I have known about the hats from Real Deal Brazil for some time and I finally pulled the trigger and ordered on Friday. Well it came today and I was less than impressed.
Simply due to the nature of the hats what yours looks like is a crap shoot. You don’t know what color it will be, if it will have writing on it, if it will be ripped or if it will be patched.
In my mind I was hoping for a relatively dark hat that was writing and patch free. Because of this hope, the reality of seeing a hat as heavily patched as mine was a let down. On closer examination it became clear that many of the patches seemed to be above undamaged areas of fabric. It also seemed that the patches all appeared to be segments from similarly sized ovals and poorly stitched with large, regularly spaced stitches… Not how you would repair a tarp.
I decided to take a knife to the hat and see what was under the patches and to my surprise they were scraps from the insert into the hat that tells the story of “Real Deal Brazil” where the stamp didn’t transfer clearly.
After my surgery, the hat now has 2 patches. One that is reinforcing an actual weak point and another on the top that I can’t see under.
I plan on waterproofing the hat and wearing it frequently, but I am a disappointed by its facade. The concept it great and there is no reason to attempt to embellish it with fake, unneeded “repairs.” This trickery makes me question the authenticity of any of the story.
Anyway, here is my new hat with its removed patches.