On the left is the much-used hat that's going into a retired state with its replacement on the right. It's somewhat hard to believe that those are the same style/size/color of hat, but that's what four years of constant use (and abuse) can do to a hat like that. This time, I sprayed leather/suede protector on the new hat before starting to use it, in the hope that it will make it last longer and be easier to clean.
Even though it cost quite a bit when you factor in the shipping, I'm glad to replace this hat with the same kind of hat, because I like how it wears. And I think it's better that the hat took that much wear instead of my head.