My husband and I are planning to hike the Appalachian Trail next year. We are looking for hats to complete our gear kit and test on some trial runs this summer. My aunt Barb loves your hats, and while we’d love to visit your booth at the Allentown Art Festival, we’re currently living in Japan and won’t be able to. We have a few questions for you:
As we’re planning for this to be a heavy-use hat, we’re looking mainly at the Crusher and Zephyr. A few colors of the Zephyr specifically mention that they are waterproof. Is the Mocha, and what level of water resistance is there for the leather used for the Crusher?
Would you recommend these hats for an extended 4 – 6 month hike in all weathers?
We might be interested in switching out the hatbands, specifically to either the Lone Pine or Ranger. Would we have to order those separately, or could we just switch it out when ordering? In addition to that, we’d prefer to have chinstraps that match the hatband if we change hatbands; what would your pricing and policy be for that?
Finally, we’re living in Japan but will be in the US on business in early March. What are your shipping costs for US (specifically to Cincinnati, OH) vs. international (specifically to Japan), and also what is your shipping timeframe?
Thanks so much,
Your trip truly sounds like an adventure, and you’re looking at hats well suited for it. Head ‘N Home Hats are high-quality and are designed to last a lifetime (and certainly 6 months on the trail)
Clearly, you’ve done your homework because you’ve honed in on our two most appropriate hats. Let me first say that both the crusher and the zephyr would suit your purposes wonderfully. That said, there are some differences to take into account. The crusher is an oiled-leather hat and thus is slightly better suited for rain duty than the suede zephyr, although both hats excel in this function. Additionally, the Crusher has superior “crushability” in that you can literally wad it up in a ball and it will return to normal afterward. This feature requires the leather to be thinner, however, and will not provide the same level of warmth. Finally the Zephyr has better shape-retention, should that be a priority.
Which ever hat you choose, we’d be happy to customize the band here at our facility before shipping. The additional price for the lone pine and ranger are $26.00 and $36.00 respectively, and would be added to the price of the hat. The chinstraps would be switched at no cost, but please remember to specify the switch at purchase.
Although I cannot give exact estimates on costs, shipment to Japan would likely cost around $60 and Ohio closer to $17
We hope you find this information helpful in making your decision. And we hope to hear from you soon.