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Posted By: 52Carl

cowboy hats - 11/11/18 11:35 PM

How many of y'all wear a cowboy hat? And I am not talking about those alternative lifestyle Australian type hats either.
My next question is, why doesn't everybody wear one? I was in Texas about a month ago and looked at about 500 of them in a western wear store before I found a keeper. I am diggin' it.
Posted By: Law Dog

Re: cowboy hats - 11/11/18 11:47 PM

Not a cowboy don't pretend to be one! Nothing wrong with cowboys I just ain't one, I know a bunch good friends that are but I'm a ball cap and work boots kind of guy. Nothing sillier looking then a drug store cowboy to me.
Posted By: Boco

Re: cowboy hats - 11/11/18 11:49 PM

Can you get them with ear flaps?
Posted By: Nessmuck

Re: cowboy hats - 11/11/18 11:54 PM

I wear one while checking traps in the Wintah....keeps the rain and snow off real good. Resistol ..Black..4 1/2 inch brim...Like Sam Elliotís ,in Tombstone....4X Beaver.
Posted By: Hydropillar

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:08 AM

used to wear one when i was younger.. had some nice broke in hats.. good in rain. had to wear a hard hat most of my life for work, wear a leather ball cap otherwise, i like to wear a straw cowboy hat when its hot but boy the good ones got spendy these last few years..i had enough being around 300 wild range cows to qualify for wearing one if i want to.. Dad had 125 head but ours were pretty tame a few high headed (This word is unacceptable on Trapperman) .. ( beeches ) .but my uncle's were a different story he was old and never got out on the ground with them, always in the tractor or pickup , even his new lincoln. cows were just fine till ya got out on the ground then look out it was tails to the wind ! I always thought the old guys were so brave to stand their ground when they came charging... now that im old and crippled up i realise if they could have moved they woulda been over on the high fence with us kids !!
Posted By: tjm

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:11 AM

Hats don't come with logos and advertising on them, most folks want to pay so they can advertise for someone.

Down sized trucks and cars about eliminated hats, and them danged head supports didn't help. Fedora is my style, even when I was riding for $300 & found per month. Texas style hats never were used much on horse back, the big brim would get it knocked off a hundred different ways. A man would spend three fourths his time chasing it in the wind and anyone that did wear wide hats crimped the brims up tight so they could get close enough to get on a horse. The Truman style was lot more common around stock, ime. The movies are where the big hats got the most use.
Posted By: Gary Benson

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:21 AM

Most cowboys here wear baseball caps when they work, hats for dresswear when they go to town. I get a kick outta the guys who wear their spurs to town though.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:56 AM

Originally Posted by 52Carl
How many of y'all wear a cowboy hat? And I am not talking about those alternative lifestyle Australian type hats either.
My next question is, why doesn't everybody wear one? I was in Texas about a month ago and looked at about 500 of them in a western wear store before I found a keeper. I am diggin' it.


"alternative lifestyle Australian type hats " ?? smile

I had no idea ! I wear Aussie hats and ride in full Aussie gear all the time. Have for years, as I find the gear light and superior to other rigs Ive used.

Just think- all those rough tuff Aussie guys in the outback for generations....who knew ?

grin
Posted By: NebrCatMan

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:01 AM

I have a favorite hat that I just spent fixing it up about the same $$ as I paid for it 25 or 30 years ago. I like it cause it keeps the rain and snow off of the back of my neck, ears and most all my head. Hope it last me the rest of my days. Even joke to my son that I want my ashes put in it and he can keep it on a shelf upside down with me in it!!
Posted By: Jonesie

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:07 AM

I have 3 a black dress hat, cream white dress and a older one for every day.
Posted By: JohnnyWayne

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:21 AM

Most cowboys I know don't wear them because the don't want to look like a trucker.
Being fair skinned I wear them a lot during the summer a nice felt one during the winter. Works for me.
Posted By: Pike River

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:31 AM

Originally Posted by Sharon
Originally Posted by 52Carl
How many of y'all wear a cowboy hat? And I am not talking about those alternative lifestyle Australian type hats either.
My next question is, why doesn't everybody wear one? I was in Texas about a month ago and looked at about 500 of them in a western wear store before I found a keeper. I am diggin' it.


