Gear Review: Outdoor Research Revel Hat

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

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.



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."