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Indiana Jones style hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by mikeg, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. mikeg

    mikeg New in Town

    I almost feel bad for posting a question about this hat name....but I like the way it looks!
    I have done a lot of searches in the forum to get info, and it seems the quality of the official IJ hats comes into question from time to time. I have been looking at one from the village hat store:


    made by Dorfman Pacific. There is another listing at the fedora store website where the color seems to be different. Do the colors differ that much, or is it just the lighting in the photo?

    Finally, can all of you experienced people direct me to a better quality very similar looking hat? Or is the official IJ hat good quality these days?


  2. zetwal

    zetwal I'll Lock Up

  3. mikeg

    mikeg New in Town

    No! I somehow missed that one. More reading do to!


  4. zetwal

    zetwal I'll Lock Up

    I'm glad that you know about it now.

    Enjoy! :yo:
  5. The so called "Official IJ hat" is made cheap to sell to a bunch of tourists going through Disneyland who wouldn't know the difference between an Indiana Jones fedora or a Crocodile Dundee hat. Save your money and get a decent one. http://www.hatsdirect.com/federation/ makes an Indiana Jones hat called the "Federation". You have to shape it yourself but it's not that hard to do.

  6. jlee562

    jlee562 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Check out club obi wan...there are any number of good off the rack hats. The Akubra Fed IV is one of the better options. Also consider the Christy's Adventurer. Custom hatters aplenty, notably Penman, Garrison, Adventurebilt...
  7. Kirk H.

    Kirk H. One Too Many

    Just my 2 cents worth, but the Fed IV is hard to beat for quality and price. BTW welcome to the lounge.

    Kirk H.
  8. mikeg

    mikeg New in Town

    Thanks for the tips everyone.
    Does the Fed IV have a taller crown than the cheeper official IJ hat?
    Also, I do not know, and I am not sure I want to know how, to crease a new hat. Will the crease the Fed IV prior to shipping?

  9. zetwal

    zetwal I'll Lock Up

    Creasing a good quality soft felt fedora is a very simple matter. If you don't want to do it yourself, I respect that. I just want to let you know that you should not fear the idea. It's not difficult, and doing it yourself gives you the ability to shape the crown to your own taste.
  10. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

    Yep, creasing a hat is not a big deal. Hats like the Fed IV are tough - you won't break anything!

    See this video from John Penman on creasing Indy hats:

  11. Kirk H.

    Kirk H. One Too Many

    No they will not crease the hat prior to shipping from Hats Direct. David Morgan has the Akubra Adventuer that they will crease for an additional 20.00. But creasing is not that hard to do and as others have stated the Akubra is a tough hat so you will not break it.

    This is one of my Fed IVs

    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
  12. jlee562

    jlee562 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Yes, the Fed IV is about 5 5/8" open crown, IIRC.

    Creasing a hat is NOT HARD! I swear to you! Check out the video that DJH posted of John Penman doing an Indy crease.
  13. mikeg

    mikeg New in Town

    Wow. He creased that hat in about 2 min! That does not look very hard at all.
    Hmmmm. No that the fear is gone, I need to decide on which hat!

    There are so many beautiful hats out there, it really is hard to decide!

    Many thanks once again.
  14. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

    Mike, you want an Indy hat for not too high a price?

    I'd say there are two to look at:

    Fed IV as already mentioned.

    Garrison Hatters - this is a custom made hat and David Garrison is selling them right now for $175; really good deal.

    Here's my Garrison


    Want something better? Look at the Adventurebilt Henry or one of the all beaver customs from Penman Hats.

    To be honest, I really love the Garrison. Mine is my go-to outdoor, crappy weather hat - it takes a lot of abuse and looks as nice as the day it arrived.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
  15. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

    The Federation is unbeatable..... my .o2
  16. mikeg

    mikeg New in Town

    Wow. I like the look of the Garrison! Any idea what the delivery time frame is? It looks like he makes each hat as you order it?
    How about sizing of this hat? True to size or ....?
    I like that hat!!

  17. jlee562

    jlee562 My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Garrison is a custom hatter, made to your measurements.
  18. DJH

    DJH I'll Lock Up

    Yep, you give him your actual measurement and David will make the hat to suit.

    At the time I got mine the wait was about 7 or 8 weeks. This included him taking a break to move the office for his day job (the custom hat guys often do this as a part time gig) so the wait might be shorter now. I'd give him a shout and ask him.
  19. I have three Federations - two IVs, and a III. They are fantastic hats. There is no comparison to a Dorfman-Pacific, especially the wool variety.

    Feds are full-bodied, great looking, tough hats. My brown IV is my go-to hat that I wear 90% of the time. Creasing is simple, as shown in the video. If you like the crease, then set it with steam, or with water from a spray bottle, my preferred method. And then if you decide later that you want to change the crease, just wet or steam it again and re-do or adjust it.
  20. If you youtube you can find my other vids for the Raiders if you want. There out there for the viewing. Its not that hard to crease a hat just take your time with it and try not to put anything harsh. Watch the vid a couple of times and you will notice I don't put anything firm right away.

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