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    That guy with the baseball cap looks daft, especially with the thing turned backwards. I can't stand those things. Baseball caps may look 'cute' on little kids, but not on adult men.

    Incidentally, I received a cotton Tolosa Tupida beret from Daan and it's great. Very lightweight and cool enough for wear in warm weather. Makes a great casual piece of headgear with a t-shirt and khakis or even jeans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    That guy with the baseball cap looks daft, especially with the thing turned backwards. I can't stand those things. Baseball caps may look 'cute' on little kids, but not on adult men.
    Welcome to the Lounge, Kestrel!

    Berets are great, love them myself, but speaking as a geologist and someone who spends time knocking about outdoors, a good baseball cap or equivalent billed cap can be really handy. Not for style but function. The point of Effingham's post is "baseball cap as fashion statement" to the point where it's worn backwards but you're shading your eyes with your hand. To state the obvious.

    A really hilarious photo! Thanks Mr. E.

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    Blue 12" Elosegui beret from Ron Greer


    It's hard to capture the true color. Indoors at night it's a very very dark blue and almost looks black. During the day in the sunlight it looks lighter. It can go from an almost royal blue in full sunlight through purple in low light to blue-black in low light.

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    Black 14.5" plato grande Elosegui Beret from Ron Greer


    For outdoor use I prefer this larger beret as it can block the sun and rain but the smaller blue 12" is a little more comfortable as it's lighter and less dense felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casechopper View Post
    Black 14.5" plato grande Elosegui Beret from Ron Greer

    For outdoor use I prefer this larger beret as it can block the sun and rain but the smaller blue 12" is a little more comfortable as it's lighter and less dense felt.
    They are great, these txapelduns by Boinas Elósegui. On one of those wet, foggy days on the Wairarapa Coast there is little that can beat a good sized txapeldun. On most other days, I prefer the Argentinean made Tolosa Tupida Plato Grande; 34cm's (or 13.4"). They are just a bit lighter and more flexible, easier to shape than the thick txapeldun by B.E. (the B.E. txapeldun is the same weight and quality as the Boinas Elósegui Tupida). Downside is that they only come with a headband (nice Moroccan leather though) and only available in size 60...

    Poor pictures from my web cam, but you'll get the idea.

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    berets anyone?

    An interesting thread on berets. Here are some websites where you can obtain the "the real deal" if collecting is your game. www.legion-boutique.com this is the "store" for the french foreign legion where they sell items to collect money for the support of the retirement villa for legionnaires in the south of France. The berets are the real item, I brought back two from my service with the legion and gave one to a friend whose grandfather served but had no mementos, and the other i kept. I got one from the store for a friend who is a collector as it was the exact same thing as the berets that are issued. One of my uniform jackets I gave to my wife to wear around the house, the field jacket I sold on ebay, ahh such is life. One day you are a warrior the next day you are putting the trash out by the curb. A good site for the french made berets is www.123voyage.com, they also make berets for the military, good quality, excellent stuff. Having dual citizenship, I did a few turns with the IDF reserves in Israel. I was entitled to wear both the black beret of the tank units and the turquoise blue of the artillery but I only came back with the black one. Some of my friends had the brown of the golani commandos, blue for the police, and gray for the air force. You can buy Israeli military from the www.israelmilitary.com and www.zahal.org websites. I know the people who operate the sites and the stores in Israel and they can get you pretty much whatever you want. We used to buy extra uniform parts from them and the berets they sell are the same as the issue, no different than the one I have from the tank base where I served. I still wear one around in the winter because it's wool and sometimes when I go hiking. To properly wear one in the style of the french legion, you center it squarely on your head and the brim of the beret should be the space of two fingers above your eyebrow. The french beret folds to the left, the US and British and Israeli berets fold to the right. In actual point of fact, in a hot zone during conflict, regular battle helmets were the rule, berets do not offer much protection. But they have become stylish as emblems of service units and quite a connection with those who have gone before and will come after so there you go. c'est bon and good luck.

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    Together with the introduction of South Pacific Berets' very own berets, I am happy to announce the completely new web site of South Pacific Berets. Better overview, easier ordering (all prices include international air mail postage and handling) and more specific information on the various berets, sizes, flight, material, the making of Basque berets, etc., etc.

    And then, of course, our own berets. The start of a range of affordable, quality berets in pure wool, with lining and carrying the embroidered South Pacific Berets - label.
    Listening to customers who found that many berets are too tight for large sized heads, we start with a range of large sized (32cm/12.6") berets with a large head-opening, in Navy, Brown, Maroon and Green, soft and easy to shape - best for sizes 59 (7 1/4) and up, soon to be followed by a similar diameter beret in Black and a range of cotton berets in a large diameter with lining.

    For now, all S.P.B. berets come at a low price of $29.95!

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    I like what you've done with your website, Daan. Excellent. Incidentally, I really like the Tolosa Tupida en algodón. Very comfortable and an excellent option as the weather gets warmer. I do have a question, though. I was looking at the Boinas Castilla which will likely be a good option for my 60 cm head and the description states that they are lighter in density than the Tolosa Tupidas. Does this also apply to the cotton Castillas? How do the cotton Castillas compare to the cotton Tolosa Tupidas (aside from the Castilla being best suited for larger head sizes)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    I like what you've done with your website, Daan. Excellent. Incidentally, I really like the Tolosa Tupida en algodón. Very comfortable and an excellent option as the weather gets warmer. I do have a question, though. I was looking at the Boinas Castilla which will likely be a good option for my 60 cm head and the description states that they are lighter in density than the Tolosa Tupidas. Does this also apply to the cotton Castillas? How do the cotton Castillas compare to the cotton Tolosa Tupidas (aside from the Castilla being best suited for larger head sizes)?
    Glad you like the web site, thanks.
    As for the Castilla vs the Tolosa Tupida: the cotton Castilla is slightly lighter and the knitting is not as dense (as the T.T.), making it better suited for warmer weather and more breathable.
    Tolosa Tupida Algodon
    It is also softer, "floppier"; the T.T. is stiffer and more shape-able.
    Castilla
    A number of customers commented on the working man's association they have with the Castilla - an easy to wear, day-to-day beret, reminiscent of France and Spain in the middle of last century.

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    Thanks Daan. This is just the info I was looking for.

    I do agree they do have a "working man's" look to them and seem to be ideal for summer wear. Thanks again for the comparison.

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