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Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat

Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat

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Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - When your out on the water keep your head protected from the sun with the Sombriolet sun hat. Made from a nylon polyester ripstop blend this hat has UPF 50 sun protection built in allowing you to enjoy your time in the sun.


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Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - When your out on the water keep your head protected from the sun with the Sombriolet sun hat. Made from a nylon polyester ripstop blend this hat has UPF 50 sun protection built in allowing you to enjoy your time in the sun. The vents in the crown will give you great breathability and the external drawcord adjustment will keep the hat on tight if the wind picks up.

SolarShield™ construction
Ripstop nylon/polyester blend UPF 50 sun protection fabric
Foam stiffened brim floats
Flexible, circumferential piping along brim edge for wind resistance
Mesh lined crown and TransAction™ headband for comfort and moisture management
Vents in crown for ventilation
External drawcord adjustment
Removable chin cord with cordlock
Fabric: 86% Nylon, 14% polyester ripstop
100% Supplex® Nylon under brim

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Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good protection from the sun (6)
  • Stylish (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Hiking (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Outdoor professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sombriolet is top of its class (leaving little room for impr

I've been working as a marine and terrestrial "field biologist," mostly outdoors in South Florida, since 1979. Exposure to this much sun is an issue, and the sooner you...Read complete review

I've been working as a marine and terrestrial "field biologist," mostly outdoors in South Florida, since 1979. Exposure to this much sun is an issue, and the sooner you recognize and take measures to deal with that, the longer you'll be able to enjoy working and playing outdoors. A hat like this may seem pretty expensive to the young or inexperienced, but after the dermatologists start cutting bits and pieces off of you, you may realize a hat like this is very inexpensive health insurance. Below are some observations about the Sombriolet and competing "sun hats," based on experience in hot and humid coastal South Florida.

Ball caps are very popular, but they don't shade the back of your neck or sides of your face, and can actually pull hair back that might otherwise cover and protect your ears. There are a host of broad-brimmed solutions, but they each have their drawbacks.

Straw hats, "lifeguard" hats, and Panama hats are woven from a variety of "unprocessed" plant materials (various grass stems, palms fronds and similar plant leaves). Made from renewable resources, light-colored, lightweight, and naturally well-ventilated, straw hats are terrific... while they last. But, there's the rub: longevity. Don't get me wrong, straw hats protect the wearer from summer sun and heat just fine. But, if I may paraphrase the great Yogi Berra's malaprop ("It ain't the heat, it's the humility"); I'd say, with straw hats, "it ain't the heat, it's the humidity." Exposed to sweat or rain, straw hats quickly lose their shape. Add some abrasion from branches passed during a hike, and the hat most exposed edges get ragged looking in a hurry. When I wear straw hats, it is seldom more than a week or three before the hat resembles a shapeless "hillbilly hat," rather than something Bogart might have worn with class in Tangiers.

Another note on straw hats... real "Panamas" start near $50, but can cost hundreds of dollars. "Panamas" are the hats that made famous faces look cool in the heat: think of Edward G Robinson in "Key Largo," Sidney Greenstreet in "Casablanca," Gregory Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird," Sean Connery in "The Man Who Would Be King," and of course, Teddy Roosevelt in... well, in Panama! I haven't tried the expensive versions, but as I said, similar hats I have worn quickly lost their shape. Even if you manage to keep your Panama (or any "straw" hat) out of the rain, I have never figured out how to remove sweat and dirty fingerprints from the brim... without damaging the fibers.

One of my two favorite sun hats is Henschel Hat Company's "Breezer." Available with a 3" or 4 " brim, the Breezer provides great protection of everything below the brim. Just three caveats: shrinkage, sweat (salt) stains, and compromised sun protection on sides of of the cylindrical portion of the hat's crown. Watch out if your Breezer gets soaked, the rugged cotton duck or twill material can shrink as it dries - especially if you allow it to dry while you are not wearing it. Carelessly leave a wet "Breezer" in the heat, say... under a car's windshield, and significant shrinkage is guaranteed.

As mentioned, Breezer hats can also soak up sweat. If you provide enough of it (and I do), it eventually wicks its way out to the brim. As it dries, white salt stains become visible (especially on darker fabric brims). Fortunately, the salt can be removed: soaking the hat in warm freshwater, especially rainwater or distilled water, removes salt stains pretty well. Add a little mild detergent (like Woolite), scrub with a soft brush and rinse, and some of the dirt will come away, too. Just "block" and shape the hat's crown with a bunched-up wad of newspaper, and protect the rim's shape... before allowing it to dry somewhere with good airflow but no heat, or it will shrink. Some of my formerly "extra extra large" (XXL) Henschel hats are now worn by friends with "medium" heads. Eventually even the rugged Breezer can lose its shape but, in my experience (with some care), that can be put off for two or three years. Above the brim, the Breezer's mesh compromises some UV protection to get air flow... okay if you still have a head full of hair, but not so good if your hair is very short, thinning or simply gone. My dermatologist was not impressed.

