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Packable Panama Hat

Item 679298

Packable Panama Hat: Packable, breathable and handsome, this hat offers sun protection and a classic look. Expertly crafted from natural palm straw (each hat takes our Ecuadoran artisans 4-5 days to complete), this lightweight fedora-style Panama hat flattens for packing and springs right back into shape on arrival. Interior CoolMax® headband absorbs moisture so you stay cool and comfortable on hot days.
  • Grosgrain nylon band
  • Handwoven in Ecuador; finished in the USA
Sizes S(6 3/4-6 7/8), M(7-7 1/8), L(7 1/4-7 3/8), XL(7 1/2-7 5/8) XXL (7 5/8- 7 3/4).
3"W brim

Runs small; order one size up for best fit.
Women's Sizes
Men's Sizes
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-770-3387

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from TravelSmith are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 28 reviews)

By Claire Briggs
Huntington Beach, CA
June 06, 2017
"I gave this hat to my husband for his birthday. He loves it! It took about 24 hours to achieve it's perfect shape. He likes the style and and very pleased he can pack it without ruining it's shape."
April 27, 2017
"Travels well and keeps the sun off the tops of my ears."
April 02, 2017
"After more than 300K miles, 3 continents, and fistful of countries, and many crush-and-reshape cycles my previous version of this hat is finally ready to be replaced. I tried a couple of other so-called crushable Panama hats, but this one is the best I've found. It's a reasonable price and, because it is so durable, worth the price. I've been able to repeatedly pull it out flat, get it damp in the sink, lay it with the brim flat in the tub, shape and wear one hour later."
By Anonymous
November 18, 2016
"haven't traveled with it yet but appears as advertised- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
October 04, 2016
"Love it! - This hat is super! Sophisticated choice for any occasion.- I recommend this product."
By cstestrake
August 29, 2016
"Man's straw hat - I ordered this straw hat before, but had trouble with sizing. This time a medium fits perfectly. The advice given that one needs to ordered a size larger was not correct in my husband's case. He is a size medium, ordered that size and it fits. In the spri- I recommend this product."
By d.k.glidden
Riverside, CA
August 12, 2016
"Perfect Poirot Hat - As long as you order one size larger, this is a perfectly packable Poirot Panama. Cool even in desert heat, always elegant. Helps the little gray cells.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Landisville. A
June 26, 2016
"Too western - Hat is too large in brim. Looked like a cowboy hat. Not my style.I would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Southern California
June 19, 2016
"Buy one size up and you're good to go! - Read the reviews and people advising to buy one size up and yes, it fit perfectly. Hat looks FANTASTIC on my hubby and he is so happy and ready to wear it in Hawaii.- I recommend this product."
By Anonymous
May 30, 2016
"Packable? - Purchased that hat as "packable" shipped to me in big box - not packable. Have tried to fold as shown - no luck. Good hat, but not "packable".I would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
Upstate New York
February 27, 2016
"Great Hat - My husband has been wanting one of these hats. I bought it for him on Valentine's day. He loves it. He has a big head - literally! - and it fit him fine. I woudl highly recommend it to others.- I recommend this product."
By Smallgd
Albuquerque, NM
February 23, 2016
"Panama hat needs reshaping - Looks like nice hat, but I"ll have to have it professionally re-shaped, as the brim is all rolled "up" like a cowboy hat. Also, I will NEVER order from Travelsmith again because they are using "Surepost" , a hand off from UPS to Post Office, where it canI would not recommend this product."
By cyandi72
Solomons, MD
January 29, 2016
"Looks like the Flying Nun - We are still working on getting the brim down... With the brim up, it's not that attractive. Hope we can get it to look okay because we really like the idea of packable hats!I would not recommend this product."
By mkandersen99
Washington DC
November 01, 2015
"Warm weather standard - I consider this to be a standard piece of travel equipment for warm weather travel now that I have tried it out in Mexico, Southeast Asia, and China. It folds in half and comes back into shape (as advertised) better than hats that cost twice as much. I tr- I recommend this product."
