Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero Hat - Women's

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Description

The Women's Outdoor Research Oasis Sombrero Hat keeps you cool under intense summer sunlight. The expansive brim creates personal shade and a wicking headband keeps perspiration in check.

Specifications

  • SolarShield™construction
  • Ripstop nylon/polyester blend; UPF 50
  • Foam-stiffened brim
  • TransAction™headband for comfort and moisture management
  • External drawcord adjustment
  • Removable chin cord with cordlock

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

88 Reviews

Pros
  • Lasts forever: 8
  • Great design: 31
  • Performance: 30
  • Ease of use: 29

Cons
  • Cost: 4
  • Bad design: 2
  • none !: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 4.8 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5

88 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Kayakereast

Great Sun Hat
April 26, 2011

I wear this hat while kayaking and it protects my head from the Sun's damaging rays. The hat's breathable fabric keeps my head from getting too warm on hot days.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
PomeranianLover
top1000Contributor

from Tennessee
55-64 yrs

May 02, 2011

The hat is comfortable and the shades both your eyes and neck. It's adjustable band makes it great for people who are between sizes like I am. The color, purple, is really pretty and overall I just love the hat. Thanks Altrec.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
TravelGal48
from Southeastern US
55-64 yrs

Finally a hat
August 15, 2011

I am not a "hat person." I've tried so many -- bought some, returned some, some stay on the shelf. This hat is the first that I truly LIKE. As other reviewers noted, it is actually flattering. It is so lightweight, will pack flat, take up no room or weight. I sized up slightly, but it is easy to adjust. I wish I had had it before our recent trip to the Holy Land, but I will get great use out of it in Africa. Thank you, Altrec and Outdoor Research!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
geekygranny
from Midwest
55-64 yrs

A cute hat that really protects from sun
July 15, 2011

I have age spots and melanomas in the family, so I HAVE to have good sun protection. However I have a small face and most wide-brim hats look ridiculous on me. The brim on this one is wide and firm (I don't like floppy) but adjustable so I can angle it in a becoming way. You can also adjust for the angle to protect from the sun at different times of the day by bending it, or turning it sideways or backwards. The adjustable chin cord is indispensable for horseback riding and river-rafting (as is the float feature). My head is 21" and the small size fits perfectly without adjustment, but with the external drawcord adjustment I can wear the medium, which is gives a more air circulation when I am hot and sweaty and imagine that my head has "expanded". It can be tightened up as needed under other conditions. I ordered the Sombrero in two colors for myself, and am ordering the purple (as in "when I am an old woman I shall wear purple")(berry/dark gray) for my 85 year old mother for her upcoming dude-ranch (rafting and horseback riding) birthday trip with the family.

Pros: cute
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5

Light and Pretty
May 01, 2011

I like this hat very much! it is light weight and cover the most area to protect my face and neck from the sunshine. It is ease to use and comfortable~ Plus, the blue color I have is very beautiful. It looks great in all the pictures I have.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Otter
top250Contributor

from Florida
45-54 yrs

Nice brim
May 07, 2011

I purchased this hat primarily because it has one of the widest brim widths I could find. Since that is the main factor that will give you sun protection, this, I feel, is a wise purchase. Every Outdoor Research product I have bought does not disappoint. Quality construction and material, wide brim = buy it!

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
NicInOC
from orange county, ca
25-34 yrs

Light and stylish Hat!
June 14, 2011

Like the hat for light weight, comfortable, wide rim keeps sun out, string under chin to keep hat flying. Wish that the design allow for folding and the material on the rim is more flexible. It looks a tiny bit little bubble up. But overall, I really like the hat for hiking and backpacking.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, light weigh
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
hiker2012
from Illinois
25-34 yrs

stylish
December 25, 2012

so i look really bad with hats on. the shadow from the brim accentuates the under-eye circles, and it's just awful. anyway, this hat does not have that problem. i got size medium, in "sand". my head circumference is 22 inches. it fits well (i didn't want too tight) - and it has a tightening strap on the back, if need be. i wore it every day except for the coldest day while hiking kilimanjaro, and on a safari afterwards. normally i do not wear hats, as they make me look bad, but i really needed something this time - for sun protection, in addition to the sunscreen. i was also taking a medication that can cause bad sunburns at that time. anyway, great shadow from the wide brim, and no sunburns. some reviewers said they use their hats for gardening - maybe i should take that up in the summer, to get more use from my hat. i also think it has some stain-repellent or water-repellent properties (not sure whether it is advertised as such) - but mine was a lighter beige color and did not get filthy after 2 weeks in dusty environment. i'm not sure if it is durable, as i had only used it for 2 weeks - durable so far.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
NicInCA
from orange county, ca
25-34 yrs

