Outdoor Research Solar Roller Hat - Women's


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Expanding on the venerable and award winning Seattle Sombrero style, the Outdoor Research Solar Roller Hat for women is focused on sheltering you from the hot sun. This playful, wide-brimmed sun hat is the perfect complement to a day in the garden, on the trail or at your favorite music festival. The hat's Supplex nylon fabric is soft and supple to the touch and provides UPF 30 sun protection for long hours spent under a blue sky. The removable chin cord keeps the hat in place on windy days, but in the event that you find yourself in the water or the hat does happen to blow off your head, its foam-stiffened brim will keep it afloat for easy retrieval. There's also an external drawcord adjustment for perfecting the fit, while the TransAction headband adds soft comfort and sweat management. Add a little colorful sun hat style to your summer agenda with the Outdoor Research Solar Roller Hat for women. Your face and eye's will thank you for years to come.


  • 100% Supplex nylon
  • Lightweight sun protection
  • SolarShield construction
  • UPF 30
  • Foam-stiffened brim floats
  • TransAction headband
  • Drawcord adjustment
  • Removable chin cord
  • Brim: 2 3/4"

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Review Summary

4.7 out of 5

66 Reviews

  • Build quality: 9
  • Great value: 8
  • Lasts forever: 5
  • Great design: 4

  • Cost: 2
  • "cute little flower" logo on the front of the hat: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.8 / 5
Quality: 4.7 / 5

66 Ratings & Reviews

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

from New Orleans, LA

Great Sun Hat!
August 28, 2011

I purchased this hat in white for a recent beach vacation. It is lightweight, easily packable and very comfortable in the hot sun. I wore this hat in the surf and it stayed on my head despite the heavy breeze thanks to the adjustable drawcords. After a week sunscreen and sand, I washed it on the gentle cycle and let it air dry and it looks like I just bought it. I definitely recommend this sun hat!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Solar Roller Hat
July 02, 2006

Bought this for a trip I took recently. The hat packed well into a duffel bag and was great for keeping my face out of the sun. The strap underneath the chin was very helpful since many of the places we were in were very windy. GREAT HAT!

Great hat
June 24, 2006

I plan to use the hat for hiking in Bryce Canyon. I tried it out in hot, windy conditions and it did what I wanted it to do: stay on, shield the sun and keep my head cool!

Nice looking, cool, and a sturdy brim
April 11, 2008

I bought this to use as a convertible-driving hat. The brim having the extra sturdiness of foam is a great benefit to help it protect against sunburn in the air turbulence of top-down driving. The strap keeps it firmly in place, also. The fact that is cooler than many other hats I've tried & looks nice are just great extras!

Great hat!
April 17, 2006

This hat is lightweight and adjustable to make a very snug and comfy fit. I wore it out kayaking this past weekend and not only does it protect from the sun, it also dries really fast if you get it wet. The chin strap adjustor kept it from blowing off in a gusty offshore wind. Highly recommended.

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

Great warm weather hat
September 25, 2011

This hat is cute and travels well (you can squish it up and it looks fine). Nice for hiking in warm weather - enough protection for my face but keeps my head cool and I've also used it for sitting around on the beach.

August 26, 2007

This hat was perfect for my day at Great Adventures. It stayed on during the rides and protected me from the heat and kept me cool. I'll be ordering some as Christmas gifts based on all the compiments I received.

Great quality, good protection.
June 17, 2010

The service was excellent. Look forward to purchasing again.

Nice size brimg with a good fit.
July 04, 2009

Nice size brim - good fit with adjustable strap and nicely packable. Brim more stable than others I've tried.


from Durango, CO

Fits a small head, great for hiking
July 05, 2011

I have this hat in a size small and it's great. It seems to be one of the few OR hats that fits my small head. I tried the oasis sombrero in size small and it was too big (from crown of head to ears). I love how lightweight the solar roller is, and easy to throw in a backpack. Plus the brim is super lightweight so doesn't get in the way of backpack.