Finally, using modern materials and combining traditional with innovative design features, Outdoor Research has produced their Sombriolet, a sun hat that shades everything, from the top of your head down to the collar of your t-shirt. The synthetic fabric is tough and the colors seem to hold up to the sun. It even withstands gentle scrubbing with detergent in hot water, and there is NO shrinkage (none!). The crown has a better venting than anything else I've seen with this much UV protection, and the fit is nice... and the crown rides loosely enough over your scalp that bugs cannot bite you through the hat.

In the rain, the Sombriolet gets wet... and so do you. Some water will get into the crown and brim, but most of the rain runs off, collecting on the 4" wide brim, and is routed downhill... to the back of the hat. In steady rain, this creates a "Niagra Falls" of water streaming down your back (OR also makes a waterproof Seattle Sombrero, but either requires a raincoat or umbrella if you don't want a soaked back and seat.

After the weather (and your hat) dries up, this hat is ready to go and still fits like new. In fact, with the Sombriolet's tough but lightweight fabric, this hat dries faster than any other hat I wear. Another unusual plus... the fit is adjustable, with a drawstring hidden in the hatband. And, "XL" really means "XL." I had to tighten it a bit, and my hat size is 7 and 3/4.

There must be some (stainless steel leader?) wire inside the outer brim, as the edge is mold-able. When the hat gets folded the wrong way, it can usually be returned to its original shape, or pretty darn close. The brim is as wide or wider than almost any other "practical" hat I have owned, lined below with dark (glare reducing) material, and stiffened with a foam insert that adds buoyancy if the hat goes overboard. There is an adjustable and comfortable chinstrap, necessary because this hat becomes a sail if the breeze stiffens above ten knots.

Downsides? First: if you are walking or paddling into a stiff breeze, the brim collapses, either down over your eyes... or up over your forehead. In the latter case, at least it's out of the way... but no longer providing any sun protection. So, if going out in a stiff breeze, I'll usually wear my Henschel Hat's "Breezer," which has a very stiff brim and, fits so snugly, I seldom need the chin strap. But, most days, I wear the OR Sombriolet, with it's chinstrap tucked up into the crown of the hat or removed entirely. I learned (the hard way) not to loop the chinstrap up behind the crown, and over the back brim, as I like to do with my Breezer hats. Do that with OR's Sombriolet, and the constant tension-gradually reshapes the brim, permanently pulling the sides into an upward arc ("Aussie-style"). Unfortunately, this exposes the sides of your face and neck to more sunlight. I have never been able to get that first (khaki) Sombriolet's brim back to its original (and preferable) flat shape, but I've come to prefer my white Sombriolet, which I find a bit cooler when worn under the South Florida sun.

Another key bit of experience to share: in the heat of summer, I often spray DEET insect-repellent on the underside of the broad brims of my OR Sombriolet, and my Henschel Breezer hats. This means less chemical exposure for the skin of my face and neck, no DEET running into and stinging my eyes when I sweat, and the protection DEET provides is not wiped away if I do happen to wipe sweat off my face or neck. I find this system keeps mosquitoes, midges and deer flies out of a zone extending approximately 12 inches under the hat brim, protection that seems to last longer than if I spray repellent directly onto my skin. The DEET does react with the stiffening material (foam?) inside the OR Sombriolet's brim, which creates some minor distortion from the perfectly flat form it starts with. But, the effect is minor, and the benefit is outstanding.

Finally, don't forget, whichever hat you choose, you should still be wearing good sunblock or UVA/UVB sunscreen in south Florida where white limestone, water and boat decks all reflect a lot of sunlight back up at you.

Room for improvement? Find a brim stiffener that withstands DEET's solvent effects, and make the brim edge stiffener easier to restore to its original flat shape (or share the secret, if you know it).

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for windy days

This is a nice hat for shade but the hat is not useable in conditions where the wind exceeds about 10 mph. Wind pushes the brim of the hat either up or down over...Read complete review

This is a nice hat for shade but the hat is not useable in conditions where the wind exceeds about 10 mph. Wind pushes the brim of the hat either up or down over the user's eyes.

