Seattle Sombrero

Style# 243505OR

LEGENDARY, AWARD-WINNING GORE-TEX® WATERPROOF PROTECTION Tested in some of the heartiest downpours in the world, the Backpacker ® Magazine award-winning “Sea Som” is a rainy day classic. The shell offers ultimate waterproof protection, and the brushed lining wicks perspiration away from the skin. The brim directs water away from your face when in monsoon-like conditions.


Glacier/Dark Grey
Orchid/Dark Grey
Redwood/Dark Grey
Yellow/Dark Grey




  • Fabric Performance: Waterproof, Fully Seam-Taped, Breathable, Wicking, Tricot Lined Crown, UPF 50+
  • Design Features: Floating Foam-Stiffened Brim with Hook / Loop Adjustment, Varied Brim Width, Embroidered OR Logo
  • Functional Details: Internal Adjustable Cinch-Band™, Removable Chin Cord, Packable


Fabric: GORE-TEX® 3L, 100% nylon, 70D plain weave crown - 100% nylon, 70D plain weave with PU coating brim - 100% polyester, tricot lining

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 3.2oz / 91g (L)

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Customer Reviews

Great unless its windy (Review by Judy)

I have loved this hat for years. Yesterday evening it really let me down. I was out on an ATV searching for animals in my pasture. It was windy and rainy, I couldn't find my good jacket so I was underdressed anyway, and the brim on this hat really seemed to just channel cold rain onto my face, neck and back. I guess the only good news is at least the top of my head was dry. The brim can be useless when you need it most.

(Posted on 10/30/16)

Best Rain Hat Ever (Review by Al)

I seldom write reviews but I was so impressed by the Seattle Sombrero that I felt compelled to praise this product. In Feb 2016 we hiked the Milford Track in New Zealand. It rained solid for two of the days (> 12 inches total) but our heads were consistently warm and dry. We were much drier than our fellow hikers. The Seattle Sombrero was the best piece of gear that I bought for this trip. Thanks for making a great product.

(Posted on 4/29/16)

I Love This Hat! (Review by LoneWolffe)

I have owned my Green Seattle Sombrero for a decade, and it's my go-to hat for rainy season in the highlands of Peru, where I am doing volunteer work. It is waterproof, but a bit floppy for windy days. Still, for its purpose, it works well, keeping my head from getting wet. Machine-washability is nice, as is the fact that it rolls up in my backpack when I don't need it.

Speaking of longevity, having this hat for over a decade, in rain, snow, and sun, the Seattle Sombrero is exceptional. For sunny days, I switch to the Papyrus or Sombriolet, because the Seattle doesn't breathe as well.

(Posted on 3/15/16)

Seattle Sombrero (Review by whg)

I purchased this hat to be worn on a trip to Central America. While it appears to be of good quality, and it performed well in the pouring rain, it performed poorly with more than just a light wind. The brim is floppy and does not maintain its shape in real conditions. When the wind picks up, the brim actually reattaches itself in the up position with the velcro! Hard to imagine that the testers missed this.

(Posted on 3/13/16)

Greatest; but the brim (Review by Doc)

When this hat had a stiff fishing line in the brim it was the GREATEST HAT IN THE WORLD.. Now it is subject to flopping and flaring in high winds. Not what it used to be but still a good hat.

I really liked the solid blue version but that is a personal preference not considered in my rating above.

(Posted on 10/11/15)

Great for tropics (Review by SOLO medic)

can't beat this hat. has everything you need in a tropical I do a lot of work on my knees as a medic in the wilderness and this catches sweat and blocks sun and never had a rain get to my head. Bombproof.

(Posted on 7/4/15)

Stayed Dry during a deluge (Review by Bestbuilder)

I have seen these on many other people and decided to try on out. Shortly after my purchase I had a 8 mile hike planned and the weather forecast was for 1 to 2 inches of rain. I thought this a good time to test the Sombrero. A tough 8 mile hike while wearing a Goretex hooded jacket would cause anyone to get wet inside or out. Everyone else in the group were tightly bundled up with their Goretex hoods cinched down tight and I had on my Sombrero, my head and neck open to the air.
The first 1/2 mile had 2000 ft elevation gain and everyone other than me were sweating and wet on the insides of their hooded jackets. No me, I was venting heat just fine in my new hat. It kept all rain off my head , face and neck.
All in all a great hat.

(Posted on 3/18/15)

Not a do everything hat, but pretty close! (Review by Aaron)

I bought this for the afternoon monsoons in the southern rockies during the summer when I'm backpacking. It works amazing when it's raining and the fleece lining is fabulous in the cool mornings. However, the fleece lining makes it nearly unbearable to wear when it's hot out (but that isn't the weather it was made for either). If you live where it's cool and rainy on a regular basis you would be silly not to own one!

(Posted on 12/11/14)

I hate hats. But.... (Review by LiquidLiquid)

Can't usually stand wearing a hat. However, I am an outdoor instructor and need sun protection, with all-elements protection for my stunning, he-man hairdo. After using ratty free lids, then going for higher-tech caps, I decided to give this a try.

I could not be happier with the hat. Unknown to me, there is a hidden adjuster inside the brim that compensates for hair volume and skull swelling in hot conditions. The thing wicks moisture away from underneath, and the outer fabric is totally waterproof. It smashes into a day hatch or pack and comes out looking fine. The under-brim area is non-reflective and makes working on the water, in high-sun, easier on the eyes.
the retainer cord stashes up inside when not needed, and can be untied easily. Just wish this was made as a surfing hat also with a heavy chin strap, but I am content, finally finding a lid I can live with.

