"Stylish yet rugged, this hat keeps the sun and rain off - and it gives anyone who wears it a bit of extra charm. It is the most important part of traditional western attire."
Overview & Obtaining
Cowboy hats are the complimentary garment to Dusters, both summing up the Western side of RimWorld, and along with that: providing thermal insulation. Cowboy Hats can be purchased, crafted, or stripped from Outlanders. Cowboy hats are also unique in the respect that they provide a 15% bonus to social chat impact, which is down to their style.
As a complicated garment, Cowboy Hats can only be made at tailoring benches, which requires complex clothing to be researched in order to be constructed. A cowboy hat requires 25 of any textile, and 84 seconds of work (5,000 ticks) to be created, assuming baseline global work speed, consciousness, sight, and manipulation.
Conclusion & Comparison
Overall, Cowboy Hats can be quite important when it comes to survival in hotter climates as they provide half the thermal insulation that a Duster does, and therefore compliments it well. The social chat impact can also prove to be useful for wardens as relationships with prisoners will be built quicker, reducing the time it takes to recruit them. Tuques are only more viable in extreme cold climates, where temperatures can plummet below -30 Celsius.
The following table(s) will display how good a normal quality Cowboy Hat is at insulating when made from various materials...