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    Grizzled Grave Robber Knight of the Round Table djd's Avatar
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    Re: Hats off to Akubra

    Harsh is a good way of describing it :-)
    Slightly cardboard like.
    By far the two softest and smoothest finished hats I own are both German 1950s vintage. Streets ahead of any modern hat I've owned.

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    Grizzled Grave Robber Knight of the Round Table crismans's Avatar
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    Re: Hats off to Akubra

    As I've said elsewhere, I have really liked the Akubra's I've owned as far as quality/durability. I think, out of the box, they would make one of the best everyday wear or, especially, work hat. Like DJD, it's one hat I'd wear in the rain without a second thought. My big problem with the Akubra is with the block shape. If I'm trying to get an Indy look, I can never get the top dent deep enough without it riding on my head. Maybe it's my own styling problem, but I've not had this issue with other hats. Come to think of it, I think my "plane" hat that I had Gunslinger modify for me was a Fed III so maybe it's just the Fed IV that I have this problem with. Anyone want to send me a Fed III for me to experiment?
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    Grizzled Grave Robber HENRY JONES JR.'s Avatar
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    Re: Hats off to Akubra

    Quote Originally Posted by djd View Post
    Harsh is a good way of describing it :-)
    Slightly cardboard like.
    By far the two softest and smoothest finished hats I own are both German 1950s vintage. Streets ahead of any modern hat I've owned.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gunslinger View Post
    Yeah it's not so much that outsourcing equals bad, just that keeping things inhouse shows a commitment to controlling their supply chain and the quality of the product. So many companies just look at how to make the most profit at the smallest outlay but you can tell that Akubra takes pride in their traditions.

    They are a slightly "harsh" hat to me, but can be pounced to as soft as the most luxurious vintage hats I've ever felt.
    Quote Originally Posted by djd View Post
    Whilst my Akubra isn't my favourite hat, it's certainly the toughest. The felt isn't particularly soft or pliable - which are often seen as marks of quality in dress hats. Akubra felt feels particularly dense which is why it's so tough I guess. It's the one hat I'd wear in the rain if I had to.
    Yes, stiff or cardboard like is a good way of describing it. My grey Akubra Fed 4 is a dress hat, and I'd like it to stay in the shape that it is. The fur surface is incredibly smooth. If I had a brown Akubra Fed 4, I may not want it to be too stiff, but as Gunslinger mentioned, it can be made soft and plyable if you want it to be.

    They sure know how to make a quality hat, that's for sure!

 

 
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