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post #1 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Hats for barrel racing

What's your favorite brand and hat? I have a barrel race coming up and they have decided to have a dress code, and of course hat is required. And I've just realized that I don't own a hat. What is wrong with me? LOL anyways, I'm just wanting to know what everyone likes and suggests before I purchase one. :) thank you.
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 12:43 PM
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Oh hats(: I love them but hate them all at once lol. I always try to get a nice hat that is easy to clean mud off of! Those hats can land in an nasty mosh pit depending on the arena lol. For a nice felt hat take a look at "resistol" I have heard lovely reviews and a friend of mine says she has had her for 20 or more years! Also take a look at Charlie 1 Horse Hats also look at Cruel Girl hats (:
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 12:47 PM
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I love Resistol and Charlie 1 Horse hats. I have to use a stampede string (we get DQ'ed if our hats hit the dirt), which helps keep them clean. They can be uncomfortable, though.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 12:48 PM
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Problem barrel racing in a hat is they almost always come off. Find a well fitting hat with a chin strap or go buy a cheap one, either way, they look the same on the ground lol.
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post #5 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 12:49 PM
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Problem barrel racing in a hat is they almost always come off. Find a well fitting hat with a chin strap or go buy a cheap one, either way, they look the same on the ground lol.
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I have learned to leave that chin strap off lol. I drop my head down when I Run on a fast horse and I find myself being choked!
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post #6 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 01:12 PM
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A tip I learned while riding on a rodeo drill team was to hair spray the heck out of the inside of your hat and the top of your head, does the trick! I added a couple of bobby pins as well for good measure. I ran flags and didn't have muich of a problem. The inside of your hat is going to get a bit gunked up of course though. I used make up remover wipes to help remove it a little.
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post #7 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 01:43 PM
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Bobby pins will keep just about any hat on your head in any wind (although be prepared to lose some scalp!!)

I prefer THIS hat below. Strangely enough, I never have to worry about it blowing off.

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 09:23 PM
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For a cheap hat...I REALLY love my Master Hatter of Texas. I don't really like buying cheap hats but this one I just love. It fits my head great and looks great on me lol.

As for keep them on I smush them down right before I go to run. That way I don't have it cutting into my head for however long I warm up. I also have a really nice custom hat....but am not willing to post how much I paid for it lol! It is a super nice hat and custom shaped to my head so nobody else can wear it and it stays on great. If they are a tad big I will fold up some papertowels and put in the front or back to tighten up the fit. Double Sided sticky tape works good to...

I like to find a hat that fits good because I hate the stampede straps...HATE them.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 09:29 PM
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Yeah, if you aren't picky, go on out there in a helmet. I prefer hats though myself, and second the Resistol. I'm just about ready to get a new hat or two as well, going to start hauling my mare to more higher end races this summer and see how she holds up.

Don't forget to post pics when you are done with your race :)

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post #10 of 10 Old 05-19-2013, 10:52 PM
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I have a black felt Resistol that I like but I do prefer my chocolate felt Charlie 1 Horse hat. It fits better and I just love it..

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