was just reading about this new synthetic straw. impervious to water, packing, not sure what the heck it is exactly. from the pictures it looks like straw. kind of expensive, about $60.00 for a hat. I wasn't moved to buy it, was wondering if anyone has had any experience with it, if it feels offensive to the touch. If i were to ruin a couple of fancy straw hats I might go with this one as a spare. i think it was designed for water sports. could be good for going into the ocean, going out when it looks like rain...available at orvis.