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T3 Cotton Duck Hat

Item T3
Price: $74.00 USD
The classic T3 Tilley Hat, designed with a medium brim that snaps up on both sides, belongs to the category of Tilley Hat fabrics that started it all – the cotton duck. The fabric is derived from an incredibly durable sailcloth that is still used in boating today.
Average Rating:
4.41 ( 16 reviews ) Read Reviews | Write a Review

Select a Color : Natural With Green Underbrim

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    • Guaranteed for life not to wear out
    • Insured against loss
    • Excellent sun protection, rated UPF 50+
    • Dark underbrim for glare protection
    • Repels rain, floats
    • Ties on in the wind
    • Machine washable, won't shrink
    • 4-page Owner's Manual
    • Secret pocket
    • Medium snap-up brim with ventilation grommets

    Brim size: Front and Back: 2 3/4" Sides: 2 3/8"
    Weighs 5.4 ounces


    • Made from rain and mildew resistant pre-shrunk 10 oz. 100% cotton duck.
    • The fabrics of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given.
    • You still need SPF 30 sunscreen and sunglasses with UV filters! Children especially need the UV filters in their sunglasses as non-filtering glasses will increase the size of their pupils, allowing even more of the damaging UV rays to enter. This often causes cataracts and retinal problems later in life and has happened in my (Alex Tilley's) own family.
    • Yes, Dorothy, there can be truth in advertising. For instance, although our Hats block 98% of UV rays, some rays COULD enter through the ventilation grommets.
    • We hand-sew each Hat using very strong thread; all seams are lock-stitched so they won't unravel. The brass is from Britain and is the best there is. All Hats are made with such care and dedication that one is as good as another. Your Tilley will be equal to that presented to a president or princess. ("Hi, Duke! How long have you had your Tilley?" could be an effective opener.)


    • Wash it frequently or non-removable sweat stains will mar it and possibly rot it. Machine wash on delicate cycle separately or hand wash in cool water. Do not use bleach as it remains inside the Hat, slowly rotting it. Smooth and reshape the Hat by hand and set it out to air dry. When the Hat is dry, simply re-stretch it, as an American sailor showed us, by putting your knee in the crown, and pulling firmly on the opposite side.

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  • Rating:
     ( 4 )

    size change.. but not quality

    I have owned one for eat least 20 years, worn, torn, stitched up, and still going strong! It has been all over the world and has visited at least 40 countries. Since it was torn and Tilly ( at their discretion, decided it was not under warranty ) I ordered the same reference and size ( different color ) which arrived without any delay and as promised. I wear both at the moment , but have noticed that the hight of the hat has been changed ( from the rim to the top, the hight at the front has increased by about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. ( this does change the appearance ) However thanks to Tilly they have NOT changed the quality! May you be there for many more years and keeping up your standards! Happy 2014 to all happy owners! ( including my dad (83) and father in law (81)) Happy Hats!

    Hendrik van Dok ( Beauville, Haute Garronne, France )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Sasquatch Approved

    I tried a Tilley Hat for the first time 10yrs ago. I work & play outside. I'm in the sun & rain. I had worn an assortment of hats before I tried a Tilley. I wore them when I had to keep the sun off my head when it was very sunny, but I always preferred to not wear a hat. That was before my Tilley. I have lived in my Tilley Hat since. I've worn it backpacking and whitewater rafting. I've worn it canoeing in the swamp. That is how I lost my first Tilley, it was knocked of my head by a branch and was chomped by an alligator.(I let him keep it) I've worn it at the beach and in the ocean. I wear it on the Jobsite and in the yard. I even wear it when I'm strolling city streets. I sometimes put in on my face to keep the sun out of my eyes while I take a nap. I LOVE this hat. I've bought 4 over the years and I still have all of them except the one the Alligator stole. You can tell that Tilley loves making hats.

    David Saltzberg ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 2.5 )

    decent, but not durable

    I've owned at least half a dozen Tilley's, mostly T3s, over about 20 years. They're good hats, though I find the later ones too stiff and boardlike compared to my previous hats. My main complaint, though, is that they don't seem to last much longer than others. Tilley has been excellent about sending replacements, but I think I've had the crown of the hat separate from the brim in three of my duck T3s. I wash the hats often, reverse them when I think of it and don't tug unnecessarily on the brim, but in two or three years of only weekend wear, they fail at that point.

