Mesa Pinch 8x - Charcoal. Rand's Hats are hand made with the finest quality beaver felts, leathers, and silks. Measure the distance around your head at the position where your hat normally rests, using a soft tape measure (dressmaker/tailor type). This is usually done right above the ears and across the forehead.Find the measurement and corresponding hat size on the chart below that comes the closest to your usual hat size. Remember to include both your usual hat size and specific tape measurement (to the nearest 1/8) with your order. 19 3/8" 19 1/2" 20 1/4" 20 3/4" 21" 21 1/2" 21 5/8" 22 1/8" 22 1/2" 23" 23 3/8" 23 3/4" 24 1/2" 25". 49.2 cm 49.5 cm 51.4 cm 52.7 cm 53.3 cm 54.6 cm 54.9 cm 56.2 cm 57.2 cm 58.4 cm 59.3 cm 60.3 cm 62.2 cm 63.5 cm. 6-1/8 6-1/4 6-3/8 6-1/2 6-5/8 6-3/4 6-7/8 7 7-1/8 7-1/4 7-3/8 7-1/2 7-5/8 7-3/4. What head shape are you?
Long Oval : Hats fit tighter front to back or are loose on sides. Round Oval : Hats fit tighter on sides, and more often than not, brims flip up in the back. Egg Oval: Hat fits tight in front and loose at temples to above ears.Regular Oval : No pressure points. The difference can be seen and felt once he gets them in his hand, and it shows up even more after months of wearing. But the question remains: what makes hat quality?
The major items of cost are the fur, the trimmings, and, highly important, the workmanship. Selection of the fur determines the tightness of the felt and the sheen and resilience of the finish. It comes in dozens of different grades of rabbit, hare, nutria, beaver, etc. Each has its own property of felting, tightly or loosely, and the tighter the felt the more "live" and shape-retaining the hat will be. Certain portions of the fur, the backs of land animals, the bellies of water animals, are superior in quality and command a higher price.
There is also the cheaper "short stock" (reclaimed fur) and synthetic fiber which acts as a filler but does nothing to tighten the felt. They all make hats, but with a difference in "feel" and in pride of appearance after a little wear.
Workmanship counts more than you think. The bodies may be rushed once through the shrinking rollers, or run through repeatedly with constant inspection. They may be "pounced" (shaved) once or several times.
Some special textures require double the finishing time. The "felted edge" locks the brim shape forever, but it also involves an incredible amount of expert handwork.
Trimmings too, from cotton linings to finest brial satin, from imitation leathers to fine specially tanned roans; all determine cost and quality. A fine band costs more, and is worth it.A reeded leather helps cushion the head and resists perspiration stains; it also adds to cost. These are visible qualities for the life of the hat. The item "Rand's Custom Hats Mesa Pinch 8x" is in sale since Wednesday, October 31, 2018. This item is in the category "Clothing, Shoes & Accessories\Men\Men's Accessories\Hats". The seller is "ifb" and is located in Telluride, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.