"alternative lifestyle Australian type hats " ?? smile

I had no idea ! I wear Aussie hats and ride in full Aussie gear all the time. Have for years, as I find the gear light and superior to other rigs Ive used.

Just think- all those rough tuff Aussie guys in the outback for generations....who knew ?

grin

Well.....them sheep were running from the ausies for a reason.
Posted By: Tactical.20

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:34 AM

I like the Aussie style, I have the brown Outback
Posted By: Osky

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 02:31 AM

Yup. Same old hat for over 40 years. It's seen better days, but so have I. It's got a worn thru spot on the front crown, I've got a few of those spots too. The inner band is giving way, and the brim has long ago lost its up sweep. It still keeps the rain and snow from getting where I don't want it, and it covers the span from eye to my scope to keep the sun out. Tipped right it still enhances my hearing greatly. For all I've put it thru it's held up maybe a bit better than me.
My passed fathers hat hangs in my game room, I would never wear it but I sure like seeing it. I think one day mine will hang next to it in my sons home, at least I hope so.

If you recall the movie Culpepper Cattle Company I think they showed the most realistic representations of yesteryear western hats.

Osky
Posted By: Yes sir

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 02:31 AM

Every day
Posted By: Scuba1

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 03:30 AM

Straw hat when its real hot most of the time a ball cap but when its wet I wear my Swagman .. its oiled and sheds water like a duck Had it for I don't know how long and it has been around the block a few times with me. Yes it is made in down under and made of leather, but it sure works
Posted By: snowy

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 03:32 AM

Ya, I do not in the winter though.
Posted By: nvwrangler

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 03:37 AM

Wore one almost everyday for 25 years now ball caps or wool stormy crumers sence im an office slug. Always had at least 4 around good straw for town and a palmleaf for work in the summer and at least one town felt and a church felt plus a work felt. Always preferred a 10x flat square crown. Still have my dad's hat with the Burt Reynolds feather hat band.

As for spurs when I rode 8 to 10 hours a day I had 2 sets of boots one for work with my spurs always left on and a after work town set. But Monday thru Saturday I walked out every morning with spurs and ended up in town on occasion in spurs. But always took them off before going to the bar lol. Unless I was getting a to go cup.

Not handy enough for a flat brim hat and always thought those taco hats were for guys that spent more time in the truck then the saddle.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 03:48 AM

I get that perfectly, nvwrangler.

When I ride all day , I dont even think of my bumpers ( a milder shaped spur for dressage) and get groceries or whatever else on the way back to the house . I am tired and just like anyone else in their work clothes, I take care of my chores in town with full riding gear on, spurs and all.

No one minds , in fact, young girls love to ask questions about riding at times, in line at checkout. It gives the chance to encourage them to seek and enjoy the outdoors.

After all, this is the west , and ranch country grin
Posted By: snowy

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:01 AM

^ not at all uncommon to see gals or guys with ranch working gear on in town and in stores and eating places. Just the way of life here, why change different cloths an gear just to go to town.


I grew up wearing one but I don't have cattle or sheep now but I do still wear one all summer and fall. I work at the ranch and they serve a purpose just more then being a cowboy.
Posted By: nvwrangler

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:01 AM

Originally Posted by Sharon
I get that perfectly, nvwrangler.

When I ride all day , I dont even think of my bumpers ( a milder shaped spur for dressage) and get groceries or whatever else on the way back to the house . I am tired and just like anyone else in their work clothes, I take care of my chores in town with full riding gear on, spurs and all.

No one minds , in fact, young girls love to ask questions about riding at times, in line at checkout. It gives the chance to encourage them to seek and enjoy the outdoors.

After all, this is the west , and ranch country grin




When I had little ones and got to pick the up from preschool or kindergarten the kids always loved seeing and spinning the rowles on my spurs as I talked to teachers or got kids into coats. Lots of good memories.

Moms and teachers liked them too lol
Posted By: K-zoo

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:13 AM

Just what this post needs. Turn it up!



