Felt hats in summer..

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

  1. Brian Niebuhr

    Brian Niebuhr One of the Regulars

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    Frussell, that might be a little too hot even for me, I have to say. I'm comfy up to about 105 degrees with high humidity. That said, I'd much rather have the +125 than the -20's we had for daytime highs last winter! I don't mind heat but I can't stand the cold. Summer in Florida is just right. I plan to move there someday!
     
  2. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

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  3. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man A-List Customer

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    Alex you're exactly right my friend! I sat in a Dr's chair getting shots in my nose, then watching him whittle a basal cell carcinoma off the end of it, followed by more shots, then sitting there while he sewed it up. Yessir I'll wipe the sweat! Hat all the time, in any weather. That's my story and I'm stickin to it! Please don't play with UV! Having your nose whittled on isn't fun at all........
     
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  4. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I've "been there, done that" as well--in January of 2013 they cut some off of the left side of my nose. I didn't mind the whittling so much, but the aftercare was a little troublesome because the stitches that were supposed to "dissolve" didn't, and it took my body about a month to push them close enough to the surface for me to yank them out. In my case the doctor had to remove such a ridiculously small amount that it barely left a scar; I'm convinced they actually removed it all when they took the biopsy sample. lol

    My wife had some removed from her right cheek last month, but her scar is a little more noticeable because the doctor found more to remove. Her father had several procedures to remove skin cancer in his later years. He worked outdoors a lot and rarely considered sun protection, and his doctors eventually had to remove his left ear. So, yeah, sun damage and skin cancer should not be taken lightly.
     
  5. Joe Rotax

    Joe Rotax Familiar Face

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    I've been wearing a fur felt western all this summer. If it gets above 90 and humid I will wear straw but it has been cold in Toronto this summer so straw hat season was cancelled.
     
  6. CaramelSmoothie

    CaramelSmoothie Practically Family

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    I realized this summer that an umbrella beats out any hat that I could wear to deal with this miserable heat. I have a Coolibar umbrella that is made for the sun and provides broad spectrum protection. I'm very happy with it.
     
  7. APP Adrian

    APP Adrian A-List Customer

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    Hmmm, I should carry an umbrella with me everyday =D.
     
  8. PistolPete1969

    PistolPete1969 One of the Regulars

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    personally, I would choose a fur-felt any chance I can get. However, lately I have been going with my vintage ballcap. It is a reproduction 1960's Houston Colt .45's baseball hat. it is distinctly different, but still offers a good deal of protection. I live in SW Ohio, where it gets rather humid in the summer.
     
  9. Shadomega

    Shadomega Familiar Face

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    I've alternated between fur felt and straw as year round lids depending on what I had at my disposal, and I really don't find a lot of difference between the comfort. I hate the heat either way, so I'd rather have the UV protection, plus wearing a hat just plain looks better IMO. This year, having a few hats available to me, I've still been keeping my Stetson Sovereign in the rotation, and it isn't the least bit the worse for wear. Sure I sweat wearing it, but I do with my panama and my new to me vintage Milan as well, so there isn't really an advantage of one over the other there. Furthermore, my felt hats (the Sovereign and a Stetson 4X western) are the ones with the wider brims, so they give the better coverage. I do find that the thinner felt of the Sovereign is more comfortable than the heavy felt of the western, for what it's worth.
     
  10. fedoracentric

    fedoracentric Banned

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    In the summer, the only time I wear a straw is when I know I am going to be outside and doing something that'll make me sweat pretty good (Walking, working, etc). But if I am out and about in the sumer and know I am not going to do anything strenuous in the heat I wear a fur felt (shopping, visiting, driving). And I don't wear stingies, so brim is not an issue--mine are always wide.
     
  11. Shadomega

    Shadomega Familiar Face

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    I wouldn't wear stingies either except that someone gave me one, so I feel obliged to give it a try. I still prefer my fedoras with big brims, but my aversion to stingies is loosening.
     
  12. ingineer

    ingineer One Too Many

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    Here we are in total concurrence, plus along with your new signature.
    If you have only one hat, the felt will last and can be reblocked.
    Richard
     
  13. Joao Encarnado

    Joao Encarnado I'll Lock Up

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    I only wear a straw when I go to the beach. Don't want my fur felts in salt water nor stollen.
    The brim is as wide as possible :D

    3" brim is stingy to me...
     
  14. Landman

    Landman One Too Many

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    Alex, the first one I had was on the top of my bald head. The doctor wanted to biopsy it first and then have me come back if it was cancer. It was so small to begin with I told the doctor to just go ahead and remove whatever it is now. I think I cost the doctor a second visit but I couldn't see the point in two visits when the biopsy was going to be almost as large as the spot. It was a basal cell carcinoma but I didn't need to do anything else because it had all been removed. I have done two more the same way.
     
  15. KingAndrew

    KingAndrew A-List Customer

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    I always wear a hat when I'm outside. In summer I favor straws, although I wear fur felt when it's rainy and I have a Tilley boonie-style hat that I sometimes wear traveling. However, a vented, lightweight felt "safari hat" should be fine in the summer. In especially warm climates, it would be worth looking into a pith helmet.

    And big brims are best in the sun.

    Caramel Smoothie suggests that umbrellas (or should we say parasols) also work well. This is very true. Here in China, you see more umbrellas on sunny summer days than on rainy ones, because no woman wants to lose her light complexion by being exposed to the sun. Tanning is definitely NOT in style here. Men here favor straw hats in summer, many with the brand name "Ronaldino" emblazoned on them.

    I don't know much about Ronalidino. My straw hats have "Optimo" stamped on the sweatband.
     
  16. Lotsahats

    Lotsahats One Too Many

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    Ok, I caved today. First this evening: overcast but super hot and humid here in KC, so since I didn't need the sun protection, I went without a fedora--it was just too too hot. Then later this evening, we broke down on our way to Des Moines; I had a straw in the front seat and a felt in a box in the trunk, so I wore the straw as we were figuring out what to do about the car. Within 15 minutes, the heat and humidity were such that I stood around bare-headed. Well, not entirely bare-headed, but with neither straw nor felt.

    Maybe the temps are getting to me as I age!

    A
     
  17. APP Adrian

    APP Adrian A-List Customer

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    Now that summer is over. Do you guys wear straw hats when it's really hot out, but the sky is full of clouds?
     
  18. tommyK

    tommyK One Too Many

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    +1. Or is that +2?
     
  19. Rogera

    Rogera My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I don't know but whatever it is tack me a +1 onto it
     
  20. John Galt

    John Galt Vendor

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    I live in a pretty warm region of the north Central Valley in California, and alternate between straws and lightweight vintage felts like the Champ featherweight and analogs by other hat makers in the summer with pretty good results.
     

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