Felt hats in summer..

Discussion in 'Hats' started by dlgilbert, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. HeyMoe

    HeyMoe Practically Family

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    it has been chilly this week in VT - so I have been wearing my felts. When it gets over 75 I wear straws and not wearing a hat is not an option for me.
     
  2. Lean'n'mean

    Lean'n'mean My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I see it this way, which would I prefer ? A higher risk of developing skin cancer / finishing the day with sunstroke or having a sweaty forehead..................when the sun's beatin' down I always grab a hat now, fur felt, wool felt, leather or canvas, which ever I feel is appropriate for the activity I'm planning.
    Could be that I'm getting older but the sun has been feeling a lot hotter these past few years, even in the middle of January now, you can feel the warmth radiating from our star, never used to be able to...:eeek:
     
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  4. Lotsahats

    Lotsahats One Too Many

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    Fur felt, year-round.

    A
     
  5. Lt.hats

    Lt.hats A-List Customer

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    +1
     
  6. DesertDan

    DesertDan One Too Many

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    I never leave the house without a hat on.
    I usually wear felt but I mix it up with straws and flatcaps on occasion.
     
  7. Missouri Mason

    Missouri Mason Familiar Face

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    I would definitely wear a fur felt hat before going hatless. I often wear my Akubras in 90 degree heat.
     
  8. Nyah

    Nyah One of the Regulars

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    Felt is better than nothing but, I'll probably be wearing mine only during the colder half of the year, now that I have a nicely-vented panama. When I went away on vacation, at the end of July, I took an old boonie since I didn't have the panama yet. It's humid where I live, which becomes oppressive in the Summer. Felt in those conditions makes for sweat-soaked hat-head whenever you doff.
     
  9. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Hat. Sweat can be washed away; to get rid of skin cancer you need doctors with sharp metal objects. ;)
     
  10. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    How do you think those Akubras are worn over here in the bush in summer? Those that wear them do so in 118 degree heat. I do in the city. I don't want skin cancer.
     
  11. Atticus Finch

    Atticus Finch Call Me a Cab

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    If I had to choose between no hat and fur felt on a hot, humid North Carolina day...and my choice was based on comfort, only...I would choose no hat. In fact, when the temperature is in the triple digits and the humidity is in the 90% range, I can't get naked enough. At least not legally.

    But comfort isn't the only consideration. In addition to being restrained by the various statutes proscribing indecent exposure, I also try to follow my dermatologist’s advice. He tells me I need to wear a brimmed hat whenever I'm outdoors…even if the weather is as hot and humid as the Amazon. So I do. But I have found the most comfortable hat for North Carolina summers is a loosely woven straw hat. Not a Panama. Just a plain old straw hat from the local feed store. With a cotton sweat band. Sometimes I even spring for one that has the green plastic visor sewn into the brim.

    AF
     
  12. Lotsahats

    Lotsahats One Too Many

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    You haven't lived till you've worn a 3 1/2"-brimmed black fur felt borsalino in 110 degree Jerusalem. :cool:
     
  13. wuluf

    wuluf New in Town

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    I also always wear a hat outside. Where I live it is frequently over 100 degrees and hatless is not an option. I have a Panama with a 3" brim, but when I want a wider brim, I wear a canvas Bailey. Like this one:

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  14. Hercule

    Hercule Practically Family

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    I usually stop wearing a hat when the weather starts to turn warm then start again when it becomes cooler, or when jacket weather sets in. I don't usually lament not wearing a hat during the summer (vitamin D seems to be an issue for me in recent years) but will perhaps look into a Panama/straw hat one of these days.
     
  15. Joao Encarnado

    Joao Encarnado I'll Lock Up

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    I think I can do that with a even wiiiiiiiider brim B)

    You will not get "much vitamin D" with the sun on your head/face...
     
  16. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Just a reminder--unless they're manufactured specifically for protection against UV rays, straw hats (particularly the kind with the green plastic visors) are less effective at preventing skin cancer than felt hats.
     
  17. Genuine Classic Gangster

    Genuine Classic Gangster One of the Regulars

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    I would never even consider going hatless on a sunny day since I have a bald head and with no hat, my scalp will burn quickly and probably have all other sorts of nefarious things happen to it to boot.

    I often wear a lightweight felt hat on hot summer days. On most days it is fine: I experience no discomfort and perspire only marginally. However, on some especially hot days my hat causes me to perspire profusely, but even so, I'd rather have my head sweat a lot than get burned. Of course, some people have hair which may allow for more viable choices to go hatless (although the sun will still fry his or her forehead and face, I would think, thus I would still recommend a hat).

    And if the OP is asking about wearing dress weight felt hats in hot weather, I've never done that so I have clue if that is viable.
     
  18. Brian Niebuhr

    Brian Niebuhr One of the Regulars

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    I don't really care how much I sweat. I don't notice how wet I am untill I go inside in the a/c which I don't like to do because then I'm cold and wet. I'd rather stay out in the heat and be comfy. I live for hot weather. Some people can't stand it. I think that's all it really boils down to.
     
  19. Atticus Finch

    Atticus Finch Call Me a Cab

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    Here's a feed store straw I've been wearing for a couple of years. Gotta admit, I can see how UV protection might be an issue.

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    AF
     
  20. frussell

    frussell One Too Many

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    Brian - where I live it was 111 degrees with 11% humidity at 4 p.m. Eleven percent isn't much in some climates, but anything over 10% at 110 degrees or more is absolutely excruciating, and might change your mind about staying out in it and being comfy. I've seen temps here at 125+, and even with the local joke of "but it's a dry heat," it's just too damn hot to stay outside unless you have a garden hose pointed at you, and even that can be dangerous, as it comes out scalding for a few seconds. I do prefer felt though, just in lighter colors when it's really hot. Frank
     

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