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tinner666 06-05-2012 05:07 AM

Tilley Hats
Anybody familiar with them, have one or two, or can comment on them?
Mighty expensive compared to similar designs.

user1007 06-05-2012 06:49 AM

Might be expensive but they are nicely made and will last until you forget them somewhere. Fairly decent brim for sun protection. They travel well too and snap back from being crammed in carry-on or luggage compartments.

You might price alternatives at outdoor outfitters though. I found nice heavy caps for sailing at military surplus stores back in the old days. They were cheap enough I didn't sweat it if one went overboard or to the wind Gods. Those places have caught on and now charge as much as most real retail places now though.

Anyhow, you will not be disappointed with your purchase, other than maybe the cost, with a Tilley hat. If you are thinking of one for a gift it would be a nice choice.

tinner666 06-05-2012 12:19 PM

Thank you. I sprang for the Airflow with insect repellant and neck screen model. Fits good and feels like a winner.

cleveman 06-05-2012 10:58 PM

I found one years ago and it wasn't too expensive, maybe $35 or so.

It's probably been with me now for 8 years. I think it is important to wear a hat in the sun. Mine fits tighter than it should, so I don't often use the chin straps. I like it because of the sun protection and the style. I can put my sunglasses on it when I'm not using them.

I seem to sweat a lot, and I would recommend washing it frequently.

I always take it when I travel and it helps a lot in rain and in the cold as well.

user1007 06-05-2012 11:03 PM

I think all come with lifetime warranties and some even have loss replacement offers. The washable ones I have had just get better---like jeans.

And now that we know, we should watch our sun exposure. When I was a teen being tan was really in to the point us lifeguards had contests. I have paid the price with one close call for that and sailing without a good hat/cap and sunscreen already. The plastic surgeon got all the cancer but it cost me about $10K.

The skin cancer rate among young women seems to be rising especially among those who regularly use tanning booths. The industry argues they offer only safe tans but all have a hefty disclaimer in their contracts. Just seems like moderation might be prudent.

Of course in the olden days, having a tan signaled everybody you were a working slob. In Victorian times women put lead based make-up on for the white, pasty look. That could hardly have been very healthy either.

tinner666 06-06-2012 06:50 AM

I don't worry about the cancer too much. I work in the yard in the nude most of the time and and skinny dip all the time, as do 90% of my friends.
But when my head gets so hot it feels like my fluids are boiling, I have probems with that. I do like this hat. Got a loose fit.

creeper 06-06-2012 07:02 AM

There you go Frank.

When one works naked in the garden, it is important to keep a hat on your head

tinner666 06-06-2012 08:32 AM


Originally Posted by creeper (Post 937482)
There you go Frank.

When one works naked in the garden, it is important to keep a hat on your head

Kinda like wearing booties to sleep. Feet feel warm, you feel warm.

Hat lets you be nude without feeling like you left your clothes off and naked.
I just hope the flip-flops help when the copperheads get rambunctious. My neighbor ony wears flipflops in the fields and woods and gets bit every other year.

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