    Cory Farley ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Best hat for all outdoors

    My T-3 is the best hat I have ever owned. the only hat I have with me at all times, when coaching, fishing, hunting, travel, it can do it all. the best hat for all my outdoors adventures. Thank you Timothy Woods Jasper, AL U.S.A.

    Timothy Woods ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 2 )

    Bring back the original!

    After wearing an original Tiley for over 20 years I finally needed a replacement. With the original in existence no more I chose a T3. The original was lighter material and I could roll it up and stuff it in my jacket sleeve or pocket or even sit on it at lunch or a meeting. Not so with the T3. It is heavy and stiff does not roll well at all and is not comfortable to sit on. My wife says it looks dorky. I'm afraid I am going to look for a different brand and likely donate this to Goodwill. Bye guys!

    Phil Kearney ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    A Really Great Hat!

    I've owned my T3 for about 15 years and it has exceeded every expectation I had for it. I purchased it in Florida. At first I was a bit taken aback by the price. However, I was on vacation so I decided to treat myself to a little indulgence. I received the first of many compliments on the plane ride home. A gentleman told me, I wish I had MY Tilley! I've worn it on numerous cruises in the Caribbean, on hundreds of miles of kayaking trips and on every ride on my boat every summer. It washes up clean and crisp in my dishwasher and looks brand spanking new. Not a thread or stitch out of whack. After all this time, someone told me just last week how much they loved my hat (and they were not being sarcastic). I just received my new TH4 in mocha today. I decided I need a wider brim and a darker color for a change of pace. I'm looking forward to breaking it in down in Mexico next month!

    Michael Carter ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Best Hat, Best Service

    I've had a T3 since 1995. Its been on many an adventure, & traveller through mountains, across deserts, down canyons & along winding rivers. Its been trekking, mountaineering, rock climbing and on many, many paddles in an open canoe. It has proven to be brilliant in all situations. It keeps off both sun and rain, and as it fits well, never blows off in wind. Finally, the hat has worn out, which is sad. However, Tilley's fantastic service means that a new one is on the way to me for no charge. The old hat can go into retirement - maybe I'll mount it on the wall next to my photos! Mal Grey, Surrey, England.

    Mal Grey ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 3 )

    Have had 2 x T3's to date and lost both!

    Well I bought my first T3 back in 1983. I wore that every where like africa and the middle east. My Tillys have been through 29 differtent countries in the Northern Hemesphere and have seen me through some great adventures. That was one of the best hats I had ever owened but I wore the brim out completly and it got stored away where it got moldy and then thrown out. So I went out and found a store in WEM that sold this hat and got me my second T3. I was a happy world traveler once again as I traveled around the northern Hemispher serching for adventure and Oil. And now that I have no hair it has become a vital addition to the wardrobe. Well on the May long weekend I had my tilly in my harley saddle bag when it poped open and I lost that hat some where between Red Deer and Edmonton. And now I am sad again as I need to buy a new one. I still have my back up outback Tilley but it is not the same as the T3.

    Glen Carter ( Calmar, Alberta, Canada )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    The Best

    My T3 is my expedition hat. Since 2005 he protected me 3X in Seychelles, 5X in Madagascar, in Uganda, Gabon, Cameroon, Tanzania, Reunion Isl., Mayotte and Honduras. Can't miss him.

    Guy Van Heygen ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    T3 - one tough hat!

    I bought my T3 in 1988. I wear it 7 days a week 12 months a year. Even my friends don't recognize me without it. My T3 has been replaced a few times and I can guarantee you that Tilley stands behind their guarantee 100%. It's a tough hat, but with constant use it is possible to wear one out. Takes years, though.

    Karl Henry ( Buffalo, New York, United States )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    World Class Hats

    I wear my T3 cotton duck Tilley 7 days a week, 240 days a year -- to client visits, to construction sites, etc. The other 125 days get cold enough for my TW2 wool hat -- which is super warm with the ear flap down. I let my first T3 get so dirty I had to retire it. Now I wash more regularly. I bought a vented "airflow" LTM for special occasions. I guess I'm a relative "youngster" with only 20 years as a Tilley man!

    Jim Finlay ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Fabulous Hat

    Thee Finnish blokes bought hats almost 10 years ago and now a fouth guy joined the gang as we're going hiking. I looked in my wardrobe and found my old hat which is in pristine condition and ready for my next adventure. Best purchase ever.

