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Good value but needs a couple of minor mods.
on 22 April 2012
Arrived very quickly and was shower-proof out of the box. I bought it specifically for an April canal boat holiday and found that the stitching let through a little dampness after about an hour or so. After 6 hours in continuous rain, the headband was completely soaked and water was trickling down my neck.
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.