Western Straw hats..I know, I know :)

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Yahoody, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Yahoody

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    OK, I know we have a "Western hat" thread. But for some of us that means felt not straw. July and August roll around here and even the diehards here dump the felt for straw some days. Unusual for us to not be over a 100 by this time in July but we haven't seen it yet this year. Better than the 115F we've had previous years.

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    Typically I am a Sunbody straw hat wearer. Better yet soak them several times a day in the sink or a water trough and you are good to go a few more hours of high temps.

    This year I found a new Resistol I like a lot. It is light, notably a full 5" brim and open crown. Pretty much the style and brim what I wear year around. So hard not to like. Fitting for a good hat, a full C note and some change most places. Too stiff in the wind to stay on your head some times but they do offer some decent shade @ 5" and that big open crown with woven vents breaths well. A quality leather sweat to add some stick 'um and keep the brow dry. I'd not noticed them prior, they are called "Tuff Anufff', 20x Shantung Panama.

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  2. Wyldkarma

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    Hey now, I like a good western straw. Makes sense to me to have this thread to post my new Texas Hatters Sunbody with a big pencil roll brim. 20190719_113846-612x816.jpg 20190719_155459-1008x756.jpg
     
  3. Yahoody

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    Yep we like a good pencil roll!

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  4. Yahoody

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    "Unusual for us to not be over a 100 by this time in July but we haven't seen it yet this year."

    I should be more careful what I write. It was 93 when I wrote this didn't think there was anyway we'd see 100+ as predicted today. Temps just topped out at 103F a few minutes ago Still 102F @ 6:47.
     
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  5. Cornshucker77

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    Nice hats gents!! I like the idea of this thread Yahoody.
     
  6. Older pics as I’m not near the hat (but wish it was here with me as I love the ventilation it has).

    Resistol Tuff-Anuff Conley 20X. A gift from @Michael R. (Thanks Michael!)

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  7. Cornshucker77

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    Larry Mahan by Milano. 4 1/2 inch brim with 5 1/4 inch crown at the bash.
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  8. Cornshucker77

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    Nice one Bob.
     
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  9. Yahoody

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    Nice hats gents! Thanks for the photos. Scott that is a good look on ya!

    I bought two of the Resistols. The one shown above is also a
    Tuff-Anuff Conley. The other is a Tuff Anuff Point Rider, same 20X but not nearly the ventilation as the Conley. Also a rather plain old white straw hat but I like the 5" brims and open crown.

    This is the newest Point Rider version.

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    The whole family goes out to move the wheel line after a hot day. Down to 82F at dusk and really nice out now with a little moisture in the air from the sprinklers. Dogs are with me at the mover half way along one of our wheel lines. My better half is lugging the rubber pipe around at the other end. That is the hard work. I get the easy job...as long as the old motor starts up first crank!

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    Just for fun I added one of my favorite pieces of hat silver and a latigo hat band to the Point Rider. As you can see enough ventilation but nothing like the Conley which is amazing on that point. Like not wearing a hat if there is any sort of breeze. Kinda a odd feeling if you are use to wearing a "proper" hat :confused:

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  10. Cornshucker77

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    I really like that hat and the silver and leather looks great. I never had to move irrigation thank goodness. I know many who have and have yet to hear anyone say they enjoyed it. LOL
     
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    Thanks on the hat and silver!

    hhahahahah! I suspect that only happens when you aren't moving your own water :D Here in the desert we have water from April though Oct. The water is delivered through a 100+ year old irrigation system, much of it originally dug by hand that covers only a small part of the Snake River flood plain and gets most of our water from the Boise River. If we didn't have irrigation water part of the year the entire valley would still be sage brush and sand or basalt. Much of it still is. The Snake River flood plain is 450 miles long and covers 25% of the state of Idaho. I LOVE moving our water. Although moving hand lines is less fun. Only because we have to stake them down and the daily maintenance is high. The other systems are easier. We use a combo of 1/4 mile wheel lines, pods on 2" x 450' vinyl pipe and 40' aluminum hand lines out to about 520'. But I cut hay twice a year. And we do get some pretty amazing orchard grass hay for the horse off those irrigated fields. I think about those irrigation lines running when I cut open a new bale mid winter and take a deep breath. Feeding hungry horses good hay on those short days with snow on the ground makes moving water lines a pleasure ;)
     
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    Orchard grass does make good hay. Timothy and orchard grass was a popular combination when I was a kid. Mostly Brome and Alfalfa now but that is for cattle. West of us in the Nebraska Sandhills there is still native grasses never touched by a plow. A lot of that hay is grown in sub irrigated meadows. They make some great hay out there.
     
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  13. Yahoody

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    On the leeward side of most hills on the BLM land (S. Idaho, Oregon, Nevada) the native bunch grass is still good here. Just that there never was enough of it to feed a lot of cattle. The spare grazing lots on BLM still can have some amazing grass in the spring. But most everything that was grazed hard early on is all cheat grass now. Which gets grazed down to dirt by the first part of summer if it has cows on it. Much as folks hate the BLM they are trying to bring back some native grasses. Good for everyone but the guy trying to run cattle on BLM land.

    Sure would love to ride through the Sandhills for a few days.
     
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    Grass as far as the eye can see.

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    Lots of Sunbody hats here..

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    If they can reestablish the native grasses I think the cowmen will be happy with that. It sure would be nice to see the accomplished.

    Pretty country out there in Idaho.

    Here's a couple photos off the internet of the Sandhills. And they are sand. Just like sand in a kid's sandbox. My father in law worked on ranches out there for 40-50 years. During the 30's he said it looked like the Sahara. The rains stopped and the grasses suffered, but they came back.
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    Another Larry Mahan.
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  18. Wyldkarma

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    Well, it's part straw & part beaver. :)
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  19. Cornshucker77

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    One of my first straws. ;) Not much more than a toy but it planted a seed. My parents and my first pony that I could call mine, a Welsh. Maybe we are making this into a Hats and horses thread Yahoody. Funny things a person remembers..........after seeing this photo for the first time, I thought I need to shorten my stirrups. Why do I remember that? @Yahoody
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  20. Bamaboots

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    Picked up a couple of these things awhile back. Both Wrangler by Miller Bros. Montecristi woven western panama's. This is the nicer of the two though originally sold for $120 as opposed to $175 for the lesser model. I'd put this hat at late 70's-mid 80's. 4' brim by an almost 7", very tapered open crown. Both hats came with a wired brim and cattleman crease.

    I opened the crown and removed the brim wire. Ironed it flat and applied a couple coats of lacquer. Shaped the crown to my liking, reducing the taper and still getting a lot of clearance. Rolled the brim edge by hand and left the brim relatively flat.
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