Panama Roll-Up Hats
Certainly the panama hat has an unmatched reputation for its durability and roll-ability to fit into a small wooden box or a bamboo tube for storage or shipping. That is one of the reasons the Panama hat is so famous!
The benefits of rolling up a hat are obvious when you are sitting on an airplane looking for a place to set your hat! So their are some who truly benefit buy this style and so I make it available to you! But before you make that decision please take into consideration what it is you are asking for and if you still would like a roll up hat, I will be happy to make it for you!
All True Montecristi Panama hats are roll-able and will bounce back into shape when unrolled that is because of the Unique "Paja" that the hat is made of.
The only real difference in the Roll up is that the Leather sweat band will not be sewn in! The reason for this is simply because if you try to roll up a hat with the leather band, although the band is of highest Quality, it would restrict the effectiveness of its ability to roll up! and now comes the reason I do not recommend it, without a leather sweat band it will be susceptible to sweat stains, that can be very difficult to clean out!
So although some have a need for such a hat, like heavy travelers, the average person will do much better with the standard hat that has the leather sweat band.
The Optimo will hold its original shape the best when it is unrolled. For this reason it is the standard recommendation, but any of the hats can be rolled up because they are all made in the same way and are all Equally durable! but since the other styles do not have a crease down the middle they do not unroll as well without leaving a slight crease threw the middle of the hat. In no way would this damage the hat since the crease can be worked out without to much trouble it is just that they do not have the same look right away after unrolling. on the other hand the Optimo has this natural crease and so immediately after unrolling it, it dose not have as much tall tale signs of having been rolled!
The choice is entirely yours but just so you are aware of the difficulties of the roll up style. I find that most people ask about this style only because they have heard about the Famous Roll up panama hats and it is a conversation piece for them and that is fine, but it may not be as practical as you might need from a daily wear hat.