Mom loves it!
April 28, 2009

I bought this for my mom to wear on her daily walks. At first she thought the brim was too big, but now she thinks it's just the right size, with the right coverage. It's hard for her to find a hat that fits. Most hats, even women-specific ones are too big. Kid ones are too small. We ordered the size small. That, along with the bungee cord adjustment provides a good fit. I only wish that this came in a better neutral color. I see that white becoming dingy very quickly.


Good hat for the price, rim pushed me to reject
August 13, 2008

The hat is light, provides UVA/B protection, comes in great color combos and is reasonably priced. XL is hard to find and I have anothber from this mfg. but returned this one as I felt the rim was too stiff and would not hold up to being rolled up well.

Worth buying two
May 02, 2006

I like the first hat so much, that I bought another one to keep in my travel tote. I don't want to be without one when I venture forth. This hat is lightweight but very adjustable and functional. The brim is very wide to keep the rays off of your face. And I like the tie under the chin and headband adjustment for securie fit. Just about as good as hats get.

35-44 yrs

Good experience
February 28, 2013

The hat was well made and came very quickly. I ordered a hat for everyone in my family, was happy with them all.

Love this hat!
August 13, 2010

I have a small head & this hat fits great (I ordered a small & it fit like a glove). Wicks moisture as well. I am pleased w/the quality. The blue is very pretty.

December 31, 2005


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

April 16, 2013

Extremely light weight, which will be welcome in the baking heat of summer. Easily packable. This is a terrific hat to shade from sun, and because of the chin strap, it can be worn during active pursuits, out on the water, or on windy days, too.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

Love this hat
May 18, 2009

I owned one of these for several years until I accidentally left it on the beach. When I got home I ordered two in different colors so I would never have to do without again. It's light but sturdy, dries off quickly, retains its shape, easily adjustable, nice colors packable. Simply the best I've found. Plus I like the little flower.

from california

May 18, 2011

This is a great spring/summer hike/dogwalk/beach hat. There is a toggle on the rim to get a custom fit. I got size large so I can stuff all my hair up in the hat, then use the toggle to adjust. If I want to take it off I can just loosen the drawcord and let it hang off my back. Light weight/ fold and pack able. I got turquoise -which is bright and cute, yes this hat is also very cute, also love the flower.

Love it !!!
April 13, 2009

I bought this hat for a trip to the Caribbean. The hat gave great sun protection for my face and neck, it's light weight, packs great, and the chin strap came in very handy when sailing.


great hat
May 31, 2009

Light weight, adjustable fit, reasonable coverage. I thought it would cover my neck a bit better, but still good. Great for hiking but don't give up that sunscreen!

Excellent hat
August 10, 2010

Excellent quality and fit and finish

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Montgomery, AL
35-44 yrs

Awesome Hat
October 18, 2012

I was looking for something to cover my entire face and neck since I've had several bouts of skin cancer. The fact that the hat has UPF +30 really sold me. It was easy to roll up and put in backpack or in the car-it still held its shape when I put it on...my head didn't feel too hot due to the unique ventilation system on the hat. Highly recommend this hat for anyone who doesn't want to get burned or needs protection from the sun.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use, Cons: Cost

Goes Everywhere
July 05, 2007

The perfect hat. I have never been so prepared for walking with UV protection. The hat folds up and fits in a pocket or ties to my purse. Cute, comfortable and practical rolled into one great sun hat.


good in a pinch
October 15, 2009

I like the amount of coverage and the chin strap, but this hat is really thin. I was hoping for a little more shape.

Great sun-hat for women.
May 07, 2009

Light-weight, cool, and comfortable. It looks more feminine that any other sun-hat that I've tried. I look forward to kayaking and sun-bathing this summer with it to protect my face.

Perfect for the XL Head
June 30, 2008

Searched for an XL hat for a long time. This fits and is a great hat.


from Terra Linda, CA

Great Hat
July 11, 2011

Love my Solar Roller hat! It's lightweight, super comfortable, customizable fit, stays put even in winds, rim just right width so it won't interfere with my backpack. Very pleased with this purchase!

