Fellow hat wearers,
I love full brim hats. I've got full vent cloth for landscaping, kangaroo skin for working in adverse weather, and straw for bumming around in. Now, I'm in the market for a fur cowboy hat. I will be wearing this as my go-to hat for working, hunting, scouting, etc. I want something that is going to hold up and retain its shape even if it gets wet. I'll say it now, I hate plastic hat covers! I know in grading fur hats, the higher the "X" the better the hat. I don't want to spend a months salary on this but I know it's not going to be cheap. For those of you that wear one regularly/yearly; how high of an "X" rating do I need to obtain what I'm looking for? I've read that most working cowboys use a 3X or 4X hat. That's great down in Texas but how do they hold up in the mountains when it's snowing on them? Can I get a 4X or 5X and treat it with a water repellant spray and be set? Do I need to go with a higher X to get what I'm looking for? I chose the Rocky Mtn forum because I'm sure you guys see all kinds of weather and I'm sure someone out there can relate to what I'm asking. Thanks for any help you can give me.