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Bush hat suggestions?

Discussion in 'Kit Chatter' started by Wildgoose, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Herman30

    Herman30 Nomad

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    Ooh, I never wash my summerhats, at the most only rinse them in cold water. The more saturated with sweat they get the more waterproof they get.
     
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    Can't Go wrong with any Tilley really, but my favourite is a cotton Stetson.

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  3. gra_farmer

    gra_farmer Tenderfoot

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    Without water treatment Hemp resists rain longer, acts like ventile, as repels water to start with and then strands swell to add further water resistance. The other positive is that it is resistant to rot.
     
  4. santaman2000

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    They must have changed them. Mine doesn’t have any elastic. My entire hat is sewn from the recycled tarps. The only thing not used canvas is the wire lining around the outside edge of the brim (it’s the bits of wire from old tires)
     
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    remember this bit.
     
  6. Herman30

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    Most seems to have forgot. Can a Tilleyhat be folded and put in a pocket?
     
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    It seems the elastic is just there to cover the join. I can see myself removing it and will try to replace it with something else.
     
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    As always on here there’s some great suggestions.

    The Tilley hats, both cotton and hemp look great, they won’t fold but look smart and are clearly built to last.

    The varusteleka looks more like the hat I’m trying to replace, good to know people have them and like them.
     
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    How about a Soviet Afghan hat ?
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  11. Billy-o

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    T3 is just a floppy hat ... bit stiffer than your conventional floppy hat, but that is just because it is made of better stuff. It hasn't been formed and, yes, it folds up and pockets just fine :)

    I like that Stetson. I have a no-name, waxed version of a bucket hat, just like it .. only in a lighter fabric, I am guessing. There's some real corkers on their site .. like the WW1 hat, for instance
     
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    Properly folding a hat



    And no, whole the tarp hats won’t “fold” because of the wire in the brim edge, they will crush flat and return to shape no problem (mine was shipped to me in what can best be described as a pizza box)
     
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    Occasional spray of Nikwax cotton proofer and it’s good for a few trips out in the wet. Folding and crumpling a lot opens the fabric a bit. I’d always fancied a T3, but they looked a bit too formal for me, at least when new, the Wanderer fixed that.
     
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    Not sure if it applies to all of them but the T3 has a polystyrene (or similar) pad under the top. Meant to act as a float, but also stops rain pummelling your skull ... but also can sweat a bit. You might wax the brim to help it not soak out in heavy weather. Mind, if the rain's that bad, I guess a wet brim to your hat will be one of the very least of your discomforts :)
     
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    The hemp tilly hat is very folderable, and shows no sign of foldingin use
     
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    If you have some chamois leather use a strip of that to replace the elastic. We use it in Australian hats, stops it leaving your head when it’s windy. If really windy damp the leather a bit then jam it on your head.
    If you need to take up more ‘space’ wrap the leather round a tape and sew that in.
     
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    I used Tilley T3 for 25 years or so but now use the Tilley Hemp TH4. It seems to absorb less water in the rain and dries quicker while not feeling so cold should the temperature drop.

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