The outback hat is generally referred to as Australia's version of the cowboy hat. This style became popular in the states with Disney's release of The Man from Snowy River in 1982. The outback hat isn't as drastic as the American cowboy hats, and is often mistaken for the safari hat, another popular style.
The outback takes the elongated brim of the American cowboy hats, and incorporates the safari style crown. The outback generally has a 3" to 4" in brim length that tapers slightly on the sides, and a 4" crown height. The outback brim is slightly turned up on the sides (not as dramatic as the cowboy hat), and has a teardrop shaped crown. The outback hat is made of various fabrics, such as straw, fur felt, wool felt, canvas, and leather. Because the outback was developed as a sun protection hat, it is great for outdoors.
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