    Matti Rautamaki ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Last hat I ever owned

    I have been wearing a T3 for over 20 years. I have had it replaced 3 times, and never had a problem. I still get questioned on where I bought it and I still have some of my original "Brag Tags" that I hand out. I do not know why more people do not own these. Steven (Texas, USA)

    Steven Murphy ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 4 )

    Great hat

    I've owned 3 T3's over the last 25 or so years, and I really love the hat. Fortunately Tilley lives up to their replacement guarantee, because that's how I was able to replace each hat when it eventually wore out. In each case the problem was that the fabric in the crown slowly deteriorated until the hat essentially fell apart.

    Donald Haff ( Bothell, Washington, United States )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    Hats off to Tilley

    Actually hats on to Tilley for such a wonderful hat. I have had my T3 for around 7 years now without a problem. I take it with me mostly on the water while kayaking. It has been in the water so many times I can't count. I bring it home, rinse in tap water, hang to dry, and its ready to go back out to play. like this hat so much I had to order another. I am waiting for my new LTM8 Mesh AIRFLO to arrive. My only concern is why hasn't anyone submited a review? These hats are wonderful.

    Rick Stephan ( , , )

  • Rating:
     ( 5 )

    A classic

    I had a T3 for six years in the 90's, I lost it while working abroad and to this day miss it. The T3 is a classic all rounder and a great place to start any adventure.

    Peter mulryan ( , , )

World's Best?


    To protect you from the sun and rain, Tilleys fit lower than other hats. This also tends to give one a rather dashing appearance! For your comfort, they're held on by gravity, not painful pressure on your forehead. On a hot muggy day, you'll especially appreciate this!

    Your Hat is guaranteed for life (yours, mine or its) not to wear out or fall apart. We're delighted to think that yours may be passed on to the next generation!

    With your Hat, you'll be provided with "The Straight-Shooter's Statement of Loss of a Tilley Hat" insurance policy. The insurance is for two years, all perils, 50% deductible, and is not issued by Lloyds. We understand the anguish of losing this reliable companion, or of having your dog terminally gnaw it. Should that happen, we'll replace your late, lamented Tilley at half the current catalogue price.

    The fabric of all Tilley Hats have been certified to block 98 percent of harmful UVA/UVB radiation and deliver an ultraviolet factor (UPF) of 50+, the maximum rating given. Yes, Dorothy, there can be truth in advertising. For instance, although our Hats block 98% of UV rays, some rays COULD enter through the ventilation grommets.

    Many Hats have a dark underbrim to reduce glare from water, sand and pavement.

    Not perfectly but usually quite adequately. The brim channels water away for improved foul-weather protection.

    A layer of closed-cell foam in the crown, and sometimes in the brim, provides the Tilley's positive buoyancy. This is a boon to boaters and fishermen/women/people. Good grief! People have told us that this foam layer has helped save their lives. Double your money back if it doesn't save yours. Apply personally....

    TIES ON:
    The Tilley comes with a tuckaway, adjustable, fore 'n' aft Wind Cord. When it's calm, the Wind Cord stays hidden in the crown. When there's a breeze, place the part with the sliding knots behind your head. When it's windy or you're sailing, use the chin part too. See the Owner's Manual, which accompanies each Hat, for amplification or visit our Facebook page to watch the Tilley Hat Wind Cord tutorial.

    After washing, smooth and reshape the Hat by hand and set it out to air dry. When the Hat is dry, simply re-stretch it, as an American sailor showed us, by putting your knee in the crown, and pulling firmly on the opposite side.

    You'll find it a good read. It's also available in Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. Please specify if it should be other than in English.

    Soft and comfortable, it picks up sweat from your forehead and wicks it away to your temple area where it evaporates.

    Inside the crown is a good-sized pocket sealed with Velcro®. In it, carry your I.D., hotel key, $10 bill (in your case, a $20), plus 50¢ for an emergency phone call.

    There are 8 of these in the Secret Pocket. You'll have fun with them; they can even get you into trouble, if you wish.

    Most hat makers make 4 or 5 sizes; we make 13, and even individual Hats beyond that size range when necessary. As a matter of principle, no one shall be deprived of the pleasure and privileges of Tilley Hat ownership simply because of an uncommon head size.

    Those who wear Tilleys usually have innate good taste, creative minds and uncommon intelligence. Everybody knows that! And the Hats serve to identify such people to each other - immediately. Because of these exceptional yet shared traits, virtually always, especially in foreign countries, Tilley wearers greet each other. Friendships have been formed because of the Hat, and that can be the nicest thing of all.