Akubra stiffness

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Naltak, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Naltak

    Naltak New in Town

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    Hello folks, I have been lurking on here for some time, reading through a lot of threads and enjoying every minute of it. I just took a plunge and ordered my first fedora from Hatsdirect. It's an Akubra Fedora in carbon grey. I'm not particularly after the Indy look. I just like the fedora style in general. I think I'm hooked. I'm not sure where this will lead but can't wait to get this thing on my head!
     
  2. Not-Bogart13

    Not-Bogart13 Call Me a Cab

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    You'll be happy with the Fed

    Congratulations on taking the plunge! And welcome to the addiction.
    I think you'll like the Akubra. They make pretty good modern hats by any account. Wear it in good health and humor.
     
  3. mysterygal

    mysterygal Call Me a Cab

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    that's awesome! I really want my hubby to buy one....I think he'd look great
     
  4. RBH

    RBH Bartender

    Welcome to FEDORA WORLD !
    You will love your hat. I have an Adventurebilt and while I like the ''Indy'' look or style, the modern Indy fedoras have a real classy and classic look to me. But believe me you will soon want you a real classic fedora, I just took the plunge and bought me an Open Road off E-Bay. So get ready.....
    Wear your hat and have fun!

    Stay Well,
    RBH
     
  5. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Welcome to the Lounge!
    Please post pictures of the Fed when it arrives. I have considered a grey Federation and would like to see your hat. I have no doubt you will be satisfied with it. I have the Federation Deluxe in brown and love it. A fine hat.
     
  6. 3PieceSuitGuy

    3PieceSuitGuy One of the Regulars

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    So how does the Akubra stack up

    Hello Gents,

    Being an aussie I am very familiar with the Akubra brand. So how do their Fedora's stack up against the vintage Fedoras? Are they a good buy? I would also love to start my hat collection, but don't know if I should start with Ebay or get an Akubra??

    Cheers

    Peter
     
  7. Not-Bogart13

    Not-Bogart13 Call Me a Cab

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    Akubra vs. Vintage

    Peter,
    I have managed to get my hands on a couple of vintage lids, two Akubra's, and a small mix of other modern hats. I won't call myself anything NEAR an expert, but I did have an opportunity to compare.

    As far as modern hats go, I would recommend Akubra to anybody, but (as you probably know) they are a little stiff. Granted, they will soften up a little. If you want to wear a hat in ugly weather, or simply prefer a new hat, then Akubra is the hat to get. But a vintage in a similar style will be much softer and, in my opinion, higher quality. Still, one tends to be protective of vintage hats, so maybe you won't want to wear it in the rain and all. Then, you also have to be willing to deal with everything that eBay brings with it (waiting, being outbid, ignorant sellers, etc). I've been fairly lucky on eBay, so I won't complain.

    It's just a matter of personal taste. Either way, you can't go wrong.
    NB
     
  8. Matt Deckard

    Matt Deckard Man of Action

    Very good starter hat in the fur felt realm. Next step vintage and custom.
     
  9. besdor

    besdor Vendor/Sponsor

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    I dont know if many of you out there in hat land know but Akubra now only has one distributor in the USA . I believe his name is David Morgan . You can deal with them direct on the web.
    I'd deal directly with Akubra but the problem is shipping the hats from Australia is so expensive , it doesn't pay . :cool2:
     
  10. geo

    geo Registered User

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    I've been reading a lot about the softness of vintage hats compared to the stiffness of the Akubra. But don't forget folks, vintage hats are 60-70 years old, and they have taken all this time to soften. Who can tell how soft the Akubra will be in 60 years, or how stiff the vintage hats were when they were new?
     
  11. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    Are you saying Hats Direct does not stock Akubras any more?
     
  12. riccardo

    riccardo Practically Family

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    Akubra.

    I've bought an Akubra Stylemaster on HatsDirect, great sevice, it is a beautiful hat, good quality felt.
    After I've seen a vintage felt...vintage are vintage, but Akubra are quite good hats.
    Riccardo.
     
  13. Al key haul

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    It is my understanding the hats made during the WWII years were made with out shellac added as the stiffener as Shellac was an important war item and rationed. That my be where the soft and floppy gets its greatest boost.

    If they still use shellac as the stiffener, it may be possible to rinse the shellac out with denatured alcohol as the dissolving agent. Anyone try it yet?

    Sincerely,
     
  14. Feraud

    Feraud Bartender

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    I am not sure if this is necessary. With wear and handling the stiffness from the Akubra wears away. I was amused at how stiff my Federation Deluxe was when I first bought it. I used to joke with my wife and call it my 'construction site hard hat'. Eventually it softened to a very nice texture.
     
  15. Michaelson

    Michaelson One Too Many

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    HatsDirect is still the single largest seller of Akubra hats in the world, so the answer is 'yes', they still stock Akubra hats.

    Regards! Michaelson
     
  16. Brad Bowers

    Brad Bowers I'll Lock Up

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    Aaron Hats

    FL member Aaron at www.getahaton.com also stocks some of the Akubra line in his shop.

    Brad
     
  17. geo

    geo Registered User

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    Does this mean then that hats were stiffer pre-WW2, and they got softer after the rationing of shellac was introduced?
     
  18. ****
    That is my understanding, shellac was a common elelment as a stiffener for most hats prior to WWII. During the deppression sales of new hats must have dropped and the use of an older hat continued so stiff hats became softer over time and use. Then WWII brings in the lack of shellac and you have soft hats direct from the maker. So roughly 2 decades of flaccid fedoras.
     
  19. besdor

    besdor Vendor/Sponsor

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    Hatsdirect is in Australia . They carry the full line of hats from Akubra . The problem is that the distributor here in the US couln't make any money on the hats because of the high shipping rate . Thats why they stopped selling them.:cool2:
     
  20. Aerol

    Aerol A-List Customer

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    Akubra Safari

    I've always been happy with my Akubra Safari. Keeps my head dry in the rain and seems indestructable.
     

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