(Posted on 9/22/14)

Does keep head/face dry (Review by Marcus)

This hat is perfect for the Pacific North West. It rains a lot here and is usually not that windy/cold. If you are looking for a hat that will keep you dry then this is a good option for you. Personally though I have found that once the wind picks up or the temperature starts to drop, this had no longer does me any good. It, by design, just doesn't provide much warmth and has a rather flimsy brim that will flap in the wind. Its a good hat for wearing around town, but once taken into the wilderness I find it to be more of a novelty then a necessity.

(Posted on 5/16/14)

A wonderful paddling companion (Review by This Hat Rocks!)

I recently took this hat on a kayaking trip to New Zealand. It packed great and did a phenomenal job shielding some intense rays and making it possible to see where I was paddling in sheets of rain. I loved the Velcro option for the intermittent sunshine to give me better peripheral vision on the water. This is quite possibly one of my favorite paddling companions. I don't care too much about appearances on the water, but it is pretty cute!

(Posted on 3/27/14)

The Best Hat Ever (Review by RTUT)

I am willing to pay good money for a good hat. I am a boater and hiker and those hobbies demand a good hat. Well, because of the Outdoor Research Seattle Sombrero, the Tilly hats are relegated to the back of the closet. The Gore Tex, the warm inner lining, the ability to change the style of the hat with the velcro tabs for the brim, the chin strap for a windy day, it is just a plain awesome hat. You can scrunch it up and it returns to a great looking hat. I liked mine SO much I bought one for my wife and she does not go out without it.

(Posted on 2/15/14)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By SirTificate)

quite simply this is the best hat I have ever seen. It sounds strange when I tell people how much I love my hat. it is waterproof. it provides sun protection. it floats. I can horribly cram it into a pack for travel without any lasting harm. and of course I look absolutely dashing in it. it is a hat, but I have no complaints at all which I can not say about any of my other gear. again I feel stupid saying it but this is one of my I can't do without it items

(Posted on 5/2/13)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Josh)

Great summer headwear! I have taken this hat all over the peaks of montana and it keeps my neck and face protected from the harmful rays.. also when a frequent storm rolls in, keeps my head dry and rain out of the face! two thumbs up!

(Posted on 3/25/12)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By beo)

A fantastic hat which was hard to get a couple of years ago since there was no dealer in Germany at that time. Meanwhile my wife owns this hat as well and we enjoy dry heads and faces while hikling in the rain.

(Posted on 7/10/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By smokykoko)

I don't get why people like this hat. Yes, it does keep you dry but any wind over 5 mph and the brim is folding up letting the rain or sun into your eyes and face. I also wanted to use the hat kayaking. Well the interior layer that overheats your head in the summer but keeps you warm in the winter soaks up the water like a sponge that drips down on your face after you do a roll. Nice if it is a warm day with fresh water but in the ocean it is an annoying dripping of salt into your eyes. It does pack nice into any sack. It would be helpful if OR put a stiff plastic interior brim into the front to keep it from flipping up in the 5 mph wind.

(Posted on 6/5/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Billygoat!)

I use this hat pretty constantly. I finally bought one last year, with my REI dividend, after wanting one for so long. I have a tendency to beatdown gear so I remained somewhat cynical about my purchase. But it has being a beautiful peice of gear! It provides shade in the high country of NC and then quickly protects from a blinding thunderstorm. Thats when you got to go flaps down! And I noticed during a summer downpour my rainjacket, no matter how breathable, would still get sauna-like in the hood. But the Sombrero provides equal rain protection with more breathability. Finally, there is a size adjuster in the hat so fitting is a breeze!

(Posted on 5/9/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Thomas)

I have owned my red Sombrero about 15 years, and have worn it almost everyday for at least 10 years. I have lost it about once per year, but always manage to recover it. Now it is getting ragged and I want to buy a new one. I have to decide what colour. I am leaning towards yellow for night-time visibility, since I walk to/from work, often in the dark. I have tried a few other kinds of hats, but this floppy scrunchable pocketable style of sombrero is very practical for me. Be careful to get the right size, not too loose and not too tight. The neckstrap is essential to prevent losing the hat in windy weather, but is also valuable for hanging the hat on a chair or coathanger. I recently accidentally broke the neckstrap, and am really missing it.

(Posted on 2/12/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By steve alkie)

I use rainy days on the water and to block the sun. a bit warm for summer but have found it useful even in the heat.

(Posted on 2/6/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Michael)

I use the sombrero mainly for hiking.The hat provides protection from the elements; rain, snow, and the sun.The hat works great, but has a strange penchant to separate from the liner in high winds (30+MPH). The liner stays tight to your head, but the shell raises an inch up making you look slightly ridiculous.The hat has a tendency to be warm in the summer, so unless it is a cold rainy day I would suggest you go with a lighter hat.The sides of the hat fold up and attach to the dome with velcro. I have not had the itch to hunt crocodiles, so I leave them down.

(Posted on 1/28/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Markphg)

Nice fit, useful velco strap at back to tighten if needed, good neck strap. great to have a nice brim to save getting rain on my face.

(Posted on 1/2/11)

Seattle Sombrero™ (Review by By Gadget Man)

I've had this hat for near on 18 years and it has seen it all - blazing sun, snow and driving rain. Fit is good and can be adjusted easily with the Velcro tab. It it still as waterproof as the day I purchased it - in fact recently tested again on a 100 kilometer walk in Tasmania!I like the wide brim including the slight extension at the back which provides great cover for the neck. Great for keeping blazing sun and driving rain at bay. Highly recommended.

(Posted on 1/1/11)

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