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I charge from $150 for a 5% beaver felt, $235 for a 50% beaver and $335 for a 100% beaver hat. If you want you can check my sight out at starofthewesthats.com. I can tell you that my 50% beaver hat will out wear any modern day black gold Resistol 20x.
 
I am very hard on my hats! They get abused on a pretty regular basis, i have had two star of the west hats and the where both a half beaver half fur blend. They both held up to the abuses pretty well , but i wont buy another one. they just dont fit. i have had to cut the little plastic ring inside the sweat band on both of them just to get them to stay streched out to where it didn't miss shape my head from the pressure. well maybe not quite that bad but almost.
I have a new weather hat. love it, but its still a good hat still so cant say how tuff it is. Got a feeling that it will do all right thought.
 
I have only built one hat for Jingle Bob and I was asked to build it tight so the wind would not/could not blow it off. I mentioned that it would hurt his head and built it according to what I was told. Jr. had me build and clean the other hat and never had a problem, never mentioned any prolbems to me until now. Sorry they feel the way they do and sorry I couldn't satisfy their maticualte needs. As I tell all of my customers, if anybody has any problems with any of my work, new hat or cleaning, please feel free tolet me know and I will fix it. My hats are 100% backed by me. I apologize again to Jingle Bob and Jr. for their hats!!!
 
Brad said:
I have only built one hat for Jingle Bob and I was asked to build it tight so the wind would not/could not blow it off. I mentioned that it would hurt his head and built it according to what I was told. Jr. had me build and clean the other hat and never had a problem, never mentioned any prolbems to me until now. Sorry they feel the way they do and sorry I couldn't satisfy their maticualte needs. As I tell all of my customers, if anybody has any problems with any of my work, new hat or cleaning, please feel free tolet me know and I will fix it. My hats are 100% backed by me. I apologize again to Jingle Bob and Jr. for their hats!!!

Sorry Brad, but you built a couple for me and the last one was brought back three times, and never would fit right after I got it home. It would fit at the store, but not a week later when I put it on. I will say it's lasted a long time, but then, I sure don't wear it anymore. Maybe you built to tight to begin with, as per my instructions, but the second two time, I would have thought it would have fit. And then I took it back a third time. Still wouldn't fit. Maybe I've just got a weird head!
I wear a Weather Hat now and sure like it. As far as the felt bodies go, I think you and Jack are both using the same felts, so they should stand up, just as good as either one.

One thing I will have to say for Weather Hats. When he measures your head, he wraps a piece of flexible stuff around your head and makes an impression or drawing, as to the shape of you head. No one else had ever done this for me and I think it might have something to do with the fit.

I like you Brad, but my Weather hat fit like my old broke in ones, when I got it, brand new. I feel that I gave you every chance to sell me hats forever. If I would have been happy with the hats I got from you, I would have never went to someone else. If it's any consolation, your hats are less expensive than Weather hats!

For the rest of the board and those who have Star of the West hats. Great. I just like my Weather hat better. It's probably just me. :wink:
 
Maybe Brad didn't make the four corners sharp enough. :p :shock: :lol:
 
I wouldnt ever tell anyone not to buy a hat from star of the west. The hats felt like they shrunk or something, they fit like a glove when they were new and then over time they would get tighter and tighter. maybe it was something i was doing but i could figure out what. i have left a hat sit in the sun and that srunk it before but that was not the case here. wasn't the hair cut was alway about the same. Sorry not trying to give your company a bad rep but i fell i got a better bang for my buck from weather hats.
For every one else reading, brad is a very resonable salemen he was alway willing to work with a feller on the price and both hats i bought from him he cut me a deal. the only problem i have found with my star of the west hats was the fit. Every thing else i was satified with mostly the way they held up to abuse. The price of brads hat is more resonable than weather. i didnt realize my hats did not fit properly until i had a hat that did.
so agian dont take my opinion buy i star of the west and see how you get along could be maybe me and JB have a wierd ideas on how a hat should fit. or maybe just weird shaped heads.
 
Nobody has mentioned Rand Hat Company in Billings, Montana yet. I have two custom hats from them that I sure like. 8)
 
Curly said:
Nobody has mentioned Rand Hat Company in Billings, Montana yet. I have two custom hats from them that I sure like. 8)

Cattle buyer from down there was telling me the other day that there is a new hat outfit in Billings- a guy that worked for Rands for years started it up....He said he is making quality hats at about 1/2 the price...I think he said the company name was Lawdogs or something like that...

The buyer was definitely wearing a nice hat that he said came from there...
 
First post over here on ranchers.net. Normally I am on cattletoday.

I normally wear a Resistol silverbelly. This year I bought a Cinch Green label silver belly hat, and so far I like it. http://www.cavenders.com/product.as...E+Tallahassee+Green+Label+Platinum+Cowboy+Hat

I wear a felt silverbelly year around; however, if I were to wear a straw, it would be a Palm Leaf, 5" brim.

Someone asked earlier about a 5" brim. I know Resistiol can get you one. Most places don't have them on the shelf, but if you go to a store that sells Resistol hats, they should be able to order you one.
 
Cavendar's usually has the five inch Palm Leaf's.....but I don't think I've seen any felts that have five inch brims.

Also a good hat place is Catalina Hatters in Bryan, Tx. Ya walk in there and they got just about any size shape or color ya want, and they'll shape it to order while you wait.
 
Most any hat maker would be able to build a 5" brim hat also. I charge $25 extra per hat for a wide brim like that but it can be any style you want. Most evrybody that carries a palm leaf hat has a 5" brim or has access to them, their prety comon in a palm leaf. Good luck! :D
 
OT, Lawdog Hat Company isn't new; Mr. FH (how's that for a new handle) has had one for a few years now. It is a really nice hat, feels really good like a nice hat should, but he says it seems like it shrunk a little, so we need to take it back and show the owner. He's a really nice guy, so we don't anticipate any problems. Like I say, he has worn it for a few years now, but mostly for good of course.

I don't know why it shrunk...can heads get fatter? :wink:

Lawdog Hat Company is located on the road past the Metra that goes up to the heights on the right hand side of the road. It is kind of easy to miss unless you really watch for it. It's kind of in a little shopping mall, but the outside of this store is old wood, kind of like barnwood.
 
The guys name is Randy Reins that owns Law Dawg and he is the one who started my company back in 91'. You won't have any problems he is a really good guy.
 
Paris hatters down town san Antonio,is pretty good folks and have supplied hats for alot of folks GW Bush to Connie Smith,I bought a couple there but I am just a plain ole 5x man................good luck
PS Guess IM to tight to be buyin those fancy hats :D
 
There could be a pile of reasons from hair getting longer, sitting in a hot place and the heat geting to it, and even though most of us don't like to admit it you can gain weight and make a persons head bigger. I guess some people it goes to the hips others the head...lol. Sorry, bad joke. It's hard to say why the hat got tight without seeing it. I will say I've know Randy for all 7 years I've been in the hat making industry and I like the heck out of him it's hard to find a nicer guy. Tell him Brad Montague says hi.
 
We wondered if it could be that it got wet. Lord only knows how it got wet in this country but...

Yes, we will tell him hello for you. We really liked him too. We went there after going to Rands in Billings and could not find a decent hat there. They were all for cosmopolitan cowboys...and dudes. :p
 
If it got wet and wasn't wore dry the leather band inside can shrink a little. The other thing would be to steam it over the tea kettle on the outside of the hat until it gets some heat to the inside and then pull it down on your head. That can soften the felt and stretch it out.
 

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