7 Best Cowboy Hats For Rain

Whether you enjoy western wear for fashion or ranching purposes, chances are your cowboy hat will catch some rain. For those of us living in wetter climates with year-round rainfall, it’s important to shop for products that can withstand moisture. Horse and livestock owners are frequently caught in the rain (unintentional or from daily care during storms). We’ve compiled a list of the best cowboy hats for rain. Although they may not be your typical NFR-style hats, these cowboy hats will withstand water and keep your head dry!

Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Cowboy Hat for Rain

Material

Generally speaking, cowboy hats do not fare well in the rain or wet conditions. Despite their rugged associations, cowboy hats are rather fragile. How much wear and tear depends on what the wear is from, and how much of it! For example, wool felt hats can be easily shaped and reshaped time and time again. However, straw hats can be maintained but do not tolerate reshaping as well. It’s best to follow the same lines to maintain the integrity of the hat, even with high-quality weaves. If you just love the look of wool/felt but you know you will be caught in severe weather, we recommend looking into waterproof cotton oilskin hats. Fur hats are also more tolerant than felt, although shaping may be required. Some brands are now coming out with “water-resistant” coated hats, but the coating may be affecting my regular cleaning and shaping.

On the other hand, palm straw hats tolerate moisture much better. Some even have a waterproof coating. The hat will soften when wet, but a little brim reshaping and they can look as good as new. It is important to never lay the brim flat or let the wet crown become crushed! Although wool felt can get wet, these hats can be damaged if they get completely soaked. (The same goes for faux-felt/wool hats.) No swimming in cowboy hats, folks!

Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Cowboy Hat for Rain - Material

Post-Rain Care

In the inevitable event of getting caught in rainfall, felt and wool hats should be immediately patted off and allowed to air dry upside down to where the crown remains unbothered and the brim is not flat. If your hat is well kept, a felt hat brush should clean it without any water residue spots. Hats, whether brushed off or reshaped, should never be put away wet under any circumstances. This will lead to warping, odor, and likely mildew. It is important sweatbands be turned inside out to dry thoroughly.

Palm straw hats may feel slightly tacky when wet but will return to like-new condition. They need reshaping while still wet, and ensure the brim does not become flat. Once completely dry, they can be put away for future use.

No material should dry by utilizing actual heat sources. All hats should be left alone to air dry completely. Utilizing a heat lamp or dyer can cause the hat to warp in shape or even shrink! Even when sweatbands are only wet from sweat, allowing them to dry flipped outward will prevent any staining along with the hatband.

To learn more about basic cowboy hat care and shaping, click here.

List of The Best Cowboy Hats for Rain

#1 Stetson Men’s Apache 4X Buffalo Felt Cowboy Hat

Stetson is always a home run, whether cowboy hats are a part of your day-to-day workwear or for a night out on the town. Made in the USA, the American Buffalo Collection boasts 4X buffalo fur felt and encompasses western tradition. The hatband features silver hardware with a buffalo clasp. This hat is water-resistant, making it an optimal choice rain or shine.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • Stetson quality and branding
  • Made in the USA
  • Moderately priced

Cons:

  • Water-resistance may affect reshaping

best cowboy hats for rain - Stetson Apache buffalo

#2 Stetson Men’s Powder River 4X Buffalo Felt Cowboy Hat

The Powder River is another 4X genuine buffalo felt hat by Stetson. Even with the high quality and fit of this hat, it is also water-resistant. Available in brown or mink with a hair-on-hide overlay hatband, the Powder River encompasses a classic look. It uses a classic cattleman 4.75″ pinch front crease to highlight the orange wraps and antiqued gold conchos.

Pros:

  • Water-resistant
  • Stetson quality and branding
  • Made in the USA
  • Moderately priced
  • Two-color choices (warmer and cooler tones)

Cons:

  • Water-resistance may affect reshaping

#3 MexiMart 8 Second Cowboy Hat Mexican Palm Leaf Cowboy Hat

A much more economical option may be the best choice depending on how much water you’re knowingly going to subject your hat to. This palm leaf hat has an elastic enclosure to keep everything in place even when things might get a little bronzy. It’s made of 100% palm leaf and imports directly from Mexico, handmade by local artisans. Palm leaf is extremely durable and easy to whip a hat back into shape even if exposed to a torrential downpour!

