Outdoor Research Men's Seattle Sombrero

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Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero Rain Hat.
Have 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.

Key Features.


  • Internal cinch-band size adjustment system allows you to customize the fit
  • Small fits 21-5/8 in.
  • Large fits 23-1/4 in.
  • Medium fits 22-1/2 in.

Lining and Layers:

  • Brushed lining manages perspiration
  • Three-layer 70-denier Taslan GORE-TEX shell


  • 100% polyester lining
  • 100% nylon


  • Wicking
  • 100% waterproof, breathable protection

Weather and Wind:

  • Factory seam-sealed; earns Gore's "Guaranteed to Keep You Dry" rating
  • Waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex®/Taslan® nylon crown and moisture-moving WickLine® lining work together to keep you dry and comfortable
  • Waterproof/breathable, 3-layer 70D Taslan GORE-TEX fabric crown, seam taped


  • Brushed tricot interior for comfort and moisture management


  • Chin strap prevents hat from flying away on windy days
  • Removable, adjustable chin strap


  • Specially shaped brim directs water away from your head
  • Hook/loop tabs on brim and dome allows sides of brim to be flipped up.
  • Brim can be turned up and secured with VELCRO® brand closure tab on one or on both sides
  • 8 cm Front & Sides
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats
  • Backpacker® Magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Gold Award.
  • Durable
  • Removable chin cord with cordlock.
  • 3Þ"Back
  • Also shades from the sun
  • Internal Cinch-Band adjustment (pat. #4,845,782).
  • Goretex¦ 3L
  • 9.5 cm Back

The Seattle Sombrero by Outdoor Research. Tested in some of the heartiest downpours the world has to offer, the "Sea Somb" is a rainy day classic. The shell offers waterproof protection and the brushed lining manages perspiration. The shaped brim directs water away from your head when it's gushing.

FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero.
SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero.

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 Edge

A perennial award-winner, the classic Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero is the most recognizable rain hat in the outdoors. Even in the worst of rain storms, the Seattle Sombrero keeps your head dry.

If 20 years as Outdoor Research's best-selling hat doesn't convince you that the Seattle Sombrero can keep you bone dry, nothing will.
Backpacker® Magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Gold Award winner.
breathable GORE-TEX® fabric sheds water like it's going out of style.
Fully taped seams provide superior protection from wet weather.
70D fabric resists wear and tear.
Brushed tricot interior wicks away moisture and feels soft against your skin.
™ adjustment for proper fit.
The foam-stiffened brim floats in case you drop your hat into an accommodating river or lake.
Hook-and-loop tabs on brim and dome allow you to flip up the sides of the brim when the rain subsides.
with cordlock holds hat in place on blustery days.
Wash cold and dry flat.
Appalachain Outdoors
The Backpacker Award Winning Seattle Sombrero Hat from Outdoor Research offers ultimate waterproof protection from the heaviest of downpours. The brim of the hat is designed to divert water away from your face should you find yourself in a monsoon.

Designed to fend off rain, the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero also provides protection from the sun's harmful UV rays.

Sizing information for head circumference is as follows:


Mountain Gear
Yell Arriba! and head out into the drizzle with the Seattle Sombrero from Outdoor Research.

The Seattle Sombrero™ is waterproof, highly breathable and wind resistant. An internal WickLine headband helps keep perspiration from interfering with your visibility. Wear it paddling, fishing or wherever storm clouds gather. Features Taslan GORE-TEX® crown, seam taped construction and a foam-stiffened brim with Velcro® tabs, removable chin cord and cordlock. Imported.

Rocky Mountain Trail

The original, legendary, award-winning, waterproof rain sombrero.
Tested in some of the heartiest downpours the world has to offer, the Backpacker® Magazine award-winning "Sea Somb" is a rainy day classic. The shell offers ultimate waterproof protection, and the brushed lining wicks perspiration away from the skin. The shaped brim directs water away from your face when in monsoon-like conditions.
Winner of the Backpacker® Magazine's 2005 Editor's Choice Gold Award

