Made in collaboration with our friends at Quaker Marine Supply, this classic cap features an archival 1959 Explorers Club Flag embroidery, and is available in Natural or Nautical Red.
The Oysterman was a favorite of Ernest Hemingway, who wore it sport fishing in Cuba, Key West, and Peru. It is now being manufactured once again -- by hand -- in the original factory from the 1950s in the USA.
Coast Guard veteran Joe Kadison designed this hat with function in mind based on his own experiences on the water. Like many purpose-built items, the Oysterman developed a singular personality along the way.
To start, the bill is long. At 4 3/4” long, the Oysterman’s brim is 50% longer than your standard ball cap. Why? Because it actually offers sun protection when this long. The black shiny material on the brim is the same that is used on the visors of the midway caps worn by police officers. This material was selected because it repelled water.
While most hats today are a standard 6-panel, this hat is constructed with 4 lateral panels to deliver a low profile that reduces windage. Like the original, it features four eyelets on each side panel that provide ventilation. It is made in sturdy canvas to perform and last and has a dark green faux-leather underbrim to absorb reflected light.