THE SUNBODY ASSOCIATION

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

  1. Cattus Petasatus

    Cattus Petasatus One of the Regulars

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    I have a couple of Sunbody's. This one doesn't get a lot of head time but it was the right price. I wanted the widest brimed, open crowned hat I could find to make an affordable, 18th century admiral inspired hat for our annual hat party. I think it came our well.
     

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  2. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    You don't see many of those.
     
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  3. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    Thank you all for the input.
    I think I’ll give it a go and order a Sunbody.
    Cheers
     
  4. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    How do I go about inquiring about Mustang Mike’s prices and availability?
     
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  5. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    Several of my Sunbody hats have vents in the crown. it helps, not much, but it does help.
    Later
     
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  6. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    I see they have 2 sizes of ventilation eyelets available, I wonder if the bigger of the 2 sizes would serve me better as far as breathability purposes go
     
  7. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, I'm not sure how big the ones I have are, are the eyelet sizes on Sunbody's sight or Mustang Mike's?

    Later
     
  8. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    Don’t recall seeing them on Mustang’s site, sizes that is. On Sunbody’s site it simply says “small” or “large” and the small are shown.
    Cheers
     
  9. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    I just took a look at Sunbody’s site and upon further inspection I see they do list sizes for both available eyelets. Large are 1/4”. Small are 1/8”.
    Cheers
     
  10. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi

    I think a primary decision point is how it will look on the style you want to have. 1.4 inch seems large.

    later
     
  11. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    Yeah, I was thinking the same. 1/4” is a bit large. I think I’ll stick with the smaller option.
    Cheers
     
  12. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    One of my Sunbodys long ago became my fishing hat when I go down to the Keys (three-inch brim fedora). When it gets too hot I just dunk it in the water and put it on. I can't do that with any of my other straws.
     
  13. BIGG SHOW

    BIGG SHOW Familiar Face

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    Yeah, that’s definitely a plus. I was thinking I could wear one on my bass boat as well. It’ll keep the sun outta my eyes and I’ll have easy access to water when and if it needs some.
    Cheers
     
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  14. Winston Carter

    Winston Carter Practically Family

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    First sunbody I have purchased. Bought the standard palm open crown with 3 inch brim. Added the burgundy binding plus burgundy band also black eyelets. The palm straw is stiff and easy to steam. I would highly reccomend the eyelets to vent. All in all a 10. Just ordered the open road with 2.5 brim. Brown binding and hat band plus brown eyelets. I will post a pic when I get it. 20200612_145143.jpg 20200612_145207.jpg
     
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  15. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    I'd advise anyone thinking of getting one of their hats to give them a call at their toll-free number. They're very nice to deal with on the phone and very helpful: well-run operation with great customer service.
     
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  16. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Here's my new Sunbody, the model they refer to on their website as "Guatemalan Pinto Fedora":

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    Yeah, it's no longer a Fedora 'cause I wanted more of a Pork Pie. :D All I really did was tighten the pinch a bit, flatten the top while maintaining the teardrop shape, and give the brim a much deeper "flange" all the way around. It goes to show just how easy it is to shape a Sunbody hat as long as you soak it in cold water first. From the angle in the photos it looks kinda' big for my head and, truth be told, I'd prefer to lower the crown height another 1/4"-1/2". But it fits like a glove as it is and would only sit on top of my head if it were any lower, so...
     
  17. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That looks good on you. When I was a kid some of my dad's pals wore Pork Pies and I thought they looked cool, but if I try to wear one I look like a 1950s comedian.
     
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  18. Zombie_61

    Zombie_61 I'll Lock Up

    Thank you! I've liked Pork Pie hats for as long as I can remember, but being a "child of the 60s" I wore my hair shoulder length until four or five years ago (when I finally decided I'd had enough of it) so they never looked "right" on my head until I started cutting my hair shorter. I finally bought a "fedora converted to a pork pie" from a member here and really liked it, and have managed to pick up a few more narrow brimmed hats that I wear brim up "pork pie style". My inspiration for this one was the hat Darren McGavin wore as Carl Kolchak in two TV movies and the 1974-75 TV series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. I didn't want an exact duplicate, but rather something that was similar and I thought this hat would serve that purpose. I'm still refining the shape and I'll probably replace that puggaree with something else, but so far I'm liking this hat as-is.
     
  19. Winston Carter

    Winston Carter Practically Family

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    I like it they are a little heavier. I'm kinda OCD about hats holding their shape and sunbody will do that. Liked it so well have another coming.
     

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