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Discussion in 'Hats' started by Mike K., Sep 25, 2006.
I currently own 7 Akubra's and love them but boy do they shrink! 3 of them have shrunk at least a full size maybe a size and a half. I know this is normal but was wondering if other felt hat do the same?
Same thing happened to my Akubra hat, and it is the leather sweatband that shrunk by approximately 2 sizes.
I can hardly wear it now and it just sits so high on my forehead, not at the place where it used to sit anymore.
I am looking for a quality leather to replace the sweatband. Hopefully I can wear it again after the replacement.
I've owned a half dozen or so. Ordered in my size, come labelled as such - bit too big for the first week or two ,then snug right up to a perfect fit. never noticed them get any smaller after that.
Get a hat-stretcher. You can find them on Ebay for not too much cash and they work very well.
Thanks I have one and use it often.
I have a Stylemaster, an Angler and a Campdraft and live in a very rainy country so they get wet almost every day. No shrinkage at all, actually I now have a cork strip in my Stylemaster.
Akubra's felt just shrugs off rain and wet, that's not what shrinks them.
But won't any felt hat shrink if exposed to major heat? I've been careful never to leave any of my hats in the car with the windows closed and blazing sun for that reason.
Well, wet + heat.
Dry heat will bake a sweatband, though.
Sent directly from my mind to yours.
I take very good care of my hats. I never leave in a hot car and when the hat gets wet I let in dry naturally in a room temp setting. I still get shrinkage though.
it is not the felt that is shrinking it is the sweatband
your perspiration is full of salt obviously and that salt dries out the material which causes it to shrink
I'm not a huge fan of modern hats but I do own a number of them and my Akubra hats are the only ones I have experienced shrinkage with
their sweatbands are awful
My Bushman shrunk like that , but the 3 others just shrank to fit , I always order my actual size .
This has been my experience, as well.
Not having as many hats as many of you, I wear my Akubras quite often. They are comfortable and have held up very well.
I like my Akubras, but I do think Akubra and their vendors could do a better job of informing their potential customers around the world that their sweatbands will shrink one-half to a full size once the customer starts wearing his/her new hat(s); it's apparently well known in Australia where Akubra has been doing business for over 100 years, but not so much anywhere else. If I hadn't done the research before I bought my first Akubra I would probably have been very disappointed by it's rather loose fit when it arrived, returned it for a smaller size, then been disappointed again when it shrank and was too small for me to wear.
heres an email i receive from Naomi & Trudi from the Hattery, regarding my last purchase of a fed. the hat they sent me. a 58 even though im a 57, fits great
The Fed IV's tend to measure a little small - eg. a Size 57cm generally measures 56.5cm, so just a little too small for you. We have three Size 58cm in stock and will measure all of them to find the one which measures just over 57cm for you.
Two of these are at our storage facility, so Trudi will get them this evening and we'll choose the best one for you and post your hat tomorrow.
Naomi & Trudi