What’s your budget? What type of Panama hat are you looking for? You can’t do better than Brent Black, Montechristi Hat Works of Santa Fe, or Optimo of Chicago. However, I don’t own any of those as I’m a blue collar kind of guy. The Northwest Hat Co. makes a good hat for the money and it’s blocked more to my liking compared to most of the Panama hats blocked in Ecuador.
I hope this gets rolled into the correct thread. I still believe the best Panama hat VALUE on the intertubes is at www.panamahatsdirect.com/ They offer a full range of (basic to very fine) lids. They regularly have sales, and that’s the key to getting the best deal, in my experience.