The X Factor Rating System
Many people asked about the X factor
ratings on their hat. What does it really
mean when you wear a 10X hat? 50X
hat? 100X Hat? Well, according to a book
called "The Cowboy Hats" it explain that
in the hat making field, felt has
traditionally been graded according to its
X-factor. The X-factor was originally
determined by the density and shape of
the material, and ranged in grade from a
low of 1X to a high of 10X. Hats made of
material rated below 5X generally
contained a poorer grade of fur and little
or no beaver fur. A 10X hat was made of
100% beaver fur. The X-factor was also a
fairly reliable price guide, with a 3X hat
costing $30 and a 4X hat costing $40 and
a 5X hat costing $50 and so on. Fifty
years ago, a 10X Stetson cost $100, was
made of 100% pure beaver fur and was
the finest hat available.
Today, however, the X-factor rating system is rather subjective.
Manufacturers and dealers are not only rating hats differently, each according
to its own criteria, but they are also using the X as a price plateau rather
than an actual quality rating system. In general, today's X-factor works out
like this: a 2X beaver will cost under $100; a 10X beaver about $250; a 30X,
$450; and 100X beaver hats generally cost upwards of $1,000.
One company's 5X beaver might actually be better than another's 10X - it's
a tricky system.
Prospective hat buyers are advised to discuss the material's X-factor with the
hat maker or dealer in detail to ascertain the true X-rating. The real test,
ultimately, is the look and feel: a good hat is soft and silky. (end of Book
Perhaps you will begin to understand that when you order a hat from
Montana Rio, a Traditional Wear hat company you are getting the very best
simply because we abide by the original hat making rule, something we call
the Code Of West" hat. If you are tired or fed up with cheap "mass
manufactured hats" you've come to the right place. Receive your free
measurement and estimate for your customized hat and you won't be
disappointed. That's our pledge.