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Backpacker Magazine – October 2009

Gear Review: Outdoor Research Revel Hat

This ultra-light waterproof baseball cap is great for the hood haters among us.

by: Jonathan Dorn

Outdoor Research Revel Cap (Courtesy Photo)
Outdoor Research Revel Cap (Courtesy Photo)

Hoods aggravate me. Sure, when the rain is really pounding, I'll drape one of those soundproof sweatboxes over my head–but only until the precipitation tapers and I can escape the sauna. Which is why I'm now carrying this ultralight baseball cap on any trip with a chance of prolonged storms.

Made from Pertex Shield, the Revel is waterproof (with taped seams) and breathable enough to use on trail runs. A bonus feature for guys with large skulls (like me): The dome is deep and voluminous, so you can tug the brim low for maximum rain- and sun-shielding. With the secure cinch strap, you never have to worry about it blowing off. orgear.com.

BETA
$25
2 oz.; 1 size

Best For
Wet climates, big heads, hood haters

Tester Data
Jonathan Dorn
Duration Oct. to July
Locales/conditions CO, Wales; hiking in gales, skiing, trail running. "This is the most breathable and lightest waterproof hat I've worn in a decade of testing."



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rev
Jan 29, 2011

@SnoBoy True, if your only concern is maintaining your outdoorky yuppie style rather than the effectiveness of your headgear. Some of us around here actually backpack, which includes hiking with a pack. Hats with full brims can be a pest, bumping into the pack through a hike. Just FYI!

BTW, this hat, and all baseball caps, do indeed have brims...

SnoBoy
Nov 05, 2009

I will take a hat with a brim any day, for all seasons. Never understood the being enamored with baseball caps, unless you like that redneck look. :D

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