I have a big head, so hats are very often too small for me even in larger sizes. This is where this very useful tool comes in. It is extremely efficient.
Well built hat stretcher for big-heads like me!
Simple tool for hat maintenance… works good.
The product photo is misleading. I bought this stretcher, and paid more for it than others, because the photo represents it as having tapered, rather than square, sides. It does not, they are square, or approximately so. I modified the ends that sit on the sides of the sweatband by sanding them to approximately a 7 degree angle. Used a disc sander. Left the front and rear of the stretcher square. Took me an hour or so to finish the fit on the stretcher. Fits well now in all of my hats.
The original quality of the stretcher I would say is mediocre. It was produced in a hurry. The wooden parts are not truly sanded to a consistent profile, band saw marks are evident on the inner and outer curves, the pieces are just not well-finished. But it works.
I think the hat stretcher is the greatest object on the planet because I didn't know that anything could exist to transform my Medium (wrong size for me) hats into Large (definitely my size) so I could wear them properly and comfortably. I have "expanded" one hat already and it's like magic! The hat has expanded and fits perfectly and looks great. The difference is quite noticeable. So I honestly highly recommend this product. Buy with confidence!