As you can see from my picture, I have a particular need for a hat when the sun is shining and I head outside.
I've always been a baseball cap kind of guy. And when I travel, the trusty old ballcap has always been a solid choice. Easy to pack, dependable, suitable for the beaches or hiking or kayaking. Keeps the sun out of my eyes and off of my pate. Just darn reliable -- if not too fashionable.
Tenth Street Hats offered me the chance to retool my travel style a bit, giving me the choice of a new stylish hat among the website's hundreds of designs. I selected a style called Broxburn, a hat I think Indiana Jones might like.
Thus, I have a new accessory for my adventures, thanks to Tenth Street Hats. The company provided the hat and simply asked that I give it a fair and honest review. I agreed to do so as long as I could get something that would fit my travel style. This meant that it had to be easy to pack for a traveler who does carry-on only for his flights.
I was pointed to the company's lineup of "Crushable" hats, and I really liked the look of the Broxburn. When it arrived, though, I was immediately skeptical that it could be folded down and fit into my bag, but it easily pressed flat to carry in my backpack. Then, it pops right back into shape.
I think travelers will find plenty of great options in the TenthStreetHats.com lineup of Crushable Hats, Sun Protection Hats or even Beach Hats. All these categories and more are listed in drop-down menus on the website.
The TenthStreetHats.com website offers hundreds of hat styles for men and women, and you can pick from a variety of sizes and colors for most of the hat designs.
I tugged on my new Broxburn and got a little input from Colleen for how it should look.
"Maybe don't pull it all the way down to your ears," she said.
A few minor adjustments, and she helped me get a decent enough look, with just the right tilt of the brim. Not too bad. It felt comfortable as I wore it while touring around Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna on my Danube River cruise.
A soft twill sweatband lines the inside rim of the Broxburn, and that kept any beads from rolling into my eyes. I also like the sleek look of the braided faux leather band that encircles the hat.
Tenth Street offers numerous classic shapes like bowler, fedora, porkpie, newsboy, boater and safari. And designer brands include Stetson, Aegean, Brooklyn, Biltmore, John Callanan and Scala.
I'm really happy with my choice of the Broxburn and have added it to my lineup of accessories, right alongside my trusty baseball cap. But now, I have something to wear for my running, hiking and other physical activities as well as a perfect accompaniment when times call for something more comfortable and stylish.
Thanks for reading, and always travel happy!