One of the greatest things about meeting and working with clothing designers is having the privilege of hearing their often fascinating stories about what provoked their vision and love for fashion and design. As a small US brand, I had never heard of Stalyon before, but their story (and their products) have a story that is pretty unparalleled amongst brands I've worked with.
While trying to beat cancer himself, avid outdoorsman and founder Nathan followed along with the adventures of friends and families through their photos while he was stuck in hospital. Realizing the value and power of being able to vicariously adventure outside the hospital walls during treatment, Nathan developed his own program to supportcancer-stricken children by helping them follow along on adventures as he did. Today, Stalyon develops clothing pieces that fund the support of cancer kids while also being an ode to the adventurous lifestyle that helped Nathan survive to today.
Faced with a daunting choice of product to test from their line, I opted for the Basecamp hat. All their hats feature an iconic leather badge front and centre, but I felt that on the trucker hats particularly this badge elevated them beyond something I would exclusively wear to go clay shooting to something that could function perfectly as a casual piece to elevate traditional workwear and outdoor lifestyle-inspired outfits. As far as aesthetics and style go, I think they really hit a strong point that I wouldn't usually see with a typical mesh snapback cap.
On that note of the mesh, obviously the climatic differences between many US adventure hotspots I love such as Moab (Utah) and immediate Canadian spots such as Banff are not always subtle (read: cold af). So obviously if you're looking for something to take on your hike up the Three Sisters in January, check out their awesome toques. Graeme and I managed to pull this off in about -10 degrees though without any problems, so for any west-coasters, the versatility is definitely there for this to be a year-round piece.
Price wise, my only minor criticism would be that you would end up paying a bit more than most hats in this segment (especially in Canada with shipping and duties). However, the material and stitching seem very solid, so I wouldn't hesitate to state that this hat is worth it in its durability and long-term potential for whatever challenges you may throw at it.
Ultimately, if you're looking for a good casual snapback that has a unique look, is versatile for your casual lifestyle outfits, can take a beating, and goes towards funding a unique and positive initiative, Stalyon is a pretty awesome bet. They were even nice enough to throw in a couple other goodies from them that may show up in future reviews.