I've been reading the forums here for at least as many weeks as I've owned a fedora, and I've gathered that the mark of a superior hat comes down to durability. Good ones look like they're supposed to longer and under more duress than bad ones. Most of you seem to be able to see a hat and say, "This one is a good hat. It's got X, Y, and Z, and it'll take anything you can throw at it," or something to that effect. I see lots of hats, I'm mostly shopping for new ones, because I'm not a collector, but just want to look good, so why sap a limited resource? Are your estimations of quality based on name? I know fur felt is better than wool. I know beaver is better than fur felt. I've got a general idea of the go-to names for good hats - Dobbs, Christy's, Akubra, etc. What I don't know is why they're good. For example, I would be happy with a Stetson, but I believe you when you say Stetson doesn't make good hats like they used to. I couldn't tell you why. Thanks for any tips. I'd like to avoid lemons as much as I can.