Akubra Campdraft

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Spatterdash, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. Desert dog

    Desert dog My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,291
    Location:
    California
    I have been very happy with them. Will be ordering my third Campdraft from them next week.
    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
    Zombie_61 and Scuttle like this.
  2. Fed in a Fedora

    Fed in a Fedora Practically Family

    Messages:
    732
    Location:
    Dixie, USA
    They sent me a poorly manufactured hat in the past. It was not properly pounced by Akubra so that an elliptical shadow line was visible all around the hat band. This was sent to me without any examination before being shipped internationally. In fairness, I was offered the option of paying the return postage and they would cancel the order and then start all over again, but just think about the cost involved and time delay.

    If I order from them in the future, I will insist that they examine the hat prior to shipping - as Everything Australian did for me all along. I go to them first.

    Fed
     
    deadlyhandsome and Zombie_61 like this.
  3. Preacher Man

    Preacher Man A-List Customer

    Messages:
    327
    Location:
    South Central Kentucky, USA
    Al said it exactly right!
    I couldn't agree more. Great people.
     
  4. Desert dog

    Desert dog My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,291
    Location:
    California
    I ordered a cedar brown Camp draft yesterday, from the hattery. Got an email this morning from them, telling me that while inspecting the hat, before shipment, they noticed a flaw in the felt. They have more in their warehouse and will ship me a better one, on Friday. I was happy that they notified me and and inspected the hat before shipment. I thought it was proffesional and considerate to notify me. I will continue to do business with them.[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
  5. Hat Masterson

    Hat Masterson Familiar Face

    Messages:
    60
    Color shopping for a Campdraft. Guess I'm checking on color versatility. Let me preface this by saying I'm not really too much into fashion, but I am a little curious how a BG Campdraft might fit with my outerwear (mostly informal stuff): I have a saddle barn coat with brown corduroy collar, a dark brown Berne coat, and some blue jackets. Seem like BG would set ok on these garments? I've got many hats, but it's really tough to figure this color out. Thanks in advance to those who have one.
     
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2018
    Desert dog likes this.
  6. Always good to hear a retailer providing good customer service.

    What are your plans for the Cedar Brown? Your Moonstone with the cattleman’s crease was just about perfect.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  7. Desert dog

    Desert dog My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Messages:
    3,291
    Location:
    California
    Thanks Brent! It will be a cattleman also, trying to get a range of colors in that style.
    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
    Zombie_61 and deadlyhandsome like this.
  8. I really like Akubra's Bluegrass Green. I'm primarily a "jeans and tee shirts" kind of guy and most of my shirts are black, green, and dark to medium blues, and I think the Bluegrass Green goes well with them. And on those days when it's raining hard enough for me to wear my olive drab M65 field jacket it's definitely my go-to hat. That being said, I can't say I've ever worn mine with any of my brown jackets--that's what my Taupe Fawn Campdraft is for--but I don't see a problem combining those colors.

    By the way, don't let the name of the color throw you. It's definitely a green hat, but in some lighting it does have a hint of a blueish hue.
     
    Fed in a Fedora and Desert dog like this.
  9. RJR

    RJR

    Messages:
    10,622
    Location:
    Iowa
    Hat-Akubra-BGCD-FL2.jpg
    I have CDs in 4 colors and feel that the BG is about the most flexible.
     
  10. D00R

    D00R One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    NY
    I recieved my Akubra Campdraft in Bluegrass green today. I ordered a size 57. Its a tad big, it falls to the tops of my ears, but everyone says the sweatband will shrink in time.

    The hat is kinda stiff. Like cardboard. I put the brim down and it pops back up on its own. Im used to my Borsalino Alessandria which is super soft, easy to form but the brim was always a tad short on the Alessandria.
    The felt on the campdraft at first viewing and feeling seems cheap to me like it will tear in time. The fedora also has rumples in the felt when I put it in a shape. Anyone else see the rumpled texture go away in time?