Posted By: Sharon

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:14 AM

Yes thats right , that sound is unmistakable . My father won a pair of silver Spanish rowled spurs , and wore them often. I can clearly hear those light toned chimes in cadence as he walked. To this day, when I hear any remotely like that, the memories of growing up riding with him come flooding back....yes lots of good memories.
Posted By: nvwrangler

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:22 AM

https://youtu.be/O69c2nQgWGIv

Or

https://youtu.be/wj5VznVM5Rw
Posted By: nvwrangler

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:31 AM

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This hangs in my dining room reminds me of my kids
Posted By: Yes sir

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:36 AM

My nieces got mad when we found out they couldn't wear their spurs to preschool
Posted By: K-zoo

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:46 AM

nvwrangler - Love the Dave Stamey tune "Spin That Pony." Good stuff.
Posted By: Sharon

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:49 AM

Originally Posted by nvwrangler
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This hangs in my dining room reminds me of my kids



What a wonderful picture ! I can relate to that ! Thanks for sharing it .

Good music, everyone
cool
Posted By: Red89

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:51 AM

I buy the cheap twister hats with holes all the way around the crown and a 4 1/4 or 4 1/2 inch brim for the summer. I call them disposable cowboy hats, because they only last a season, but they are a life saver for redheads like me. For the winter, I have a more expensive felt hat. You really get what you pay for with the felts. But I still can't justify spending $500-$600 on a high quality 50% beaver hat. Even if they do last a lifetime.

And for the guys that say wide brim hats aren't for real working cowboys, I would gladly tell you to eat s***. If youre having problems with them blowing off, line the inside with selfadhesive foam weather stripping. That will help a hat form to your head better. Before I learned that, I would always soak them and wear them dry. Both ways work to a degree. If you live where there's constant straight line winds, I hear stampede strings still work just fine.
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 05:01 AM

Originally Posted by Boco
Can you get them with ear flaps?


That's one of the things wild rags are used for.
Posted By: the Blak Spot

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 05:06 AM

I wear one quite a bit

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Posted By: danny clifton

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 10:52 AM

I grew up in a world where men wore boots hats and jeans. lots of men wear shorts now. Seems kinda odd to me. Wear a ball cap every day. Staw hat if I'm going to be outside all day in the summer sun. Got a couple beaver hats. Put a rattle snake band on one and have a nice black Stetson for those times I need to wear a suit. Don't like riding boots for everyday wear. Got a couple pairs for dress up though. Wear lace up boots most of the time.
Posted By: Lugnut

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 11:48 AM

I never wore a cowboy hat but I appreciate a wide-brimmed soaker style hat in the summer to keep the sun off my face and neck. Been wearing one for many years. Mine is similar to this one:

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Posted By: gibb

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:21 PM

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I wear a cowboy hat, they are made of beaver fur and I figure it's a way to support the industry.
Jim
Posted By: Boco

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 12:49 PM

That's a great pic Jim.
Posted By: Nativetrapper10

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:00 PM

lol. cowboy boots are practical, and i can see why many would wear them. but the hat? you gotta earn the right to wear the hat my friend. if you cant rope and ride, know the dosage for duraxin vs la 300 for pinkeye, how to cut a bull and sew up a prolapse, then the right hasnt been earned.
Posted By: gibb

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:09 PM

Originally Posted by Nativetrapper10
lol. cowboy boots are practical, and i can see why many would wear them. but the hat? you gotta earn the right to wear the hat my friend. if you cant rope and ride, know the dosage for duraxin vs la 300 for pinkeye, how to cut a bull and sew up a prolapse, then the right hasnt been earned.


Well hardly never rode a horse in my life, but have skinned at least 5,000 beaver which is the raw material for the better cowboy hats.
Jim
Posted By: snowy

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:19 PM

Originally Posted by Nativetrapper10
lol. cowboy boots are practical, and i can see why many would wear them. but the hat? you gotta earn the right to wear the hat my friend. if you cant rope and ride, know the dosage for duraxin vs la 300 for pinkeye, how to cut a bull and sew up a prolapse, then the right hasnt been earned.