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Also available for: Women
Brim:3" front & sides, 3 3/4" back / 8cm front &sides, 9.5cm back
Circumference:26 in
Fabric:Brim: 2 3/4" / 7 cm Fabric: 100% nylon: 3-layer, 70D GORE-TEX® Pro Shell fabric 100% nylon brim 100% polyester lining
Hat Type:Rain
Hat style:Rain hat
Item Weight:3.2oz (91g)
Liner Material:Polyester
Lining fabric:Nylon/polyester
Material:Exterior: Waterproof/breathable 3-layer 70D Taslan Gore-Tex Interior: Brushed tricot
Material Technology:GORE-TEX
Moisture wicking:Yes
Outer Material:Nylon
Quick drying:Yes
Recommended Use:Hiking, backpacking, boating or any wet-weather activity
Seam Taped:Yes
Sizes:S, M, L, XL.
Type:Rain Hat
UPF Rated:no
Weatherproof Material:GORE-TEX
Weight:3.2 oz./91 g (size L)
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Positive Reviews:

Best hat for the rain

I would give it 4.5 stars if I could. It is so close to perfect..... It does SUCH a nice job dealing with the rain; even a downpour. Longer brim in the back; I have never had the rain funneled down my neck like so many lesser hats do. Have had this one for a few years and would definitely buy again. I fold it, crush it, wad it up in a suitcase..... It will look funny for an hour or so but the creases always go a way.

First thing to improve? GET RID OF THE VELCRO! It is nice to fold up one side of the hat (oh, big brim means reduced hearing BTW) but a breeze flips up the sides too. It is really a problem! You have to tighten the drawcord all the way (ouch on the beard!) to apply enough pressure to keep the sides down on a windy day. Hang out on the Oregon coast for a while, where you have rain and wind aplenty, you will know what I mean before too long.

The other issue is the one that keeps this from being my "only" hat. It does get too hot. I can't fairly say it does not breathe, it just does not breathe well enough. If you are exerting yourself or if the temp is over 65-70 deg F (for me anyway), you can count on getting soaked under this hat. That makes this my rain hat only but for rain, there is nothing better.....
Wm Gardner at REI on 01/01/2009
100% waterproof. Let me say it again, 100% waterproof! This is by far the greatest, 100% waterproof hat you can get for any outdoor venture where you might expect rain, downpours, and the like. I wear glasses, and the brim on this Sombrero is wide enough to keep even your glasses dry in the heaviest of rain storms. The back of the hat extends back far enough to keep the rain from going down your back, hence, longer in the back then in the front and sides. You put this baby on and you will be dry, and stay dry thanks to the gore-tex crown, and the 100% waterproof brim!!! Bottom line, where ever you go and whatever your hobby (hiking, fishing, hunting, etc) if you want a lightweight hat that will keep you dry all day and night, then this is your hat. Buy it and you thank me big time. Oh, by the way, you are quite welcome. One more thing, and this is very important, the inside of the brim has an adjustable Velcro strap, and my size is usually a 7 1/4 so I picked up a medium and it fits perfect after I made a slight tightening of the aforementioned strap. Cheers!
Cylingmasterseller - customer at Zappos.com on 11/12/2011

I am a member of a GORE-TEX product testing team and received this hat a sample while working at a gear store about 5 years ago.
That said, these hats are great. They last forever (mine doesn't show any wear and tear and my father has had one for at least 10 years) and are very functional.
I will readily admit that they aren't the most stylish thing out there, but whether you're venturing out in the rain, wind or sun, this hat does a great job of protecting you from the elements. The brim keeps rain off the face and back of you neck and shades you from the sun. The velcro patches make it easy to hold the sides up and the chin cord ensures that your hat won't run away from you.
I use mine primarily in the rain and on river trips - they are warm enough that I don't love using it in the middle of the summer when it's hot and sunny out (although I have used it for that purpose on occasion).
The Sombrero's light and packs down enough that it will easily disappear in a back pack.
All in all, a great hat if you pick function over form.

Junkit at Backcountry.com on 12/10/2012

Reviewing the original

I got my Seattle Sombrero back in 1994 when I was a boy scout going on my first backpacking trip. I'm sure the product has changed a little bit since then, but now that I'm an adult leader with a boy scout troop that original one is still going strong for me on campouts.

On one backpacking trip as a boy I was playing around by a river and ended up falling completely in. After I climbed out the only thing dry was the hair on my head. I think that says more than enough about the waterproofness of the hat. Just this past weekend I wore my hat on a camping trip throughout a Sunday morning downpour. For a 17 year old hat, the Gore-Tex is still doing what it's meant to do.

