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In this modern age its strange to see people in wide-brimmed hats that look more like something a cowboy should wear. However, these hats were very common in the past because of their ability to protect the wearer from things and even help them on the trail.
It was pretty common hat of the pioneering men. One important thing about the pioneers, they didn’t do much that wasn’t really efficient or effective. That is why its worth paying attention. They were the most reduced form of human survive and thrive in recent history. Following their journey was no easy undertaking so serious skills and tools were brought to bear by the pioneers.
Lets take a look at what these wide brimmed hats could do for you.
This might seem like a silly thing but its actually very effective and when you are fighting to conserve calories its little hacks like these that could make the difference. Instead of kneeling and blowing into a fire to light up the coals and stoke the flames, you can use a nice wide brimmed hat to wave at that fire. You will generate plenty of air to coax that fire into burning bright.
A strong canvas hat or leather hat is going to hold water long enough that you can use hot rocks to bring that water to a boil. This is a great way to sanatize water when you have very little to work with. Boiling is the only 100% method to kill all bacteria.
Its Intended Use
The classic wide brimmed hat was designed for the weather. It was used to keep a person protected from the sun and to keep the rain and percipetaiton out of their face. If you have been in driving rain, you know what a problem in can be when it gets in your eyes and soaks your clothes.