Akubra Overload

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Colby Jack, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. Streak

    Streak New in Town

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    Thanks @johnnycanuck and @Zombie_61 So it seems that there is more than one way of doing this. I took the foam out and it does not feel like the hat will blow off my head even though it's slightly too big so I will leave it out for now. I guess I am slightly long oval. If I put slight pressure on the sides of the crown then the hat tends to make contact almost around the whole circumference. I need to wear the hat for longer each day than the 20 minute dog walk to get it to start "taking shape". It's warming up here in SoCal with temps. in the low to mid 70's over the next few days. That should help build up a bit of a sweat!
     
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  2. Jhoff_1979

    Jhoff_1979 One of the Regulars

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    Hello. Welcome. I speak with a little bit of experience here on the Akubra. I own 2 Snowy Rivers and 3 Cattleman. I am a 7 1/2 or 60 but have ordered 7 5/8 or 61 with each Akubra on some sage advice from our esteemed brethren here. I ALWAYS need my inserts for at least a week or 2. I have always had a little extra room on the sides and I am okay with that. I wear the hell out of the hat and even indoors at work to build up the sweat. By about a couple weeks time for me I can usually take the insert out of the rear of my sweatband and they fit like a glove. You may take longer than a couple of weeks depending on how often you wear your hat and how much you build up a sweat. Word of warning though, make sure you have a hat jack laying around as I find I need to jack it a crank every now and then to keep it comfortable. Take care.
     
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  3. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    Discontinued Akubra but an Akubra just the same. The Down Under
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  4. Streak

    Streak New in Town

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    Thanks for your input. Today I kept the hat on for a number of hours doing some yard work etc. Maybe I am imagining it but I am already feeling a difference and that's without the foam inserts. Not sure if I am ready for the hat to be my fashion statement yet to the extent that it goes everywhere with me! Having fair skin I am always at least wearing a cap when I dash from the car to the supermarket etc. and have my very large brimmed Tilley LTM2 in the car if I really need some protection or for when I am fly-fishing off the beach.
     
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  5. DRB

    DRB One Too Many

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    Johnny: Akubra should keep that style. It looks great on you.
     
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  6. DRB

    DRB One Too Many

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    Here is an Akubra called "The Outback". It is sold as a 'down under' down brim. I curled it up to a western. Akubra The Outback altered to western March 2019.jpg
     
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  7. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    Thanks man. One of the reasons I don’t wear it much. I can’t really replace it if something happened to it
    Johnny
     
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  8. DaveProc

    DaveProc One of the Regulars

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    Fed IV today while working in the cold basement archives.
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  9. Kane

    Kane Familiar Face

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    Hello Akubra folks,
    Here is a picture of a metal wire that has begun to protrude from the ends of the sweatband of my fairly new Campdraft Deluxe. I have had the hat for about a month now, and have been wearing it a lot to try to get it to shrink down as it’s a very roomy fit (I’m thinking it’s too big but I hear they start that way and then shrink to fit). As I had not previously noticed the very obvious wire sticking out of the sweatband, I’m guessing that perhaps the sweatband has shrunk a bit which has caused to the wire to come out. If the sweatband continues to shrink (which I hope it does as this hat is too friggin’ big) it’s likely that more wire will come out of the end of the sweatband.
    Is this a common thing with these hats? Apart from looking odd and out-of-place, is this a problem? Should I clip some excess length off of the wire and push it back inside of the band? I guess the wire is there for a reason, but I have never noticed this with other hats.
    I would be interested to know if others have had this happen and what you do. Thanks


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  10. johnnycanuck

    johnnycanuck Call Me a Cab

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    That has happened to a few of my Akubras. Usually the ones that get heavy use. Its a wire or plastic strip that helps keep the hat its size and shape. So if you want the hat to shrink down and conform to your head shape maybe get some pliers and pull it out. I did that with my Federation III and it fits more like a custom hat now then a factory produced one. Only word of precaution I would give is make sure you own a hat jack or a block of your head size before you do it. If it shrinks a tad to much you want to be able to stretch it out easily.
    Hope that helps
    Johnny
     
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  11. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Some Akubra owners pull the wire out as son as they get their hats. Some say it helps with the fit after it’s removed. I’ve never felt the need to remove it, but if it started to protrude or cause issues I’d take it out.


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  12. Kane

    Kane Familiar Face

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    Thanks, gents.
     
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  13. tsores

    tsores Familiar Face

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    How do you pull it out?
     
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  14. Picked up an Akubra Territory in Sandtone Fawn to play around with. It's a 4 x 6 in open crown & a lot softer than what I expected; softer than my Akubra Cattleman. Someone has added a smaller grommet that doesn't go thru the liner. I removed the braided hatband & plan for a wider ribbon but not sure about the grommet showing from behind the ribbon. Maybe a pug will hide the grommet better. Probably destined to be an outdoor work hat anyway.

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  15. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    I’m not one of those who pull them out. I assume they grab an end with some pliers and carefully pull it out. There was a small flurry of talk fairly recently about it, so it might be worth looking around or posting the question in the Ask a Question, Get an Answer thread. Sorry I’m not much help.


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  16. DaveProc

    DaveProc One of the Regulars

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    Akubra RM Williams Campdraft Silverbelly. Felt seems sturdier than my Sea Foam Green Imperial Campdraft 20190328_070209.jpg 20190328_070238.jpg 20190328_070254.jpg 20190328_055719.jpg 20190328_055736.jpg 20190328_055741.jpg 20190328_055803.jpg 20190328_055641.jpg
     
  17. andrew_AU

    andrew_AU A-List Customer

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    I have a Cattleman that is my beater. It is the hat I wear when on a boat etc so it often gets wet (felt and leather sweat) and therefore sometimes shrinks a little (which I later correct with a stretcher). As the leather was shrinking I felt the wire was getting uncomfortable so I just pulled the wire out carefully with a pair of long nose pliers. The hat has become much softer and much more comfortable since pulling out the wire.

    But I have about 20 other Akubra's and I have never felt the need to pull the wire out of any other hat I own.
     
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  18. DRB

    DRB One Too Many

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  19. pairrothead01

    pairrothead01 New in Town

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    Folks, I picked up an Akubra hemp hat from David Morgan's retail space.....it was called "Bahama".....it looks like a "Planter" but with puggurie instead of a ribbon.
    Another every see one some place else?
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  20. pairrothead01

    pairrothead01 New in Town

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    Wore this to go by yard and veggie garden supplies.


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