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- Unisex wide brim waxed hat
- Perfect for fishermen and all outdoor pursuits
- 65% Cotton, 35% Polyester
- Available in multiple sizes and colours
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This wide brim waxed hat is fully waterproof and the wide brim takes the water past your collar so no drips down your neck. Ideal for all outdoor activity including walking, shooting and a real favourite with Fishermen. Width of brim from base of crown to edge is 8cm, the hat is lined in crown with brushed cotton checked fabric. Available in multiple sizes and colours.
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Although this sounds like I am condemning the hat, no, I am not. Remember how cheap it is! The water ONLY came through the stitching - and that can be cured. It appears to have been made of waxed cloth but with UNWAXED cotton thread. All that is needed is a tiny amount of proofing wax rubbed into all the stitching and it will be great.
I found it very comfortable and stiff enough to prevent the brim flapping around TOO much in the wind. Although I was lucky to get a perfect fit, it does need a chin strap if you are using your hands for something more important than holding your hat on. I (well my wife) stitched in an old shoe lace as a chin strap, attaching it to the soft headband inside the hat - no, that was not why it leaked.
For comparison, some expensive Gortex lined gloves kept my hands dry for about the same period before leaking just as badly as this cheap hat but my un-waxed Barbour jacket kept me totally dry in the same 6 hours of rain. It is obviously worth paying more for high quality items but be warned - this exact hat is sold in my local garden centre for considerably more money.
It is not particularly stylish but it will keep you dry - with a minor bit of attention.
UPDATE JULY 2013: Sadly I lost my first one of these hats. I had no hesitation in buying another BUT the replacement hat is nowhere near as well made as the first. The material seems to have little wax in it, the brim is all wrinkled, there are uneven creases above the hat band where they were not intended to be creases. Worst of all, the top panel is stitched on in a way which holds water at the seam - guaranteeing a leak through the stitching.
It is still shower-proof but most hats are. The reason for getting a waxed hat is for their water-PROOF abilities. I have now reduced my star rating to 3 stars as an average between my two hats. IF it were not for the fact that this is still a very cheap hat, I would have given it even less stars. At this price though, it is still reasonable or good value for money.
The hats however are different, although the description suggests they are exactly the same, just different colours. The Blue one is made by Countryside Classics and the brown on by Hawkins. Despite ordering the same size, and both being labelled as 59cm, the blue one fits like a dream and the brown one is much larger.....i would say 1-2cm larger than the blue one.
Quality of both looks good with good quality linings and I am not going to bother returning the brown one as they only have a 57cm in stock.......which if it really is a 57cm will be too small. Not worth the effort as I'd rather have one too large than too small. Maybe I will try to wash it on a hot cycle to shrink it down then re-wax it.
Would have got 5 stars if the sizing in the manufacture was more accurate.
Incredible value, exactly what I was looking for and fits well. Very comfortable and well made.
I almost bought a replacement from the same company as my original, which is a tiny bit more comfortable as it is made out of different material - but at over ten times the price frankly I couldn't see an earthly reason why I would do that before trying this and I'm very glad I did.
I bought exact size and pull it down firmly onto forehead so I can carry bags in both hands and it stays firmly in place even in high winds.
Would not be without it!
ps: even the feathers, which get wet, dry perfectlhy if left alone!
I would like to point out just one thing - wind catches under the broad brim and threatens to blow the hat off. Some means of fastening it to the head is necessary even in gentle breezes. Sewing a strap on wouldn't be easy, looking at the construction of the hat. I used a scarf but it wasn't very satisfactory. It isn't a fashion hat; its purpose is to keep you dry in the rain, and it does that - providing you can keep it on your head.
I'm not too keen on the feathers, don't know what they'll look like after a drenching. They are sewn in, so I might snip them off.
Anyway, this hat looks as good as the more expensive well-known brand, and it's a real bargain!
I'm quite sure my refund will be done promptly but that doesn't get us two waterproof hats, as ordered and paid for.
I did suggest to the supplier that he provide a tin of proofing wax and we'd do the job ourselves, but all I got was a standard (and incorrect) response. I'm not happy and unhappy customers go elsewhere....