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Discussion in 'Hats' started by John the Swede, Jul 26, 2018.
Here's my Mid-brown & my Taupe Fawn:
Coober Pedy in Bluegrass Green. The hat has taken on a decidedly western flare after I stretched it to fit my long oval head and the resultantly swept upwards, but it's still a damn fine hat and my favourite Akubra colour.
Stylemaster Carbon grey. Planning on adding a Stylemaster in Acorn Fawn or Bluegrass green.
Fed IV Dark Brown. It was the gateway hat that got me into this mess LOL 5 Akubras and 3 dozen vintage Fedora's later.
From 20 years ago a Madison model in a mid grey. Very nice surprisingly soft felt. I am off to Scotland today and this hat will be my choice for the trip. Shorter brim and crown AND a wind cord.
Moonstone Fed IV. Moonstone is a nice shade of grey, but I wish I’d have bought the Campdraft as my first hat...still in moonstone.
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Dark Brown Fed DLX Mk III, because Indiana Jones. Obviously.
Quickly followed by a Riverina from Everything Australian - like a lot of folks here, I narrow the pinch and put on a hand-wound pugaree. Then a Carbon Grey Fed III, a Rap (black, only colour available - I'd buy mored if they did them in moonstone, bluegrass and/or navy), Silverbelly Campdraft DLX, and more recently two Fed IVs (tawny and carbon).
Leisure Time in regency fawn.
Santone Fawn ( Silver Spur )
1st: Stylemaster in Carbon Grey (DM)
2nd: Bushman in Moonstone (DM)
3rd: Bushman in Nullarbor Tan (DM)
4th: Camp Draft in Silver Belly (Everything Australian)
5th: Camp Draft in Bluegrass Green (Everything Australian)
Next Time I'm at DM (maybe later this week): Adventurer in Moonstone, Stylemaster in Black
1. Stylemaster in Acorn Fawn.
Mine wide brimmed Akubras are Sandtone Fawn -
my Campdraft is what I think they call Bluegrass.
cattleman tawny fawn it was my downfall into hat addiction yet it still hurts so good
Fed IV in carbon grey followed by a deluxe version in brown. Need to try to get a bluegrass green campdraft next.
I can quit anytime I want!...I just don't want to.
Banjo Paterson, Heritage Fawn.
How do you find the Stylemaster by comparison to the Campdraft? The former looks lower in photos (not seen one in person), but is it a more tapered crown?
Akubras are my favourite of all production hats I've handled. They're generally as good as anything from Bates or Locks (both of which sell a lot of rebadged Christys, I believe. Which are nice hats themselves, but not worth the Famous Shop mark-up on their own.)
There's the issue of the Stylemaster being a factory-creased hat, which makes the comparison more difficult for me. (Wouldn't it be nice to see a Stylemaster with an open crown?) That said, I would agree that the Stylemaster's crown is shorter with more of a taper than the Camp Draft.
I got my Stylemaster after wearing only a couple of modern Stetson fedoras with relatively low crowns. This made my Stylemaster look like a much more "significant" hat when I first got it. But since I've been wearing the Bushmen and Camp Drafts, the Stylemaster now looks like the little brother.
First was a brown Federation back in 2000. Before there was III or IV or deluxe. My Second two years later, I wanted something more casual and Australian so I went for a SnowyRiver in Sandtone Fawn. The most Australian shape and colour at the time.
Mine was a black Squatter that I literally hated. I ended up trading it off to a seller on eBay for two Resistol Stagecoaches, one in Silverbelly and the other in Chestnut. I converted both Resistols and I still have them.