Nice Sun Hat
May 02, 2011

I used the hat canoeing through the windy and sunny Colorado River for 3 days and this is what I think. Pro: Very light weight, breathalbe (I didn't feel hot or sweating under the hat), love the chin string which helps keep the hat from flying away, really keeps the sun out of my face and neck, high quality, flexible to bend, can pack the hat flat in luggage without damage the shape. Cons: I only use it for 1 time but the rim of the hat seems to warp (or not completely flat) like how I've seen it in the store. I'm not sure if that how it suppose to be but I already seen little of the warp when I received the hat. Also, I don't think I could or should fold the hat as it could creat permanent lines. But over all, if you're looking for a light weight, build to last, cover you from the sun, good look hat, this is it.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, light weight
ComfortShoes: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
LibbyG
top10Contributor

from Scotts Valley CA
45-54 yrs

Just the hat you need for sun
September 23, 2010

To put it in ecological terms, Outdoor Research has exploited the headwear niche like few other companies I've found. Some serious R & D goes into their products, and this hat is no exception. For years I have searched for a sun hat with wide brim that doesn't swallow my head or make me sweat even more while gardening, etc. The Oasis is perfectly lightweight and blocks sun well with that wide brim--especially on back of neck and face where I need the shade. Sizing seems true; M fits my average size head well but not so tight that it causes excessive hat hair. The chin strap pull cord is handy too; the brim will flip up a little in the wind but the hat stays put. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: none !
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
sftrekker

Terrific!
September 17, 2012

This hat is my go to sunhat. I've used it for paddling, long distance day hiking, trekking and on resort vacations. It's light, packable, has a wide brim, high UPF 50 protection, and even floats which makes it perfect for a long day paddling or on the trail. I really like high-quality, durable, multi-use gear that has some style to it. Why not look good doing all the outdoor activities I love?!? My only very small gripe is that I liked the way the old model's chin strap permanently attached to the hat. It seemed sturdier which is good in high wind situations. The new model's chin strap ties onto little loops and doesn't seem as sturdy. However, I can see how the new design can be useful if one wants to forgo using the strap, or when washing. But other than that small issue, the Oasis Sombrero is an excellent hat!

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Light and Comfy
May 24, 2008

I love this Sombrero hat!Bought it for an upcoming trip to Ecuador. Like the way it extends a little longer in the back to shade the back of my neck. It's light as a feather and very "packable" - probably best packed flat. Fits great - finally a hat large enough for me and yet adjustable. Nice feminine touch - a pretty embroidered flower on the back. Just read that it is guaranteed forever! Nice to know. Hope I never lose it!

great fit!
May 08, 2008

My Oasis! - lightweight, cool and provides just the sun coverage I must have. This hat will go around the Alps with me!

Wonderful Hat!
November 06, 2009

I love this hat! It keeps me much cooler than my old hat and my head doesn't sweat as much. The only negative is when the wind blows it gets blown off my head pretty easily, even though I have the chin strap on. Other than that, its perfect.

Kayaking hat
October 28, 2009

Quality just what I had hoped for. Have not had the opportunity to actually use it though.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
slk29
top500Contributor

from Long Beach, CA
45-54 yrs

Great lightweight travel-hiking hat!
April 30, 2012

Love this hat! It is as light as can be and it folds up and can be stored almost anywhere! It has been with me now for three years and it still looks brand new!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
driggs2011
from Idaho
55-64 yrs

Great Hat!
July 24, 2011

This hat is awesome. Since I have a larger head I don't purchase hats that are one size only and the large is perfect. I use it for hiking. It has good ventilation and I like the light color with grey inside. Really don't have any negative feedback on it.

