This is an inspiring thread. With the weather taking a turn here in Southern California I’m thinking of getting a new straw hat. Other than the cheap hats I go though at the lawnmower supply store that last a couple of weeks before they fall apart, my current straw hat is a Stetson western style. The Stetson’s great but it’s a tall, wide brimmed hat. I think a nice Panama hat may be the way to go. It sounds like people have had good experiences with Panama Hats Direct. From their website’s sale, any opinion on these hats: https://www.panamahatsdirect.com/shop/panama-hat/cuenca-grade-8-havana-3939.html https://www.panamahatsdirect.com/shop/panama-hat/montecristi-super-fino-plantation-4670.html#size Are these hats the real deal? Is the Montecristi that much better than the Cuenca? How true is the size on these? I was thinking of getting a Stetson Milan straw Stratoliner, but this thread has me reconsidering.