It had to happen eventually – I’d been wearing that old hat for years, and eventually I lost it, somewhere in a wet field near Reading. Yes, gone, the very hat that appears in my picture on this blog. Still, it was probably for the best. It was a tatty old thing that had seen much better days – it didn’t even keep the rain off particularly well.
Look at the state of that hat! It looks as if it’s been sat on many times. You can probably guess why it looks like that. So this spring I went down to SCATS to see if they had any Barbour hats. Imagine my surprise when I found no replacement for my trusty old waxed hat – and on enquiry, it appears that Barbour have forsaken it. They don’t make it any more and are substituting it with some kind of Australian bush hat. The website says it is made of waxed cotton, and it is still called a waxed bushman hat… so is it the same thing? Well, you decide:
It just isn’t the same, is it? I didn’t think so, anyway, and apparently nor do the hat-buying citizens of the Isle of Wight, as SCATS had managed to obtain some faux-Barbour hats which looked a lot like the old-style ones, even complete with the cute little feather in the side. Here’s my new hat, being tried out at the 2010 Isle of Wight Hedgelaying Competition:
Better still, it was about half the price. So far, it’s kept the rain off, too!