LOL! I like your opinion but do you have to be a baseball player to earn the right to wear a baseball hat?
Posted By: Gary Benson

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:34 PM

My ears get cold in the winter! I kinda like a stocking cap.
Posted By: trapper les

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 01:51 PM

Great pic and great lookin' country Gibb.

I wear a knit stocking hat in winter, a toque actually or baseball hat in summer. It's a cultural thing, and my culture wasn't cowboy hats.
Posted By: Spek Jones

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:08 PM

Great picture Gibb. And I like the justification for wearing the hat! Not sure why beaver felt is so speedy these days, when you can't hardly give the pelts away.

I've wore felt hats all my life. My favorite brand for many years was hats made by the American Hat Company. The original company folded up a while back and now some other outfit took over the name and I don't care for their hats anymore. Have owned a fair share of Stetsons and Resistols, both make good hats. Used to wear them a lot in the winter, but more inclined to wear a fur hat these days when it's cold. Rarely do any winter horseback riding any more either.

This picture is of me and two of my brothers, taken in '63. I'm on the left, (wearing moose hide chaps and moose hide mittens). Homestead days, rough times, before we had snow machines and we rode horses year round. If our ears got cold we would fold up a wild rag so it was a band about 3 inches wide and tie it over our ears then pull the hat down over it. I had just got back from a cold 14 mile round trip that day.
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This is a bit more recent, spring beaver trapping, in April. Usually still have a lot of snow in April but not so much the last couple years. Horses is the best way to get around for me for spring beaver. Usually freezing hard at night and thawing during the day, so still use the wild rag for cold mornings. But yeah, I may not wear them all the time, but still wouldn't be without a big hat!!
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Posted By: trappertom52

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:28 PM

I started wearing a straw Stetson in the summer sun after pre cancerous skin lesions started popping out on my ears and face. So I guess it is a sun bonnet, not a cowboy hat for me. I have a couple felt crushers I wear in cool weather.
Posted By: yukonal

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:32 PM

Originally Posted by Nativetrapper10
lol. cowboy boots are practical, and i can see why many would wear them. but the hat? you gotta earn the right to wear the hat my friend. if you cant rope and ride, know the dosage for duraxin vs la 300 for pinkeye, how to cut a bull and sew up a prolapse, then the right hasnt been earned.


I can rope and ride, and cut a bull. Haven't done the rest of it, tho.

Guess I don't deserve to wear my Lids...
Posted By: Mike in A-town

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:43 PM

Originally Posted by Lugnut
I never wore a cowboy hat but I appreciate a wide-brimmed soaker style hat in the summer to keep the sun off my face and neck. Been wearing one for many years. Mine is similar to this one:

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I never had much use for a cowboy hat... But I bought a similar hat to this when I was working a job at the airport. Lots of hot sunny days out on an ocean of concrete and asphalt pulling wire. It kept the sun off my face, neck, and ears. And the mesh helped keep me cool.

Mike
Posted By: Mike in A-town

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:47 PM

Originally Posted by Nativetrapper10
lol. cowboy boots are practical, and i can see why many would wear them. but the hat? you gotta earn the right to wear the hat my friend. if you cant rope and ride, know the dosage for duraxin vs la 300 for pinkeye, how to cut a bull and sew up a prolapse, then the right hasnt been earned.


So is there a report card or checklist you have to present at the register before they let you buy a cowboy hat? Just curious.

Mike
Posted By: dmr400

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 04:55 PM

Aside from whether a guy deserves to wear one or not, what's the consensus on a good one to wear when it isn't hot? I have very fair skin so I've worn a straw or palm leaf hat in the summer for years just for the shade, but how about when the weather turns wet and colder? Looking for something to wear in between the straw hat and when it gets cold enough to wear the stormy kromer. Only felt that I ever owned was a black dress Stetson when I was assigned to a cavalry squadron in the army. Needs to be a darker color, I do a lot of Denning and calling so a light hat really stands out.
Posted By: BigBob

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 05:48 PM

Saw a guy working for the Water Co wearing "Cowboy style hardhat. Looked kinda silly, but it sure would keep rain/sun out of your face.
Posted By: Aaron Proffitt

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 05:55 PM

Palm leaf hats during hot months are awesome. More practical headgear is available for inclement weather.
Posted By: Gary Benson

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 06:28 PM

You know fur prices are depressed when we're squabbling over cowboy hats.
Posted By: Yes sir

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 06:54 PM

Originally Posted by Spek Jones
Great picture Gibb. And I like the justification for wearing the hat! Not sure why beaver felt is so speedy these days, when you can't hardly give the pelts away.