Great summer hat.
November 12, 2009

Very stylish hat. Excellent sun protection. Will be cool in the hot sun.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Lymenly

OR Oasis Sombrero
February 14, 2013

At first I thought the brim was way too large, but I put it on and it was perfect - exactly what I was looking for. Fits great, super light and can be folded for travel.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
YosemiteSam55
from Brentwood (San Francisco) California
55-64 yrs

Women's Oasis Sombrero Hat
July 24, 2012

Lightweight, wicks water, overall effectiveness is excellent. I would recommend this hat to everyone. Doesn't look to bad on my head either. The straps to hold the hat on during a windy day are excellent. The ability to adjust the crown of the head is an added plus.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, durable
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Sunflowerbagel
from San Antonio, TX
35-44 yrs

Best Beach Hat Ever!
April 29, 2013

Wow! This hat is absolutely perfect. I got the "pool" color, which is more green than blue. It stays on while I'm out in the ocean. I didn't know a hat could do that. I jogged on the beach for 75 minutes in it, just to see if it would still shade me. It did. I went out on a boat ride in the sound. It still shielded the sun. I've got to get another one! I actually convinced my husband to get one, too! Yay!

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use

great fit!
May 08, 2008

My Oasis! - lightweight, cool and provides just the sun coverage I must have. This hat will go around the Alps with me!

Nice Hat!
May 25, 2009

I bought the hat for sailing. I am very fair and it is important for me to have a good hat that will stay put. I looked at many other hats that were much more expensive and not as cute. This hat is a nice material. The brim is wide enough and I did not receive any color on my face. It stayed on but you have to keep it tied and tightened (I appreicated that you can tighten the crown). I will be using this hat again and again. Bonus: My boyfriend thought I looked adorable.

Great Fit
May 20, 2009

I love it that this hat comes in sizes because most hats are too big for me. In addition to size, the exact fit can be adjusted with a rubber cord on top of the hat. Picked the honeycomb color and love its brightness. Color is very close to the one shown.

such a lovely hat !
March 28, 2007

I purchase this hat for my hiking and watch my girls' sport on the weekend. It is so wide brim and so soft and stylish. Every mom should should buy one.

Great hat for both men and women
January 26, 2010

I ordered the Women's Oasis Sombrero Hat a few months ago - wore it extensively - love it. Then my husband hinted he'd like one so I got him one for Christmas. We just got back from Panama where we wore our hats extensively. Comfortable! Kept the sun at bay really well! His an XL and mine a M. Good design. We love our sun hats. No reason why men can't enjoy this hat too.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
TorranceCA

Best Sun Hat
February 26, 2012

I bought this hat about 3 years ago and decided that since I lose things and because prices (gas, etc.) are going up, I should stock up on products that I really need and use. So I bought one in the Sand/Dark grey, and it's so, so fabulous. The wide brim is great, the color is nice. I like a white or off-white, and the sand is a cream/off-white color. I use this hat when I walk/run my dog, anywhere that I'm in the sun more than 10 or 15 min., and it's just the best. Today I bought two more since they'd make a nice gift or if I lose one, I'd still have a new spare. It's lightweight, and the color is versatile. The chin strap is a critical feature, although I've seen nicer quality squeeze fastener devices on other hats. That's not the big deal to me; it works just fine and has not broken in three years. I'm most concerned about durability and wide brim, and I got it in this hat. It's really, really a nice hat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CALIFORNIAme
top250Contributor

from california
45-54 yrs

Comfortable and stylish hat.
April 13, 2011

Cool light weight hat. Does a good job at keeping the sun off your face and neck. Wore it on a trekking trip to Mammoth. Wide array of colors offered. I have since lost this hat but will be looking to purchase another.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Great Fit, Cool, Light Weight
October 05, 2009

I have a small head so it was nice to be able to mail order a hat that fits...and it does it's job just right...lightweight and great coverage. A good buy, a good garden hat, and a good sun hat.

Lots of shade
November 09, 2009

This is a good hat with a large brim that really keeps the sun off your face, neck and head. It is light a comfortable

I LOVE THIS HAT
April 28, 2007

I wore this hat to Hawaii and it was great in the sun. I love the extra wide brim for sun protection. I had others ask where I got it, they liked it so much. It fits great and doesn't make my head sweat. I now have 2.

