Fitting an Akubra

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Andy in Germany, 27 Jan 2019.

  1. I have finally bought a replacement leather Akubra hat for cycling and general outdoor life, as the previous version had finally succumbed to the elements (mostly through constant use in said cycling and general outdoor life).

    Despite the newer hat being the same size and maker, it is a little more loose on my head, which causes problems on windy days or when riding down hill.

    Has anyone got an idea how to make the band a little tighter? I don't want to put a strap under my chin (before some bright spark suggests it, strings and corks are out of the question as well)

    I'm thinking in terms of a strip of felt or soft leather around the inside of the brim so it holds onto my head tighter, but how would you fix that without damaging the existing band?
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    How much larger?
  3. I'm aiming for smaller, about half a centimetre in total -which means getting the next size down won't work.
  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

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  5. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Do they come with a innner leather or fabric strip ? If so fold it down and try a band of newspaper under it.
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  6. PeteXXX

    PeteXXX Cake or ice cream? The choice is endless ... Photo Winner

    What about a large Jubilee Clip?

  7. Akubras!!

    I have 2
    A Snowy River, & a Sombrero

    The Sombrero, is bashed, as it's called into the Les Hiddins shape
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  8. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    Can you get a horse in 12speed?
    These hats don't suite me,I'm more beany
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  9. Vantage

    Vantage The dogs chew toy

    Would a strip of that iron on hemming stuff work?
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  10. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Have you tried thinking a lot to make your head bigger?
  11. I do it all the time.
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  12. meta lon

    meta lon Guru

    I'd have thought some soft suede leather cut and stitched or glued would help tighten it.
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  13. perplexed

    perplexed Guru

    'At the third stroke, the time, sponsored by Akubra, will be 09:46 precisley...beep, beep, beeeeep...'
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  14. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    Maybe some sponge-like stuff on the inside of the hat.
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  15. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    I bet there's a conventional hatter's way of tightening a hat. It's just that we have lost those skills.

    I'd try fitting a strip of leather inside it, either under the internal sweat band or glued on top of it.
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