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All-American assistance requested!

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Botte Hork, Aug 16, 2012.

  1. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    As some of you know, I'm not American and neither is my wife. My wife's mom and her boyfriend live in Europe and he's quite the hat afficionado, regularly wears one. As we're in the US, he's asked us if we could get him a nice cowboy hat.

    Perhaps I offended some with the term "cowboy hat", if so, my apologies, it's the only expression I know for them.

    In any case, I looked around and there's a ton of different options and styles. I guess they're different in every region, but I'd like to have some opinions on what to get and what not. Budget is not endless, so any good recommendations are welcome. Also, which types are definitely a nono or other useful advice is highly welcome.
     
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    aslinged Southern Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Stetson, LBJ aka 'Open Road.'
     
  3. Ironbar

    Ironbar Tigard, OR Well-Known Member

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    Cowboy hats are truly a personal piece of headwear. Essentially you have a choice between felt or straw. I'd say the majority of hats I've seen worn by actual cowboys are straw style.

    Stetson is a maker of very fine quality American cowboy hats in a wide variety of styles, colors, and headband choices. I'd look there first.
     
  4. Hardwood floor guy

    Hardwood floor guy Beaverton Active Member

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    dont know where to buy one but"cowboy hat"is the correct term partner,nobody will get offended by that.
    why we even call them 10 gallon hats and a cowboy dont get mad.
    cowboys,country boys dont get offended like the liberal weasels in the city do.
    you can call a country boy a redneck and he is proud of it.but call a city boy(democrat)a limp wrist and your a bigot,lol.
     
  5. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    Coastal Farm and Ranch has a pretty good selection. Resistol, Stetson Tony Lama. Online Wild West Mercantile.
     
  6. jerman1964

    jerman1964 Sherwood, OR Member

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    in additon to coastal, you can find some at wilco or centerville. Go for the stetson, they last forever. Palm leafs are a good summer hat, but straw tends to wear out very quickly. Just my .02. If you in camas, there is a wilco in battle ground, and just across the bridge and out 84 is a coastal farm supply, in gresham at about 242nd. I dont know what the closest centerville is.
     
  7. Key-Hay

    Key-Hay North Carolina Active Member

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    I think Centerville went out of business. Wilco is good!
     
  8. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the recommendations so far!

    I told my wife to find out what his preferences are regarding material and color, that should get the basics covered.
     
  9. SteelyDan

    SteelyDan Junction City Active Member

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    Please just find a Made In America hat! Some of the Stetsons aren't so beware
     
  10. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    I'll do my best to buy American made. It's for a foreigner and he'll be slightly disappointed to get an all-American cowboy hat with a "made in China" tag. ;)
     
  11. Scrammer

    Scrammer SW Washington Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Dang I'm from SW Washington and I was called "A lumberjack in Los Angeles.
    Not a problem to me, just funny because we were called "gypos", free lance loggers.
     
  12. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Back in the day I knew a cowboy. He was a good man with a horse and a fair hand with a rope. He always wore a baseball cap. Once I asked him why he never wore a cowboy hat and he replied, "Aw shucks. I just don't want to be mistaken for a truck driver." :)
     
  13. One-Eyed Ross

    One-Eyed Ross Winlock, WA Well-Known Member

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    have him check on line for all the different styles Stetson sells and you can then get an idea of what he would like...
     
  14. MarkAd

    MarkAd Port Orchard Well-Known Member

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    There are several good stores around. I applaud your desire, but letting another man pick my hat is about like letting him pick my nose. It just anit happening.
    Centerville is open in Chelias. They have a website. Sheplers is a good outfit to do business with, They got lots of my money.
    But him a couple of good Panama style hats. Run about 50 to 75 each. The would do him better then a more expensive felt hat. But be aware all the same size hats are not the same shape. It took me over a hour to find my last hat that fit just right.
     
  15. Benihaus

    Benihaus Portland American

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    A mans hat should fit his head like a woman fits his heart, cant be picked by another person.
     
  16. Botte Hork

    Botte Hork Camas WA Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, I'm aware that size isn't everything and shape can/will be an issue. Problem is that he won't be able to physically come over, so we're sort of limited there.