Biltmore Lucca Hemp Fedora

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Spellflower, Feb 21, 2020.

  1. Spellflower

    Spellflower Practically Family

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    I'm not usually one for straw. I wear fur felt throughout the summer, even in a heat wave. But I'm going to Colombia in a month, and I hear it's brutally humid and never rains, so I decided to buy something more appropriate.

    I ordered the Biltmore Lucca, a hemp milan fedora, from One2MiniRanch. I did a search, but there hasn't been much posted about this hat, so I thought I would fix that.

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    It's not to my taste as much as my vintage Dobbs 20, but I like its looks just fine. The brown ribbon and cocoa color are more my speed than the white panama and black ribbons that are so common.

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    The quality is ok, but there are some noticeable problems, most notably a protruding nylon thread on the ribbon. Nothing that can't be fixed with some scissors, and it was under $100, so I'm not complaining. Still, quality control could be improved.
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    You can also see an irregularity in the third row above the ribbon.

    My main concern is that the weave is so loose, I'm afraid I'll get sunburned. I went with hemp because I heard it wasn't as hot as a Panama, but if it's not going to protect me from the sun, what's the point?
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  2. 1967Cougar390

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    I think that’s a good looking hat. I wouldn’t believe that you would have any sunburn issues. I have a very similar hat just not the same type. I’ve had plenty of sun protection.

    Steven
     
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  3. Spellflower

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    That's good to hear! I will be wearing sunscreen anyway, but with my complexion, I need all the protection I can get!
     
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  4. tropicalbob

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    The hat will be fine in protecting you from the sun. When light goes through apertures that small, the waves are bent and diffused. An example would be if you were to turn on a light in a hallway at home: if you then opened a door into a dark room, you'd see that some of the light has bent around the corner of the doorway and is much darker. Plus, you're always moving, if only a tiny bit, further diffusing the light. I have very pale skin (Scottish-Irish) and learned a bit about light when I moved to the tropics many years back. That's when I started wearing a hat and long-sleeved shirts whenever I'm in the sun for any time at all.
     
  5. Rmccamey

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    Looks like a great hat for the price!

     
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  6. ThomasK

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    Hey Spellflower, can you please keep us informed about your experience? Maybe if you use this one and compare with your felt hat?
    Best regards from Germany
    Thomas
     
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  7. belfastboy

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    As a light complexioned Scotts/Irish descendent I too am careful dealing with the sun. I have an inexpensive Stetson outback style hat that is my hiking hat. It has an open weave in the crown and I have never experienced sunburn on my balding pate.
     
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  8. johnnycanuck

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    Has anyone tried contacting hatco to see if their hemp hats have been UVA/UVB tested?
     
  9. belfastboy

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    Not that I am aware of....there was a post a few days back regarding Akubra's UV ratings
     
  10. johnnycanuck

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    That was me. In regards to their felt hats. Hemp and straw are different beasts. I know Tilley makes a hemp that is rated 50 SPF and it looks like a loose weave compared to all their other hats. But they did test it to be able to make that statement
    Johnny
     
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