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Akubra Capricorn Review

Discussion in 'Hats' started by HatDoc, Feb 8, 2009.

  1. HatDoc

    HatDoc One of the Regulars

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    At long last, my Akubra Capricorn straw hat has arrived from Australia. Since there have been many inquiries about this hat on the Lounge, I thought I might add my $.02.

    I ordered it from Everything Australian . I have ordered from them once before and have received good service. The order was placed on 1-22-09 and was received on 2-6-09. Not bad at all. The hats arrived packed well and safe (I ordered a total of 3 hats this time.....but only 1 Capricorn).

    The Capricorn, as most of you know, is made of a synthetic "straw" called polypropylene. This is not the first had made from this material. The Riverz Delta and Joe Fedora, to name two, are made from a similar synthetic. I was in the market for a dress straw hat that would withstand a rain storm. I already have a Sunbody, which is awesome, but it is more of a casual rain-resistant straw hat. The Akubra Capricorn fits the niche just right.

    I bought the Fawn color. It also comes in Copper, Green, and Gray. I've seen a photo of the Green on eBay, but it didn't appeal to me. It looked like something out of a St. Paddy's Day parade. The Copper looks good, but I decided on the Fawn.

    The specs are as follows:

    Brim Width -- 63mm (2.38 inches)
    Height at the front (bashed) -- 108 mm (4.25 inches)

    Here are some photos that I snapped during a slow time at work tonight:


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    Here's some on my noggin'. The color of the hat is most accurate in these photos.

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    Here's a close-up of the weave and band:

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    Here's the only "flaw".....the clip shows, but the color blends in well and I doubt anyone will notice:

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    Opinion:

    Bottom line......I LOVE this hat.

    Fit: The size is a perfect 57mm. The sweatband is a supple brown leather, very similar to my felt Akubras. The crown is high enough inside to allow the hat to sit correctly on my head without touching the top of the hat.

    Looks:

    The color is NOT a sand color.....it's more of a taupe/cafe-au-lait color. Beautiful and versatile. The look of the polypro "straw" is essentially identical to many of the Milan straw hats that I own. I doubt that anyone could tell that it wasn't a natural fiber by looking at it.....or even by examining it closely. (N.B. This is NOT true of some of the other polypro hats that I've seen.....they look and feel like plastic. The Akubra is a cut above any of the others.)

    Feel: It feels just right. The straw feels like the stiff Milan...it's not flimsy and supple like a Panama. It's about the same weight as a Milan. Not an ultra-light Panama, but not heavy either. Some people have suspected that it might be hot in the summer. Well, it's winter now, but it doesn't seem to be a particularly warm hat, and it's ventilated well.

    Summary:

    This hat is a winner. It wears and looks great. It'll take the rain without losing it's shape.

    I'll be ordering a Gray one when I finish this review. I'm also going to order a Cream-colored "Rink", which appears to be the same hat.

    So.....that's about it. If you're looking for a nice straw that can withstand the weather, order the Akubra Capricorn with confidence.

    --Randy--
    (aka: HatDoc)
     
  2. Colby Jack

    Colby Jack Call Me a Cab

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    Randy....Bravo!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap :eusa_clap I've been looking at those hats for a long time...and also searching for something that will hold up to Florida summers....this might be the right lid for that purpose!
    It looks great on ya!...even with the scrubs!:D
     
  3. Flitcraft

    Flitcraft One Too Many

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    Wow!...

    That looks great! I'm glad you posted because I'd been thinking of getting one for summer wear, but couldn't find pictures as clear as yours.
    How is the polypropolene as far as making your head hot? How does it compare to straw?
    Thanks again for posting- neat hat!:)
     
  4. citRon

    citRon A-List Customer

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    Dude! You rock! I was on the fence about getting one of these for Summer -not anymore!
     
  5. HamletJSD

    HamletJSD A-List Customer

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    I'm thinking the same (as I said in the other thread), but I am curious what the other colors look like. Akubra sites are terrible about showing you pics of your options ...
     
  6. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    Thanks for this link - I hadn't noticed this hat before - the Rink comes in sizes 62-64, unlike the Capricorn which stops at 61. The Capricorn comes in some pretty nice colors, gray looks nice.
     
  7. zetwal

    zetwal I'll Lock Up

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    Thanks for posting this thorough review along with photos -
     
  8. citRon

    citRon A-List Customer

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    I would love to see the 'Copper'.
     
  9. TopGumby

    TopGumby One of the Regulars

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    Awesome review, and for me, a scale tipper.

    Akubra for summer it is.
     
  10. KY Gentleman

    KY Gentleman One Too Many

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    Thank you for this thread! I haven't really looked to hard at this hat but its got my attention now. Thanks for posting pictures, too.
     
  11. indycop

    indycop I'll Lock Up

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    That does look good!
     
  12. HatDoc

    HatDoc One of the Regulars

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    Stay tuned, citRon......I just ordered a Gray and a Copper, as well as a Rink in Cream. I'll post photos of all 3 when they arrive in about 10 days or so.

    Randy
     
  13. BobC

    BobC My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That's a super looking straw, Randy. I love the ribbon and the bound brim. Man, just when I think I have enough hats, another nice one pops up here. I'll be taking a look at these too....summer is getting closer.

    By the way, do you know or does anyone else know what the cream/green under means or what the hat looks like?
     
  14. "green under"

    the "green under" is where the line hat with a green felt (not sure what it's made of) to reduce sun comming thru the weave of the straw and to reduce glare.

    haven't had a hat with it no so I can't really give a review.
     
  15. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    Hat Doc, did the band come with the hat? I'm looking at it on Everything Australian, and there's no mention of a band color other than black.

    And does anyone know if Capricorn can be special ordered in larger sizes?

    And finally, does anyone know if there's a difference in crown height between the Capricorn and the Rink?
     
  16. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    I'd be interested in a Capricorn in a larger size also ---
     
  17. I'm looking for one with a wider brim but not 3" brim. The Zephyr looks to be about the right width but trying to find specs...
     
  18. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    There's a decent detail photo here:

    http://www.adelaidehatters.com.au/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_11&products_id=64

    The brim is listed as 70mm (2-3/4). I like the bound brim, but not the turndown in the back. FWIW there is the Joe Fedora, a polypro hat with 2-3/4 brim that I like - no brim binding though. The Akubra hats look a little nicer, what with the brim binding and leather sweat. If the leather sweat sounds too hot, the Joe's sweat is coolmax.
     
  19. Thanks Carldelo, I did find that site but none of the usual suspect. That size brim is exactly what I'm looking for, really like the ribbon size & the bond edge. Price is not bad either. Shipping is $20...
     
  20. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    Isn't that a leather band, not a ribbon in the detail view?
     

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