Stetson Temples vs Rain

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Blackthorn, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,191
    Location:
    Oroville
    Hi Insp. Bumstead, I have heard enough of this to know it's true and real. There was also a post where someone said their Chatham has been in numerous rains with no ill effect. The Chatham and the Downs look like the same design...I wonder if there's a higher quality felt in the Chatham, or if it's just "hit and miss" quality. The jury is still out, but I think it's good for us to get as much info like yours as we can, to figure this out.

    Did you get a different/better hat after your experience, Insp. Bumstead?
     
  2. J.T.Marcus

    J.T.Marcus Call Me a Cab

    Messages:
    2,354
    Location:
    Mineola, Texas
    I've designated a Stetson Temple, in Sage, as my rain hat, for going on two years, now. After a light rain, I wait till it dries, then give the felt a light brushing with a clean white handkerchief. If it needs more I use an old toothbrush. I found the "rain spots" to be mostly a change in the direction of the nap, not a loss of pigment. I also discovered that it is important to make sure the brim is shaped the way you want it, while still wet. If you just take it off and hang it on the rack, the brim will change shape. The remedy is to get it wet, again, reshape it, and let it dry that way. (Oddly enough, the best way seems to be brim down, all the way around.) I'm a satisfied customer. :)
     
  3. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

    Messages:
    1,568
    Location:
    Astoria, NYC
    Chatham = Sovereign quality felt
    Downs = Royal quality felt

    Sovereign is one notch higher quality than Royal, and it is a noticeable difference. Other than the felt quality and color selection, the Chatham and Downs are the same. The Ashland is a Downs with an underwelt brim.

    Interesting points made by JTMarcus - I'm pretty sure the ripples in the brim of my Chatham are at least partly due to careless storage by me after getting rained on.
     
  4. Insp. Bumstead

    Insp. Bumstead New in Town

    Messages:
    44
    Location:
    Chicago
    Yep, my go-anywhere hat is now a dark grey Akubra Federation with trimmed brim. The finish isn't as smooth as the Stetson but it shrugs off pouring rain, driving snow, blazing sun, and Beijing pollution. The Stetson is now strictly a fair-weather hat, to keep it from getting worse.
     
  5. marvelgoose

    marvelgoose One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    228
    Location:
    Valdosta, GA
    my wet tale, I stored mine with the brim in the up position. Now that I have read this, I'm afraid to snap the front down!

    http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showpost.php?p=915853&postcount=103
     
  6. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    4,232
    Location:
    San Francisco, CA
    Well, we got a little bit of rain last night in San Francisco and my Temple was out with me. I had treated it with some water repellent that I got from Penman Hat Co over the weekend and it suffered no ill effects.
     
  7. Fedora

    Fedora Vendor

    Messages:
    828
    Location:
    Mississippi
    I wonder what line the Temple is made of? From some of these stories, it appears the Temple no longer uses the powder, and that makes me want to buy one to see. I alway liked the looks of the hat, as it is a great TOD Indy fedora.

    Yes indeed sir. I never really had any problems with high humidity and the Temple, the felt actually had to stop repelling water for the bleed to occur. But I understand your idea. But, then, it has been years since I owned one, and the memory is not that good, so, I could have seen some color transfer with sweaty hands or a light drizzle and simply forgotten about it. lol I want to be honest here, so there is that caveat! Fedora
     
  8. J.T.Marcus

    J.T.Marcus Call Me a Cab

    Messages:
    2,354
    Location:
    Mineola, Texas
    I know of no reason not to snap the brim down. I was just mentioning that my brim seems to hold its shape better if alloowed to dry in the "down all around" position. After it's dry, I wear it up in back and down in front.. :)
     
  9. kkesler

    kkesler New in Town

    Messages:
    24
    Location:
    Winder, Georgia
    I got caught yesterday in a downpour while loading a trailer, so I couldn't just run inside. I was wearing a brown Stetson Gun Club. Before I knew it chocolate brown water was running down onto my light tan coat (and left stains that didn't wash out :rolleyes: ). The hat still looks fine, but I didn't care for the colored water going everywhere.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.