Some other people complain about the hat not keeping it's shape, but I actually like that. It allows me to fold the thing up and shove it in a pocket in my pack. I can pull it out, reshape it a little, and throw it on.
C Hammer at REI on 03/03/2011

Works for me.

I'm an adventure motorcyclist. I purchased the OR Seattle Sombrero 5 years ago because it had a wide brim, was Gore-Tex waterproof, and was waddable. I wanted a singular hat that was functional in snow, rain and 120 degree F desert heat. 95% of the time this hat is wadded up and crammed in a corner of a saddlebag. It's been to all 50 US states and 15 countries between Deadhorse, Alaska and Ushuaia, Argentina.

It's been washed and rewaterproofed a half-dozen times using NikWax products. This hat does everything it's supposed to do in most weather conditions except with aggressive winds. The brim flops up and down and catches the Velcro in the up position which defeats the broad brim's protection. I added a clip on the end of the hat's lanyard to keep the hat from blowing away.

The OR Seattle Sombrero is not a fashion statement. I'm often ridiculed while wearing it but that always changes once it starts raining. It is defiantly a "form follows function" protective gear that works for me.
Ninjaboy at REI on 05/05/2011

very nice rainy weather hat!!

This thing is the bomb! Yes it's warm, that's whst the (micro) fleece liner is for!! Who buys fleece lined goretex and expects to wear it in summer heat? I walk 5+ miles every other day at a good pace. This thing is wonderful in typical late fall, winter, and early spring rains here in Seattle, typically 35-45 degrees F. It sheds rain like a ducks' back. The brim does tend to flop around in gusty winds, but in winds that strong a brimmed hat will either flop around (if the brim is flexible) or generate enough lift to tend to get blown off (if the brim is stiff.) The problem is the wind and the wing-like brim, not any particular hat or design. I do like the idea of snaps instead of velcro, but not enough to avoid buying the hat or dinging it in reviews. I bought this hat wanting it to keep my head warm in the constant 35-45 deg F rains of western Washington, and it excels at that!!
CreakyKnees at REI on 12/12/2012

I was looking for an all weather hat to keep off the sun and rain. This hat was so highly rated that I decided to take a chance even though the standard comment was that it was not very attractive on. I got the hat yesterday and can't wait to wear it! The hat is VERY nice and looks nice on. The quality of the construction and the reviews that say it can take a beating and still look great for years won me over and I am glad I made this purchase. My husband liked mine so much that he wants one. I ordered the small based on the sizing chart and it fits EXACTLY right. While my husband's head circumference is the same, his head is taller from the eyes up and the hat fits a little small on him that way so he will go with the medium and just use the head band adjustment strap to tighten it a little if necessary.

miep594404 at Backcountry.com on 07/11/2013

Perfect hat after easy modification

I've had this hat for over 5 years and used it on many rainy kayaking or canoeing outings, and numerous hikes in steady rain. It always has kept my head dry and the broad brim keeps the runoff out of my collar, raincoat hood (if folded flat), and face, keeping my eyeglasses dry. It's vastly better than a raincoat hood. It's a bit hot in warm weather. Only serious "con" is the velcro tab; even a moderate wind easily blows up the side brim, attaches it to the velcro, and it stays up. So when kayaking in a breezy rain, I constantly had to pry down the windward side brim to keep that side of my head protected and dry. My wife solved the problem by cutting matching loop velcro pieces to cover the brim's hook velcro. I have these on nearly all the time. If I was buying again, I'd check out OR's snap version - the Nimbus Sombrero.
ronref at REI on 10/10/2007

Perfect with a softshell

I bought this hat on a recent winter day in the Pacific Northwest anticipating a long day of rain, snow, and sleet. It was my intention to use it with my softshell as a more-mobile outfit than wearing a hooded rainshell while hiking for more comfort and freedom of movement. Happily, it was PERFECT in this role. It completely deflected everything mother nature threw at me that day, keeping my head nice and dry and not letting any water down my collar thanks to the wide brim. The next day at higher altitudes, with clumps of powder cascading from the tall pines, it did a great job of deflecting that too and allowed me to 'tuck' down into my collar when bigger whisps of blowing snow came at me, giving me a terrific experience free from worry and full of wonder at the great outdoors. This hat is amazing.
nick L at REI on 12/12/2007