By eblackhawk
Lewisburg, TN
July 10, 2015
"Great Hat! - Bought this for my trip to Michigan and I was concerned about the sizing since the description said that it runs small. I have another medium hat that is very slightly loose on my head and this Panama fit absolutely perfect! It is so light and airy I bare- I recommend this product."
By gabrielaba87
May 31, 2015
"Best Gift Ever! - My sweetie got me this hat in anticipation of our summer festival circuit. I love hats but it can be hard to buy one for another person because fit is everything. Luckily, their Medium fits me just tight enough to not blow away but loose enough to avoid l- I recommend this product."
By jimensweiler
May 29, 2015
"Not happy with product - The first time I ordered this hat I went one size larger because I was told the sizes run small. I had to send the hat back because it was much too large. I paid $5 for a box to ship it back. I received a smaller size but it came in a plastic bag. It wasI would not recommend this product."
By robertbicego
May 16, 2015
"Very Disappointed - This hat is terrible! The description says it's foldable and shows a carefully lengthwise folded hat. The description says that it springs back to life. My actual hat came crumpled as if an elephant sat on the top of it and--here's the kicker--the actualI would not recommend this product."
By lhaustin
March 31, 2015
"Not what I hoped for - I decided to keep the hat, despite my concerns, because it will likely be better than nothing. I bought it for travel use, specifically for the advertised "packable" feature. I am skeptical about how unpackable it will be on a long trip; it arrived only sI would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
san diego
March 04, 2015
"packable panama hat - The Keebler elves must have been used to do the sizing of these hats. Person hat was purchased for, has never worn a hat any bigger than a "small". The small was tiny. Returned for a "medium" which was still way too small. Gave up, returned both.I would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
February 22, 2015
"Nice Hat - Recommended to buy a size up, did, way to large, reordered- I recommend this product."
By ghardin
McKinney, TX
September 05, 2014
"Disappointed - Upon your advice, I ordered the panama a size larger. It was too large. I sent it back and it took almost 3 weeks to get another. On top of that, It was sent, not in a box like the original, but in a plastic sack. Needless to say, it was badly misshapen wI would not recommend this product."
By pinkgreen4
East Bay, CA
August 27, 2014
"THE PERFECT PANAMA!!! - I got this hat for my husband. He looks GREAT in it, plus (he is very picky) he raves about how lightweight, breathable and comfortable it is. We took our annual island trip, crushed it into a suitcase and it came out perfect, just like the blurb says. He- I recommend this product."
By peter.lafrance
Brooklyn, NY
July 06, 2014
"Changed the product? - I first purchased a hat like this about four years ago. It was fashioned after a California vintners hat and I loved it. This one was less well-made and even "large" it is still a bit tight.I would not recommend this product."
By nuage.tong
Kensington, CA
May 21, 2014
"My husband loves it! - My husband has a larger head 7-1/2 size and we hoped this hat would fit which the XL does. He has used the hat several times out walking in the sun. It keeps his head cool and shades ears, neck and face. He is pleased.- I recommend this product."
By andreasoltis
Destin FL
May 07, 2014
"Sad Sizing... - My husband wears a large hat and it isn't always easy to find the right size. This hat showed a measurement of 17-1/2 inches, which is exactly the measurement we need ( we double checked). When the hat arrived he TRIED putting it on and it wouldn't come cI would not recommend this product."
By Anonymous
New York, NY
January 19, 2014
"Great hat - I LOVE my hat... its soft texture, perfect fit,and nice open weave . It feels so light and let's airbreath through it! This is my new favorite hat and Ihighly recommend it.- I recommend this product."
By fpswan
Canton CT
December 30, 2013
"Disappointed - This is the fourth packable Panama hat I have purchased from Travel Smith. They have gone around the world with me with many complements from others. I expected this one to be similar to the others. This hat is floppy. The brim does not maintain a shape.I would not recommend this product."