Thanks. I'll give it a try. I actually did use Scotchgard when I got the hat last year, at the suggestion of the hat store. I've never done that with an Akubra; I believe they are already treated with something, and in any event they seem pretty impervious to weather. I think the current version of Scotchgard isn't as effective as the original, but it's also apparently not as toxic. Seems like a fair tradeoff.