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Hi Brent! Yes. That's a nice touch. I've received quality service from PHD with every purchase. They have a nice sale indeed.


It’s been years since I’ve bought from PHD. I’m weirdly hard on straw hats and have accepted that most don’t last long with how I use them. These will be reserved for nicer wear. As I recall, their leather sweatbands were rubbery and generally unappealing…I hope they’ve gotten better over the intervening years.
 

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It’s been years since I’ve bought from PHD. I’m weirdly hard on straw hats and have accepted that most don’t last long with how I use them. These will be reserved for nicer wear. As I recall, their leather sweatbands were rubbery and generally unappealing…I hope they’ve gotten better over the intervening years.
My first purchase from PHD was their one of their Super Fino grades in May 2021, and I wore that hat for the past 2 summers. Last February, I purchased a Cuenca from PHD on sale. Big difference between them, but both met expectations for the price paid. The leather sweatband on the Super Fino has held up well, but last summer, it was used less, because it was worn in rotation with the Cuenca and a Style 392 Sinatra Straw Hat from Miller Hats., which was a great value. I try to wipe off any perspiration from the sweatband when removing my hat. You have ventilation on the model you selected, which should help keep your head cool. I hope you are pleased with your purchase and glad you took advantage of their sale.
 

Rmccamey

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I need to check with Mike at Northwest for his version of something like this. Maybe not PHD prices but I know exactly what I'm getting!


I too would have went that route, but Mike doesn’t have Panama blocks in my size. I’ve even thought of buying a set of blocks for Mike just so I could have that option. Mike was even the one who suggested I go with PHD and they just happened to have a couple of hats I liked that were on sale.
 

MichaelSeed

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That's good to know. I just found them google searching panamas in australia. Their pics looked nice to me but their prices were a bit high and it was weird their prices were in USD despite being an aussie website and located he

That's good to know. I just found them google searching panamas in australia. Their pics looked nice to me but their prices were a bit high and it was weird their prices were in USD despite being an aussie website and located here.
A few years ago I mentioned that I saw an Aussie hat seller called Truffaux and I thought they didn't look good, yadda yadda yadda.

I have changed my opinion. About a year ago I was in the Danenong mountain ranges visiting my second favourite pie place (Pie in the Sky in Olinda). And a few doors down Truffaux had a brick and morter location. Stopped in before getting a pie and picked up a hat. It's their Casablanca Wide Brim. Had it for a year now and I'm very happy with it. Light weight and breathes well. Feels like nothing on my head. After 5-ish months of constant wear it still looks pretty new. I'm not a Panama expert but I'm very glad I bought it. Cost me around $200-ish AUD which is maybe $175 in USD at the time.

If you are ever in Victoria and want a good pie then drive up to Olinda and visit Pie in the Sky, I highly recommend the beef burgandy pie. Aussie pies are not deserts, they're full of meat. And while you're there it's definitely worth an extra ten minutes to checkout Truffaux.

Also, merry Christmas. It's bloody sunny 31C or 87F here today. Panama weather.
 

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My two PHD hats arrived before Christmas, but the weather hasn’t been very compatible with Panama hats.

First: semi colada with large repeating diamond vents. The brim is 3” wide and the crown is 4 ⅛” at the front dip. The ribbon is 1 3/8” wide. The sweatbands on both hats are nicer than what I received on my last PHD hat a few years back that were rubbery and chemical saturated. The crown is shaped in the Havana style.

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The second:
Also a semi colada in the Havana style. The weave is finer and the venting is more subtle. The ribbon is mid-brown. The dimensions are the same: 3” wide brim and 4 ⅛” crown at the front dip.

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Both fit true to size and I’m pleased with them both.
 

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