OR Seattle Sombrero Gore-tex Rain Hat

OR Seattle Sombrero Gore-tex Rain Hat

$ 60.00 USD


The Gore-Tex® Seattle Sombrero is the most famous sea kayaking hat in the world. 

This is a must-have hat! A hat that offers cover in all seasons and fits every head circumference. Multi-purpose. Many owners wear it backward (so the longer brim at the back is up front) and rumor has it that it can be used to carry water.


The legendary soggy climate of the Pacific Northwest prompted OR to develop this hat for use in a wide assortment of outdoor activities. If you've ever found raincoat hoods to be uncomfortable, too hot in balmy weather, tough to hear through, or impair your vision, you'll find the Seattle Sombrero is a much more comfortable alternative headwear.

The Seattle Sombrero is great for active wet-weather pursuits such as sea kayaking, backpacking in the rain forest, or swinging a Polaski on a rainy trail-work project. OR Seattle Sombreros are popular for birding and sailing too. The crown of the hat is made of waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex® which makes it work well for both sun and rain. The Seattle Sombrero comes with a removable chin strap so you can take the chin strap off for wearing the Sombrero around town, but when it's windy the chin strap keeps the Sombrero from flying overboard. 

The OR Seattle Sombrero features: a longer brim in the back than in front to keep water from running down your neck, yet not so long that it gets in the way of a backpack or PFD; foam-stiffened brim that makes it float; brushed tricot liner for comfort and moisture management; and "hook & loop" tabs on the sides of the brim and dome that allow the hat to be worn cowboy style or Aussie style - either of which helps stiffen brim in the wind, or wear it down sombrero style for better sun and rain protection when it's calm. When the sun comes out, the wide brim protects your neck. 

Of all of the great features of the Seattle Sombrero, its most unique feature is its combination of an internal cinch band and a wide range of sizes. All other hats are either Small or Large, "one size fits all" (it fits most), or they come in sizes that you can't adjust. Having both sizes and adjustments means you can find one hat that is big enough to wear over a wool or fleece cap when it's cold and rainy and yet adjusts so you can wear it alone when it's wet and muggy or when you need sun protection.

In spite of all its praises, the Seattle Sombrero does have a couple of flaws. Its brim isn't stiff enough for STRONG winds.


Size: S-XL (run about a size large so the XL fits XXL - XXXL heads)

SMALL (in. or cm)

US hat              6¾” – 7” or 17.2 – 17.8

Circumference 21.5-22" or 54.6 - 55.8

MEDIUM (in. or cm)

US hat               7⅛” – 7¼” or 18 – 18.4

Circumference 22¼” – 22⅞” or 56.2 - 58.1

LARGE (in. or cm)

US hat                 7⅜” – 7½” or 18.7 – 19

Circumference   23” – 23⅝” or 58.4 - 60

XLARGE (in. or cm)

US hat                 7⅝” – 7⅞” or 19.3 – 20

Circumference    23⅞” – 24” or 60.6 - 61