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Is a light weight felt OK for summer?

HDRnR

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For me when it gets over 75 degrees I wear straw. I don't like the heat to begin with and straw just has a nice cooling effect on my cranium.
 

Tomasso

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akaBruno said:
Cowboys and archeologists always wear felt in sweltering heat.
I don't know about archaeologists but cowboys have been known to wear straw hats.
 

jkingrph

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I like my straws but got an Akruba (sp) Territory because of large brim and large vent grommets. I'll have to wait and see how well it works in hot weather. For a lot of yard work I wear a surplus pith helmet that has the suspension system to hold everything but the sweatband away from your head.
 

Fletch

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I have only one light felt, a pearl grey 50s Disney marked "Du Pont water repellent" with only a thin "doily" lining in the crown. Is anything similar made today (other than custom of course?) Who is taking the 70g bodies?
 

Lawman

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Chapel Hill, NC
What did they do back in the day? In the old photographs I have seen, and in old movies, folks seem to be wearing felt year round. For example, if you look through the crowd at old basebally games in the height of summer, they look all felt to me.

Mark
 

Havana

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South Carolina
I wear an Akubra Cattleman year round. You better believe it gets warm and humid down in South Carolina in the summers. I even wear one as a work hat while working outside in 95 plus heat. I find that the small vent holes really do help quite a bit. The hat also helps keep the sweat out of your eyes.
I've even worn my Cattleman in the ungodly heat of North Africa. It was a real blessing there. I know cowboys here in SC who switch to straw in the Spring but they always end up complaining about them when the straw hats get bent or crushed. Personally, I reserve my staws for dress occassions in the warm months.
 

farnham54

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Any hat is FAR better then NO hat in the heat; I can wear my Akubra year round and have no fears of not being able to lie in bed at night due to a sunburned ear or neck!

Cheers
Craig
 

johnnycanuck

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Alberta
I have been wearing Akubra hats in summer and winter for six years now with no problem. Truth be told I really cant tell a difference between the weight of the felt when its on my head.
Johnny
 

mingoslim

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Southern Ohio
Tomasso said:
I don't know about archaeologists but cowboys have been known to wear straw hats.


I like felt in the summer for rainy days and evenings . . . But in the heat of the afternoon, I always prefer straw.

Cowboys, I can not speak to . . . but as an archaeologist, I wore a cheap, but stiff straw with a cottony sweat on digs in Jordan, (you know . . . one of those summer hats you buy at K-Mart) and it looked pretty good, kept the sun off my face, and was cool . . . I have one pick of me in said hat in the office, so I will see if I can get it scanned and posted . . .
 
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