Fed IV v. Fed IV Deluxe

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Gilgamark, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    Correct you are, my friend.

    Interesting thing about this hat. I have been wearing it for years. Rarely did I get a comment on it. Since redoing the top shortly after I joined this group a week ago, I've been getting compliments left and right. In the space of about 3 hours last night, a half a dozen people commented on this hat.

    Not that that was my purpose in doing the reshaping. I do that kinda stuff for myself. Its just that I've always liked a tight pinch, and so, apparently, do a lot of other people who normally wouldnt even look twice at a hat.
     
  2. Wil Tam

    Wil Tam Practically Family

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  3. Carlisle Blues

    Carlisle Blues My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    You will not be disappointed my friend;) ;) ;) Happy birthday :cheers1:
     
  4. Wil Tam

    Wil Tam Practically Family

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    took my time

    I had to do the research and a lot of reading ... so it took me a whole five days to take the plunge [huh]

    Thanks for the b'day wishes, it's at the end of the month ... maybe it'll get to me by then lol

    I'm stoked!!


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  5. xigxag

    xigxag New in Town

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    It's a great hat. Wore it today and got lots of compliments.
    It's just an awesome color
    :D
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    Cheers
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  6. jazzncocktails

    jazzncocktails A-List Customer

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    You're killin' me with that photo, xigxag! I just got my Tawny Fawn standard in and swore it would be my last purchase for some time...but that Moonstone's looking amazing. Damn, I need a second job!! :eek:
     
  7. Woodfluter

    Woodfluter Practically Family

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    Good point about those who laid out extra money tending to think they spent it well...even better point about it being a totally personal decision.

    So I'll keep this as objective as possible. I don't own a Fed standard, but do have three other Akubras of Imperial felt, and I understand the difference (if any) between those and the Fed standard is finishing. I also have four Fed deluxes plus another Heritage felt Akubra (can't tell the difference between those, by the way).

    Here's a visual comparison - an Imperial felt on the right with binding, a deluxe fed on the left, nearly same color.
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    Shrinkage:

    I have deliberately tried to shrink two Imperial felt Akubras down a half size, with water and hair dryer, and it was super easy. Only problem was to not overshoot!

    I have tried to shrink two Heritage felt Akubras down a half size (one Fed III, one Banjo Patterson) around the base of the crown and it was very hard. It eventually worked, but just barely after several sessions.

    I have worn three of the deluxe Feds in all kinds of weather, including getting soaked through several times, and haven't seen any size change or tapering. I set the wet hat on a peg, and when it is dry, it fits exactly the same. I have done the same with a Kiandra (Imperial felt) and have to stretch it out a bit every time.

    Pliability:

    I've beaten up on all the Feds, on purpose. They started out kind of stiff, but ended up very soft, like a decent vintage hat. I've done that with all three of the Imperial felt Akubras, and they softened up somewhat, but still remained substantially stiffer, a bit more cowboy-hat like.

    Now I hasten to add - I don't have a Fed in Imperial felt, so I may not know as much as I assume! I think they're all great hats, so don't throw stuff at me or anything! I just suspect you really do get something for the extra bucks, but what that's worth to you is really subjective and personal.

    - Bill
     
  8. scottyrocks

    scottyrocks I'll Lock Up

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    I've been notified that my Fed IV is in stock and ready to be shipped. I should have it in less than two weeks. I wish I hadnt just cut my fingernails. I have nothing to bite.
     
  9. pauljmuk

    pauljmuk New in Town

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    ******** gotta get me mine..... it's a matter of time!:eek:
     

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