I've wore felt hats all my life. My favorite brand for many years was hats made by the American Hat Company. The original company folded up a while back and now some other outfit took over the name and I don't care for their hats anymore. Have owned a fair share of Stetsons and Resistols, both make good hats. Used to wear them a lot in the winter, but more inclined to wear a fur hat these days when it's cold. Rarely do any winter horseback riding any more either.

This picture is of me and two of my brothers, taken in '63. I'm on the left, (wearing moose hide chaps and moose hide mittens). Homestead days, rough times, before we had snow machines and we rode horses year round. If our ears got cold we would fold up a wild rag so it was a band about 3 inches wide and tie it over our ears then pull the hat down over it. I had just got back from a cold 14 mile round trip that day.
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This is a bit more recent, spring beaver trapping, in April. Usually still have a lot of snow in April but not so much the last couple years. Horses is the best way to get around for me for spring beaver. Usually freezing hard at night and thawing during the day, so still use the wild rag for cold mornings. But yeah, I may not wear them all the time, but still wouldn't be without a big hat!!
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That top pic is a cool photo
Posted By: BillyTraps

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 07:08 PM

Frederica Wilson wears a cowboy hat everyday.......lol
Posted By: NebrCatMan

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 07:26 PM

I mite add a good wide brimmed hat keeps the sun from burning my ears and neck. Also other people love it when I wear a hat... any hat... because it cuts down on the glare on the top of my head!!! smile smile [Linked Image]
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Posted By: yukonal

Re: cowboy hats - 11/12/18 09:50 PM

Great barn pic, CatMan.
Posted By: Boco

Re: cowboy hats - 11/13/18 12:21 AM

I like the hat that Ed Gein wore.
Posted By: star flakes

Re: cowboy hats - 11/13/18 12:32 AM

For work I never saw the purpose in them, as they caught the wind chasing cattle, always got knocked by some tree or trailer, and like the poke I saw in the motel this weekend, he had that LaVoy Finnicum burka thing on under his cowboy hat. Freezing my ears and sinus got old, and for winter I wear a madbomber (fur) and those military tank liner hats. For summer it is the farmer baseball hat to keep the sun out. Actually wore one of those old duck hunter Jones hats for years with the back turned down. Looked like Mushmouth from Fat Albert but that thing stayed no matter how hard the horse played.
Posted By: billy

Re: cowboy hats - 11/13/18 02:21 AM

took the wife out west to see the canyons few year ago,she loves em. we found out you better get a coyboy hat,dang it was hot,my ears got sunburned.and we bought coyboy hats. they sure do have a place in ones hat collection.wear a chook(knitted stocking cap) most of the year here and ball cap in summer.
Posted By: charles

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 12:33 AM

Dont the wind blow them off your head?
Posted By: Gary Benson

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 12:38 AM

Not if your occupation only requires one hand.
Posted By: Yes sir

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 12:44 AM

I live in Ks, wear a hat everyday and it stays on fine. Even drive 4 wheeler down the road 40 mph without issue.
Posted By: Savell

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 02:11 AM

....wool Stetson for winter

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Posted By: bacatrapper

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 02:17 AM

I wear one everyday too. Ive never had a problem with it blowing off. being from a family prone to skin cancer, I dont go outside without one, and long sleeves.
Posted By: Mississippi

Re: cowboy hats - 11/14/18 02:41 PM

I own at least 6 but its probably more, straw, felt, and palm, and even one with cow hide on it lol. Boots and hats are things I like to collect. I do building and home maintenance and don't wear one daily because it gets in the way crawling under a sink or in an attic. I wear one working on the farm and on Sundays after Church.
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