Perfect for Peru
August 05, 2010

This hat was with me every day in Peru for two weeks at the end of July -- perfect for everything we did: exploring floating islands, watching condors, trekking, riding horses and shopping in Lima. It packs flat, can be rolled up without harm, and when riding in a taxi or combi, I let it dangle down my back and leaned against it comfortably. Great hat!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
CancerSurvivor
from North Canton, OH
45-54 yrs

Excellent Protection
July 24, 2011

I am starting back to hiking after several bouts with cancer. I needed a hat that would really provide me with coverage from the sun. I bought this based on the reviews of others who purchased this hat. When I got it, it was just as promised. It is lightweight, provides excellent sun coverage and is very well made. Great buy if you need a hat to protect you from the sun.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
sunsavvy

Excellent Sun Hat
February 05, 2012

I've purchased sun hats from three other companies that specialize in them over the years but this hat is by far the best one I own. My head measures 21 2/8 and I purchased a size small. Not only does the hat fit perfectly, it has an easily adjustable drawstring across the forehead for a custom fit, an adjustable drawstring around the chin, a wide brim to shade you from the sun, and its comfortable. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a great sun hat!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Great value

terrific sun hat
June 24, 2009

I love the adjustable sizing on this hat. Very comfortable, lightweight material. Longer brim in back provides excellent coverage. More color selection would have been nice. Great product; fast shipping.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Melballs

Love it!
January 31, 2012

I am super sun sensitive these days, and this hat is really great at keeping it off my face. It is super well made and folds down pretty well for a hat with such a wide brim.

Pros: Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
acucarol
from Austin, TX

Great hat for running
August 26, 2011

I am always on the lookout for a running hat and this fit the 'bill'. It needs to protect on all sides from the sun, be lightweight, not fall off when windy (without having to use the under chin strap), and be sturdy enough to wash frequently. This one is great on all fronts (except I haven't washed it yet). I have a small head and the medium fits fine and it's flattering to boot!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
MamaToKiya
from southeast usa
55-64 yrs

Excellent hat overall!
June 11, 2013

I bought a yellow version of this hat in 2010. I absolutely adored its look, feel, and practicality. And it really did float! Unfortunately, I lost it about 1 year later. I've missed it so much, I was delighted to find it again, this time in a vibrant yet deep pink called Trillium. The new version has an attractive "shadow" of flowers under the brim--nice surprise. I hope to get many years of wear and many miles of travel out of it. It seems to be made of a very high quality fabric. I can't be sure of durability, hence my 4 instead of 5 on that, because I haven't had either hat long enough to know. The only thing that bothers me (and I'm certain my older yellow one didn't have this problem) is that the "wicking headband," which I'd expect to remain invisible while I'm wearing the hat, is partially visible from the front and sides. It's a lighter color than the brim and the inside of the crown, so it stands out. That bothers me, as it distracts from the otherwise lovely look of the hat. I think this is due to the fact that it's sewn onto the innermost edge of the brim and the brim is stiff, as its made of a material that enables it to float. Therefore, the headband can't flex to the inside at the place where it's attached to the brim. I'd love for Outdoor Research to find a way to keep the qualities of this hat and make the headband invisible!

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, seems like great sun protection, Cons: Bad design

a lot of hat, intense colors, not all that packable
April 20, 2009

I can see the virtues of this hat--great brim, great coverage, fits really well, but it's too much hat for me, the spring color is not the pale thing you see on your computer screen but a disney bright shade. And it doesn't look to me to be truly packable--certainly not stuffable, as the brim needs to stay flat. Great hat for lots of folks, I see, but not for me. It's going back.

Fanny

Nice hat
August 14, 2009

It's a really nice hat. Not only lightweight, but really protects my skin from sunburn. Recommend. Love it.

hiker2012
from Illinois

stylish
December 25, 2012

so i look really bad with hats on. the shadow from the brim accentuates the under-eye circles, and it's just awful. anyway, this hat does not have that problem. i got size medium, in "sand". my head circumference is 22 inches. it fits well (i didn't want too tight) - and it has a tightening strap on the back, if need be. i wore it every day except for the coldest day while hiking kilimanjaro, and on a safari afterwards. normally i do not wear hats, as they make me look bad, but i really needed something this time - for sun protection, in addition to the sunscreen. i was also taking a medication that can cause bad sunburns at that time. anyway, great shadow from the wide brim, and no sunburns. some reviewers said they use their hats for gardening - maybe i should take that up in the summer, to get more use from my hat. i also think it has some stain-repellent or water-repellent properties (not sure whether it is advertised as such) - but mine was a lighter beige color and did not get filthy after 2 weeks in dusty environment. i'm not sure if it is durable, as i had only used it for 2 weeks - durable so far.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value

Great hat!
September 14, 2009

I bought this hat based on the reviews I read on this site and I'm very happy with it. It's lightweight, comfortable, and offers great sun protection. One little thing, the tie for under your chin was not attached evenly so when I wear the hat one is behind one ear and the other side is in front. I would still recommend it though. Also, I was between sizes but ordered it based on another review that said there is an adjustment in the back of hat, that is not mentioned in the description.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
C1Sharona
from Winston Salem, NC
45-54 yrs

Another OR Fav
June 20, 2013

I own nothing but Outdoor Reasearch hats. I have. Very small head - too large for children's size but too small for hats that are sized S/M. So far OR is the only company that makes an actual small. Plus has the draw cord in back.

