There is a difference between the Akubra Heritage and Imperial grades, Heritage is thicker/more dense softer in general but that can vary depending on batch differences with the shellac's. Also has select softer belly fur and hare fur as the mix, everyone's a bit different but I like Imperial in general more, though that nicer kangaroo sweatband sure does feel comfy. Most of Akubra's colours are earthy tones so will pair well with many clothing colour options. But typically myself wear the lighter colours in summer and the darker tones in winter. I'd say get one of each, one lighter colour and one dark for winter. What to get has to be your own choice lol, but if interested in a model marked to be discontinued then I'd aim there first as you may not have that as an option later on.