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Old 03-12-2009, 11:11 AM
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OK, time to 'out' those THT members that wear 'em.

I'm looking for a good one. Who wears one, what kind, brand? Suggestion where to buy online?
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San Fransico Hat Co make a wide brim that looks like straw but it is man made and it floats they have 2 styles. They have a site. Good product stands up to sun and salt.
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Real Panama hats come from Ecuador. Just make sure it is made in Ecuador and you should be getting the real deal.
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www.ecuadormall.com


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No Panama Hat is worth wearing unless it's Grade 25

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Originally Posted by Capt Jack Sparrow View Post


No Panama Hat is worth wearing unless it's Grade 25

Brent Black is probably at the apex of quality Panama hats. I won't be getting one -- something about a straw hat that costs as much as a brand new Cooper Mini doesn't work for me.


PREMIUM
$475, $575, $675, $825, $1000

SUPER-PREMIUM
$1500, $2000, $2500, $3000, $3500, $5000

RARE TREASURES
$7500, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000


From the Brent Black website, here is a really good read about the "quality" of Panama hats:

http://www.brentblack.com/pages/panamahatgrades2.html

The only context in which those grade numbers have any meaning is when you’re comparing numbers from the same seller. The same seller’s Grade 12 will be better than his Grade 8. His Grade 4 will be better than his Grade 2.
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The above hat can be had for a mere $795.00 with free shipping....you know you want one.
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Or if the boat has you broke, you could buy one like Menzies...I believe it's a Grade -5
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Originally Posted by Capt Jack Sparrow View Post
Or if the boat has you broke, you could buy one like Menzies...I believe it's a Grade -5



I know just enough about Panama grades to appreciate your joke.
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ask menzies
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Originally Posted by Eyeball View Post
Brent Black is probably at the apex of quality Panama hats. I won't be getting one -- something about a straw hat that costs as much as a brand new Cooper Mini doesn't work for me.


PREMIUM
$475, $575, $675, $825, $1000

SUPER-PREMIUM
$1500, $2000, $2500, $3000, $3500, $5000

RARE TREASURES
$7500, $10,000, $15,000, $20,000, $25,000


From the Brent Black website, here is a really good read about the "quality" of Panama hats:

http://www.brentblack.com/pages/panamahatgrades2.html

The only context in which those grade numbers have any meaning is when you’re comparing numbers from the same seller. The same seller’s Grade 12 will be better than his Grade 8. His Grade 4 will be better than his Grade 2.
Ugh, dumb questions but is that American dollars? Ouch!
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I own and wear several Fedora hats, both straw and fur felt, but I don't own a Panama. I also have some Pork-Pie's. Not necessary to spend half-years retirement for a nice hat. Try these:

http://www.hatsinthebelfry.com/
http://www.aztexhats.com/default.asp
http://www.thefedorastore.com/
http://www.villagehatshop.com/mens-hats.html
http://www.hartfordyork.com/product/1148/sale-mens-hats

You can own many hats if you shop these places.

And don't forget......'A hat's not a hat until it's tilted'

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I own and wear several Fedora hats, both straw and fur felt, but I don't own a Panama. I also have some Pork-Pie's. Not necessary to spend half-years retirement for a nice hat. Try these:

Thanks, Edd. Still shopping through all of those links -- quick question, how consistent is the hat size thing? Same size at for your fur, straw, and porkpie/stingys?

Btw, if you own a straw fedora, you own a Panama hat. From what I've read about the history of Panama hats, any straw fedora is now considered a Panama hat. It all originates 80 to 100-years ago from cheap straw fedora hats made in Ecuador and sold to tourists passing through Panama. Excellent, and arguably better straw*, is made in the Philippians, woven in China, and blocked in Italy. They are called shantung or baku straw -- Panama fedoras.

*I have no idea how anyone can claim one kind of straw is better than any other kind of straw. ;?


A Borsalino buka straw fedora / Panama hat, $295:

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You have a good eyeball 'Eyeball'. You are correct in the most historical way, depending on your research. In the west the traditional Panama is round and wide brimed, but that's just the way we see it out here. As it seems with everything in the West, we have assigned our own nomenclature to almost all things, and we generally refer to all straw hats as simply 'Straws', and Panama being one style of a Straw. But you are correct.

Hat sizes are like shoe sizes. This company it's a 7 1/8 and this one it's a long 7, and this one it's (M)edium. Most sites lay this out for their measurements and gladly accept their hats back for exchange.

Good luck in your search,
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I put in a call to Chi Chi Rodriquez. I'll let you know where he buys his.
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Chi Chi had his own brand. I usedta buy Chi Chi brand straw hats..really decent and not overpriced. Haven't seen 'em for sale lately.
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Suggest you go to Ecuador and select for yourself the hat(s) that you would like.
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I wear straw hats almost every day, I have never bought a high quality straw hat unless you call $40 high (and I do) I have two made by Columbia that I don't wear. I like the $10 disposable ones better, they're softer and more forgiving. I store them jammed in my leaning post, in my saddle bags, under the car seat, reshape and wear.... Can't do that with good ones, and the good ones don't look as salty, which I like.

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