Hawaiian Bliss!!
November 14, 2007

Living in Hawaii, I was looking for a lightweight hat that covered my face. To my pleasant surprise the Solar Roller Hat met and exceeded my expectations. The service was excellent. I will use Altrec again.

Great hat
April 16, 2010

Fits perfectly, lightweight, easy to pack. Love it!


Nice hat
February 01, 2011

This a nice, lightweight hat that keeps your head cool and packs really well. The brim is wide enough to protect from the sun but is a little floppy when the wind blows.

comfortable and light
May 17, 2009

Great hat -- I like mine so much that I bought one for all the sun-shy women in my family. One thing to note, the "flame" color looks mauve on my computer screen so I was surprised to open the box and find it bright red!

A wonderful hat!
April 21, 2006

This is a perfect sun hat. It's light, capacious, secure (thanks to the adjustable cord), colorful, and the brim is wide enough to really block the sun without impeding the wearer's vision. It is easily packed and washed--all sun hat needs met.

July 08, 2006

great hat, great fit, great look, light weight, looks more expensive that it was. Would diffently buy another should I miss place this one. Great for traveling.

Fits in handbag easily
August 06, 2009

Love the colors and chin strap. I ordered 2 and I am now ordering 2 more for my kids. Lightweight yet sturdy.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Stevens Point, WI
25-34 yrs

Finally a hat that comfortably fits my big head!
July 31, 2011

My sister recommended this hat to me when I was frustrated about hats in stores never fitting me comfortably. I have very thick hair which always makes hats feel snug. This hat is great and the draw cord makes it easy to tighten when wearing it on a boat or in other windy conditions. I bought this hat in white, size XL and would recommend it to anyone looking to purchase a great hat.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value, comfortable!

Mother & Daughter, two thumbs up!
August 15, 2006

I bought two of these in different colors initially for myself, but my six year old daughter, who HATES to wear hats, loved the Orchid colored one so much she's claimed it as her own. A happy situation since now I don't need to plead for her to wear a hat to help keep those freckles (though adorable!) in check. Interestingly, the same size hat fits us both well thanks to the easily adjustable external draw cord. We've worn them in the pool and through oppressively hot days at amusement parks (...the chin strap keeps them on even through roller coasters) and we feel so thankful for the lightweight fabric and shade from the wide brim. It's so easy to pack completely flat, yet the brim's flexibility quickly takes on a flattering gentle wave shape once on...the embroidered flower is also a pretty accent. My only suggestion for improvement would be to make the mesh headband (which is currently black) the same color as the underbrim fabric (more of a khaki) so that it is less visible. Otherwise, I'll be buying yet another one for my mom, and thanks for a great product!

Hat was okay
January 25, 2010

I liked the hat okay it just didn't fit my head properly so I returned it.

Love this hat
May 08, 2006

Fits comfortably. Big wide brim protects the face in our hot Charleston climate. Breathable enough for kayaking.

Lightweight, broad brim, packable
July 24, 2006

Great, lightweight fabric, packs and crushes but regains sharp shape. Good for exercise and otherwise.

Very nice hat
June 28, 2006

I would highly recommend this hat.

Great hat!
May 20, 2010

This hat has a great shape and flattering fit, this hat keeps it's form and packs small when traveling or not wearing. Also, remarkably comfortable!

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Baja
35-44 yrs

Hat for hot
January 03, 2013

Nice hot weather hat, the fit is great and the quality so good. I like the way it can be rolled and unrolled and keeps it's shape. I used this hat on my trip to south of Baja and it worked as expected. I recommend it.

