By Dusty Overby
on 8.5.09

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With parts of the country experiencing record rainfall this summer, it no doubt pays to be prepared for inclement conditions. Whether strolling the streets, umbrella in hand, or doing something a bit more naturific in a hydrophobic jacket, don’t neglect your noggin when it comes to dryness protection.

From the “If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” department (it takes 3 whole GP interns to man that section), we’d like to suggest the venerable Seattle Sombrero by Outdoor Research. This hat is not a new product, and its longevity is a clue to the quality of its design. The “Sea Somb” is flat-out waterproof thanks to the Gore-Tex treatment, and the shaped brim deflects water away from your face. A patch of “hook & loop” is available on each side of the hat for tucking the brim out of the way, if need be; inside, a comfortable brushed lining cradles your cranium and wicks away your hard-earned perspiration.

Outdoor Research, headquartered in Seattle (appropriately), makes a wide array of excellent headwear for active types. Peruse their offerings and you’ll be well on your way to a drier dome.

Cost: $54

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