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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:36 am 
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I agree, size isn`t easy.
its easy enough to measure your head circumference, but the various materials have more or less give. I think you really need to try them on, for looks and comfort. Then getting a haircut changes things. Generally they will loosen a bit and some have a little bit of room for adjustment, in the band or inside.
Suppose its no difference to a pair of pants, due to various cuts, styles and materials there is always a bit of room for one size up or down.

Did you click on the UK link for Barmah hats, they maybe be able to help you out?
http://www.bushgear.co.uk/index.php/def ... dwear.html

I find the Barmah hat comfortable, there seems to be a bit of give in the material and you just sit it a bit higher or lower if its too loose or tight.

Its just such a personal thing, this one is like the one I wear outdoors in summer http://www.hatsbythe100.com.au/mens/mil ... h-hat.html
Its all about sunprotection here and I really don`t care about fashion, function and comfort is more important.


Oh and I nearly bought an Akubra hat, but decided against it as I wanted something that can handle a bit more abuse. Like being sat on. Would be good for a dress hat.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 12:40 pm 
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Found a place online that does the squashy and explicitly says they will swap size if needed, so worth a try.

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PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 5:10 pm 
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Hey popo... didn't read everything above so sorry if I am repeating stuff...

keep in mind that brims tend to get in the way of the camera or lens a lot of times...

The biggest thing for me was keeping the sun off my neck as that seems to burn a lot when I spend a lot of time outside seeing I am always trying to keep the sun behind me as best I can so I got one of those hats with the extension coming off the back of it to cover the neck. It looks tacky as heck but its functional and that is all I care about. I managed to find one in camo so all the better.

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PostPosted: Fri May 31, 2013 5:18 pm 
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The squishy arrived today. I just tried it on, and I think I got the right size. Debating how tight I like it, as a balance between comfort and stability. I presume the "front" is the end away from the seam?

Quickly holding up a DSLR the brim is no problem in landscape orientation. In portrait, the body can slightly touch the rim but it is no bother. Note I shoot right hand down for portrait. If you shot right hand up then that could be a problem.

The sun is out so I could walk down the park and test it out, but I think I'll have a lazy evening indoors and will try it in the morning. Forecast suggests weather wont totally suck this weekend.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:29 pm 
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I am a little late getting into this discussion, and I see popo has found a good hat, but I thought I would add, for folks in North America, that Tilley hats, from Canada, have been a favorite of mine since the 1990s. Larger outdoor equipment sellers in larger cities in the USA have stocked Tilley hats, which is good, as the proper size is important. REI stores have Tilley hats, and in Houston and Austin, Texas, the Whole Earth Provision stores have them.

On-line, it would not surprise me if Amazon sold Tilleys, which would make it possible to support Cameralabs through the affiliate link.

I have long liked hats to protect my fair skin from the sun, as I dislike putting sunscreen on my head and face. The progression of male pattern baldness has made this all the more important!

I, too, normally shoot right-hand down in portrait mode; I reckon it is normal for left-eye dominant folks to do so?

(Edited to remove "Wilderness Equipment" and insert "Whole Earth Provision.")

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:11 pm 
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I did give the hat an outdoor test this morning. I think I got the right size now, as it felt secure although trying to move in a moderate breeze. Definitely kept my head cool from the direct sun, although even with vents, there was still a bit of heat buildup in the crown.

As for the portrait orientation... that's an interesting thought. I feel a poll coming on...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:47 pm 
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That would be an interesting poll, popo!

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