Pros: Great design, Cons: Cost
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 3 / 5
Comfort: 5 / 5
from Los Angeles
35-44 yrs

Pretty hat
September 22, 2011

I was looking for a hat for a trekking to the mountains. This hat looks good and fits well. It is lightweight. Even though the quality looks a little cheap, the hat still gives you good sun coverage with a pretty straw string. This hat might be pretty good for summer.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use

Best fitting hat!
February 10, 2011

I have a small head and a lot of hats I have bought over the years just don't end up looking good due to having the make an excess adjustment...this hat comes in sizes that FIT. The bill size is good, the hat is light weight, holds its shape and is comfortable. Although it is a women's sized hat it comes in nice earthy colors (I bought the khaki) and not just pink but it still has a "flower" stiched design on the front of the hat...gentlemen, please, that's like putting a rifle design on all men's hats because I'm sure all real men like rifles just like all real women like flowers.

Very pretty and works well!
June 25, 2009

I bought the white version of this hat -- it's attractive, lightweight, and feels good to wear. The chin strap is secure. I wear this walking to and from work, as well as on a long car trip once -- my face was protected from the sun, but the brim wasn't SO wide that it interfered with visibility while driving. It also keeps your head feeling cool and not too sweaty/confined underneath the hat.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
from Virginia
Over 65 yrs

Does everything right
October 30, 2012

This hat is light and comfortable without seeming flimsy. The drawcord fitting adjustment works well so that the hat fits perfectly. The brim is stiff enough not to wilt, but the hat can still easily be folded to fit into a purse or pocket without any ill effects. Since the brim is wide enough to give good sun protection it may blow up a bit in a wind, but the chin cord doesn't slip, and keeps the hat securely in place. Although this is a practical sun hat and not a fashion accessory, it is as attractive and flattering as any hat, and better than most. It looks durable and of good quality, but I haven't had it long enough to be able to verify that.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Ease of use

September 18, 2010

It is a great hat that I can fold up and put in my bag....it makes it easy to take with you where you go. It is a little warm on your head but it beats having the sun beat down on you. It always looks good even if I have stuffed it in my bag.....

Consider it? Buy it!
April 03, 2006

This is a wonderful hat. I bought it for my mom's short trip. I and my father focus on the technical quilities more than on its shape, but she is different. However, she was compltely satisfied with its shape and performance. The hat is one of her favorites. Are you looking for a gift for your girlfriend or mother? Buy it!

Cute hat for light activities in the sun, not the rain
April 20, 2008

I expect this hat will be most useful at the beach, ballpark, etc. and for light trail hiking. The two-cord adjustability is a great plus for securing fit against winds. Rolls and retains shape well. Keep in mind that this is a sun hat, not a rain hat. It held up okay during an initial drizzle, but the rain soaked through to the top of my head soon after. But then, OR doesn't claim to offer wet weather protection in this hat model; it's only for sun and wind and those things it does well enough.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from San Antonio, Texas
45-54 yrs

Excellent hat
July 28, 2012

I bought this hat for my wife and she loves it. The color was exactly as shown on Altrec's website and the fit was perfect. It is very light weight and the SPF protection really helps in the Texas sun. I have bought three Outdoor Research hats and all of them are very high quality.

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

September 18, 2012

Great little hat to golf in, go walking or wear to the beach! Very lightweight and cool. The color matches everything. Rolls up and packs easily. Thanks!

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Looks cool. Works great
March 11, 2010

Awesome hat. Provides great coverage for my thin hair while in the sun. Light weight. Received within days of ordering.

Nice Fitting
September 10, 2009

Very functional and well constructed.

from Colorado

Lightweight, fits well
June 05, 2011

I like this hat because it's light on my head and provides good sun coverage. I also have a small head and have had trouble finding a hat that actually fits. This hat (I bought a small) fits my head without having to cinch it beyond it's intended size.

Protective, but doesn't breathe well.
May 20, 2007

I bought this hat to use while running to keep the sun off my face and neck. It does a great job blocking the sun, and does breathe well.

