I bought the hat yesterday, that doesn't make for a good review in and of itself, true. But the hat saw more abuse today then I thought I could throw at it in months. In this part of the country, we've been getting massive rain storms. The main river down here is 24 feet above the flood stage. After a day of working outside, wearing the hat, still dry, the call came over that a family was trapped at the end of a one way street, with water up to their second floor windows. Off we went in my truck with the aluminum boat. We dismounted the boat, and got it in the water, with torrential rain pounding in the hardest rain I've ever seen here. We realized noone had loaded paddles into the gear bag, so we removed some 4x4 planks of wood from a fence and shoved off. The boat, in just the distance of a one way street, had to be bailed out continuously, mind you it doesnt leak. After the break of one of the 4x4's, the hat became a paddle in the brackish current. My head was still dry until I removed it, and the hat worked out. After the haul and rescue, the hat sat on my dashboard, and dried with the defrosters on low in just the amount of time it took me to report in to the local FD that the street was clear. The hat was now dry. Still looks great, held it's shape, and still fits fine. I'll be wearing it again tommorow, and looking to buy a set of Marmot precip rain pants to replace the ones I have now, I'm sold.
Feels true to size
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I got this hat for hiking in the Northwest rain Spring & Fall, but found it comfortable in the Summer too in all but the hotest weather. The wicking lining is the key to it's comfort. It's warm in the winter too due to it's windproofness. It's the best hiking hat I've had yet.
This is an excellent waterproof baseball-style cap for hiking and general wear. I quite fervently *dislike* baseball caps but broke down and purchased this one to provide sun and rain protection to my shaved noggin while hiking and romping around outside. So far, the Precip Cap has made me very happy.
I've worn this in the rain without a hood on over it (light rain) and layered it underneath my Shuksan's hood in heavy rain (the brim stuck out an inch or so providing extra protection). And this afternoon, I discovered a great secondary use for the cap when I realized that I left my dog's collapsible water bowl at home. A few miles into our hike I pulled my cap off, turned it inside out, and poured my thirsty dog a fresh bowl of water (see photos below). Yes, I guess this is kind of gross (especially if you are not a dog person), but it definitely proves that the hat is waterproof and can be used for other things in a pinch.
One gripe: The rim around the base of the hat between the connection of the brim to just above my ears flares out away from my head a little. This makes the hat have a slight appearance of having "wings" rather than a snug fit all around. My head may be shaped a bit oddly (that certainly would explain A LOT of things...) but I think it has to do more with the design of the hat. The lining around the base stops around the back without being tensioned into the rear adjustment strap. If it were attached, the rear adjustment strap would pull the base lining back and into the head. As it is, with no tension, the lining sags slightly out. Not a huge issue, but probably something that would be easily remedied with a slight design change.
Feels true to size
Images shared by PeteB
Pouring water into the Precip Cap
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