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Akubra have introduced a softer more pliable felt hat designed specifically for the adventurer among us. This hat has a unique memory which allows it to be manipulated back to shape if mistreated.
The superior rabbit fur felt used by Akubra reinforces its commitment to producing not only an exceptional looking hat but of the most durable.
Now you can tuck your hat into your bag safe in the knowledge will retain its original look when you take it out to wear again. It has good brim width at 76mm for protection for the sun and elements
The crown is approx 4-3/8 inches high, the welted brim with memory insert 3" wide. The 5/16 inch ornamental band has a brass buckle. The crown is unlined with a fabric band to allow the hat to be packed.
Made in Australia.
Materials and Technical information:
The prime factors in the quality of fur felt are the quality of the fur used and how tightly it is worked together in the felting process.The basic fur in a felt hat is the under-fur of rabbits, and the quality of this fur is a prime factor in the quality of the hat produced. Fur from wild rabbits gives the best quality. Akubra not only uses more wild rabbit fur in their hats than any other hat company, but also a better fur, as they cut their own fur from the skins, keeping control of quality of the hats from start to finish.
The quality of the felt in American hats is often designated by a number of X s, an arbitrary value differing between manufacturers. Akubra does not use X s. They produce four felt qualities. Their standard quality, with a world-wide reputation for durability, is offered in two finishes, the Imperial Quality, used in most of the standard hats we offer, and the Superfine, used in the Slouch hat. The Sydney is made from a lighter weight felt, using a finer fur, with a finish similar to the Imperial Quality. Their premium quality, developed recently for the Heritage Collection, is very much in the Akubra tradition, a stronger, more dense felt for even greater durability, which also allows a finer pouncing for a superb finish. Pliofelt is the new pliable fur felt used in Akubra s crushable Lifestyle collection
About Akubra Hats
Australians needed hard wearing hats with wider brims than the usual European brims, to protect them from the sun and rain. Akubra soon became known for the durability and comfort of their felt hats, and recognized throughout the world for the Australian styling with a flair that reflects the independent, confident, and sometimes adventurous spirit of the dinkum Australian.
Akubra Hats have been Australia's quality hats since the early 1900's, ever since Arthur P. Stewart set up to make a hat to meet the needs of this bustling new colony. Australians in the earlier days, much like the Americans of the West, needed better hats than the usual, and, like the Americans, they had to make them for themselves. Akubra hats stood the test of life on the cattle stations and droving routes. Akubra hats still stand the test, not only in Australia, but throughout the world. We have been bringing Akubra hats to the United States since 1965, at prices other brand names cannot match, in a quality they envy.
Akubra is the only major hat company making fur felt hats from start to finish, beginning with the raw skins through all the processes of preparing the fur, forming the hood, dyeing, blocking and pouncing the hat to the final trimming. Their control of the entire process allows them to produce an exceptional quality of fur felt. The quality of Akubra's felt is attested to by the fact that they have no need for the colored powders used by many manufacturers to even out the color and hide flaws in the felt. The reputation of Akubra hats is built on the long lasting quality of their fur felt and the comfort of their reeded leather sweat bands.
Akubra is an owner-operated company with an up-to-date plant, and a long term dedication to quality. Some of the distinctive features of Akubra hats are described below
How To Measure Your Hat Size:
Get a soft tape measure or a long strip of strong paper and place it around your head in the position you wear your hat. The tape should be level, in the center of your forehead and about one quarter of an inch above the top of your ears.