Pros: Great design, Performance

Great hat
April 28, 2008

It's a great hat and will go with me on all of my trips. It's stylish and lightweight and best of all has a high spf.

Love it!
July 30, 2010

I bought this hat because I have been helping at a local CSA farm and needed protection from the sun and bugs. It has been perfect for both. I love the way it fits. I was especially impressed with how quickly it was shipped to me at a reasonable cost.

fabulous
July 17, 2010

I got this hat because I wanted something more lightweight for garden work. I'm pleased with it so far. It hardly feels like I'm wearing anything on my head.

Great Hat
March 25, 2010

terrific color, comfy, and stylish. How could you ask for more.

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Holdrege
from Vermont
55-64 yrs

Great HAT!
January 28, 2011

This hat is fantastic. It is very flattering and doesn't crush your head or hair! It took a little getting used to the band around the head. It is a snug fit and does not blow off and because it is so weightless, it doesn't fall off when you bend over while gardening. The broad brim is also great for keeping the sun off face and neck. I would definitely recommend this hat! It is really fun to wear.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
actor
from los angeles
55-64 yrs

nice hat
May 15, 2013

This hat is very nice to wear it in a sunny day. It has more coverage than other hats that I owned. The shape is not that attractive but it is ok for hiking or gardening. I have many OR hats in size s, this one larger than the others, it is good that I can adjust it. I still like it and I would recommend to buy it.

Pros: Build quality, Ease of use
lovesport2013
from California
35-44 yrs

June 11, 2013

Very nice, and cover a lot under sun. I am looking for another one for my daughter

Pros: Great design, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Arrow
top1000Contributor

from Reno, Nevada
55-64 yrs

Wonderful hat for hiking or the beach
December 05, 2010

I love this hat!! I wear it backpacking and on the beach. It is light weight....packs well and cleans easily. It also looks nice on. I used to wear baseball style hats but they did not protect my face from the sun enough. This does the job and it looks stylish as well!!! Altrec orders come quickly and the staff are great help on the phone.

krissy310
from Santa Monica, CA

Love it!
October 31, 2010

This is my all-time favorite hat! Once when I was hiking, I handed it to a friend to hold and told him, "Lose it and die!" This is actually the second one I've purchased as a gift (the first was for my mom) because I really think it's the best sun hat out there. I've found the fit true to size, it's light, not too hot to wear, and provides great coverage. The cord is handy in the wind to keep it in place, and it washes just fine in the washing machine. I've gotten compliments on it just wearing it around town, and asked from where I got it multiple times. I try not to go anywhere sunny without it.

I Love this hat.
June 29, 2009

It is so light weight you forget it is on your head. It provides ample shading on your face and neck. It helps keep you cool and dries quickly.

wedd20056

Oasis Sombreo Hat
January 21, 2014

Hat is light weight, very travel friendly, keeps you cool while working in the garden.

Great Hat!
June 04, 2008

This hat not only provides ample sun protection from its wide brim but it is also UPF 50+. Waterproof and easy to compact I take this hat all over!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
surveygirl

great hat for the field
April 29, 2011

I bought this hat before I headed to the field in the summer. I usually spend 2 months directly under the sun surveying and therefore I was looking for a hat which will cover my head and neck, but at the same time is not too large to carry around in a backpack and does not look bad if it gets a little wrinkly.

