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Big-Brim Packable Panama Hat 3.7 5 41 41
A good travel hat I must wear a hat to keep the sun away, and we are going to France, where appearance matters. I chose the red, and I get compliments whenever I wear it. This is a hat that comes in sizes, and I have a big head. This hat is a bit looser than I expected, but this is better than the other way. Since the brim is large, the chinstrap comes in handy, as fairly mild breezes affect it. I keep it fairly secure, but at the back of my head. Under the chin is for strong winds. It does a great job of keeping off the sun. Mine came without any fold crease front to back, and folding and rolling it does create a crease, but this goes away. Folding and rolling will probably reduce the life of the hat, so I suggest doing so sparingly, but it can be done. It doesn't reduce to nothing, however. It will fit in my large purse. I am glad I got this hat. It is a decent quality, but not the most fine. Those are much more expensive. May 22, 2012
Not particulary packable I assumed that "packable" meant "foldable". Not. Even using the technique described in the video, this hat would need a BIG suitcase that is deep. January 17, 2015
REALLY DISAPPOINTING I have bought Travel Smith's large Panama Hat twice in the past. They both lasted for at least 4 or 5 years each. I ALWAYS receive compliments on the hat. Both have travelled the world with me. My first one landed in a trash can in Turkey when it finally fell apart. My last one is now falling apart. Holes have developed in it. But I STILL get compliments on it. I wore it last week and received three compliments in one day! The current version you now offer of this hat is completely different and in my opinion, TOTALLY without style! The materials feel inferior, The straw feels like plastic. The chin cord sticks and doesn't slide easily. The brim is smaller and offers less protection from the sun. The hat is practically shapeless. It arrived with creases in it, that even a week later are still apparent. I am heartsick that the beautiful hat you used to carry has been replaced by a completely inferior product! I've recently tried twice and ordered what I hoped would be the same hat and both are terrible. The second purchase, like the first, is on it's way back to you. Sadly this new version of your wonderful hat is REALLY DISAPPOINTING. October 2, 2014
Brim not as big as described I'm adding my voice to the earlier post about the incorrectly described brim width. I was replacing the lovely 5 1/2" brim packable panama hat I bought a couple of years ago, & what I got was a hat with a brim a little over 4" wide. This is not a "big-brim" hat. The far superior wider-brim model is actually still available on this site: it's item 3924, listed as "Big-Brim Packable Panama" (without the "Hat"). If you want the best sun protection (& a better-looking slide on the chin strap), buy that one, not this model. March 15, 2013
Brim Not as Described This hat would have been exactly what I was looking for, had the description been accurate (though I'd choose a darker color than "natural"). Measured from the fold, the brim reached only shy of 4 inches wide. The online description indicates a 5 inch brim. I have a hat bought years ago, exactly like this, which measures 5 inches, and that extra inch makes a huge difference to the look of the hat (wider is more elegant looking) and the amount of sun it deflects. I'm surprised no one has bothered to update the technical details of this hat since I returned it and alerted the company to the inconsistency in their product description. If the hat I returned happened to have been a flawed/fluke product I would have appreciated it if they'd contacted me to let me know - I did clearly indicate the reason for return on phone and in the return package. Haven't heard a thing to date. December 11, 2012
3 strikes and your out This is the third hat I've ordered in two sizes. I give up. Both Medium hats were too large, the Small was too small. The Medium hats were bigger than the listed 22.5 inches, and had different size brims. What I originally thought was a great quality hat, has problems with consistency in sizing. Travel Smith products are usually exactly as described, so these hats were a big disappointment. July 14, 2014
Very nice product Hat is made very well from quality material. Fits well according to the size chart. Tan color is neutral and will go with many things. Wish I could own more colors but price is too high. July 25, 2014
Great hat but does not pack well This hat looks great and fits well, however it was impossible to roll. I was able to flatten it lengthwise but it did leave a crease. I was surprised and disappointed, especially considering my flight was was only in the suitcase for about four hours and it looks terrible. Definitely does not pop back to it's original shape as described. I do like the hat otherwise, so I plan to exchange it for a new one which I won't be packing! June 4, 2014
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