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Tuesday Travels: Everyday Sombrero

tuesday travelsWelcome to Tuesday Travels, a summertime series at Traveling with Baby.  This season, my son and I are excited about sharing some local day trips and field trip ideas for families with little ones.  This weekly series will also feature travel tips for families with kids-in-tow and related product reviews and giveaways.  I enjoy hearing about your traveling adventures, too.

Since I no longer live in Texas, a black felt Stetson with silver buckles isn’t the most practical (although beautiful) accessory for shading the eyes.  I’ve transitioned to a more practical hat that stores away much easier than a Stetson.


Check out the irresistibly cute and insatiably practical Halcyon Sombrero by Outdoor Research.

Dr. Dolly in Halcyon SombreroThe Sombrero is also Indiana Jones-esque handsome on rough and rugged guys.  Sorry, I don’t have a photo of Steve wearing it for added proof.


I LOVE the way Schoeller® 3XDRY® fabric repels water better than an oil slick.  It also wicks away moisture from skin, dries in a jiffy, and breathes well.  I absolutely do not leave home without it.

I first tested out the Sombrero on our first family hike on a sweltering afternoon.  In my military past, I’ve worn fabric hats in extreme temperatures.  Think Saudi Arabian deserts in the middle of summer–that equates to an easy 130 degrees Farenheit on the tarmac.  Military issue hats and boonie caps only trapped the heat and made your hair feel like it was only 120 degrees.  Totally gave a new meaning to the term “hat hair.”  Based on past experiences with other fabric hats, I was stunned at how cool I felt wearing the Sombrero on a hot day–a first!

I’ve also worn the Sombrero in the midst of a drenching downpour while hiking on slippery rocks and carrying my a 40+ pound pack (toddler included) on my back.  My clothes were soaked through, but my hat and face were dry.

If the decision-makers in the military ever discovered the Schoeller® 3XDRY® for uniforms, it might not be available for the rest of the planet to enjoy.

I’ve also worn my (sand/khaki) Sombrero at the Market

Dr. Dolly & Calvin at City Market…at the (national) park. End of the Hike in Shenandoah National Park…on a train, on a plane, in the dark, and with a fork.  Yes, I read Green Eggs and Ham. WAY. too. much.

From the photos above, you’ll notice that there’s a couple of ways to sport the hat.  The sides can snap up for a more Outback look (or as I’d prefer to think of it as a cowgirl look).  The chin cord with cordlock is removable, or you can just cinch it at the base of your skull to keep your Sombrero secured when a swift gust breaks through the trees on your scenic outlook.

One size fits all since the Sombrero has an external drawcord adjustment to allow you to decrease the diameter of the headband.  Absolutely brilliant.


Mountain berry stains, smokey campfire debris smudges, mud, and grass don’t stand a chance on the Halcyon Sombrero.  For all the “stains” mentioned above, I used a small amount of hand soap on the hat.  I barely rubbed soapy water on the hat, and the stains had vanished lickety-split.  How’s that for low maintenance?


outdoor_research_logoThe Halcyon Sombrero can be purchased directly from Outdoor Research or Amazon.com.  It retails for $36.  Besides the sand/khaki sombrero that I’m wearing in the photos above, it’s also available in khaki/forest and slate/khaki.

There are more headwear options available on the Outdoor Research site to outfit the entire family.  While you’re there, check out their other products to help you enjoy the great outdoors through any season.  I’m drooling over the extremely versatile Reflexa jacket in amethys/eggplant that would be fantastic for our autumn and winter adventures.


prizeypickYou could win a sand/khaki Halcyon Sombrero by Outdoor Research (retail value $36) just like the one I own.  You’ll make all the other moms jealous.

(Primary entry method, this must be completed first!) Leave a comment describing your family’s favorite place to hike/camp/or enjoy the Great Outdoors.


  • Earn two additional entries by blogging about the giveaway and linking to Traveling with Baby and Outdoor Research in your blog’s post.  Then, leave two comments here with a link to your post.
  • Earn two additional entries by subscribing to Traveling with Baby’s RSS feed.  Leave (two) comments stating that you’re subscribed.
  • Earn another entry by following me (drdolly) and ORGear on Twitter and tweeting this contest with the following RT @drdolly @ORGear Win a Halcyon Sombrero on Traveling with Baby! http://tinyurl.com/l3rk86Leave a comment with the weblink to your tweet.
  • Earn another entry by adding Traveling with Baby’s button to your website/blog.

Leave a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you to claim your prize, or it’ll go to another amazing person.  The contest is open to U.S. shipping addresses only.

This contest runs until 11:59PM (EST) on August 11th, 2009.

One winner will be randomly selected (via random.org) and announced on this post and e-mailed sometime shortly after August 11th. If a winner doesn’t respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be selected.


Congratulations to the winner, ChristieC!

–By Dr. Dolly
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28 Responses

  1. I have a couple of places that I like to camp that are local (Koreshan and Caloosahatchee Regional), and there is a place called Cypress Slough where I like to go walking.

    However if I could pick anyplace to go hiking, it would by Olympic National Park in Western Washington. Love it!

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  2. i would definitely say one of our favorite places is walnut creek!

  3. My husband and I got matching OR hats for a wedding gift that we wear everytime we are exploring our world. I’ve been contemplating getting another because red and black don’t match everything I wear. 🙂

    Our family doesn’t have one particular place to hike or be outside. Once we’ve been to a place, the next time we hike we are likely to try someplace new. Since we have a 5-year old and three 2-year olds, we have been drawn to arboretums or botanical gardens that are nearby, but fun for kids to explore. The kids enjoy the plants, the trails are well-kept and easy to walk with little ones, and they aren’t too far of a drive for us.

  4. Although we don’t live near there anymore, we love the Rocky Mountain National Park!! Thanks for the chance.

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  7. We like to hike in the GA mountains and our local park has wonderful trails.

  8. we love the beach and since we are in florida we are always at the beach so I would be wearing this hat a lot….right now we love the beach in Naples…vanderbilt beach

  9. We like to hike in the Delaware Water Gap area of the Poconos.

  10. We live in the mountains so we don’t have to go far. We are maybe 5 minutes from the Blue Ridge parkway so we go there to hike.

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  13. Our favorite place to enjoy the outdoors is at our local zoo. They even have a small waterpark in the children’s area.

  14. Our favorite place to hike/camp/or enjoy the Great Outdoors is our own hometown! Thanks!

  15. Our family likes Rock City TN- its at the top of Lookout Mountain. We enjoy it there and do some walking- I dont think it counts as hiking! 🙂

    But my hubby is disabled so we cant walk too far and he cant camp out cause he has to sleep in a recliner.

    But we can ENJOY the outdoors in small doses.


  16. Letchworth State Park in New York state-its beautiful-I haven’t been there in a long time -but plan on going there this fall

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  19. You’re super cute, Dolly. I think it’s great that you are diligent about protecting your eyes/face from the sun.

    P.S. I also LOVE “Green Eggs & Ham.” It’s one of my favorite children’s books.

    P.P.S. We like hiking and spending outdoors almost anywhere, but – since our girls are still very young (4.5 months old and 2.8 years old) – we prefer to stay close to home. For now anyway… 🙂

  20. the smokey mountains my husband and I hiked there all the time when we first met thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

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  24. We live near coopers rock state park in WV. This park is in the mountains with lots of great trails and beautiful mountain views. And it is only 30 min away. So we can go on impulse all most any time we want.

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  28. We spend the summer in Wyoming and our favorite hikes are in the Tetons. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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