Pros:

  • Handmade by locals
  • Economical choice
  • Extremely durable
  • Palm leaf is very popular

Cons:

  • One size fits all

best cowboy hats for rain - Meximart

#4 Outback Trading Company Unisex  Waterproof  Cowboy Cotton Oilskin Hat

Although not a style you will see rampant in NFR fashion, the Outback Trading Company makes quality and durable hats for a multitude of budgets. This Trapper Oilskin hat is a product of the USA, 100% treated cotton oilskin, and has elastic enclosures. The waterproof exterior allows water to simply run off the fabric! It offers 50 UPF protection from UV rays, has an adjustable chin cord, and a moisture-wicking sweatband for long days.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
  • UPF 50 UV protection
  • Additional adjustment with chin strap

Cons:

  • Untraditional overall appearance
  • Will not reshape well if needed

#5 Outback Trading Company Unisex 1480 Kodiak UPF 50 Waterproof  Western Cotton Oilskin Hat

We will have to classify this as more of a fedora-style western hat, but not all equestrians are western- so we won’t discriminate when looking for waterproof hats! The Kodiak by Outback Trading Company is a UPF 50 and waterproof cotton oilskin hat, with an MSRP of under $60! Available in black, tan, or brown, this USA made hat uses elastic enclosures and has a mesh crown for increased ventilation. Authentic Australian oilskin is perfect for day workers moving animals across wet terrains, or in rainy weather. If a little Aussie charm fits your needs, you’ll love this wire-brim hat with a moisture-wicking sweatband and security pocket.

Pros:

  • Affordable
  • Waterproof
  • Made in the USA
  • UPF 50 UV protection
  • Additional adjustment with chin strap
  • No need to shape or maintain

Cons:

  • Untraditional overall appearance
  • Dry clean only

best cowboy hats for rain - Outback Kodiak

#6 Stetson Men’s Bozeman Wool Felt Crushable Cowboy Hat For Rain

Stetson, again! This crushable wool felt hat handles daily wear and tear (and more) like a champ. Available in black, tan, or brown, this fitted flat brim hat is moderately priced for the Stetson brand and features a leather hat band and teardrop pinch crown. This western hat is completely crushable, water repellent, and made in the USA. It has a quick-dry sweatband, making this the perfect choice when traditional “cowboy hat care” may not be a priority or even possible. Stetson produced yet another win with a sleek hat that can get the job done.

Pros:

  • Moderately priced
  • Crushable (low maintenance)
  • Made in the USA
  • Waterproof
  • Easy to care for
  • No reshaping necessary

Cons:

  • Lacks traditional western look
  • Sizing runs small

#7 American Hat Makers Stockade Vegan Cowboy Hat For Rain

Although untraditional, American Hat Makers uses the finest materials for high quality and durable cowboy hats.  These hats are each handcrafted and use vegan-friendly materials for water resistance and UV sun protection. The Stockade is lightweight and can be adjusted through the company’s signature multi-sized sweatbands. Care is easy, and sweatbands can simply be washed or even replaced when other bands get grimy.

Pros:

  • Handmade in the USA
  • Adjustable fit
  • Replaceable sweatbands
  • Water-resistant
  • Holds shape

Cons:

  • Expensive considering the materials
  • Untraditional “hip” appearance

best cowboy hats for rain - American Hats Makers

Honorable Mention: Cowboy Hat Shop Rain Protector

Although not actually a hat, we had to include a cowboy hat rain protector. For some hats, rain can just do too much damage in excess quantities. Other situations like horse shows and rodeo queens may call for high-end yet less durable cowboy hats (especially in white). Most show organizations and rodeos allow the use of hat protectors in outdoor events, some even encourage the use. Many custom dyed queen hats will be fragile and do not take steaming well due to the risk of discoloration once exposed to high heat or moisture.

These hat protectors are great for rain protection, as well as dust or smoke. This Cowboy Shop protector is all vinyl with an elastic closure, guaranteed to be waterproof without pulling shape from the brim. This is unconditionally guaranteed, and will not peel or crack. Unlike other competitive hat covers, this is material will not discolor or yellow over time. This moderately priced “hat hack” can save you a whole lot of money, stress, and time in the future! Please also see similar hat protectors below:

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