24 days ago
Oh, Ireland, what kind of weather are you going to throw at me? Will it be sunny and warm, or blustery and cool, or wet and rainy? I’m going to go with a little of all three, in one portion or another. So what am I going to wear on my head? I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I’ve come down to two options, and I’ll be bringing both.
The first, and main piece I’ll be wearing most often is the “flat cap.” It’s the cap in the first photo of little Emoji Me. A flat cap (sometimes referred to as a "Scally Cap") is a rounded cap with a small stiff brim in front. The hat is also known in Scotland as a bunnet in the Scots language, in Wales as a Dai cap, in New Zealand as a cheese-cutter, and in the United States as a driving cap. (I’ll include a little more history of the cap down below the break if you’d like to read more about them). ••• I bought this cap earlier this year to wear for my job. There aren’t many hat options I could choose from that wouldn’t make me look either unprofessional, like a jungle guide, or a combination of both. The ‘flat cap’ fit the bill for what I needed. I was worried that it would look ridiculous on my melon, but I was surprised that it didn’t look so bad, and I fell in love with it! Then, the idea of the Ireland hike came about, and as I started thinking about gear, specifically what hat I’d wear, I realized I’d been wearing it! Why not hike Ireland in a hat that I actually bought from Ireland and is a part of that country’s culture? SOLD! ••• The details of this hat are pretty simple: a 4-panel flat cap style, made of waxed duck cloth, dark brown. I’m not sure if the weight, but it’s as light as a baseball cap - pretty light. It’s made by Mucros, located in Killarney, Ireland (see map in photos), and will be just to the west of where I’ll be starting the hike. Generally, most gear posts wouldn’t highlight the place where the gear was manufactured, but I think this is a bit of a special link to gloss by. The hat itself is really comfortable, and I wear it most days I work, so I can’t even tell I’m wearing it.