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post #1 of 52 Old 09-04-2014, 02:51 PM Thread Starter
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Where do you keep your buccaneers?

I keep mine under my buckenhat.

Yes, wearing a hat is passé, and wearing a hat and riding a motorcycle are mutually exclusive.

But I grew up in a small western town where men wore hats and sheep ran scared. Boys wore hats, too, and were taught proper hat wearing etiquette. If you had your hat on your head when you weren't supposed to, some caring adult would knock it off. If you didn't doff it when you were supposed to, some caring adult would knock it off. If you didn't put it up right when you got home, some caring adult would sit on it.

Even growing up in a western hat culture, I've never been a cowboy hat type. Too much hat for too little a man, I guess. Can't carry it off.

Here's my go-to hat for the past 20 years or so:

I can't even remember the brand; all the labels got washed out a long time ago. It's canvas and a great work and fishing hat.

This is my next-in-line and the one I wear when I need to look decent:

It's a Stetson Chatham that I can't leave home without.

This one has a bit of a story:

Back in 1979 I bought it (a Resistol Stagecoach) at Circle B Western because I thought I needed a cowboy hat. I never wore the thing because the only thing I liked about it was the color. I still don't know why I bought it, as I knew then that I wasn't the western hat type. I guess I thought that it would go with the cowboy boots and Levi jacket that made up my riding gear. That was truly ATTGAT; really did wear it all the time.

It looked like this:

I mean, come on, you gotta be Richard Petty (<yes, click that link) to carry that thing off. A while back I decided to change it up a bit and see if I could make something out of it that I'd wear. I still haven't finished it; it needs a bit of refinement in the shape (the rear brim needs to come up a bit to match with the tall crown, it needs a stronger pinch, and the brim transition needs to come back to the midline of the crown) and I need to get a fairly wide grosgrain band on it to truly finish it:



So, then, what's on your head?

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My son has been wearing Fedora's for years and gets tons of compliments on them . I'm kind of plain so I mostly wear ball caps... If nobodies around I'll wear my Tilley, I like it but it makes me look even goofier than I do normally...

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My son has been wearing Fedora's for years and gets tons of compliments on them . I'm kind of plain so I mostly wear ball caps... If nobodies around I'll wear my Tilley, I like it but it makes me look even goofier than I do normally...
My Tilley sank and never surfaced when I dumped a canoe on (in?) the Sequachie river. Must have been one of their rare non-floating hats!
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My Tilley is my go-to hat for most everything - although I'll also wear a ball cap on occasion.

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I don't regularly wear hats, but I do have two I routinely wear when out and about working on the acreage here in the Summer.

The first is one of those billed, blue-striped "train engineer's caps" and the other is a pith helmet. I really like the pith helmet because the brim provides a decent swath of shade and it's up off my skull so air circulates well on the old noggin.



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The Heart Of Darkness pith helmet. I insist on being called "Mr. Kurtz" whenever I wear it........



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I originally bought this Wehrmacht helmet from P&S Sales back around 1975 or so. Anybody remember P&S Sales? The helmet has been in this configuration since about 1980. It's more a ceremonial piece; only worn on the most special of occasions......





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I must say, you look good in all of them.

"Having the right hat for the right occasion is a crowning achievement", Tom capped off.

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This is my goto hat. I bought it for $35 in 1995 in Australia while on a holliday. It was supposedly locally made on the Kuranda plateau that we visited on a day trip. I lost it for a year and found it scrunched up in my camping duffel. Being water proof it suites the area I now live in quite well !


It's a little out of shape and wear worn so it fits well!!
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Nice hat, justjeff. Is that a kangaroo or a koala feather on it?



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I must say, you look good in all of them.

"Having the right hat for the right occasion is a crowning achievement", Tom capped off.

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Really, these are the only hats I ever wear.

While some might find my gaze thoughtful and philosophical, I'm most likely just thinking "Are there any neighbors around so I can just piss in the yard instead of going inside?"

Actually, my most-worn hat is one of those "Radar O'Reilly" Korean War stocking caps with the bill on it I wear for work most of the Winter. The bill is pretty short, but if it's snowing and I look down at the ground, it helps keep snow off my glasses and is a lot better than the standard stocking cap. It's a good design.

It has to be black for work so I had to find a cheap Chinese polyester knockoff on eBay, but I would like to get a surplus original olive drab wool version one of these days.



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