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4.0

Awesome

By 

from Canmore, Alberta

About Me Professional/Guide

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Good Protection from the Sun
  • Washes Easily

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Hiking
    • Performance

    Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

    Really nice not to worry about sunburns on the neck or ears even without sunscreen. You can stuff this in your pack and it (mostly) regains its shape. Major downside is that strap is a little annoying but very necessary on windy days

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    great sun hay

    By 

    from Boulder Colorado

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Protection from the Sun
    • Stylish

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hiking

      Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

      Hiking and General city walking

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Great sun protection

      By 

      from Phoenix

      About Me Professional/Guide

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Protection from the Sun

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Hiking

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        Seems to hold up well. Even around saltwater.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels true to size
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        Outstanding sun protection

        By 

        from US

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        Excellent sun protection (which is essential for a fair skinned person). A good overall hat too!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Pacific Crest Trail Thru-Hike with OR

        By 

        from US

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        I love OR Gear and I purchased as much OR gear for my 5 month thru-hike of the PCT. Heres how this gear held up!

        Sun Protection:
        Fantastic! A super wide brim, that is designed to cover most without being massive. Very breathable and should be the standard hat for hiking 700 miles through the California desert.

        Cons:
        Even though its wide, the hat still could use more neck protection. Columbia has a hat that has a built in neck protector that works brilliantly, just like the OR sun runner hat. If OR came up with a neck protection with a wide brim hat like this it would be the best outdoor hat on the market!

        I would still highly recommend this hat.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sombriolet sun Hat

        By 

        from CA

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        I got the Sombriolet sun hat for my husband as he works outdoors a lot. We are both fans of Outdoor Research products and this hat doesn't disappoint. It lets the breeze in keeping you cool and keeps the sun off. It washes well just in the sink with some shampoo. It's probably fine in a washing machine but I take care of my hats.
        It keeps its shape too which is great for traveling.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Keeps me from Sunburns

        By 

        from CA

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        I really like this hat. The wide brim and sunglasses really help cut the glare down while near the water or snow on sunny days. I was a little concerned because some reviews say it flaps in the wind, I've used this hat for kayaking and backpacking and only once seen a wind strong enough to flap the hat brim around. The hat also travels well. I've packed it in my backpack and suitcase a bunch of times and I keep thinking it's going to start looking funny but it still looks great when I put it on. .

         
        5.0

        what he said...

        By 

        from CA

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        just chiming in - this is a great hat! I've worn it whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, and doing fieldwork in the Amazon, and I am totally in love with this hat. I've even been in a few tropical downpours, and although it won't keep you dry it's good for a quick dash, and it dries in no time at all. It flops around a bit in a good breeze, but you can snug it down with the drawstring and then use the chin strap to cinch up the sides, and that gives it enough rigidity and structure to withstand all but the worst head-on gusts. I'm a hat addict and have a giant noggin (リ8 1/4) and the XL fits better than any other hat I own. Echoing the gardener above, kudos to OR for making hats for us punkinheads! Now how about making a ball cap this size?

         
        5.0

        I Love This Hat!

        By 

        from CA

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        I am doing volunteer work in the highlands of Peru, where the temperatures are moderate, but the sun is brutal. Aside from long sleeves, long pants, and sunblock, a good hat is essential! This hat breathes wonderfully, keeping my head from getting too hot, yet offers great sun protection for my face. I doesn't breathe as well as the OR Papyrus, however. It seems to be water resistant, but not waterproof as the OR Seattle Sombrero (which I also use in rainy season).

        I love the fact that this hat is machine-washable, since I'm prone to sweating. I was kind of disappointed that the plastic stiffener around the brim broke (the little tube holding the two ends of the loop) at which point it didn't hold it's shape quite as well. I ended up removing the loop completely, and I'm still quite happy with its performance.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally...a hat for a pumpkinhead

        By 

        from CA

        Comments about Outdoor Research Men's Sombriolet Sun Hat - Khaki L:

        I have been in the green industry for over 47 years and have gone through my share of long brimmed baseball hats to protect my face from the effects of the sun during our long hours of work.

        Most of the hats have been OK except at 6'4" and 245 pounds I have always had the biggest head on the football team through school. You can probably see my head from the space station. And it didn't matter if I had an adjustable hat or a flex fit it would always feel great to take my hat off at the end of the day.

        And then I did a little research and found the Sombriolet hat and thought hey that looks like it could work on my 8.5 lb head (yes I weighed it one time :)

        So today I see the mail man drop off the hat in our mailbox, I hop on my mountain bike to ride the 500' down our driveway to get the hat.

        Much to my surprise the envelope was as flat as a piece of paper and I thought.....what.....

        I opened the envelope and it was the right hat and when I put it on top of my grand pumpkin, the hat came to life.......and believe it or not the XL was a bit loose on my head. And then I found out the hat has a drawstring to snug it around my melon and I have found hat nirvana.

        The great part is my 5'6" wife has the head of doll, almost any hat you put on here and her face disappears. Her hat should be here on Wednesday and I am sure she too will find hat nirvana.

        The Sombriolet is also better than a ball cap for us because it protects our ears and neck as well. Thanks for making a great hat for those of us who are cranially challenged!

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