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Outdoor Research Sunshower Sombrero - 2011 BCS
Whether you're hiking in the desert or on a mountain ridge, the summer sun never shows mercy to the ill-prepared. Keep your head, face, and neck cool and comfortable under the Outdoor Research Sunshower Sombrero. This summer sun hat features breathable mesh panels on the side increase air circulation, and the nylon shell fabric is rated at UPF-30 so that incipient bald spot under your cowlick doesn't get burnt.
- Removable waterproof breathable rain cover packs away in a pocket under the brim
- Brim features foam padding so that the hat will float in water
- TransAction headband wicks sweat and prevents it from dripping in your eyes
- Rear drawcord adjustment and removable chin cord keep the hat firmly in place during gusty weather
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December 27, 2011
Bought this for a trip to Mexico, and it worked perfectly. I wasn't looking for a red hat, but it's perfect for traveling. Makes you very visible to traveling partners, and it's pretty stylish (maybe too flashy for backwoods hiking though). I even got a compliment from a Mexican woman who wanted to buy one and was sad to learn that I'd bought it in the U.S.
I wear a medium bicycle helmet and the medium sombrero fit pretty well - just a bit tight, but that was ok with me. I used it a few times on a boat and appreciated that it was pretty well stuck on my head. The strap helped a lot with that as well. I didn't have the waterproof shell when I got caught out in the rain, and wish I had...the hat took a long time to dry. The shell isn't quite as stowable as I'd like, although in a pinch you can jam it into the built-in pocket on the back brim of the hat.
After a week walking and boating in the Mexican sun, I didn't have a sunburn on my face/neck, so the hat performed its job and kept me cooler too...just what I needed for my trip.
By the way, the picture here on this website is pretty true to color - a dull red. The rainshell is actually slightly more orange, in case that matters to you.