True, to a point. Jared is right--when we here on The Lounge discuss Akubra hats and shrinkage, we're referring primarily to the leather sweatbands they use. In conjunction with that, the felt doesn't really shrink but, being attached to the sweatband, is drawn in a bit as the leather shrinks. I didn't even know until now that Akubra used cotton material for some of their sweatbands, and I can't recall ever having seen a discussion about them. I'd suggest you contact Akubra directly to ask them whether or not their cotton sweatbands shrink and, if they do, how much.