My Gannon inspired Open Road arrived today. I am over the moon! The Camel beaver felt is such a wonderful color. To my eye, it’s a warm tan with an aged yellow hue. The picture Michael sent captures the color better than the felt swatch sample I received.
The felt is dense and the weight is light. The hand and pouncing are superb. The ribbon, sweatband, and binding stitching are completed with an artisans touch.
I changed directions for this hat after I was in Michael’s que. I have always liked the look of the Open Road, but I originally was leaning towards a traditional fedora. The 2 3/4” brim of the Open Road didn’t appeal to me. Then I read about the "LBJ" which was based on the 3X Wide Country with 2-1/4" bound edge brim. The LBJ brim dimensions also didn’t appeal to me; so I chose to go with a 2 1/2” bound brim. 5 1/2” open crown with a soft cattle man crease at 4 1/2”. Keeping with my OR/LBJ theme, I had my full name embossed on the sweat like the LBJ; minus the "Made Expressly For President Lyndon B. Johnson".
Could anything make my custom Gannon inspired Open Road more enjoyable? In my opinion, no. The price was even less expensive with shipping than the mass production hat which inspired my custom Gannon. I couldn’t ask for a better experience.
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Have a safe and blessed day!
Wow! Love that color. You are making my hat acquisition syndrome flare up. Congratulations on a really nice hat.