Tested in some of the heartiest downpours the world has to offer, this shapeable Goretex hat is a rainy day classic. Whether you’re hiking in the Amazon or catching a bus in the Pacific Northwest, the shell offers waterproof protection and the brushed lining manages perspiration. The shaped brim directs water away from your head when it's gushing.
The three-layer, 70D Taslan Goretex fabric crown is seam-taped to withstand the heartiest downpours while remaining breathable. An internal cinch band lets you adjust to tighten the fit and the removable chin cord has a cordlock. But if the wind does whip up while you’re on the water, the foam-stiffened brim not only keeps the hat in shape, it also keeps it afloat. Hook and loop tabs allows sides of brim to be flipped up as the weather changes. The brim is longer in the back to keep rain out of your collar (and sun off your neck) but isn’t so long that it interferes with a backpack. And finally, at just over 3 ounces, it won’t leave you with overweight bags or a too-heavy pack.
Fleece layer was a little thick for warm temperatures. Just too dense of a pile for the Equator, but I would definitely recommend for cooler climates.
Feels true to size
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
From National Geographic:David Hamlin is an Emmy Award-winning producer for the National Geographic Channel. He traveled the world overseeing the massive cross-continental production of our Great Migrations series. David's review was provided as part of our NG Explorers' Testing Program, where National Geographic Explorers try out products in the field and share their feedback.