Pros: Great design, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
rad3
from sacramento
35-44 yrs

Nice sun hat
August 05, 2013

Light, comfortable, and machine washable. Good brim width. I don't recommend sizing up as other reviewers suggested. Yes, you can adjust it, but when I bought the medium instead of small to provide extra room, hoping to improve air circulation and keep my head cooler, it comes off during high winds. Even though I made it tight enough around my head, it was not snug enough of an overall fit to keep it on. Con: Folds flat, but not easily squished into a backpack. Looks OK.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
SafariPrep
from Louisiana
25-34 yrs

Great packable hat
August 10, 2013

Took this hat on safari and it was perfect. The longer length in the back helped keep the sun off my neck. The adjustable cord for the the head was good but make sure you get the right size I could see how it could be too tight. I rolled, shoved and packed this hat many times and each time it bounced right back to shape.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, packable
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
ShopperBE
from Belgium
35-44 yrs

Great Purchase
August 08, 2012

Just got my new hat. I like it. It serves the purpose of keeping the sun out. I ordered a large and it is a little loose, but since it's adjustable, I think it's perfect. I measured my head and it is 23". This hat gets high points on function, but it's not particularly pretty or fashionable. However, it works for my purposes.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
GirlOutdoors
from Pacific Northwest
55-64 yrs

This hat nails it!
May 17, 2011

I bought this hat for sun protection for my face and live in slice of Paradise replete with alpine mountains, rainforests, island beaches, and every conceivable outdoor adventure! And, then there's the WIND! Hats that blow off or must be cinched too tightly are unbearable and this hat feels like MAGIC! The cinch on the back of the top allows a snug fit and the lower cinch cord has a light touch! the hat is so breathable I barely know it's even on yet I love its style, and - more than anything - it's versatility! From summer snowshoeing to ocean kayaking to just enjoying a latte at a cafe with friends, this hat combines the style, function, and comfort I have come to expect from Outdoor Research. A real keeper! Totally recommend!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Liv25iNG
from Tampa, FL
55-64 yrs

Great Sun Hat
June 15, 2011

Wore for 1st time a week ago and loved it. Went boating and then took a long walk in the woods. I like that the brim is not flimsy and that it is larger than most. While boating the neck strap is a must. I ended up wearing it backwards most of the time because the brim is wider in the back and I wanted to keep the sun from my face. It wears fine either way and my head stayed fairly cool despite the intense heat. I'm glad of my purchase.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, wear backwards too
Comfort: 2 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
kayddid

Beautiful, BIG, hat
July 19, 2011

Although this hat is beautiful, and the plum color is excellent, I did return it b/c it is just too BIG. It caught on the back of my neck every time I turned my head. Of course, I am not a big person, so maybe a taller, bigger person would not notice this. I also play golf, and I could not use it for that comfortably. I also worried that the dark color would make my head hot, but since I didn't really wear it once I figured out the size was too big, I don't know for sure.

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Bad design
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
RedKayak

Fantastic!
December 12, 2010

I've owned two of these hats for a year, and they've traveled to Europe with me twice. Any straw hat can cover your face and neck, but these hats are packable in your suitcase and have a very elegant curve to the brim that people will notice. My yellow one attracts more attention than my gray OR rain hat, but I never go out without someone--neighbors, foreigners in Europe--remarking on the hat's cuteness. My friend, who was holding it while I used a restroom at a museum, had it on her head with her eyes closed, and a photographer (attached to the museum or a museum event) took a photo of her because he said she looked so cute. Highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality
FleeceGirl

comfortable and ample protection from the sun
July 05, 2010

Bought it for my almost 83 year young mom. She looks 20 years younger in the hat, too!

Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Happycamper427
from Columbia, SC
55-64 yrs

Quality product
July 15, 2013

This product is a gift to my daughter-in-law. She loves the hat. A good quality hat. However, when I saw it, the color was not exactly as I saw from the website.

ShopperBE
from Belgium

Great Purchase
August 08, 2012

Just got my new hat. I like it. It serves the purpose of keeping the sun out. I ordered a large and it is a little loose, but since it's adjustable, I think it's perfect. I measured my head and it is 23". This hat gets high points on function, but it's not particularly pretty or fashionable. However, it works for my purposes.

Pros: Ease of use, Great value

Great Sun Hat
January 17, 2007

Bought this for my wife--primarily for gardening--and she loves it.Holds its shape after moderate abuse and definitely keeps the sun off.

