AKUBRA FED IV / AKUBRA RM?

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  1. BIGG SHOW

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    Good day all,
    I am torn between purchasing a Fed IV or the Akubra RM Williams hat. I have a few Akubra hats already and I am a huge fan. Wondering how stiff the Fed IV is/can be?

    But, most importantly, I wish I could see a video and more pictures of the RM Williams RM Akubra.

    There is a seemingly endless supply of videos on the Fed yet I can’t find a single video of the RM! Frustrating. It seems there is a lack of pics of that lid as well...

    Any thoughts and or opinions? A vid of the RM would be gold! Haha. I think it may be a perfect fit for me. I love the color and I’ve read that it’s a rather sturdy, stiff felt and the brim is a tad shorter than the Campdraft if the online vendor measurement claims are in fact accurate. Any fans of the RM Williams Akubra?

    Any and all thoughts and or information would be appreciated.

    Cheers!
     
  2. DaveProc

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    I have an older RM Williams Campdraft in Silver Belly. I don't believe they make it in this color any longer, but it is the hat I wear most. I have three Fed IVs and I definitely like the RM Hat much better. I also have three regular Campdrafts and the felt between all three is very different, from quite stiff, to almost to floppy, I have the same issue with Fed IVs, the hand of the felt varies considerably by color. I like everything about the Campdraft/RM hats more than the Fed IV. The bound brim and the round brim as opposed to the dimensional unbound brim.
     
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  3. Does the Fed have a higher crown? I’ve always wished that the Campdraft and the now discontinued Bushman had taller crowns.
     
  4. DaveProc

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    I think the Campdraft has the higher crown, But I haven't checked. I'll see what I can find.
     
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    Apparently the Campdraft varies in height, 5 1/2 140 mm or higher.
    The Fed IV crown height in 5 5/8 142 mm
     
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  6. Thanks, Dave. Not much to chose between on crown height.
     
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  7. BIGG SHOW

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    Thank you Dave,
    I appreciate your thoughts and input.

    Thanks for the link Johnny, I’ve actually read through that thread previously. Nevertheless, I appreciate it.

    Hey Dave, would you say the RM is a stiffer one of your Campdrafts? Is the brim shorter than the plain ol’ Campdraft?

    Cheers!
     
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  8. DaveProc

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    I will have a look in the next day.
     
  9. BIGG SHOW

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    Thanks Dave, much obliged.

    Cheers!
     
  10. DaveProc

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    Brim width
    Campdraft
    Cedar Brown Imperial 2 7/8
    Moonstone Heritage 2 3/4
    Bluegrass Green Imperial 2 3/4

    Silverbelly RM 2 15/16
     
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  11. DaveProc

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    Felt
    Cedar Brown Imperial - very soft, almost too floppy for the brim to keep its shape
    Moonstone Heritage - Soft, pretty stiff, holds its shape and doesn't move
    Bluegrass Green Imperial - Soft, dense holds easily shaped, holds its shape

    Silverbelly RM Williams - Soft, denser than the Bluegrass green but very similar qualities.
     
  12. DaveProc

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    No, not much. I think on your large head they may look low.
     
  13. Frunobulax

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    I can't speak for all 3 of my CDs, although I think they are similar, but my Heritage CBCD comes in at 5 7/8" OC.
     
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  14. BIGG SHOW

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    Thanks Dave!
    The specs are helpful. My crystal ball is showing an RM hat in my future.

    Cheers!
     
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    “Cowboys and outlaws and right guys and southpaws,
    Good dogs and all kinds of cats.
    Dirt roads and white lines and all kinds of stop signs,
    But I stand right here where I'm at,
    'Cause I wear My Own Kind Of Hat.”

    - Merle Haggard
     

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