Even tho there are lowering, dark clouds outside and it is threatening to rain, we Pacific Northwest cruisers need to think about sun protection. What does the well-dressed PNW cruiser wear for headgear?
KAM Gear, in Ballard.
Seattle Sombrero and its copycat equivalents are frequently used as cruising hats. Not only do they block out the sun, but they are waterproof, so the occasional Seattle Sunshine won't dampen your locks. Unfortunately when the sun does shine, they can be a little steamy because of this.
Finally, it must be observed that any headgear which protects you from the sun will also serve to protect you from the rain. So maybe it's not too early to talk about this after all. And you are going to want to break in that shiny new hat. Nothing says "newbie" like a crease in your hat.