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Montecristi hats are known for their tight weave pattern, so tight it can even hold water. If you were to turn it upside down and fill the crown up with water it would take a long time to drain out! No matter how fine the straw is or what grade of Montecristi it is, this hat has a very airtight weave pattern. Yet it is still remarkably great in the sun! The light coloration reflects light and stays cool, and because of the lightweight feel of the hat (120 grams on average) it's as though you didn't even have a hat on, it's that lightweight!
Fino Panama hats have a tighter weave than the sub-fino hats, which in turn takes the craftsman more time to hand-weave each hat.
WPI range 140-255 Avrage is 200WPI
The Classic Optimo Panama hat. Robert Redford and may others used this model. This is the best roll up model, and blocked in standard oval.
The standard crown height of the Optimo model is 4" - 4.5" measuring from the brim to the top of the point on the side of the hat. This Optimo Panama hat is blocked on an standard oval hat block rather then a perfectly round one to fit better.
Snap brim on the front causing the brim to tip downward slightly and upward in the back just a little.
Serious Sun Protection: Larger brims tend to start looking more western, which is great for Texas! Or a Texan at heart! Snap brim on the front causing the brim to tip downward slightly. With the weight of this long brim it will want to tip down in the back as well and be just a little floppy in the wind. If you add a curl to the edge it will hold its shape much better. Even if it is just a small curled edge, it will give it much more rigidness.
Brim size is a hard thing to recommend because many factors play a part in your selection, such as where you live and the culture, in addition to your personal preferences. I would say this brim will be about as good as it gets for protection from the sun. Larger brims many not offer more protection since the shade that this brim casts is already pretty much 100% coverage .
Serious Sun Protection and Serious Style! Larger Than Standard Brims: There is a small charge on larger than standard brims. This is due to the time it takes the weaver to extend the brim and he will ask a bit more for his work. (price difference is already reflected in the price shown)
Each and every Panama hat we sell is handmade right here in Ecuador, so no two hats are exactly alike.
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2. Wrap the measuring tape around the widest part of your head being sure the tape falls above your ears and the ridge of your eyebrows.
3. Using your measurements, you can view our current stock of all Panama hats for your size.
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