2hike4ever

great hat
April 01, 2010

fits great, accurate sizing and looks stylish, nice wide brim, good quality

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Lambchop

Love this hat.
May 17, 2013

This is the perfect hat. Comes in smaller size which is what I needed and adjustable. Stays on in high winds too. Will buy again.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
southshore
from Boston
Over 65 yrs

Best Boating and Hiking Hat
August 16, 2011

My daughter, who had just bought the hat, wore it on our boat recently. It was very good looking, and more importantly to me, it stayed on her head in spite of the wind. It was just what I had been looking for. I wore mine for the first time last week on an open boat trip to an island, where I spent the day hiking, mostly in the sun. The hat was on my head the whole time, so I can vouch for its comfort and its effectiveness as a sunscreen. My head didn't get as hot or sweaty as it has from other hats. I ordered a Small, which was true to size. Besides, my husband thinks it's pretty smashing!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, secure in wind

cool hat
July 09, 2008

great hat because of the longer brim in back, and the brim is strong but flexible, and the top is very lightweight. also, good having chin strap. only drawback - might be even cooler with some kind of mesh in top instead of only the light material. got one for me and for Mom - she's got to keep her face, neck out of the sun, she loves it!


45-54 yrs

not stylish but practical
April 21, 2012

I bought this hat for an active vacation and was specifically looking for a stylish hat with good sun protection and a chin strap so it would stay on. The quality is good and the hat has good sun protection. It was just too big for me and did not seem stylish, but maybe that is too much to expect from a practical hat.

Pros: Build quality, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
LovesAltrec2
35-44 yrs

Summer Hat
May 26, 2011

I love this hat! It has a very wide brim so no need to worry about sunburned face, ears nose etc. very comfy and cute..I was a little worried when it arrived that it looked like it was gonna be huge, but once on my head I found it very flattering!!!!!!

Pros: Build quality, Cons: Cost

Great hat made for sun protection
July 24, 2007

I bought this hat to keep the sun off of melasma that I have on my face. I love the cord that keeps it from blowing off when you are outside. The wide brim protects your face but still looks attractive. It is very well made.

SUPER AWESOME HAT
May 06, 2009

I absolutely love this hat. I brought for the sole purpose of keeping the sun off my face because i i tan very easy and i don't like it. And it totally does the trick. it provides shade which keeps me cool on those humid nyc days. I brought the Sky Blue and the color goes with everything. It super lightweight and has a cord on the top of the hat if you like a snugger fit. I highly recommend it.

Great purchase
January 07, 2007

We live in Washington Sate and this is a must.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Magpie3
from Texas

My most favorite hat!!!
January 15, 2012

This was my first Outdoor Research hat, and it remains my favorite. I love all of the ones I have bought (especially because I can buy them large enough!) but this one has everything I could want in a hat. I bought it for the huge brim because I sunburn so easily, and I wanted my ears and neck covered as well. This does the job. The top part fits really nicely and comfortable, and the brim is nice and big. I really love that you can adjust how tight the band fits. When it is windy I tighten it, when I am hot, I loosen it. The chin strap has gotten me hooked - now I always look for a chin strap. I love the little flower detail on the back too. The only times I have gotten a sunburn since I bought the hat was when I left it behind - I won't do that again! Great hat, highly recommended!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
wonderwender
from Santa Rosa, CA
45-54 yrs

Awesome Hat!
May 09, 2011

I highly recommend this hat to anyone who enjoys being outside and would like to be protected from sun. I bought it for a trip to Belize and used it everywhere I went. The sun was very strong and the weather was humid. I wore it on fast river boat trip through the jungle and then on a hike to some Mayan pyramids. Used it on a couple of snorkel trips on the ocean, zip lining and tubing through caves. The hat stayed on with no problem due to the two adjustment cords. It maintained its shape, did not get stained and protected me from the sun as well. It also packed well. I will never be without one of these hats in the future.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Ease of use

Super hat
February 02, 2007

I love this hat. One-size hats never fit me - this is sized, with a cord for additional fit adjustment. It's lighter and cooler than the straw hats I'd been using. The large brim keeps the sun off well, and the chin strap keeps it on - a feature I don't like to do without. Very practical, but also looks great on - not frumpy or droopy.

Great hat
May 24, 2010

enjoy the color and the hat fits wells and gives good coverage for protection from the sun.

TRock70
top500Contributor

My wife loves this hat.
July 23, 2010

We are kayaking a lot and needed a hat to keep the sun off her head. This hat works well. It returns to its shape after being folded in a bulkhead, it's brim stays down in the wind, which I have not been able to get in an OR hat. It has a cool stitched lotus on the back. Very happy.

superb
June 07, 2010

I bought this hat in sand/dark gray for my wife and she loves it! She says it's the only sun hat she's owned that's lightweight enough so that it doesn't flatten her hair. The wide brim gives lots of sun protection. It's also stylish -- she's gotten several complements wearing it in Central Park in New York City.

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