Monday, January 4, 2016
Although there are already so many published reviews, I think that it would be helpful to add my comments because there is some difference of opinion about sizing. For my first purchase of a Stormy Kromer hat, I did find it helpful to be able to try it on in person. I had previously considered 7 5/8" to be my correct size from other hat companies that I had ordered from. After trying on many Stormy Kromer Original (SKO) caps, I came to the conclusion that I was better off with a 7 3/4" sizing. Since that time, my SK collection has grown to a total of twelve (12) hats, with five (5) of them being SKO. I have ordered many of them successfully over the internet now that I am comfortable knowing my correct size. There is some minor variation between SKO hats as to how much of the ear is covered with the ear flaps down. I believe this is because the hats are hand-made. It is my conscientious opinion that you should be able to cover a minimum of two-thirds of the ear in an SKO--or else you have the wrong size. My SKO models approach full coverage of the ear--but the ear flaps will slip a little bit if you move your head around a lot. In most cases this is good enough to keep me warm, but my experience has been that a Rancher model will give better coverage of the ears in really cold weather if needed. I am very excited to have the following SKO colors: Charcoal, Red Pine, Partridge Plaid, Frost Plaid and Superior Plaid. SK is masterful at making great plaid designs! Thank you, SK, for making such wonderful hats!