Heads come in all sizes, and in a surprising variety of shapes. Although high quality hats are adaptable, and will usually conform to differences in head shape with a little wearing, it is essential that the hat size be correct for the head.
Measuring Your Head
To determine your hat size, measure the circumference around your head, keeping the tape level and firm, across the temples and above the eyebrow ridges. If you do not have a tape measure, download, print and assemble our hat tape: hat_tape.pdf. Check the size chart given below. For in-between measurements use the next size up.
Need more help? Please watch our YouTube video showing how to measure a head for a hat.
Circumference of head where hat brim sits:
|US Hat Size||6¾||6⅞||7||7⅛||7¼||7⅜||7½||7⅝||7¾||7⅞||8||8⅛|
|Inches||US Hat Size||Metric Hat Size|
Most of the Akubra Hats and many of the Tilley Hats we carry are offered in sizes 54 (6¾) through 63 (7⅞), with a number of hats available in size 64 (8). The Snowy River is available in size 65 (8⅛) (and smaller).
For hats offered in S-M-L increments, determine your hat size first, then check to see which increment covers your hat size, as this often varies from one manufacturer to another. For the light weight canvas hats for hot weather use you may prefer a hat a little larger than your normal size.
|Akubra Hats||54 – 55||56 – 57||58 – 59||60 – 61|
|BC Hats||6¾ – 6⅞||7 – 7⅛||7¼ – 7⅜||7½ – 7⅝||7¾ – 7⅞|
|Panama Hats||6¾ – 6⅞||7 – 7⅛||7¼ – 7⅜||7½ – 7⅝||7¾ – 7⅞|
|Tilley Hats||6⅞ – 7||7⅛ – 7¼||7⅜ – 7½||7⅝ – 7¾||7⅞ – 8|
|Size||Akubra Hats||BC Hats||Panama Hats||Tilley Hats|
|S||54 – 55||6¾ – 6⅞||6¾ – 6⅞||6⅞ – 7|
|M||56 – 57||7 – 7⅛||7 – 7⅛||7⅛ – 7¼|
|L||58 – 59||7¼ – 7⅜||7¼ – 7⅜||7⅜ – 7½|
|XL||60 – 61||7½ – 7⅝||7½ – 7⅝||7⅝ – 7¾|
|XXL||7¾ – 7⅞||7¾ – 7⅞||7⅞ – 8|
Check the Fit
When your hat arrives, check the fit before wearing to make sure you have ordered the correct size:
- The sweatband inside the hat should fit securely on the head without binding.
- For some in-between sizes, and for some head shapes, greater comfort may be attained by placing felt pads inside the sweatband. Felt pads are enclosed with Akubra hats and our Panama hats.
- The top of the crown should not be so low that it touches the top of your head and prevents the hat from coming down far enough to seat properly. If it does, with a leather or cloth hat you may need a smaller size. With an Akubra fur felt hat the top can be adjusted. Check the information sheet supplied with the hat, or check our Hat Frequently Asked Questions page.
If the hat does not fit, recheck your hat size, and exchange your hat for the correct size. Hats in unused condition can be returned for exchange or refund within 90 days of purchase (see Customer Service, Returns and Exchanges and Repacking Your Akubra). Payment for foreign shipments must be by credit card or money order in US funds.
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