Outdoor Research Sombrero


By Susan Bibeau

I have learned the hard way over the years to heed my mother’s advice and “stay out of the sun!”

A beautiful sunny day spent paddling without the proper protection will often guarantee a miserable evening tending to singed flesh.

Having said this, I will admit to some vanity in that I would rather suffer the discomfort of a sunburn than look goofy.

Luckily for me the folks at Outdoor Research have created something both highly functional and stylish.

They call it the Sombrero. Features include:

  • A new high-tech fabric that sheds water and also breathes well in high humidity, so it’s great in the rain also.
  • A sombrero-style brim that is wide enough to provide shade but not oversized in a goofy way like some other hats.
  • Snaps on the dome and band, so you can put the brim up (when the sun goes in)
  • Chin cord that adjusts.
  • And if the wind does manage to take it… it floats sweet!

About Phil Brown

Phil Brown edited the Adirondack Explorer from 1999 until his retirement in 2018. He continues to explore the park and to write for the publication and website.

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