon Hat. Overview: The Tilley TWP1 is constructed of laminated, seam-sealed nylon wrapped carefully around a lightweight foam brim that permits the hat to float should need arise.

Read more: Tilley TWP1 Waterproof Hat review (1)

Outdoor Research Nimbus Sombrero

user rating: 5 of 5 (1 review)

This is a great hat. finally decided to upgrade from the Indiana Jones style crushable felt hat I've been wearing for years, as the felt was not all that breathable and the dark brown color didn't help either. Also it tended to blow off my head in moderate wind.None of those things is a problem with the Nimbus. In a moderate drizzle in Japan, it kept my head and shoulders completely dry for 2 hours ducking in and out of temples. It was pretty drenched at the end of the day, and took awhile to dry out back in my hotel room, but my head stayed warm and dry.It is also a pretty decent sun hat.

Read more: Outdoor Research Nimbus Sombrero review (1)

The North Face HyVent Hiker Hat

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2 reviews)

Bought this hat for field work and it performed great. I was worried about the fleece head band lining around the inside keeping me a little warm but it soaks up sweat and helps. As far as rain protection, I noticed that it works well for a little while but after long periods in the rain, the hat appears to get soaked with rain and the brim beings to sag and drip water onto your face/collar. The hat is durable though. I just pulled it out of the closet to do this review and it looks close to the first day I bought it. Sun protection is good. I never noticed a sunburn while wearing the hat.

Read more: The North Face HyVent Hiker Hat reviews (2)

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