ZPacks™ Pointy Hat
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Michael Gillenwater
(mwgillenwater) - M

Locale: Seattle area
ZPacks™ Pointy Hat on 03/05/2014 20:21:47 MST Print View

Interesting new product.

http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/pointy_hat.shtml

Not sure how the hybrid cuben fiber material will hold up under long term UV exposure.

M B
(livingontheroad) - M
joes hat on 03/05/2014 20:30:11 MST Print View

Stands to reason
Joe Valesko's name was "Samurai Joe" on the PCTJoe Valesko

(This pic from Zpacks website)

Edited by livingontheroad on 03/05/2014 20:33:15 MST.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: ZPacks™ Pointy Hat on 03/05/2014 20:32:55 MST Print View

Clever to work in a visor for a suspension.

First thing I thought of when I saw the title:

Harry Potter hat

I guess in our case, the Sorting Hat would choose a trail for us. Sit on the stool, put the hat on and it squawks "Pacific Crest Trail!"

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: joe on 03/05/2014 20:35:49 MST Print View

Looks more like David Carradine in Kung Fu.

"Hike more, Grasshopper!"

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: joes hat on 03/05/2014 21:25:02 MST Print View

Check out his hiking staff! The handle from a garden hoe. Matches the hat.

I used one of those for a staff 40 years ago.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Re: joes hat on 03/05/2014 22:05:31 MST Print View

That feller needs a bath :)

michael levi
(M.L) - F

Locale: W-Never Eat Soggy (W)affles
Re: Re: Re: joes hat on 03/05/2014 22:37:47 MST Print View

Looks a little unminimalist to me..

Jason Elsworth
(jephoto) - M

Locale: New Zealand
ZPacks™ Pointy Hat on 03/06/2014 02:00:29 MST Print View

I have always believed that there is a direct correlation between a hat's effectiveness and how much of a dork it makes you look, so I am sorely tempted by one of these:). I love the way that Zpacks keep the new stuff coming.

Larry Swearingen
(Larry_Swearingen) - M

Locale: NE Indiana
Pointy Hat ? on 03/06/2014 02:26:51 MST Print View

I like ZPacks stuff but this "hat" is just too Charlie-like for me.

Larry

Glenn S
(Glenn64) - M

Locale: Snowhere, MN
Re: ZPacks™ Pointy Hat on 03/06/2014 02:42:56 MST Print View

Is it the lighting, or is he sporting a little Samurai mustache too?

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Re: ZPacks™ Pointy Hat on 03/06/2014 02:59:27 MST Print View

I finally got to see a collection Zpacks products at a retail shop here in Tokyo. Hard to believe folks pay serious money for this stuff. Takes "less is more" to a whole new level! Not impressed!

Not Impressed

Dena Kelley
(EagleRiverDee) - M

Locale: Eagle River, Alaska
Huh? on 03/06/2014 10:55:53 MST Print View

Rick M- What product were you looking at? I'm super impressed with Z-Packs shelters, packs and sleeping bags. The hat- not so much although I can see how it would be functionally terrific.

USA Duane Hall
(hikerduane) - F

Locale: Extreme northern Sierra Nevada
If the demand is there..... on 03/06/2014 11:14:42 MST Print View

Per my look at their site just now, wait time has increased to five weeks for shelters and jackets. Joe must be doing something right. The hats are a little pricey though ($65), I prefer a less dorky look. I do need to get something for the coming season, since I left my foreigh legion hat in the Little Lakes Valley last Fall.
Duane

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: If the demand is there..... on 03/06/2014 11:20:35 MST Print View

My Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat is the epitome of functional dorkinality.

Brian Johns
(bcutlerj) - M

Locale: NorCal
Re: Huh? on 03/06/2014 13:20:44 MST Print View

I'm with Dena. I'm no fanboy, but have a Zero Pack and a Hexamid tarp shelter and floor. Amazing durability for ridiculously low weight. Everything I've handled was above expectations, down to zipper pouches and other little accessories. I think you need to take some out for a spin, Rick, or stick with Cordura.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
Re: Re: Huh? on 03/06/2014 16:47:10 MST Print View

Sorry, the packs (Zero?) and other pouches/sacks/kilt I saw just didn't appeal to me in terms of features/functionality, design aesthetics and craftsmanship. They look exactly like what they probably are...something put together by someone in their home workshop with no formal training in design/engineering or textile manufacturing. Take away the Cuben Fiber and there is nothing to them.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: Re: Huh? on 03/06/2014 17:34:28 MST Print View

If you could get the sorting hat to give elevation, gps and weather reports in addition to foretelling which house you will be in, then you would have it made for a backpacking hat.

Plus the resemblance to Gandalf's hat = priceless!

Anyway, the "coolie" hat is about the simplest DIY you can do. The only difficult part is getting the head frame right. The "real" straw ones are very light too.

Edited by millonas on 03/06/2014 17:42:37 MST.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: Huh? on 03/06/2014 17:41:35 MST Print View

"They look exactly like what they probably are...something put together by someone in their home workshop with no formal training in design/engineering or textile manufacturing."

Thank god for that. Otherwise all we would have is the S O S .

Innovative designs, functionality, and light weights are things I appreciate.


(IMHO)

Edited by greg23 on 03/06/2014 22:32:20 MST.

Marko Botsaris
(millonas) - F - MLife

Locale: Santa Cruz Mountains, CA
Re: Re: joe on 03/06/2014 17:46:00 MST Print View

"Looks more like David Carradine in Kung Fu."

Would be *awesome* if his staff had a sword in it. Finally a way to deal with those pesky marmot bandits!

I've always admired that type of hat - just not sure if I can pull of the look.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Re: joe on 03/06/2014 18:13:17 MST Print View

"Would be *awesome* if his staff had a sword in it."

Will this work?

StaffSpear3


LuxuryLite Big Survival Stik , a 2008 BPL review.

Edited by greg23 on 03/06/2014 18:17:54 MST.