Re: New Boy Scout hat
ralph romig (rwromig@PPCO.COM)
Wed, 5 Jul 1995 09:25:04 -0500
>ASlso returned fromPTC, let me point out that the hats mentioned earlier are
>in several colors, which are being checked for temperature differences (youth
>all wanted dark, adults all wanted light) and for wearability. This is not
>something you should count on seeing in the near future as national will try
>this out several other places before putting it into place, and must test it
>(as I suggested) someplace farther east to be sure it's liked. Besides,
>everyone thinks the hat looks grreat unitl we talk about price ($27.00???).
>Remember, these are the same people who tell you your uniforms must be made
>in the USA and dropped cargo pockets because they cost $1.00 each now
>suggesting a hat that may ...repeat MAY... come down as low as 20 or even 15
>bucks instead of the current estimate, making a full uniform worth
>approximately $130.00 to a new scout.
At $27.00 it's still cheaper than the campaign hat.
>They do look great, especially out west with that western flavor, but will
>they live? I doubt it, if nothing else look at the canadian scouts who use a
>similar hat but made at a "reduced" price and with cheaper materials. Tilly
>set up a booth at their Jambo and sold every kid there - at $40.00 a hat - a
>tilly in a design and color that just came close to the canadian hat. I also
>told national that.
The nice thing about the test hat was that it could be molded to the boy (or
adults) taste so that it could look western or not western.
They were also testing out a folding (accordian style) sleeping pad for
possible inclusion in the catalog. We talked to a PTC staffer carrying one
on a backpack. He liked it a lot. It took up about 2/3 the space as a
rolled closed cell foam pad.
Anybody else see any other test gear? Get any feedback?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City