Felt Quality


Akubra Hats have a reputation as being one of the finest rabbit fur felters in the world. Many are under the impression that the hats are some how stamped out of a roll of felt by a machine or machines. Nothing could be further from the truth.

All Akubra Hats are commenced at the felting stage with the selection of pelts and continue through the factory until complete. This is not a fast process. Akubra produce many 1000's of hats each year and as a result can pass on economies of scale in their pricing.

They offer two grades of Felt - Imperial and Heritage. Within these grades there are some variations to the fiinish however the quality is the same. Both are excellent felts, one very good, the other even better!

To the uninitiated they can look and feel the same, but to those who know felt the difference is noticeable.

Imperial Quality

Akubra Hats reputation for tough wearing qualities and fine fedora styles is based on this grade of felt. It is tough, hard wearing and can take any punishment dished out to it. These hats like hard wearing.

The Heritage Quality

This felt is a relatively recent addition and is made from finer fibres taken from a select part of the rabbit pelt and mixed with the native Hare resulting in a grade which is denser and smoother than the Imperial grade. Parts of the pelt not required are discarded. It is more stable over time and less prone to shrinkage and distortions such as the tapering of the crown.

The Heritage Grade is the closest rabbit fur grade to Beaver Felt.

A simple outline of the process of making an Akubra hat is outlined here

Size Chart



Working out your size - getting it right the first time.

Fedora, Akubra and Felt Hats

The size chart below is a guide to equivalent sizes in other measures. If you are unsure of your head size, please remeasure your head in inches or cms.

cm inches UK Universal USA
53 21 6 1/2 x-small 6 5/8
54 21 1/4 6 5/8 small 6 3/4
55 21 3/4 6 3/4 small 6 7/8
56 22 1/8 6 7/8 medium 7
57 22 1/2 7 medium 7 1/8
58 22 7/8 7 1/8 med large 7 1/4
59 23 1/4 7 1/4 large 7 3/8
60 23 3/4 7 3/8 large 7 1/2
61 24 1/4 7 1/2 x-large 7 5/8
62 24 1/2 7 5/8 x-large 7 3/4
63 24 7/8 7 3/4 xx-large 7 7/8


Barmah Canvas & Leather Hats

Barmah Hats are designed to be very easy to fit. The leather has a natural stretch and the elastic sweatband gives as well adding up to a very comfortable hat.

Place a tape measure above the ears, and take it around the widest part of your head. Do not pull the tape tight. Selct a hat closest to the measurement you have taken.

cm inches Universal
53 - 54 21 1/4 - 3/4 small
55 - 56 21 3/4 - 22 1/8 medium
57 - 58 22 7/8 - 23 1/4 large
59 - 60 23 3/4 - 24 1/4 x-large
61 - 62.5 24 1/2 - 24 7/8 xx-large


In the event of a hat not fitting we accept returns. If you still need assistance or want to double check the result please contact us at and we will be happy to advise further.