Schaefer Outfitter FAQ's

What’s the difference between the Original Fit and Reserve Fit RanchHand Dungarees?

The Original feature a high rise fit, meaning they sit above the hips. Designed as a riding jean, the high rise can be more comfortable and holds a shirt tuck well. The thighs are a little more fitted than the Classics. The fit is between a Wrangler 13MWZ and 20X Relaxed, according to our customers. The Reserves feature a mid-rise, meaning they sit naturally on the waist. The cut is more fitte) than Original in the seat and thigh. We’ve been told by customers the fit is similar to a Cinch, Kimes or Levi’s mid-rise styles. Both styles are boot cut.

Will the American Denim™ or Brushcloth® RanchHands Shrink?

No. This is the same fabric we have used in our outerwear since 1992. The same American Denim™ is used in our Legend Denim Jackets, Ranger Vests and Saddle Coats. The same can be said about our Brushcloth® which is featured in our Mesquite Outerwear and Vest Collection. Once the dungarees are produced, they are sent to the wash to eliminate any shrinkage in the garment.

Can I wash the wool products?

No. Our wool products must be dry cleaned. However due to the tightness of the weave of the melton wool, the fabric can be wiped down very easily. Wool naturally wants to shrink, and the man-made nylon lining does not.

How do I care for the RangeWax® shell products?

This product can not be machine washed, dry cleaned, starched or ironed due to the properties inherent within the fabric. Due to the wax, all Rangewax® garments must must sponged down with cold water and then hung in a cool area to naturally dry. Areas of the garment which look to be drying can be reproofed using Schaefer RangeWax® Refinishing Ointment. Hand apply in light layers, and then apply hair dryer heat to set it in. For those who prefer a patina or leathered look will not need to use Refinishing Ointment.

Can I wash the Fenceline® Canvas products?

No. Fenceline® Canvas is manufactured specifically for Schaefer. It is an 11 oz. cotton canvas which is woven very tighly. The tightness of the weave is commonly known as army duck. The fabric does feature a DWR (Durable Water Resistent) finish, which is basically a heavy duty Scotchguard applied by machine after the dyeing process.

You do not offer my size, can you make a special size?

Unfortunately no. Our current production capacity does not allow us to take on custom orders. We do welcome input on missing size requests. Enough requests can encourage us to add a new size to styles within our range.

What is Fenceline® Canvas?

Fenceline® Canvas is manufactured specifically for Schaefer. It is an 11 oz. cotton canvas which is woven very tighly. The tightness of the weave is commonly known as army duck. In addition, there is a medium hand finish applied to the fabric. This finish gives the garment body and the fabric does feature a DWR (Durable Water Resistent) finish, which is basically a heavy duty Scotchguard applied by machine after the dyeing process.

What is Brushcloth®?

Schaefer Brushcloth® is specifically designed to handle harsh riding and hunting conditions. Designed in 2003, the heavyweight 15 oz canvas construction is basically thorn proof and lasts much longer than most fabrics on the market. This investment grade 100% cotton fabric is fully breathable, features a weatherproof finish and adapts to a wide array of products including lined and unlined jackets/coats to vests and dungarees.

What is RangeWax®?

Schaefer Rangewax® is specifically designed for inclement weather. Unlike common oilskins saturated with oil, much of the oil is taken out and replaced with wax. Water is unable to penetrate it and the noticeable oily feel and smell is displaced. RangeWax® products have been part of our weatherproof collection of garments since 1992.

What Makes Hat Quality?

All felt hats look similar at a quick glance, and a customer may wonder why one costs $50.00, another $100.00, $200 or more. The difference can be seen and felt once he get them in his hand, and it shows up even more after months of wearing. But the question remains; what make hat quality?
The major items of cost are the fur, the trimmings and highly important, the workmanship. Selection of the fur determines the tightness of the felt and the sheen and resilience of the finish. It comes in dozens of grades of rabbit, hare, nutria, beaver, etc., and may vary in price from $10 to $100 a pound. Each has its own property of felting, tightly or loosely, and the tighter the felt the more "live" and shape retaining the hat will be. Certain portions of the fur, the backs of land animals, the bellies of water animals, are superior in quality and command a higher price. There is also the cheaper "short stock" (reclaimed fur) and synthetic fiber which acts as a filler but does not tighten the felt. They all make hats, but with a difference in "feel" and in pride of appearance after a little wear.

Workmanship counts more than you think. The bodies may be rushed once through the shrinking rollers, or run through repeatedly with constant inspection. They may be "pounced" (shaved) once or several times. Some special textures require double the finishing time. The "felted edge" locks the brim shape forever, but it also involves an incredible amount of expert handwork.
Trimmings too, from cotton linings to the finest brial satin, from imitation leather to fine specially tanned roans; all determine cost and quality. A fine band costs more, and is worth it. A reeded leather helps cushion the head and resists perspiration stains, it also adds to the cost. These are visible qualities for the life of the hat.

Hat Size Goes With Shape Of Head For Style And Smile

Each head has its own size, each it own particular shape. A hat may fit property, but if its form, width, height and breadth do not harmonize with the shape of the customer’s skull and face, a discordant note seems to spoil the appearance of the wearer. Head size is based upon the circumference of the head. If a string is placed around a head and it measures 21.875 inches and this circumference of the odd oval is made into a circle, the diameter of the circle would be 7 inches, the equivalent of a size 7. International hat sizes differ slightly. English sizes are based on a true diameter of a circle, while American sizes have a slight deviation. There is a 1/8 difference allowed in some hat charts.