Portland Gear’s Scenic Collection: Taking Oregon to New Heights

When I laid eyes on Portland Gear’s fresh batch of hats in their scenic collection, let’s just say, obsession was an understatement.

The Collection:

The new Scenic Route collection takes the iconic logo to new heights. While there are shirts and sweatshirts, I really am all about the hats.

Every trail runner in Oregon has their own go-to routes. The Eugene crew raves about the Ridgeline Trail system, while Salem runners swear by the routes in Silver Falls State Park. Portlanders? Well, they’ll chant “Forest Park” any day of the week. Out in the Gorge, Dog Mountain packs a bite, while down South the Roxy Anne Peak area and Britt Woods are goldmines. Those in Central Oregon can hit up the Phil’s Trail System in the high desert.

But when you tap into the wisdom of a true Oregonian trail enthusiast and ask for where the ultimate “Oregon” trail running experiences are, it usually comes down to a dynamic duo: running trails near Mount Hood and hitting the dirt at Smith Rock. Both spots are jaw-dropping, and each offers a completely different flavor of experience.

The Hats:

They embody these two picturesque landscapes that Oregon runners often traverse. If you haven’t you need to! They both incorporate nature-inspired colors and intricate detailing – with the Mt. Hood version coming in green and Smith Rock in a rocky brown. The “P” remains but is – for once – second fiddle in a design that features a 360-degree panorama of trees, coupled with the adornment of the landscape on the left side. I’m literally obsessed.

Hats off (pun intended) to Portland Gear for giving a nod to both of these gems in their Scenic Route Collection. It’s a tribute to the trail runner’s soul to see these two locations featured on their hats (and tops). It’s like wearing a piece of Oregon’s heart and soul on your sleeve – well, head and chest actually.

Whether you’re feeling the mountain vibes near Mount Hood or the rugged allure of Smith Rock, these threads let you carry a piece of those trails with you, even when you’re taking on your own local turf. No matter where you’re out pounding the trails, you’ve got a slice of awesome Oregon scenery right with you.

The Verdict:

These hats (and other items from the collection) aren’t strictly for running, but honestly, they could totally rock it as running gear. Or, you know, just as everyday coolness. The point is, any Oregon runner worth their salt should be stoked to flaunt this gear. It’s like a high-five to our state’s stunning trails, and you get to wear it right there thanks to a local Portland company.

Portland Gear - Scenic Route Collection $42


  • 15% wool / 85% acrylic
  • Panoramic embroidery
  • Standard crown size
  • Puff embroidery “P” logo
  • Lifetime Warranty
  • Free Exchanges & Returns
About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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