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.
2 oz.; 1 size
Wet climates, big heads, hood haters
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."