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post #1 of 9 Old 08-01-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Western Hats

I know this isn't about tack necessarily but I didn't know where else to put it so...
I am looking to buy a western hat and I was wondering what is the normal brim and crown size that you would see? I'm looking at one with a 5 3/4" crown and a 3 3/4" brim and another one with a 4 1/4" crown and a 4" brim. Also what do you think about the "Hobby Horse Western Treasure" hats and the "Bailey 5X Wyoming"?
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-01-2012, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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I'm sorry the first hat has a 4 3/4" brim not a 5 3/4" crown.
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post #3 of 9 Old 08-01-2012, 12:45 PM
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The variety of brim and crown sizes available are so that you can choose what accentuates your face shape the best. It is also a matter of personal preference. Your best bet is to try on several different hats to see which looks best. Make sure the brim is properly shaped, it can also be trimmed down if it is too wide.
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It depends on what size and shape you are. I have a tiny head, and I can't go over 4 on the brim because it looks ridiculous. I have heard so/so reviews on the hh hats, some loved and others say they dont shape well, which is very important. I don't know anything about the baily. But, the 5x means quality. They can start around 4-5 and go up to 100+. Quality can also be dependent on manufacturer, etc. Once you narrow down your size, I'd recommend looking used for the best quality you can instead of buying a crappy new hat every year that won't hold it's shape after 3 months. For what you'd spend on a new 5 or 6x, you may be able to get a nice 20x used if you don't need it ASAP and have time to look. The only hats I won't spend good money on is white.
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That's definitely what I want to do, I've already put off buying a hat for a while because I want to find one that I can have for a long time.
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yeh you dont wanna look like the country singer wannabe cowboy idiots with hats resting on their ears. When in doubt go smaller. Less you look like Hoss Cartright.
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Anyone have a hat that they would recommend?
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-03-2012, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Joe4d View Post
yeh you dont wanna look like the country singer wannabe cowboy idiots with hats resting on their ears. When in doubt go smaller. Less you look like Hoss Cartright.
I'd rather have-em slightly larger than smaller. Where by you can pad inside brim abit with sponge and tape on one side sold just for that or light paper etc. In places where its hot leaving your hat inside truck/vehicle etc will shrink and deform it if your not careful. Whether the hat is "FELT" or"STRAW".

Lots of good custom hat builders out there $.
As for standard names Resistol/Stetson/Charlie 1 Horse etc.
These folks don't nessesraly have best prices but have loads of styles to view.
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This is my opinion on hats and horse tack alike. Buy the best you can afford. Not necisarily the most expensive but the best quality you can afford. It is worth it in the long run. I like the resistol hats the best out of the big manufacturers. Eventually I will get a custom hat but that will have to wait.If you start looking for a straw hat go with an atwood in palm leaf. They will last 10 times as long as a shantung or other type straw. as far as size, I prefer mine on the loose side rather than to tight. You can add to the brow band to tighten them up if need be but they are pretty tough to stretch out if its to tight and the will give you a headache. Odds are if you get anything other than 100% beaver they will shrink a tad on ya anyway so that will make a hat that is a tad tight even tighter.
Oh, and don't expect them to be comfortable right off the get go. they take awhile for your head to train them. I hate getting a new hat more than getting new boots. The first thing i do with my palm leaf straw hats is drop them in the water trough and then wear it till it dry. Felt I don't do that just because they are so pricey. Maybe I should though, the next one I get. it seems I just get it right and its spring time and to warm for it anymore.

Just my 2 cents and worth every penny you paid.

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