In 1952, Arthur A. Callister began trading wool with his father in a little shop on Redwood Road in Salt Lake City, Utah. Noticing how many customers were in need of quality tack to outfit themselves and their horses, AA Callister's Western Wear and Tack was born! Over 50 years and many satisfied customers we are still a family owned tack shop still located on the original site. We are proud to represent the traditions and lifestyles that made the West famous. We are also proud to feature some of the finest tack, clothing, and equipment made. Come live part of the American West today!

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Finding the Perfect Cowboy Hat

Cowboy hats are used by many people. While some may think they are only used by people that work outdoors on ranches, the truth is they can be handy for anyone. They are easily spotted, and can make a definite fashion statement.

When shopping for a cowboy hat, it is important to know the type of hat you would like to buy. They come in a variety of styles and sizes. They are meant to be used by men, women, and children so there are a lot of options out there.

These types of hats work great for doing anything outdoors in the sun. They protect your face from getting burnt from the sun, and also work to tone down any bright glare that the sun may cause. It also can keep your head cooler so your scalp does not get burnt and hot.

Cowboy hats come in a variety of materials. Some hats will be made out of straw. Straw or felt are the most common hats sold in stores.

The felt in the hat is a thicker material that works best to protect your head from harmful UV rays. Also, because it is a thicker material, your hat will be able to better handle the normal wear and tear that happens from being used. Felt hats stand up very well when they get a lot of use.

The downside of felt cowboy hats are that they have no ventilation. Don't be surprised if you feel sweat dripping down your temples with these types of hats. They can be very uncomfortable to wear during hot and humid months.

Straw cowboy hats offer much better ventilation. The straw hats are usually stiffer and less comfortable, but they are breathable and allow your head to remain cooler. Yet on hotter days when you want a cooler head, straw hats will do little to protect you from the sun because of the gaps in the straw weaves of the hat.

The best choice is to find a mix between straw and felt. They will protect your head a good amount from the sun, while also allowing breathing room so your head does not over heat. Be sure that whatever material you choose, you find a hat that has a brim suitable for the type of weather you will be working in. The larger the brim, the better chance you have of not getting harmed by the sun.

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