Re: New Boy Scout hat
Jay M. Thal (Jay_M._Thal@HUD.GOV)
Wed, 5 Jul 1995 12:20:47 EST
This hat is a felt crusher which has about a 3" brim. It is very similar to
hats being marketed by Columbia and other outdoor gear suppliers. It has a
combined leather half band and neck strap that can be brought over the top
of the hat to help hold the brim rolled up.
They are testing it in a deep brown and a near white version. Most of the
staff and boys really like the hat.
They are investigating synthetic material uniforms to get more rugged and
outdoor appropriate clothing as official uniform. Including looking at a
pant with zip off legs to function as shorts and pants. (Similar to some
available from Columbia and Cabellas)
Basically our Troop policy is "Class A" while in transit,
to and from, individuality abounds during the activity.
Hats seem to be a major form of individuality, etc. What I
would like in a hat is an under-brim of green or black to
lessen reflection, wide brim for sun blocking (some brands
have a roll down neck protector), ventilation, strap, and
Gore-tex. Given the size of the Scout market (even allowing
adequate markup) I can't see the projected pricing -
comparable hatting is more than competetive.
Our adjustable Class A standard allows for use of surplus
German/British/ or E. European military OD wool long pants
while winter camping. If you can find the sizing, they're
bargain priced @ $12 - $18.
Zip-off legs can provide an advantage with temperature
swings, or moving from open country into (through) brush
but they're whimsically designed for the Banana Republic
I'd like to see shorts of a fast-drying material with a
built in support. This would eliminate carrying underwear
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City