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I have found the Tilley and Boony hats to be too hot and the floppy brims always blow down covering my eyes when gybing. I've cut out the top of the crown and replaced the fabric with fibreglass mosquito netting but they're still to damned hot. On the otherhand, they're not sweltering after the sun goes down but who needs a wide brimmed hat after dark.

A chinese "coolie" hat is cheap, cool, and an effective sun screen. Admitedly wearing the coolie hat does require a certain panache. Tie a bridle to two points on each side and connect the bridles with a strap under your chin a la a hockey helmet. The hat won't blow off or forward covering your eyes.
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Seems the Tilley gets more votes but damn I hate to spend that money on a hat.
What Allen said.....they're worth it! If you only knew what all my Tilley has been through over the 15 or so years I've owned it.....we become very attached to them and somewhat passionate when telling others about them.

Yep, they're expensive for a hat, but it's money well spent.
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Hooray for the Tilley hat

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I have a good old fashioned Tilley original....cotton duck....that has been all over the world with me. It gets the washing machine every so often, air dry with a stretch over my knee. They're a little expensive and not the best looking hats, but tough as nails and shade my whole head. I love my trusty old T2.
I've had mine for years, never washed it other than standing out in the rain - it still has its shape but is disreputable-looking. The part of the cord that loops under your chin (when you remember to do that, which in my case is after I've come about and fished it out of the salt chuck with a boat hook) actually really works quite well. Won't part with it.
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Well, I suppose most of us would consider a Tilley at that price also. However that's about 30% of advertised prices, even from places selling them at a discount.
The price made me buy one. I would not hesitate to pay full price now. I wish I had bought one years ago. The money I would have saved from buying cheap hats would have more than paid for it.
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Doctor....toss that puppy in the wash....warm cycle with other clothes. Take it out, smooth it and shape it, and let it air dry. Once dry, use your knee to stretch it out. It's a good idea to was the sweat (salts) out of the cotton duck. I wash mine 3 times a year.
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Oh, and Tilley's are guaranteed for life! If anything happens to it, falls apart (unlikely) or whatever, send it back to Tilley and they'll send you a new one. That's almost as good as the Uncle Henry knife...if you lose it, tell them and they'll send you another one.
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A tilley, a boonie, a kibutznik hat...one of the many cheap copies of tillies...You just have to decide how much protection you want, how much durability, and then tell the world to go helix itself, you're protecting you head.

The real tilley has a foam insert in the top,so it actually floats. And, a small pocket up in there, which is a handy place to keep a couple of bucks for the launch or bar. I bought mine with discounted dollars as a souvenir of Canada (eh?!) and have never regretted it. Holds its shape, wears well, and keeps me shaded. Doesn't pack up flat for traveling though.
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a vote for the boonie and hat over board drills
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Doesn't pack up flat for traveling though.
Which one do you have? Mine smashes flat, rolls up....stuffs nicely.
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I have two Tilley's -- great hats. One light with vents and the other an original canvas. I use safety pins to clip a bandana in that covers my neck. Looks geeky but works great. No one is going to see me but crew anyway and they ain't talking.
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