Designed for winter weather, felt cowboy hats were originally intended to protect their wearers from outside moisture and the cold. This is still true today, as many western hat owners switch their felts for straw as soon as summer hits and the weather warms up. However, it’s important to note that, in terms of hats, felt is a process, not a material. When choosing a felt hat, you have two choices: either fur or wool.
Felt is a textile process consisting of matting, condensing, and pressing fibers together. It can be made with anything, from animal fur to synthetic fibres. Archaeological evidence shows people discovered that material fibres matted together when warm and damp, years before they knew how to spin yarn. As decades went by, people started integrating properties of wool and fur to create softer, textured felt hats. To this day, we still use the same materials and processes to create felt hats.
So, fur or wool? There are several key differences between the two when it comes to not only cowboy hats, but all types of hats in general. The big difference, and the most notable for a lot of customers, is the price. Because fur felt hats are matted with real animal fur, such as beaver and rabbit, they are much more expensive than wool. An animal fur hat has a smoother finish and is more durable than wool. If you’re a seasoned western hat wearer, looking for a new, long-lasting ranch hat, new ranch hat, head on over to the fur felt section. Matted with sheep wool, wool felt hats are a cheaper alternative. If you’re just dipping your toes into the western world, and aren’t sure you want to invest in a premium hat right away, then you’re in the right spot. A wool felt western hat is for you.
Fur felt hats get all the rave, but a wool felt western hat is just as quality of an investment; it just depends on what you are looking for. If you are shopping by brand, check out Justin Hats. Justin Hats makes some of the highest quality cowboy hats in the industry, and they are made right here in the USA.
There are a variety of hats to choose from, but you can’t visit Tenth Street West without taking a look in the wool felt cowboy hats collection. Whether you’re here to stay or just stopping by, we hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about the history and details of our hats.