Straw Cowboy Hats
Learn More About Straw Cowboy Hats
When it's hot outside, you'll tip your hat to straw. Its light color reflects sunlight and the material's cooling ventilation helps keep you comfortable and dry. Although straw cowboy hats may look similar, they're made using different materials, which impact the aesthetic, cost and durability.
- Panama Straw – fiber from the palm-like toquilla plant in a very fine weave
- Shantung – plant-based paper rolled to resemble straw
- Palm – split palm fronds in thin, tight braids
- Bangora – plant-based paper in a tight, perpendicular weave
Straw Cowboy Hats FAQs
You may have questions, especially if you're shopping for your first Western straw hat. We've answered some common questions below, and if you still need help, please contact us. We're here to assist!
How Do I Know the Quality of a Western Straw Hat?
Like felt hats, Western straw hats have Xs or stars to indicate quality. The X represents the thickness of the straw used and the tightness of the weave. The higher the quality of a straw cowboy hat, the more Xs it has, but the quality is also determined by the type of weave, finish and trim package.
To compare, check out a few different quality straw cowboy hats for men and women:
How Do I Care for Straw Cowboy Hats?
Straw cowboy hats are very susceptible to damage from high temperatures, and a damp sweatband can shrink if exposed to extreme heat. They are flammable, so avoid placing your straw cowboy hat near an open flame or campfire.
Western straw hats for men and women should be lightly brushed to remove dust, dirt and debris. Then, use a barely damp cloth to wipe the straw. Spot test in an inconspicuous place first to make sure the hat doesn't become discolored. Finally, be sure to dry the hat at room temperature.