QUESTION: Akubra Federation IV Deluxe - sun exposure??

Discussion in 'Hats' started by fedoraguy68, Mar 12, 2016.

  1. fedoraguy68

    fedoraguy68 New in Town

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    Hi all - just signed up to this amazing forum!

    I recently purchased a Fed. IV Deluxe by Akubra - beautiful piece. I am leaving next Tuesday to spend 2 solid weeks in Cancun, Mexico. My concern: will this hat tolerate the extreme sun and heat from the Mexican sun? Having just purchased it I don't want it faded or shrunken on this vacation. Last year I took a "similar" (non-Akubra) rabbit felt "Indy Hat" to Mexico and it came back with a green tint to it... like, REALLY green!

    So - any thought or suggestions on this topic? Any experienced Federation owners ever come across a "hot sun" issue? THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!

    PS - I contacted Akubra / Hat's Direct and they assured me the sun "shouldn't" damage the hat in only two weeks.
     
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  2. jlee562

    jlee562 I'll Lock Up

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    What Hats Direct told you is correct.

    Akubras are tough hats, built for the outback. That having been said, no hat is immune to fading from sun exposure. Older hats will many times have darker felt under the ribbon. That having been said, any significant color change in two weeks time is abnormal, I'd suspect.
     
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  3. tropicalbob

    tropicalbob My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    It's beginning to get warm again in the southern parts, so I'd suggest you simply take advantage of Cancun and go out and get yourself a nice straw. There are a lot of tourist places, but if you ask the concierge at your hotel, or anyone else, I'm sure they'll steer you in the right direction. I've always found Mexicans to be extremely hospitable people. I understand why you want to bring the Akubra (I've got three), but it would be like wearing a Mackinaw in Miami.
     
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  4. moontheloon

    moontheloon I'll Lock Up

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    my advice is don't bring a FedIV to Mexico ... not because it may fade in the sun... which I don't think it noticeably will... but I think it will be far too heavy for weather you will experience.
    we lose most of our body heat through our our heads and the Fed will trap it causing unnecessary perspiration.
    you may end up fanning yourself with it more than wearing it

    get yourself a nice Panama if you don't have one and enjoy many margaritas
     
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  5. javadave61

    javadave61 Practically Family

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    It will hold up far better than you will. :) It will be a very warm lid. It will hold it lots of heat. I second the straw suggestions.

    By the way, what color is the Fed IV? I'm guessing, the darker it is, the hotter it will be.
     
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  6. belfastboy

    belfastboy My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Up here in the NW, land of grey and rain I have lots of opportunity to wear a fedora so I use any excuse to wear my straws. Take this opportunity and follow the advice above.....get a straw and enjoy!
     
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  7. RJR

    RJR

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    Agree,straws are perfect for the Yucatan.
     
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  8. Bob Roberts

    Bob Roberts I'll Lock Up

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    I'm sure the sun/heat/humidity wouldn't do a thing to it. Without getting into panama straw or shantung roll-ups and if you only had to take ONE hat I wouldn't take a particularly finely woven or delicate panama but something a little sturdier like a coarser hardy hemp straw.
     
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  9. fedoraguy68

    fedoraguy68 New in Town

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    Thanks all! Appreciated... !
     
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  10. Fed in a Fedora

    Fed in a Fedora Practically Family

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    I just returned from Chichen Itza, Playa Del Carmen and Cozumel a couple of days ago. I wore my gray Moonstone CampDraft for much of the trip. I would not think that any amount of sun would turn an Akubra's color, but suntan lotion is everywhere.

    The hats do stand out in a crowd, but then that was part of the point for me.

    Bon voyage!
     
  11. kaosharper1

    kaosharper1 One Too Many

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    I think you'll have to be more concerned about sweat stains than sun fading.
     
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  12. RJR

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    Agree.
     

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