THE SUNBODY ASSOCIATION

Discussion in 'Hats' started by RBH, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. Just A Hat Rack

    Just A Hat Rack A-List Customer

    Messages:
    329
    Location:
    Buckeye Nation
    Justified is a pretty good crime drama with a bit of a comedic twist. The main villain in the series is one that you'll love. The actor does a phenomenal job. It's available to watch on Amazon Prime if you have the means and the interest.

    I knew just based on the difference in material that I wouldn't achieve an exact look, but I'm pleased with the results. Interestingly enough, I've entertained the thought of buying the Stetson Marshall online, which is their version of the hat. Not too long ago I visited a western store that carried it, and I wasn't very impressed. The SunBody will more than suffice for now.



    Sent from my Pixel XL using Tapatalk
     
    Redfokker and Zombie_61 like this.
  2. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    6,796
    Location:
    Central California
    The Stetson is smoother with fewer stray fibers. I’d also say it is thinner/lighter than my first SunBody in fine palm but about the same as my 2.5” fedora in Oak.

    The hats are identical when it comes to soaking and shaping them.

    SunBody (oak) fedora on top and Stetson on bottom:
    [​IMG]



    SunBody (fine palm) on top and Stetson on bottom:
    [​IMG]





    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
    DRB, William G., Zombie_61 and 3 others like this.
  3. Mustang Mike's Hats

    Mustang Mike's Hats A-List Customer

    Messages:
    383
    Location:
    Southern California
    My wife and I out last week in the Eastern Sierra Mountains (Hunewill Ranch property outside of Bridgeport, CA) Wearing a couple of Sunbody Vaquero styles I shaped up for us. MDW_100118_Hunewill.jpg
     
  4. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,568
    Location:
    miami, fl
    I just read your comments about the taper of the hats and thought I'd suggest giving them a call. I remember that I got my custom from them about the time you got your Sunbody, and when I ordered my oak-colored hat they cut down a larger-brimmed style for me that has little or no taper at all. The best part of the whole deal was that they didn't charge me extra for the effort. Nice of them.
     
    RBH, deadlyhandsome and Zombie_61 like this.
  5. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    ^ I've read that Sunbody is willing to work with their customers to accommodate reasonable requests. Thank you for the suggestion! I'll keep it in mind if/when I decide to order another.
     
  6. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    149
    I really need to work the dents in mine. That after shot looks fantastic.
     
    DRB, Zombie_61 and deadlyhandsome like this.
  7. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Thank you. I've reworked the brim once or twice since, giving the back a slightly deeper "flange" and getting the "snap" just right up front, and I've taken the crease from it's original Teardrop to a Diamond and later to it's current C-Crown. But those side dents have remained through all of the changes; dumb luck that they happen to look just right (to my eye anyway) no matter what I do to the hat.
     
    William G. and RBH like this.
  8. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    149
    I agree, they look perfect.

    Val gave me a wide slip-on ribbon for Christmas and I think it looks pretty good on the Sunbody, although I've got the taper on the band sitting pretty far back. I worked the brim a little and pushed the crown up about 1/2", gave it deeper dents. I'm pretty happy with how it looks, although I think I need to soak it really good and wear it for a while once it warms up, because it feels like it shrunk a half-size.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Hidden on the "Getting the Right Hat Size" link on their website Sunbody states, "The Guatemalan hat (most of the hats on our website) have a foam-padded cotton twill sweatband that tends to shrink about 1% with heat and moisture. This is about 1/2 of a hat size (1/16" diameter). If you are buying a GUATEMALAN hat, we recommend buying a hat that is just a little bit loose to allow for this shrinkage. This usually means buying one size larger than you normally wear." Me being me I ordered my size (7-1/2) and after I soaked and shaped it that first time it sure felt like it had shrunk half a size. And it was so stiff that it regularly felt like I was wearing a palm leaf hard hat. Wearing it off-and-on for nearly two years has broken it in, and it has become much more comfortable without feeling like it's too small or too large. So I think ordering my size was ultimately the right decision, but it took a while to confirm that for me.

    I like the wider ribbon and the way you've shaped yours, and I think it looks good on you. Hopefully your experience will be similar to mine and it'll become more comfortable as you wear it.
     
    RBH, deadlyhandsome and William G. like this.
  10. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    149
    Thank you, I appreciate that. Seeing your post really helped me with reshaping it.

