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|
Measure Twice! Large Hats with High Shipping Costs
Unfortunately, some of our larger hats are now facing astronomical shipping costs. These hats are the Slouch (size 62 and above), Riverina (all sizes), Pilbara (all sizes), Territory (all sizes), Adventurer (all sizes), Mansfield High Country (all sizes) and the Lizard Head (all sizes). Although we only charge our standard Shipping & Handling fee of $9 to ship the hat to you, please be aware that returning the hat to us for exchange or refund can be costly.
All domestic shippers now charge dimensional weights for ground delivery. Any package over one cubic foot is subject to a greater charge than the actual weight. For these hats which require a box greater than one cubic foot, the cost to send back to David Morgan has jumped to upwards of $50. If you are interested in one of these styles, we do recommend you double check your hat size before purchasing, or consider buying from a bricks & mortar store where you can try on the hat, checking both size and style, before purchasing. We have been distributing Akubra hats in the US since 1965. A list of retailers, including our own store in Bothell, Washington, can be found at akubra-usa.com, or by calling us. If your local hat store does not yet carry Akubras, suggest they contact us!
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, the Lizard Head, the Wool Felt Hiker 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 you do find the size is not right, please give us a call before exchanging or returning. We have over 5o years’ experience helping customers measure their heads and fit their hats. Heads come in all shapes and sizes, and sometimes judicial use of felt hat pads (included with each Akubra purchase), altering to a long oval or raising the crown will solve a fit issue.
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 full refund of the product price within 90 days of purchase. The cost to return the hat to us is the customer’s responsibility. Our $9 handling charge covers your first exchange (if needed.) If you live in the greater Seattle area, exchanges and returns can be completed at our Bothell, Washington store. (See Customer Service, Returns and Exchanges and Repacking Your Akubra).
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