A tip of (held on) hat

Gearbox

August 20, 2006

When we were much younger, a friend and I had a cottage industry on the Jersey shore, collecting the windblown hats of fishermen, beachcombers and cyclists and selling them to day-trippers. Wasn't much, just enough to keep us in snowballs.

Now, I am one of the losers, having given up enough hats for a sequel to Dr. Seuss' The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. I tried those little clip-on devices that attach to the hat and shirt, but I lose those, too.

Streamworks Inc., the maker of fly-fishing gear, has come up with a cap called, "HatTail," that has a self-contained tether and clip. And instead of dangling on your neck or dropping down the back of your shirt, the rustproof clip zips up inside the hat.

The cap comes in three styles, lots of colors and four fabrics: canvas, microfiber, washed cotton and twill. Prices range from $20 for the ball cap to $25 for the sun hat and bucket hat styles. They are available at many tackle shops or at www.hattail.com.

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