Since posting that entry I have had a number of people contact me, eager to know if mine had arrived yet – and this week sure enough it did!
Ram Hats, as they looked to give the best price for shipping to the UK, as well as have a good range of sizes showing in stock.
My order was placed on the 28th March; I had a shipping notice the following day; and it arrived on the 4th April, just under a week later. The shipping method they used (International plus insurance) slipped quietly in and I didn’t get any import duty charges.
A friend of mine in Germany, Roland, order his Stetson from Sheplers at the same time as me. Shipping to Germany was $44 and it arrived in three days! Along with a €34 customs charge.
Sheplers use UPS, and these track-and-trace shippers although much quicker, are monitored more closely by customs. As a result they are more likely to impose extra charges. Something to think about.
Reading that the hat was made of felt, I was expecting something like, but a bit stiffer than, my felt fedora.
To my surprise, the whole thing is absolutely rock hard! I mean real stiff – Odd Job bowler hat stiff!
Now I’m sure this is the way these hats are, but I just wasn’t expecting it to be SOOO hard!!!
Now I’ve got over that, I am extra pleased I measured my head carefully and choose the right size. There isn’t much give in the circumference, so if I had got it wrong it wouldn’t stretch or flex much to squeeze it on.
Looks like it is the right hat.