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Panama Hat Thread

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Burma Shave, Mar 28, 2006.

  1. jonbuilder

    jonbuilder Practically Family

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    Modesto hat ready to ship; picture sent for my approval prior to shipping. To date Modesto hats representative Andrea has been sending communications to prevent my disappointment image001.jpg
     
  2. Garrett

    Garrett Call Me a Cab

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  3. Steinbockhase

    Steinbockhase One of the Regulars

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    Very nice. Does it fit you?
     
  4. Garrett

    Garrett Call Me a Cab

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    I'm a size 7 but the occasional haircut will accommodate a 6 7/8
     
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  5. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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    Where Can I Find a Decent Panama At a Budget Price?

    I'm looking for a natural Cuenca, teardrop crown with 2 1/4 brim or less. This will be a "working" hat for Africa, so i'm not overly concerned with weave count. What I don't want is a overly stiffened cardboard hat, or coarse feel. I have a couple of Panama Direct hats and the blocking is dreadful.

    I would like a flexible, breathable hat with a sharp teardrop block from a U.S. vendor that won't break the bank.
     
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  6. Tukwila

    Tukwila One Too Many

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    I could have picked you up something a couple days ago in Cuenca.

    I would call Art Fawcett at VS, or Mike Miller at Northwest Hat Company and tell them what you want. They both have great blocks for Panama hats, and last I checked they had Cuenca hat bodies.

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  7. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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    I had bad luck with Panama Hats Direct. I purchased a Fino and phd1.jpg Montecristi and grade 10 Cuenca. The weave was okay but the blocking was abysmal. The attached hat pic was supposed to be a "Havana". The hat looks like a Gambler mated with a Havana and had an ugly baby. My wife says it looks like i'm wearing a spitoon on my head.
     

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  8. Tukwila

    Tukwila One Too Many

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    I would complain. Looks like it was hand creased. Without seeing a tape measure I can tell you that is not a grade 10 Cuenca, or a MC of any sort.

    My guess is llano weave Cuenca, grade 3 to 4 at best.
     
  9. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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    I had a lot of personal issues going on when I got the hat. Too much time has lapsed
     
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  10. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

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    Between us, Val and I have three hats from Ultrafino.com, and I've been very happy with all of them. What you get looks like what's pictured, for the most part, and the sizing on all three is perfect. The brim measurements on their website don't always reflect reality, though.
     
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  11. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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    I’ll have to check it out. how is there blocking? What grades did you get?
     
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  12. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

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    I'm not sure what grade any of these hats are. I bought the Havana Sorento in 2015, it was my first ever straw. At the time, I felt like it compared to a grade 12 Stetson. The weave is so tight that you can hold it up to the sun and maybe see a half-dozen pinpricks of light in the whole hat. I've worn it to car shows on 110 degree days and spent 8+ hours in that heat without any problem. Sweating through it didn't seem to affect it. The brim is 2-1/2", the overall size is 7 5/8 (61), despite the website listing it as a 2-1/4" or 2-3/8" brim.

    The blocking on the Havana Sorento is a teardrop, but it isn't sharp in front, the dents are kind of shallow and subtle and spaced wide apart. The straw is natural, there's no coating or coloring on it. It's stiff because of the structure. It has a cloth sweatband inside.

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    The other one I have is a Havana Retro Classic. It has a breezy weave and it's got some crinkle to it from whatever they used to shape and/or color it. I just got it for Christmas, so I have no idea what it will be like in the heat, but when I wore it outside to take these pictures, I could definitely feel the breeze coming through it. And again, on the brim, they have this listed as a 2-1/4" brim, but the pictures on their site accurately show the dimensions that I got on the hat I received.

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    Val's hat is a bonnet I bought for her last year, I believe it's the Vivianne Scoop. It's blocked so well you'd think it was a felt hat, and like my Sorento, there's almost no places where light gets through it. They even have a bow on the back of it made out of the straw. I'm impressed with how well they pulled the bow off.

    I don't know if this answers your questions. I can get different pictures for you if that would help.
     
  13. Bamaboots

    Bamaboots I'll Lock Up

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    You might check out Tom Gomez as I think he makes a great Panama hat that won't break the bank. I have a Cuenca semi-calado from him that I've had for 4 years.

    https://gomezhatcompany.com/
     
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  14. DanO

    DanO One of the Regulars

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    On both of the recent orders from Panama Hats Direct I was pleased. Regardless of the time passed that hat is not acceptable IMO.
    William Ramirez (manager)
    602-412-3520 Panamahatsdirect.com
    I spoke with William about the second one which I ordered in a wrong size and he was very helpful, might be worth a call.

    I have had issues with Ultrafino, but the hat in my avatar is from them and I believe it is the Havana Sorrento mine is very lite and pliable, I do not like the leather band so changed it later. I thought the price was a little high.
     
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  15. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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  16. Air Wing Marine

    Air Wing Marine Familiar Face

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    Thanks for all the info and pics. I'm gonna call PHD this week
     
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