I'm curious in general, but specifically in modern hats... and I believe Resistol only makes western/cowboy hats these days so we can limit discussion to those if appropriate. What I'm curious about is whether there is a difference or brand distinction between Stetson and Resistol now that they are both the same company, and made in the same factory. They seem to sell for comparable prices. Is it just a different nametag, or is one considered to be superior? Or are they different but equal (say Stetson is "nicer" but resistol is more durable?). This was an ongoing debate between a friend of mine and myself. I'd never even heard of Resistol until fairly recently, and always knew of Stetson as "the" hat. My friend believed Stetson was nothing more than an expensive name, and thought of Resistol as the best. I was looking into it and that's when I found they were both the same company made in the same place. I think he has a 6X Resistol and I have a 5X Stetson, his 6X feels nicer, but being a higher grade, and much higher cost (I paid about $60 for mine he paid over $100 for his) it should.