    I do hope my experience mirrors yours. This one is a size larger than what I currently wear, and it fit fine a couple of summers ago. I didn't wear it much last summer and it got dry and brittle, I wonder if being dry and wetting it again made it shrink further.
     
    Zombie_61 and deadlyhandsome like this.
  11. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    As I posted above the Sunbody website mentions the fact that the cotton twill sweatbands shrink approximately 1%, but doesn't mention any shrinkage of the palm leaves themselves. Dehydration tends to make things shrink, so my guess is it happened as the palm leaves "got dry" rather than after you wetted it again. This website suggests wrapping a dried out straw hat in a damp towel overnight in order to "rejuvenate" the straw, but I have no idea whether or not it would work on a palm leaf hat; I don't think it would hurt to give it a try.

    Also, fellow lounger Moehawk once used coconut oil in an attempt to restore a 1930s Panama hat, and he said it worked quite well so you might try that as well.
     
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
    William G. likes this.
  12. William G.

    William G. One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    149
    Thank you. We use coconut oil a lot, it works wonders on my leather truck seats and I actually just used it on a couple of Kiwi shoe service boxes a few weeks ago to rehydrate the wood. I never thought about using it on the straw, though. I’ll definitely keep that in mind, Between Val and I, we’ve got five straw hats; odds are we’ll need to try it at some point.

    I just went to check the Sunbody and it feels dry in places, but I flipped the band upside down and put it back on and now it fits better. Apparently I had it on wrong. Oops.

    I’m still planning to dunk the hat and let it get good and soaked and wear it around the house. Can’t hurt.
     
    deadlyhandsome, RBH and Zombie_61 like this.
  13. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    The first time I re-shaped mine I soaked it in a sink filled with mildly warm water for about three to five minutes (as best I can remember), and because I had so thoroughly saturated the hat it took eight to ten hours to dry completely. I checked it occasionally just to make sure it was holding it's new shape and, because the cotton twill sweatband is backed with foam padding, I discovered it and the palm leaves adjacent to it were the last sections of the hat to dry. At that point I decided to wear it so it would hopefully conform to my head as it dried and it worked out pretty well, but my wife thought I was a bit of a lunatic for wearing a damp hat in the house for three to four hours. :D
     
    RBH and William G. like this.
  14. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,568
    Location:
    miami, fl
    One of the best little investments I've made is in a hat-stretcher. They go for about $15 or $20 on Amazon or Ebay and are really worth it. Not long ago I noticed my Sunbody was feeling a bit tight, so I dampened it one night, put in the stretcher, and left it in overnight. In the morning the hat seemed to have grown by at least a half-size.
     
    William G. and Zombie_61 like this.
  15. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    I absolutely agree. I wouldn't attempt to stretch any hat a full size using a hat jack/stretcher, but if you need just a little more room they're definitely worth the investment.
     
  16. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    6,796
    Location:
    Central California
    Another summer is approaching (forecast to get into the mid 90s this week :( ).
    Looking at the homburg again. Anyone have one?

    [​IMG]


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    DRB, Zombie_61, BobHufford and 3 others like this.
  17. Mustang Mike's Hats

    Mustang Mike's Hats A-List Customer

    Messages:
    383
    Location:
    Southern California
    I love this time of year when we get to do a little more straw work!

    I literally just finished a couple last Saturday. I needed a new fedora as my last one got sold right off my head! I hadn't done a Porkpie in straw so I thought it was about time, so attached is the result.

    The ribbon on the Porkpie is vintage '70's. The Fedora is older, maybe mid-60's.

    fedora.jpg porkpie.jpg
     
    William G., DRB, Zombie_61 and 6 others like this.
  18. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    6,796
    Location:
    Central California

    Those look great. Hard to believe those are palm hats.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    Zombie_61 likes this.
  19. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,568
    Location:
    miami, fl
    Not yet, but it's a strong contender. I always start thinking about the Sunbodys at this time of year, just before the summer Monsoons. I too would love to see some pics of these in the wild.
     
  20. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

    Messages:
    6,796
    Location:
    Central California
    Anybody put a leather sweatband in a SunBody hat? I know it sort of defeats the soak them for shaping feature, but I just like leather better against my skin.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
     
    tropicalbob and Zombie_61 like this.

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.