    The hat seems like it can be torn in half like cardboard by the way it feels and appears to look.
    Im giving it a chance but Im feeling a bit disheartened by first viewing and texture of the hat.
    I will post photos in daylight tomorrow.
     
    deadlyhandsome likes this.
  11. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Mtns. of SW Virginia
    Don’t despair; your new hat certainly will not tear like cardboard. The newer hats like the Akubras do not compare to the soft fine felt of the vintage hats, but they are good solid hats.

    Are you creasing it dry, without steaming or wetting it? The felt on the Akubras I have are thick and started out far too stiff to dry crease without looking “rumpled”. Steam is best, spritzing with distilled water works to prevent impurities in the water from staining the hat, but honestly I soak mine under the bathtub spigot until it starts to absorb water, let it sit a little while until it softens, then shape it the way I want. Wearing it out in a good rain accomplishes the same thing, and I promise you that it will not harm it at all. A little wet weather will also even out any rumples from the creasing you do.

    My wife has thin sheets of craft foam that I pilfer and cut strips out of to take up space behind the sweatband until the hat eventually forms to my head.

    I am struggling with an opposite problem; I have a really nice hat of fine felt that struggles to hold its brim shape in our current humid weather.

    Good luck,
    Regan
     
  12. D00R

    D00R One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    NY

    Thanks Regan for the reasuring words it helps a lot really, I never owned an Akubura before. I just did a light pat down of the crown and a pinch to see the look of the hat and get a feel of the felt.
    I will give all you recomendations a shot.
    Would you ever use stiffiner on your brim? Ive never done that but I read they sell spray stuff to hold its shape.
     
    Woodtroll likes this.
  13. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

    Messages:
    987
    Location:
    Mtns. of SW Virginia
    I understand how much different the Akubra must feel to you after the Borsalino. I was the in the exact opposite situation - I’ve dealt with wider brims and stiffer felts on western-type hats most of my life, so the first fine felt fedora I handled and put on my head was a “Wow!” moment for me, too. They are completely different animals for sure.

    I’m thinking about trying a little steam and putting this one on a simple form I have made; I like my front and rear brim both down, which leaves the sides to do what they want. It is soft and light to the point of being luxurious, so I am very hesitant to add any spray-on stiffener, but have considered it and do appreciate the tip!
     
    Zombie_61 likes this.
  14. D00R

    D00R One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    NY
    Yeah I understand about not wanting to spray it with anything. I always want l d a hat to be as is and not have a worry about adjusting it. Yeaah Ive been liking that down back and down front look lately to.

    I like how my Borsalino can be beaten up and reformed fast. The askubras felt seems fragile that if I beat it up there will be felt marks all over it. And if I pick it up from the pinch a hole will form fast. Feels like a costume hat to me so far. Will it get softer in time?
    Im wanting to love it and I really wanted to get it in Dark brown and a FedIV deluxe in heritage Fawn but im so on the fence now to order more from Akubra.
     
    Zombie_61 likes this.
  15. Hat Masterson

    Hat Masterson Familiar Face

    Messages:
    60
    Man that IS a bummer. I have a BGCD on the way, and gotta say those are words I didn't want to read. All I've read on these boards are positive things about this hat. Maybe you got a bad one. You could always contact the seller.

    Perhaps someone with more knowledge on CDs will chime in.
     
    Zombie_61 likes this.
  16. D00R

    D00R One of the Regulars

    Messages:
    264
    Location:
    NY
    Im sorry to make you worry. It just seems like two worlds compared to the other fedoras I've owned. Stetson Royals, Modern Day Borsalinos like the Alessandria.
    Yeah I have seen some CD’s with rumpled felt from forming it but from the tips to use water and steam might do the trick for a smoother bash. I want to like this hat it just feels cheap and costumey. I will take a better gander at it tomorrow during the day.

    The pluses are its a nice shaped hat, classic open crown. The sweatband is comfortable as well. And the inside liner is very classy with pride.

