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10-07-2013 08:48 PM
rikhall
Re: Hat recommendations

I own three and Linda has one. I have had two replaced. Linda likes the ones that don't rot. I like the cotton ones that do because I get them replaced free every so often

They even send the damaged one back to you. The one marked "VOID" is my "paint the bottom of the boat" hat.

This is me in my winter Tilley:



Rik
10-07-2013 04:22 PM
MikeOReilly
Re: Hat recommendations

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Originally Posted by Wandersome View Post
I've spent a lot of year deep bush and high winds. I've used cheap and moldy for much of it. About 3 years ago I picked up a Tilley at REI. Love it and it does not rot or mold. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee even if lost... They prefer wild tales if it's lost that they can publish... Like the hurricane that ate Florida... And m Tilley....
I love my Tilley hats (yes, I have had quite a few). Well made, comfortable, extremely tough and functional. My only beef is that there is no wide-brimmed Tilley that can stand up to sailing wind. Any wind over 8-10 knots and the brim flaps up or down, making it useless for sailing. I need a hat that can maintain it's brim structure when I'm sailing (i.e. winds well over 10 knots).

BTW, I can personally vouch for their lifetime guarantee. I actually went into a Tilley store in Toronto a few years ago, looking for a sailing hat. The staff was extremely helpful, but after trying every model I reluctantly concluded none would work. As I was leaving the clerk got a look at my beat up old Tilley. It was well worn, but still very functional. After looking at how damaged it was, she insisted on replacing it with a FREE hat of my choice. I even tried to talk her out of it, but she insisted. I was very impressed.

Have never tried to recoup one after a loss, but I have no doubt they would honour their commitment.
10-07-2013 01:50 PM
Wandersome
Re: Hat recommendations

I've spent a lot of year deep bush and high winds. I've used cheap and moldy for much of it. About 3 years ago I picked up a Tilley at REI. Love it and it does not rot or mold. It also comes with a lifetime guarantee even if lost... They prefer wild tales if it's lost that they can publish... Like the hurricane that ate Florida... And m Tilley....
10-07-2013 12:17 PM
T37Chef
Re: Hat recommendations

Sombrero
10-07-2013 08:32 AM
krisscross
Re: Hat recommendations

I bought my Tilley on ebay, brand new for $55. It is not too much money considering the importance of a head covering. It is very comfortable, light, cool, wide brim, and looks good.
10-07-2013 06:59 AM
MikeOReilly
Re: Hat recommendations

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Originally Posted by Seaduction View Post
Hope you like the hat. I picked up their brochure at my dermatologists office. After you have a malignant growth removed from the back of your neck that needed 18 stitches to close the incision, you decide a goofy looking hat may not be so bad.
Yes ... after a season with the hat I can confirm that I love it. So much so that I'll be buy a few extras (to cover the inevitable losses). It's is exactly what I've been looking for: excellent all-round sun coverage, stiff brim that doesn't collapse in sailing wind, cool (venting), and decent rain capabilities. That said, I still prefer my old beat up old Tilley for wandering around on shore, but for being on the boat, the SA Offshore Water Hat wins.
10-07-2013 04:55 AM
Fau
Re: Hat recommendations

Tilley
10-06-2013 10:29 PM
manatee
Re: Hat recommendations

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Originally Posted by deltaten View Post
Surplus Boonie hat. Simple, effective and cheap. Trouble lately finding lightweight, ripstop *real* desert type, tho. Prefer the desert tan; but have been known ta sport Marine digi-cam in woody or desert, too
Boonie Hats (2 Pack)
10-06-2013 08:19 PM
deltaten
Re: Hat recommendations

Surplus Boonie hat. Simple, effective and cheap. Trouble lately finding lightweight, ripstop *real* desert type, tho. Prefer the desert tan; but have been known ta sport Marine digi-cam in woody or desert, too
10-06-2013 07:37 PM
zeehag
Re: Hat recommendations

funky looking visor. dark cheapo shades
hang a towel or something from shroud to mizzen.....some of those hot tropical days on pacific can be brutal. and that is in winter, when it is sailing season
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