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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

I also have and use the Columbia Boonie...it'e a great hat, very lightweight, wicks sweat away super fast, great sun protection....

The only problem is it is so lightweight, the brim isn't strong enough to stay put in a decent wind. The brim either flips up, exposing the face, or flips down and you can't see.

In very, very light winds, or no winds at all, it's better than the Tilley....and it's black underneath which is a big help under full sun.

I also wear Columbia shirts when sailing. I prefer white or light tan, and I only buy the long sleeves to give me options. Under the blazing Texas summer sun, the rare occasion when I'm out in it, I have the sleeves down for maximum sun protection. I love these shirts...they're so cool when wet and get hit with a breeze. I've tried the knock off brands....I buy at Academy....and they're just not as good as the name brand Columbia. The fabric, at first, seems the same...but it's not...no, it's not.....so I only buy Columbia now. Only need a few of them anyway....

Great shirt, shorts, shoes and hat.....sure makes a day of sailing so much more enjoyable....
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Jim, the reason that hat sells for 1/2 the price of a Tilley?

Is, nothing personal, because you have an average head.
Actually, I do not. Not only do I take a larger hat size (yeah, yeah, I have a big head), but my head shape is what they call a "long oval." So finding hats that fit me well can be very difficult.

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"One size fits all" it says.
I think, elsewhere, it more accurately reads "One size fits most." The way that's accomplished is with a stretchy drawstring in the "headband" portion of the hat. That has the added advantage of making it very easy to make the hat more or less snug, as the mood strikes.

I was sceptical, myself, but pleasantly surprised at how well it worked out.

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I also have and use the Columbia Boonie...it'e a great hat, very lightweight, wicks sweat away super fast, great sun protection....
Indeed. It's remarkable at how cool that hat helps you stay in hot, sunny weather.

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The only problem is it is so lightweight, the brim isn't strong enough to stay put in a decent wind. The brim either flips up, exposing the face, or flips down and you can't see.
Yeah, the brim is a mite floppy. But I've had that problem with pretty much every hat of that general style I've ever tried.

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I also wear Columbia shirts when sailing. I prefer white or light tan, and I only buy the long sleeves to give me options. Under the blazing Texas summer sun, the rare occasion when I'm out in it, I have the sleeves down for maximum sun protection. I love these shirts...they're so cool when wet and get hit with a breeze.
Hmmm... I'll have to give one of them a try.

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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

Jim,

Columbia Bahama

Worth the money! I get mine at Academy.....most sporting goods stores will have them. Don't bother with the store brand knock offs...go name brand. I tried the knock offs since I could get 2 of them for the price of 1 Columbia. Wasted my money.
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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

I love my Tilley T1, but I think they're out of production.

I tried to replace it in the off season with a Filson Summer Packer Hat because the Tilley shrank a bit and is now just slightly too tight, but it didn't take. The Filson does the same thing that boonie hats do for me...the brim is too soft and tends to flip either up (giving my no sun/glare protection) or worse, down (blocking my vision.)

Nothing I've tried beats the Tilley. Mine is a little tight and is pretty rough looking at this point, but I'm going to keep wearing it until it falls apart, which might not be for another decade.

This was my assessment when I got the Filson: Sailing Hats | Sailing Fortuitous
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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

Tilley hats are guaranteed too .... I have a T4 in the natural color..... had it long enough and washed it enough that the side of the brim frayed. I sent it to Tilley and they sent me a new one for free and also sent the old one back so I can use it as my "work" hat. Only problem is that they sent a khaki colored one, telling me they no longer make the natural whitish ones. I immediately went online and found/bought 2 more Naturals ... at my age and with Tilley's endurance, I have enough for the rest of my life
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Worth the money! I get mine at Academy.....most sporting goods stores will have them.
Thanks for the info. I'll have to keep an eye out.

I'd probably have to order on-line, tho. I see they make tall sizes, but I bet most brick-and-mortar stores don't stock them. Most regular large shirts are too short for me, and XL shirts usually fit me like a tent.

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I have a straw pith helmut . Real airy & good shade . Only problem is how women shamelessly hit on me when I wear it . It's embarrassing !!!!
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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

A stylish and effective hat, eh? To my eyes the two qualities are just about mutually exclusive. I got one of these nicely discounted at a local boat show:

Amazon.com: Men's Outback Trading Company Leather Kodiak Hat: Clothing Amazon.com: Men's Outback Trading Company Leather Kodiak Hat: Clothing



It is a bit pricey but but it is rugged, waterproof, crushable, and shades my whole head. It simply laughs at the abuse I put it through. I had the local cobbler put in a couple of small grommets and threaded a leather thong through it to keep it on my head. Works great, except with foulies. I switch to a ballcap then.

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Re: Stylish and effective sailing hat

I have a tilley and it was before I started or new about anything a sailboat. It is nice that the hat is a good match for the sailboat but it is the hat to have on or off the water. If you own a tilley you understand. They make all kinds pick a style and weight you like. They do float I have had to swim to get it back lol That is just my thought. Enjoy whatever hat you purchase. LOU452
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