Stetson Open Road Straw?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by RokkerMan, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. RokkerMan

    RokkerMan New in Town

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    I'd like to grab my first western straw and like the shape / brim width of the Open Road. Does anyone know if this hat is still in production OR know of a good place to get one at a fair price? Also, who's got one?

    Thanks!
    Joe
     
  2. RBH

    RBH Bartender

  3. The Good

    The Good Call Me a Cab

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    I've seen many sites offer them, and they look cool. Are they shantung, Panama, or palm straw?
     
  4. monbla256

    monbla256 Call Me a Cab

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    I've a friend who works for Sheplers here in Texas and she said they are made of "Shantung" straw ( ie. Chinese paper) and blocked in China, then shipped over here and creased and finished in Garland, Texas. They do a VERY nice job and are worth every penny of the discounted price Shepler's and Cavenders sells 'em for. I'll probably get one for use at the stable for this coming summer :)
     
  5. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    I have a shantung one, coated with some kind of waterproofing somethingorather. Not very impressed. Wore it once- the ribbon fell off. Turned out the whole thing was attached with nothing but hot glue from the factory.
     
  6. Atticus Finch

    Atticus Finch Call Me a Cab

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    This one just finished its third summer and it still looks as good as when I bought it. A great hat for OR lovers who live in a place where felt just isn't an option for summer wear.
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    AF
     
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  7. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    I have one of these but mine is decent quality. Worn it on many occasions, it keeps going. The faux leather sweatband isn't the most comfortable but works.

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  8. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Looks good Thunder... did you keep the top crease and 'punch' out some of the side crease?
    Can you show use a little more in a photo?
     
  9. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    My .o2

    I try to stay away from shantung, it ain't much cooler than felt, these Miller Panama Straw Hats or vintage like this Vintage Panama OR are your best bets... or the esteemed Mr. Panama Bob. I feel sure he could help.
     
  10. RokkerMan

    RokkerMan New in Town

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  11. I purchased one a couple of years ago. Fits fine, but I noticed that the crown is a bit taller than my felt ORs.
     
  12. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    I popped out the side dents and put in front dents.

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  13. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    I had one for nearly 20 years as my standard summer straw. Great hat, but since I bought it in the 80s, I can't comment on the quality of current ones.
     
  14. Duper

    Duper Practically Family

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    Seems likeThunderw21 achieved a look I like for his Open Road straw by giving it a bit of a down turn brim and changing to front dents only. Is this easy to do with a modern Stetson shantung hat? If so I might place an order. I do not own any shantung hats presently so it is peaking my curiosity. I think I handled a Stetson Open Road straw once and it seemed very, very stiff to me.
     
  15. Rick Blaine

    Rick Blaine My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  16. Duper

    Duper Practically Family

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    Thanks for the pointers Rick. Funny thing today when I was talking to Delmonicos (aka Noggintops) asking about the Stetson Open Road straw I honestly felt the salesperson was trying to steer me away from that choice. She prefered the Stetson Retro or the Scala C-crown models. I am going to have a browse of Miller's selections.

    Much appreciated,,,Mike
     
  17. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral Call Me a Cab

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    That vented one from Quality Hats looks good, but the pic seems distorted. The crown height is listed as 4", but that looks more like 6"!

    Maybe it's time for me to make a pilgrimage down to Meyer's in person. . . .
     
  18. Benzadmiral

    Benzadmiral Call Me a Cab

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    Bad news, guys,

    I wrote to Adam at Quality Hats about the vented OR, and just heard back:

    "Hello Paul,
    "Unfortunately the hat has been discontinued by Stetson. I tried to buy some yesterday and they will not make the hat. Was told the hat reps had no interest from the retailers. Sorry. We appreciate your business.

    "Sincerely,
    "Adam Kolojay"

    Which I sort of expected. It seems to be the story of my hat-wearing life: Whatever I like just got discontinued.
     
  19. kidbri

    kidbri New in Town

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    Actually, I've been seeing the vented ones all over the place! Just google them...I think they brought them back. i I got my first shantung this summer...I LOVE it...already beat the hell out of it..and like it looking that way!
     

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