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You said it

“ I spend my summers in Greenland researching and tagging Greenland white-fronted and Canada geese. I live out of my tent for a month about 11 or 12 miles from the nearest town; the only way to get to camp is by helicopter (unlikely!), or walk everything in (the usual)! Weight and bulk of kit is an important issue but I’d never leave my Tilley at home, I need a good reliable hat. It keeps the intense Arctic sun off my head, supporting a mosquito net away from my face, and has been washed in rivers and lakes many times. I’ve learned from experience that I can rely 100% on my Tilley not to let me down and it looks so much better than the rather shapeless floppies of other brands!”


Bristol , UK

Certified UV Protection

Practice Safe Sun® – Use your head to protect your skin!

We work closely with researchers to select fabrics that will minimize travellers’ exposure to the sun from head to toe, protecting them from damaging rays without putting a damper on their activities. Look for the UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) certification on our hats and clothing. We need to use our head to protect our skin; SLIP on a shirt (one with a collar, long sleeves and a high UPF rating provides the best protection. Don’t forget your bottom half!), SLOP on a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 and SLAP on a broad-brimmed UPF 50+ hat.

Unlocking the UPF Code

Fabrics are assigned a UPF rating number and a protection category depending upon how much UV radiation they block out.

UPF 15-24 is “GOOD” UV protection, blocking out at least 93.3% UV radiation.

UPF 25-39 is “VERY GOOD” UV protection, blocking at least 96% of UV radiation.

UPF 40-50+ is “EXCELLENT” UV protection, blocking 97.5% or more UV radiation.

UPF50+ is the MAXIMUM rating given.

Tilley fabric has been tested according to international standards ASTM D6544 and labelled to ASTM D6603.

The following Hats are certified with UPF protective fabric:

  • All Tilley Summer Hats are rated UPF 50+.
  • All Tilley Winter Hats are rated UPF 50+.
  • All Kid Toppers (Hats for young children) are rated UPF 50+.