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Note: Western Rise sent this hat at no charge for review.
Today, Western Rise launches their all new Versa Hat. I’ve had a chance to try this hat for about 5 days now, and it is quite different from any other hat I have. I have been wearing hats for a while now, as a way to tame my COVID-haircut once the product I put in it wears off near the end of the day. I also wear hats working out.
Since getting the Versa hat I have only been using it, and using it a lot. I haven’t had it long enough to fully review it, but here are some thoughts:
- The bill is likely to make or break this hat for you. Since it is all foam, it won’t get damaged no matter how haphazard you get. But since it is foam it doesn’t hold a curl. What’s weird is that you can form it in your hands and put on the hat and it will stay somewhat curled because of the pull from the hat. You need to wear the hat slightly more snug to get it to hold this better. And while wearing the hat I tend to form it every so often. If you don’t really care about how you bend the bill of your hat, then you are good to go, but if you do this might be your deal breaker.
- The fabric is stretchy and breathable. Overall it is comfortable to wear around the house, or when working out. I found it never to get steamy and hot, but also does a good job keeping the wind from cutting right through.
- The fabric is marketed as waterproof, but I have yet to be able to truly test this. I don’t doubt it though.
- The DWR does make it easy to clean, which is good as black hats of this nature do tend to collect odd dusty marks. This hat cleans up nicely.
- The clasp on the back clasps well and adjusts securely. I was not able to adjust the fit while wearing the hat, and instead had to remove it to do so — and even then it doesn’t seem like something which can accidentally be resized. So that’s nice.
- I bet this would be great for travel, or for people who tend to take hats on and off a lot when they wear them. I think you either are the type who does that, or you put on a hat and just wear it.
- The black does have a slight sheen to it, but it’s not overly noticeable or problematic in a hat.
I like this hat, and look forward to testing it more. You can back it on Kickstarter here.
Some items worth your attention during this 50% off sale (code: FRIDAY):
- Rugged Merino Wool Shawl Cardigan Sweater
- Nordic Half-zip Pullover In Polartec® Sweater Fleece
- Sussex Quilted Vest With PrimaLoft®
- Washable Merino Wool Half-zip Sweater
- Nordic Vest In Polartec® Sweater Fleece
- Rugged Merino Wool Two-button Shawl-collar Pullover
- Rugged Merino Wool Half-zip Sweater
- Rugged Merino Wool Shawl Cardigan Sweater
- Wallace & Barnes Boiled Merino Wool Chore Jacket
- Ludlow Slim-fit Patch-pocket Blazer In English Wool-cotton
The Meridian is the softest, and most wrinkle resistant dress shirt we have tested. If I were going to have just two shirts to travel indefinitely with, they would be a Meridian and a Wool&Prince Button-down (our review).
Western Rise, one of our favorite brands, is having a 20% off site-wide sale through Friday.
Just this week their new Active Collection arrived for us to try, so be on the lookout for full reviews. I am trying out the Spectrum Jogger, which are made from a stretchy warp knit fabric with a nice texture to it. Ben is giving the Session Tee and Movement Short a try as some new workout gear.
Two of our other favorites to check out are the Evolution Pant (our review) and the Limitless Merino Button-Down (our review). If you are looking for something more casual, the Diversion Pant (our review) and X Cotton Everyday Tee (our review) are good picks.
Bluffworks is offering 50% off the Originals, Classic Chinos, and Horizon Vest, while supplies last, as these items are being discontinued.
Ministry of Supply has 20% off sitewide with code BF2019 through Saturday.
Some items worth checking out include our current favorite dress pants/suiting, a great button-up, and a high performance polo.
We’ve tried a few items from Western Rise, and they are consistently great. Their Black Friday sale starts today and runs through December 1st, with 20% off sitewide (no coupon necessary).
The AirLoft Quilted Jacket (our review) is excellent if you are looking for something versatile with an awesome insulation technology. It has become a staple for me. The Evolution Pant (our review) continues to stay in my rotation. The AirLight Shirt (available in short and long sleeve, our review) does a great job in the heat without being too cold in the AC.
It’s no secret that Bluffworks makes some great travel clothing. We’ve reviewed and continue to wear many of their pieces. Starting today, they’ve launched their Black Friday sale with up to 30% off (Men’s, Women’s).
If you’re looking for some great button-ups or polos, two of our favorites are 30% off — the Meridian 2.0 (our review) and the Piton Polo (our review). We haven’t tried it yet, but the Zenith Dress Shirt is available for 20% off.
When it comes to pants, Bluffworks has it figured out when it comes to travel pockets. For a more casual look, the Ascender Chino (our review) is available for 30% off. If you are looking for dress pants, the Gramercy Pant (our review) is $25 off, which pairs well with the Gramercy Blazer ($100 off, our review) for a nice travel suit.