    Cons the grade felt & stiffness. The brim pops back and making a dash out of the box looks sloppy not easy to just bash and go, needs steam to get that smooth formed look. Size is to big. It falls ontop of my ears and I can turn my head and have the hat shift all over. I owned a Modern day Herbert Johnson Fedora in a size 57 and it lay snug across my brow.

    I also just realized I didn’t order the Deluxe Version of the Campdraft. BUT apprently I nearly paid the same price of a deluxe which just worsens how Im feeling about this purchase. Im not sure if im allowed to mention the company I ordered it from.
    With further looking the Bluegrass doesn’t come in the Deluxe choice.

    I emailed the company about the felt and fit and will see what they have to say. In the end Im sure I will just make the best of it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2018
  17. @D00R - I'm sorry to hear you're disappointed with your Campdraft, but I suggest you give it some time. Akubra's felt can sometimes be rather stiff at first--when I received my Taupe Fawn Campdraft it was stiffer than my other Akubras combined and, like you experienced, the brim snapped right back up the first several times I tried to snap it down. Time, handling and wearing the hat, and "working" the felt by creasing and re-creasing it will make it softer, but it probably won't become as soft as a vintage or custom hat for at least a couple of decades.

    With regards to shaping the crown and brim, steam and/or water will definitely help. On all of my Akubras my process was the same--give the crown a rough shape dry, spray it with distilled water until it's good and wet, let it sit for a few minutes to allow the water to soak into the felt, refine the shape and eliminate those "rumples" (at that point mine all shaped almost like clay), then--and here's the hard part--set it aside and let it dry at room temperature, checking it occasionally to make sure it's holding it's new shape. Depending on how well you saturate the felt this last step can take quite a while, but using an artificial heat source to make it dry faster can cause the felt to shrink, resulting in a tapered crown. I also sprayed the entire front half of the brim in order to "convince" it to stay snapped down, and that worked well for me (though it took two or three treatments on my overly stiff Campdraft).

    The size should take care of itself as long as you wear, and more specifically sweat in, the hat. The moisture and sodium in our perspiration slightly dehydrates the leather Akubra uses for their sweatbands, which causes them to shrink somewhat. All of my Akubras started out so oversized that I could pull them down until my head filled the crown, but after wearing them every day they all shrunk down in less than a week.

    [​IMG]

    You can use spacer material behind the sweatband to make the hat more comfortable while this happens, but I just wore mine loose until they all shrunk down to a nice fit and conformed to the shape of my head.
     
  18. chicken1616

    chicken1616 New in Town

    Messages:
    40
    How do you know that your head just didn't get bigger?;)
     
  19. For me, it’s all about managing my expectations. I’d never expect a $100 Akubra to compare to a Borsalino. I’m a fan of economy custom hats, but I also understand that they won’t compare to VS, Gannon, etc.

    Akubras are hell for stout so you don’t have to worry about damaging them with reasonable handling. I have three Campdrafts and two of them were just as you describe. They had hard felt that required water, steam, and muscle to shape. I’d give it some time and work and rework the shape and the felt should soften a bit. I doubt it will ever be a soft hat, but they are very serviceable. My Silverbelly came very soft and malleable, but all my others are close to what you described.

    I know the disappointment of getting a hat and realizing it was not what you had hoped. I’d say keep it and use it hard, make it your rain hat, and enjoy a hat you don’t have to baby.

    I was thinking about ordering another Campdraft (Moonstone) but in the end I spent just a bit more and ordered a custom Agnoulita and specified a soft crown and a stiffer brim. At this point I personally can’t see ordering another felt Akubra, but I’m glad I have mine...wore one today as a matter of fact.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  20. Actually, I don't. But if that were the case, I think I'd have to eventually order a larger size. :D

    The funny thing is, I've been having my hair cut shorter over the last year or so, so now I'm between sizes and all of my hats fit a little looser than they used to. I think they're actually more comfortable that way, but now I'll have to be extra careful that they don't blow off of my head on windy days. :confused:
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.