Warm & Dry

Nice hat in that it is definitely water proof and will keep you dry. However, it is much too warm to use on active adventures any time of year except cold winters.
In cool to warm weather, your head will sweat - alot.
I ended up not using it as much for alot of hiking or backpacking, but more shorter day hikes in cold, wet weather and for walking the dog in the rain, etc.
What others say about the sides and the brim blowing up and sticking to the velcro so you have to pull down is definitely true.
Nice hat though if your main goal is to stay dry.
* One tip is I use in winter with an UnderArmor dew-rag as base layer to wick sweat and so my ears are covered, with this on top and it is plenty warm and waterproof.
Ke12Ho66 at REI on 05/05/2010

Negative Reviews:

The Good and the Bad

I've owned my Seattle Sombrero for 2 years now. I have noticed a couple issues with this hat.

1. There are little heat glued spots that keep the inner and outer liner together on the top of the inner liner. Over time they will separate and becomes annoying as the top Gortex fabric will separate from the inner liner in light wind conditions.
2. If you have the brim down and you get a small gust of wind the Velcro on the brim will hit the Velcro on the hat causing it to attach when you don’t want the brim to be up. You constantly have to pull the brim back down.
3. After a couple years the brim does loose shape.
4. Too warm. The inner liner is way to warm for the summer months. You will sweat buckets on a 75+ degree day.

I personally would recommend the OR Nimbus Sombrero Hat because it is a lighter hat, has snaps instead of Velcro.

For a hat you are going to wear sparingly it is great but if you plan to wear it many times throughout the year I would not recommend the Seattle Sombrero because you will just have to purchase another one in 1-2 years.
MikeyB at REI on 07/07/2008

Looked good on the rack

I wanted another Tilley T3 or ventilated sun hat last September, but the Huntington Beach store didn't have the right size, this looked like the best sun protection hat on the rack.
It's constructed in two layers; the inner layer is attached to the chin strap, the outer layer is attached to the inner layer only at the outer edge of the brim. So in any kind of breeze the outer layer balloons up off the inner layer, making the thing an object of amusement rather than a useful hat.
Also, the brim is so floppy that it blows up in any breeze, so ears etc. are fully exposed to the sun.
When I am hiking with this hat in a breeze, I either have my head cocked over to windward to keep the hat and its brim in place, or I am holding the hat down with my hand.
This may be the hat to wear in the cold and rainy forests of the northwest where Outdoor Research Seattle may have done its research but it has not been great for me in sunny southern California.
Jeff Johnson at REI on 03/03/2011

Useless in wind

This hat is fine until a light breeze starts. The brim flies up with light gusts, letting the rain blow into your face (or side, or back, depending on the wind). It's awful if you wear glasses; they get soaked and you can't see clearly. I dumped this and bought an REI rain hat that has a metal wire in the brim edge. Never been wet since!
UpDownHill at REI on 02/02/2010

Not a warm weather hat

I like the style and liner of this hat, but I returned it after wearing it for one hike. The liner may wick some heat and moisture, but not near as much as it produces. The nylon/polyester liner is too hot for summer wear, which is when I most need it. Change the liner and I would give it a 5.
RunTimRun26 at REI on 06/06/2011

Neutral Reviews:

If you need to keep completely dry in calm conditions, this is a perfect hat for you. It's well-made and completely waterproof. The problem arises when it's windy. Because the brim is very lightweight and unstructured, it easily blows up in the wind, allowing rain to hit your face, back of neck, or side of head. It's only if you hold the brim in place that you can manage to stay dry.
Anonymous - customer at Zappos.com on 08/17/2011

Well this thing seems pretty solid. Very soft lining so my balding head feels great in it. There is an adjustable hook and loop strap inside to help get that perfect fit. Now I just need to get some rain. Best go to Seattle.

Mike Corey Group and Bulk Sales at Backcountry.com on 06/15/2012

Seattle Sombrero

Great looking hat that fits well and packs easily in a suitcase. Great for cold weather. But be warned, not a good choice for warm or hot weather (used it in French Polynesia—think hot and humid—and wasn't a happy camper—my error in judgement.
Jerryh6 at REI on 02/02/2013