Finally investing in an Akubra after years of poorly fitting, S/M/L/XL standard hats. Can anyone advise whether the Federation is the best for that Raiders look, and whether HatsDirect have reasonable shipping to the UK ? Canyon - I'm looking at you here
Akubra Federation is the best hat you can find under 100 dollars which will give you the raiders look.
I heard that people from COW menaged to use their influence on Akubra to make a low budget hat with high quality. I do not own a Federation but I've heard all the best things about it.
I am also thinking of buying one.
I also have a question for people who have (and wear) Akubra Federation. Is Federaton winter or summer hat, or something else? Can it be worn, let's say, in june in Florida? Or maybe in december in Moscow?
I have worn mine in temperatures ranging from about -7 degrees Celsius to about 28 degrees celsius. It's not the best choice for headgear in either of your options. In very cold weather your ears will freeze and in extremely hot weather you will sweat like mad. You can of course remove the liner and sweatband, which will help a lot. Probably the best hat in hot temperatures is a panama hat like the one Belloq wears. Otherwise it is a year round hat for me. The Federation is the best cheap Indy hat on the market, the best Raiders hat would be an Adventurebilt Deluxe. Hatsdirect has two overseas shipping options, Airmail and EMS Courier. Airmail is supposed to 5-10 days, so that would probably be the best choice.
Adventurebilt Deluxe is the Deluxe version of the regular Adventurebilt. AB Deluxes have finer pouncing, denser felt and the sweatband and the liner are both higher quality. The AB site hasn't been updated in a long time, an English version of the AB Deluxe site is in the works. http://indyartifacts.de/adventurebilt