For 130 years Akubra has been hand crafting hats from start to finish, ensuring complete control of the production process and use of the best fur felt available, to achieve the highest quality standards in the industry.
The superior rabbit fur felt used by Akubra reinforces its commitment to producing not only an exceptional looking hat but one of the most durable.
Akubra Hats and Sun Protection
Akubra Hats regularly and independently tests its fur felt hats for Ultraviolet Protection. Samples are sent to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), a Federal Government Agency. Akubra then receives an Ultraviolet Protection Factor Report and an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) rating.
The UPF rating indicates how effective a fabric is at blocking out solar ultraviolet radiation. This testing is performed according to Australian/New Zealand standard AS/NZS 4399. UPF ratings range from 15 to 50 with higher ratings indicating more effective blocking and therefore better protection for the wearer of a garment made from the fabric. Fabrics that test higher than UPF 50 are rated as UPF 50+.
Akubra hats are currently rated at UPF 50+, and as such are classified as EXCELLENT under the UPF Classification System. This is the highest classification achievable under this system. This confirms the long held belief that Akubra hats provide(s) excellent protection from the sun for those who are outdoors, either at work or at leisure.
We recommend all individuals consider the importance of sun protection when purchasing a broad brimmed hat.