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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 11:42 am 
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I've been debating for a long time about getting a hat to wear on long days shooting outdoors. While it may be rare, I could use keeping the sun off and prevent me from overheating, which may help with the viewfinder too. More likely, it'll also be used to keep the rain off!

So I'm debating what kind of hat to go for... I'm no fashion guru and just do my own thing anyway. I decided a wide brim hat would be best, and the logical choice in that category would be "cowboy" hats.

I know nothing about them... Stetson seems to be the big name, although I've found other brands at significantly lower cost. Think that'll do the job? While easy enough to order over the internet, I'm paranoid about getting the wrong size so looking for local places that might stock them so I can try in person.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 12:34 pm 
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I just use a cheapish £9-£10, camo baseball cap (one size fits all)

The peak helps with glare on the screen. If turning the camera to shoot portrait I just quickly pull it sideways a tad (rapper-style :lol: ) but if the Sun is fairly strong & i've got my eye to the VF for any length of time, I turn it with the peak covering my neck.

Seeing as we don't get much sunshine though, you might be better off with a fishing-type hat, with a soft wide brim.

Go Outdoors, have quite a few different styles @ decent prices.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:38 pm 
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If you find your way back to London over the next few months, there are some good shops there to get a proper hat (bespoke as well, but that's even more costly than a Stetson). I don't wear hats because I consider myself to young to do so, but I am excited about being able to wear them in the future. What you need to make sure to get right is the size (you can probably measure it with a little Google support) and the type of hat, it needs to match the shape of your face. You can find more about that in this article on the Art of Manliness.
Materials matter too, winter hats will be unbearable (and look weird) over the summer, and the same is true for summer hats in winter. As with most articles of clothing, know that the cheaper you go, the more comfort you'll sacrifice. If you can afford a hat like a Stetson, get one, they'll last much longer and be much more pleasant to wear.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:39 pm 
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PS. A fishing-type hat is just for that, fishing. Please don't go out taking pictures with one of those, you might as well wear a photo vest... :wink:

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 3:45 pm 
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I wear a Kangol Tropic 507 http://www.kangolstore.com/headwear/collection/heritage/recycled-tropic-507.html while in civilian clothes because it is still stylish to spin in backwards. But let me tell you from someone how has to wear a hat at all times outdoors it get frustrating, especially when you need to shoot portrait. Our floppy boonie hats we have here in Afghanistan are a little better because the bill is easily pushed up and out of the way.

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To remind everyone, I tend to be a nature-orientated shooter. I'm not walking down the streets of Milan. As long as I don't do anything too stupid, I don't think style is a major part of it. Unless a hat is particularly scary to wildlife, I don't care too much about the style. I would rule out baseball caps. I have to draw the line somewhere for whatever little standards I have!

Also I might be the odd duck out, but when shooting portrait, I tend to go right hand down, so the brim wont impact me anyway.

A Stetson isn't cheap, but in photo terms it's about the cost of a premium filter so not really significant in the scheme of things. I'm sure London has many shops, but I rarely visit. I might see what my local stores have though, although they may be far more limited in choice, I'm hoping the big brands will have some presence.

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 5:38 pm 
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I was in a department store in Dusseldorf in December and they sold an extensive collections of men's hats. Then again, it's one of the few department stores I have visited that sells hats, I guess most don't.

Good luck finding a hat and please remember fishing hats fall below baseball caps, haha.

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Thinking more, I'm not entirely hatless at the moment. My carry around hat, mostly in extreme winter use, is a soft one with small devil-like horns on it. This was fine until I found out people thought I was batman. Not the effect I was going for!

There is a department store I can visit, but in a quick look on their website it only looks like they stock women's hats. If I wore one of those that's another topic!

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 5:57 pm 
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Haven't visited the UK often enough to be familiar with all department stores, but any of these might be near to you. You'll have to dig through some baseball caps here and there...

http://www.houseoffraser.co.uk/mens+cap ... lt,sc.html
http://www.johnlewis.com/men/men's-hats/c800006669
http://www.debenhams.com/men/accessorie ... es-scarves
http://www.selfridges.com/en/Menswear/C ... es/?llc=dn

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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 6:27 pm 
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You managed to come up with a longer list than I did! I'm not really into this kinda shopping...

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Get one of these; http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/jack-pyke-l ... va-p153795 then it won't matter WHAT you wear on top......womens too if you wanted. :wink:

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Surprised you mentioned Stetson, it would stand out like a headless chook regardless of where you go in the UK. This one is all weather and it also keeps the flies away and cheap. :roll:

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 2:49 am 
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perfect 4xxxx, :D
any visitor from England would fit right in when visiting Queensland.


due to our harsh sun over 6 month of the year you wouldn`t be able to be outside without a hat. In midsummer, an hour is enough to give you a nice sunburn. I am bald and shave the rest once a week whether it needs it or not. I nearly always wear a hat or beanie of some sort for either sun protection or keeping the head warm in our cool winters.
Cool being relative, night time only ever gets down to 0 C and day time is usually always at least 10C, but wet and windy make it rather unpleasant. Nothing worse than a cold bald head.

Baseball caps or any cap that fits nicely, I don`t like the ones that sit up too much. Serve a good purpose over the summer month, the beak does get in the way at times and so do sun glasses, which you also need to wear out here. So I find the flexible cloth ones pretty good, gives your ears and back of neck some protection.
So hats here are more of a necessity than a fashion item.

Akubra are an iconic Australian brand they got a huge variety, http://www.akubra.com.au/index.html
This maybe worth a look http://www.australiangear.com.au/
For bushwalking these bucket hats are pretty good, some are not bad at all. http://www.australiangear.com.au/mens/a ... putty.html
I have one that I wear a lot, bit hard to use when shooting into the sun, hard to shield with a floppy hat, so caps are better for that.


http://www.hatsbythe100.com.au/the-outb ... n-hat.html

When I go camping, fishing or in the bush I take one of these http://www.barmahhats.com.au/
I have got the one that they show getting folded. Simply, is the key, too many other hats need to be carefully stored or looked after, hardly practical. When out in the bush.
Wouldn`t wear it walking around town though unless I was wearing vest, chaps and riding a horse.



I am also pretty sure that Australian customs will not let you into the country if you wear an American Style cowboy hat, they are on the banned list. :lol: :lol:

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 10:31 am 
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Some great links there. The Akubra ones... I have to say to my untrained eye don't look all that different from others. But the foldable Barmah seem ideal as they could be easily stuff out of the way when not needed. My biggest problem is measuring my hat size, as it seems there is only a small difference between sizes.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:01 am 
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An additional problem is that there are slight variations in sizes per manufacturer, so the safest option is to just visit a shop. Otherwise look for an online store with good return policies (Amazon comes to mind, they have a huge collections of hats sold through their partner network), so you can order 3 differently sized hats and return the two that don't quite fit.

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