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Indiana Blooze
08-25-2010, 12:08 AM
Here's my Schubert hats Idol Grab. This is the one from the overlays that Kurt posted in another thread. This is by far the softest Indy hat I have ever owned. With a little turn, the brim just does the Raiders Swoop all by itself. I have a round oval head, and have never had a hat that does this without a little massage work on the brim. I can't stress how soft this felt is. The sweatband is likewise very soft also. The stitching is very precise. I have had the hat for about a month, and I wear it every day, sometimes for several hours at a time. Here's some pics.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/AB_YJ%20Comparison/YJFrontBust.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/AB_YJ%20Comparison/YJSideBust.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/Brookfield1.jpg

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/Brookfield2.jpg


If anyone is interested, I also have some pics comparing this hat to my 2006 Beaver AB.

RCSignals
08-25-2010, 12:19 AM
Very good looking hat.

Yes I'd be interested in seeing your 2006 Beaver AB

Indiana Blooze
08-25-2010, 12:25 AM
Yes I'd be interested in seeing your 2006 Beaver AB


Here's the side-by-side with my 2006 AB. The Schubert is on the right in all of the photos. This AB was from the run known as the "Ford Felt" run.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/AB_YJ%20Comparison/AB_YJFront.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/AB_YJ%20Comparison/AB_YJBow.jpg
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/AB_YJ%20Comparison/AB_YJRear.jpg

Indiana Blooze
11-09-2010, 02:19 PM
While hiking in the Smokies a couple weeks ago, I got caught in a sudden DOWNPOUR about 2 miles from the trailhead. This wasn't any light downpour either, it turned the trail into a small creek. It was somewhere between a "soaker" and a torrential downpour. Being a 100% rabbit fedora, I had previously applied several waterproofing treatments with the water repellant sold by the Penman Hat Co. During the hour long hike back to the van, in the rain the whole way, I got soaked. How soaked did I get? I was so wet, the leather sweat on the hat stretched out and the hat, with the added weight of the water, actually rode down to my ears, folding them over. Yeah, Mrs. Blooze thought that was hilarious.

When I got back to the hotel, I popped out the center dent, turned the sweat out, stuck my Todd's hat stand in the hat to keep the sweat from folding back into the hat, and sat the hat upside down to dry. The next morning, the felt on the hat was dry, and the sweat was just barely damp, so I recreased the center dent, put the hat on, and off to the mountains I went. Fortunately I did manage to get some before, during, and after photos of this unintened experiment.

The day before the rain:
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/Beforerain.jpg

Looking for Noah
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/RainHat.jpg

Several Days after the rain
http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f383/rlblooze/IndyGear/Afterrain.jpg

crismans
11-09-2010, 03:20 PM
Looks very good. Started out looking that way as well, but yours is just another example that you have to beat a hat up to really get the Raiders look.

RCSignals
11-09-2010, 06:10 PM
Great story blooze. The hat still looks great, but it's also probably good you used John's waterproofing on it!

how's the jacket now?

Indiana Blooze
11-09-2010, 11:44 PM
how's the jacket now?


It's now a double washed goat Wested ;)

The Last Crusader
11-10-2010, 12:28 AM
Both the hat and jacket weathered the storm fabulously. You have some real Indy Gear there.

Thanks for posting pics!

Michael

Noah
11-10-2010, 03:04 AM
The hat looks great! Looks like it held up real well. I like the jacket too.

Gunslinger
11-10-2010, 03:51 AM
Good to hear the hat escaped unscathed!

It's these sort of eventualities that make me keep my hats on the block for a solid week each, if not more, and iron them multiple times, pouncing in-between. I'm paranoid of shrinkage for the people I sell hats to, if not myself.

But having said that, personally I've never bothered with water treatment. Maybe I like to flirt with danger, but I've never experienced much in the way of shrinkage with my prototype hat, and I've both wet it and worn it over an open fire multiple times. But it's probably worth using - can't hurt I suppose. But for me it's kind of like waxing my car. I know I should do it - but never do! :D

What I don't understand is the whole rabbit vs. beaver thing for alleged amounts of shrinkage protection. I mean, I honestly think rabbit gets a bad rap. I put an Akubra in an oven once (that's how I roll, baby!); and even then it didn't shrink as much as certain top of the line beaver I had to reblock.

Marauder
11-11-2010, 01:54 AM
a new topic was created and a few posts moved to continue the side discussion of hat shrinkage and taper

See HERE (http://www.fortuneandglory.org/index.php?topic=756.0)

so as to not take over Indiana Blooze's hat thread.




I suspect any fur felt if soaked through the core will have more of a tendency to shrink or at least taper, especially if dried quickly or in a high heat




RC is correct. Any felt that gets its core soaked will shrink and tapper. The water protection I sell is different from the stuff I use during production. Cant ship the stuff I use during production.

Rabbit gets a bad rap for a reason. it's just not as dense as beaver. I have seen some rabbit hats hold up very well but the numbers are on the beaver side by fare.