Love this hat
September 11, 2005

As a PE Teacher this hat gets two thumbs up. Even my students like the looks of the hat. It is light weight and very comfortable. It is easy to wear and to carry by rolling it up and putting it in a pocket. I bought for protection from the sun and it was less expensive than other brands. I love it!


from Honolulu, HI

Lightweight & cute, not for hard-core adventures.
June 07, 2011

Love love love my Outdoor Research hats. Recently moved to Honolulu, and am using one every day for taking kids to the park or beach, fishing on the water, going to Costco, anytime! This hat, compared to my Oasis Sombrero, Sombriolet, and Coastal Sombrero, is lighter, less structured and offers less protection. I keep it in my car and have been really grateful for it on several occasions. The Sombriolet is my fishing/beach hat; great for breathability and coverage, but quite utilitarian-looking (I did need to return mine because of a manufacturing defect, but purchased a new one right away). The Oasis Sombrero is my gardening/car washing hat; great coverage, but not a lot of breathability, so I want to wear it for shorter periods. The Coastal is too hot for this tropical climate, and the other hats are adequate for a short light rain. I have only rarely used it in a thunderstorm, and then only because I had it already. I will likely use it for spring/autumn/winter travel. This Solar Roller hat is very lightweight, wouldn't hold up well in a downpour, gets blown back by a fairly light breeze, but is comfortable and cuter because of the shorter brim. For performance, I would go with the Sombriolet for a tropical climate. I purchase only OR hats because of the size options, features and overall quality!

from Miami, Fla

June 23, 2011

This is a wonderful hat. Its comfortable, attractive, feminine and it fits. I love this hat. I have really thick hair...it fits over all that! The fabric is soft and the adjustable band is stretchy. The brim is easily adjusted. You can fold it and put it in your purse.

July 04, 2009

I love this hat. Not only does it provide sun protection but it is also very cute on....love the flower on it. The flare color looks hot pink online but it is actually a very pretty red color....I highly recommend this hat.

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

Solar Roller Hat
February 22, 2013

This hat is exactly as it looks in the picture. The color is bright and fun, the material is light, and the brim is just wide enough to keep the sun off of my face. I love that it packs flat or can be rolled (or even squashed) into a backpack and keeps its form. I purchased this hat to keep in my dive bag for sun protection between dives when we're waiting on the surface or have long rides to the next site. The bright color allows me to find it easily among my dark gear.

Pros: Performance, Ease of use, Great value

Nice color.
June 01, 2010

I bought this hat in a large, but still found it to look too small on my head. It did not sit down low enough on my head. The Flare/ Dark Grey color is very nice though!

Cute and functional!
March 05, 2008

I am not usually a hat person, but a trip to Central America necessitates the use of head covering. This hat looks great, packs well *and* has UPF protection. I would definitely recommend this hat for those looking for an attractive, reasonably-priced hat for travel.

Lightweight and pretty
June 03, 2009

The Solar Roller is very light weight, has an attractive brim and adjustable sizing. Seemes like it will protect from a light mist or drizzle too. The flower is a nice touch. It will go kayaking and birding with me.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from New Jersey
55-64 yrs

Perfect Sun Hat
October 13, 2012

This is my favorite sun hat. It's extremely lightweight, the chin strap keeps it on in the wind, and the S fits me perfectly. It has an adjustable pull-cord to customize the fit, it's cool to wear, and it stores easily without wrinkling. The foam-lined brim has just enough structure to keep it from blowing up in the wind. The crown is high enough to accommodate a ponytail (though that does make it look a bit lumpy at the back, which would be true of any hat). I have it in white, azalea, and willow, all great colors.

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
from Virginia
45-54 yrs

Great outdoor hat
July 15, 2013

This is a great outdoor hat - lightweight, folds up, and it stays on your head. Other hats, even those "lightweight" ones, are heavy enough to make me hot. This one feels great on your head and gives plenty of sun protection with the wide brim.

Pros: Great design, Performance, extremely lightweight

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Available sizes, while supplies last, include size small, size medium, size large and size extra large: s, m, l, xl.

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