I made the mistake of following some search results into the Democratic Underground board today. Once everything stopped being red around the edges (in more ways than one) it took about 20 minutes of Ayn Rand to wash the socialistic, anti-individualist stink outta my frontal lobes. I should have known better, I really should have….
For a number of years I’ve been using Outdoor Research’s ‘Seattle Sombrero’ as my foul-weather hat when traipsing in the boonies. It is, essentially, a GoreTex slouch hat. My original one was blue, I later upgraded to a forest green one and have now discovered they are offering this fine product in multicam. ( Multicam Seattle Sombrero) Well, frak….who wouldn’t want that kinda upgrade? A lot of money to pay for a hat, but I’ve yet to wear any of mine out and I’ve had ‘em for something like 15-20 years. (Come to think of it, I recall going hunting with the blue one back in ’92 and that one has held up perfectly and is now the wife’s hat.)
Another hat I use, although not strictly a foul-weather hat, is Filson’s Tin Cloth Bush Hat which is a really nice hat for almost all outdoor activities although for the really cold weather there are better choices. I’m unbelievably hard to fit in the footwear department and only slightly less difficult to fit in the hat realm….I’ve got a huge melon. A size 8 would be the smallest size hat I’d feel comforatble in and, trust me, you dont see a lot of 8′s floating around. I lucked into this hat when a buddy got it and found it too big for him…so I wound up buying it from him. Like all Filson gear, it is no-nonsense, old-school gear. High-speed, low drag…for 1935. Great stuff though…wears like iron.
In the way-hot sunny summers I go with something akin to a Japanese military jungle hat …lightwieght with a shade that hangs back over the neck and sides. Excellent for keeping cool when you soak it in water. Modern versions abound. I used to use the classic military boonie hat which worked great when wet, but it didnt offer the kind of protection I was after and now I mostly use the style that has the neck cover hanging from it.
The hat I’ve been wearing most lately is the simple ‘ranger cap’. I’ve yet to find a baseball cap that I like and I just like the style of the ranger cap.
Unless the weather calls for it, I usually never wear a hat. The only reason I’ve been wearing one lately is because I’ve been too cheap and lazy to get a haircut and my hair looks like something outta Harry’s House Of High Voltage.
Winter hats are far easier to shop for, since everyone makes a winter hat of some kind. I just finished putting mine away for the season. Nine times outta ten I go with a thick watch cap of some kind. I’d like to get an ushanka just for giggles, but my resources have to stay focussed on the practical. There are plenty of surplus cold weather hats in the catalogs, so it just comes down to a matter of style and camo pattern.
And, yes, I have a Jayne hat. It’s pretty cunning.