Guide for first fedora/hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Creeping Past, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. Neiru

    Neiru New in Town

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    What about a fedora/hat for a truck driver in the state of Florida? So protects from elements, not for a tie and suit, for work with a little style.
     
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  2. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    You cannot go wrong with an Akubra....fur felt for the winter months one of their straw offerings for the heat of summer.
     
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  3. itsallgood

    itsallgood One of the Regulars

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    Stratoliner. Up your budget. Go for the premier, you'll save 100s of dollars stepping your way through hats as you develop a sense of what they bring. Del Monico has a sale going on. "Visit us online or in store and use discount code HEART21 for 15% off your entire order through February 28th." Steam in whatever bash works best for the shape of your face, breadth of your shoulders, type of shirt you typically wear, etc. If you don't know, experiment! I personally don't like the traditional teardrop or diamond, but a simple centerdent works for me. This hat is not prepressed at the factory, you'll steam it in using a tea kettle. Or, just ask Del Monico, they'll do it for you, although it can be changed anytime by steaming again. You will carry about you a very classy/casual look that can't be beat.

    https://www.delmonicohatter.com/product/TFPSTRB12241973.htm
     
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  4. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Is your price point still $130 or so?
     
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  5. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    The classic would be an Akubra Campdraft.
    https://hatsdirect.com/collections/the-akubra-range-1/products/campdraft-open-crown
    Same as how Stetson used to produce the Open Road model years ago. You can also buy a nice straw version from sunbody.
    https://www.sunbody.com/index.cfm/product/589_1/open-road.cfm
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    horter brim helps with the vehicle.
    hope that helps
    Johnny
     
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  6. Neiru

    Neiru New in Town

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    I'm willing to spend more if it's for a good quality hat that will last for a very long time and is durable.

    I like the Stratoliner, Mr. isallgood suggested, I would like a felt hat but not sure how it would wear in warmer weather.
     
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  7. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    I have Akubra hats that are 20 years old and still going strong and looking good. I wear mine all summer. It’s usually not until it gets to 27 Celsius or higher that I start to get uncomfortable. That’s about 80 Fahrenheit. But that’s just me.
    Johnny
     
  8. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    It's hard to beat an Acubra for durability or a Stratoliner or an Open Road in felt or straw...or a Sunbody.

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  9. The premier Stratoliners are decent hats, but I wish the crown was taller, the flange wasn’t as deep, and the brim was wider...of course that would make it something other than a Stratoliner. I like the Akubra Campdrafts over the Stratoliners, but that’s just me.

    Another problem with the Stetson Premier Royal De Luxe Stratoliner and similar hats is that they are knocking on the price door for a custom hat. For me, Akubra really does dominate the entry level market, and even if you end up with many hats after many years you’ll still have a place for an Akubra in your rotation. Once you step beyond Akubra money I think a custom is the way to go. Custom hats are really pretty simple to order and you’ll get a much better hat for your money. You can also get the hat with your exact specifications without having to compromise.

    We say it a lot around here, but get yourself an Akubra for your first fedora.

    I hesitate to mention it, but vintage is another option. The better vintage hats are significantly nicer than modern hats with very few exceptions. It’s a rabbit hole and costly missteps can occur, so I’m sticking with my Akubra recommendation. Good luck.

    Brent
     
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  10. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    I will second rmccamey that’s what I am talking about. Here are a few still from “Bad day at Black Rock” of a guy wearing a hat casually.
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    maybe Paul Newman in “The long hot summer”
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    Being a history buff and a part of the labour class Open road style hats including the Akubra Campdraft have been a staple in the working class wardrobe for decades and have been copied by every hat manufacturer including every custom hat maker on this forum.
    Now with that said, is this the style you were going for? Honestly you can wear just about any hat you want. If you want visual references watch those two movies. Who Framed Roger Rabbit has lots of casual fedora looks as extras in the background. Even Archie Bunker from “All in the family” was a dock worker and wore a Stetson Whippet style of fedora in 1971.
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    If we are not giving you the feedback you are interested in, maybe give us a little more information on what your thinking, influences you are looking at? I have a buddy that was a in city trucker for a few years and he wore a Barmah hat, usually when loading and unloading. https://hatsdirect.com/collections/the-barmah-range
    I would personally go for a Tilley hat instead as the nylon and cotton would be cooler on hot days. You would just have to wash them regularly to keep them clean.
    https://www.tilley.com/ca_en/
    Let us know.
    Johnny
     
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  12. Neiru

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    These are all great recommendations. I saw an Akubra Stylemaster for $160 with UPF protection. I'm leaning toward this one right now. Acorn color should go with most other colors I imagine.
    https://www.delmonicohatter.com/product/1746.htm
     
  13. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    That’s a great choice. For your first fedora ;):p
    Welcome to the club. Let us know when you pull the trigger and remember to post pictures when it arrives.
    Johnny
     
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  15. itsallgood

    itsallgood One of the Regulars

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    We all enjoy the process. An Akubra was my first hat. And my second. And my third...
     
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  16. itsallgood

    itsallgood One of the Regulars

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    The Sydney is a nice hat, I have one, purchased from David Morgan. Personally, I'd go for the Sydney over the Stylemaster. It's a lighter weight felt, so cooler, and being open crown, you can easily steam in that classy/casual look that I was referring to.

    Oh, editing to add that the Sydney is softer to the touch than my other Akubras. The felt seems to be more dense, with a more thorough pounce. As such the felt has a finer, for lack of a better word, visual appearance.
     
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  17. Neiru

    Neiru New in Town

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    The Sydney looks great but I can't find my size 58cm/7 1/4. If it has a lighter weight than I may have gone with that one.
     
  18. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I have a 20 year old Sydney and I concur. The felt is soft, easily bashed and has stood up very well to the years.
     
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  19. itsallgood

    itsallgood One of the Regulars

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    Here you go. If either of these colors work for you, I'm pretty sure this is the same hat. Has a wind trolley though, so a little fancier.

    https://hatsdirect.com/collections/fashion/products/fedora?variant=6431534341

    Have no fear ordering from so far away. Very nice people, very reliable. When I ordered a hat from the Hattery and we were emailing back and forth, I was surprised to discover that I have been to Katoomba. Spent a day there. Small world!
     
  20. Scooterz

    Scooterz Practically Family

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    One advantage to wearing a fedora is to use it as an extension of your sunshade while driving. I don't know about big trucks, but in pickups and cars there are lots of times I tweak the brim down in front or on the side to block the sun when its hitting at an angle that my real sun visor does not cover. With a straw hat the brim might not be as manuverable but you can always tilt the hat some.
     
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