AMJ Pacific Crusher Hats
By Chuck Hawks
AMJ Pacific is based in Portland, Oregon. AMJ Pacific manufacturers their products in U.S.A. Their company motto is, "We cover the Northwest."
The example pictured is a genuine 100% wool crusher hat. Like all crusher hats, it can be rolled into a compact package and stuffed into a daypack, fishing vest, or coat pocket. When unrolled, the crusher takes the shape of a "bucket" style hat.
For years I have used crusher hats when hunting, fishing, boating, and traveling. This type of hat offers decent protection in moderate weather. The brim helps to keep the sun (or the rain, as the case may be) out of the eyes.
I like a wool crusher in cool weather. Wool helps to keep the head warm even when wet, and because the material is thin it is not insufferably hot in warm weather. In warm weather I prefer a cotton crusher because it is cooler.
I have never been a fan of the popular "baseball" cap, as it gives no protection to the ears or neck. The crusher is easier to carry, and provides far better protection without being burdensome.
Copyright 2005 by Chuck Hawks. All rights reserved.