( 5 )
Love it, all day, every day
I recently laid foundation for my new home. As the driller was drilling the 5m deep holes for concrete support pillars it would spew rocks and sand high into the air. All this debris rained back down on me an the workers. As I blessed my TM10 for its stiff wide brim and padded top I thought to myself, "Alex Tilley never expected this application for his hats."
Since then I wear the hat every day on site. The sun protection is unbeatable. Arguably a wide brim interferes a bit with upper field of vision, and that may cause me to bump into stuff more than I would otherwise, but I still bless the padding every time a do. And my non-hat-wearing workers have also had their share of self inflicted bumps to the head.
I used to wear a T4 and loved it to death. It quickly took on a worn adventurer look (I put it through hell) that commanded respect. The TM10 will never look as cool due to the molded foam top, but the cool mesh ventilation is worth that sacrifice for me. I would get sweat marks on the forehead of the T4 and had to wash it frequently.
( 5 )
Best Find (literally)
I've seen first hand what this hat can endure, and I can certainly say it has been the best hat I have ever had. Was fishing out in the river one day, and I see this object snagged on a stick about 30 feet from shore. My buddy, whom has better eyesight than me, tells me it is a full-brim hat. Having just destroyed my old hat...it takes me about 30 min to muster up the courage to wade into the water to grab it. Mind you, this is the upper Willamette, so there is some snow melt going on (which means the water is about 3 deg warmer than freezing)...and after much effort fighting some current, I retrieve a size 7 TM10 Tilly Hat. Not only that, but there were a few cans of beer inside (as if someone was using it for a beer cooler on the side of their boat and it came loose and drifted off in the current). Judging from the expiration dates on the beer, the hat had been in the water (and probably snagged there) for about 3 months. It was pretty dirty, had all kinds of river bugs and silt in it. But...washed it off in the tub a bit, and a couple trips through the washer later...it has darned my head for some time now, and my melon could be none-the-happier. Epic hat folks...keep up the good work!
( 4.5 )
Distinct and with character
My TM10 has swam in Lake Tahoe, hiked on the PCT and sat thru baseball games. My hat is very young but has offered great versatility. I am very happy with my decision to own a Tilley hat. I plan on adding the Original Tilley hat to my wardrobe next Spring.
( 5 )
So I've wanted a Tilley hat for nearly a decade now but I just couldn't bring myself to justify the price point. A few months ago I finally broke down and decided to get one. When I initially brought it home my girlfriend read my the riot act for spending $80 on a hat. However, after seeing it and witnessing first hand the water and sun protection it offers she got one as well.
This hat has a very wide brim that protects my face and neck but doesn't obstruct vision. The mesh top is very breathable and will pick up the breeze while keeping the UV rays from destroying my shaved head.
All in all this is one of the best purchases I've ever made for headgear and only wish I would have followed my instincts 10 years ago.
( 4 )
I spend a lot of time outdoors in south Florida, mostly golfing. I've also had chronic issues with skin cancer. I needed a serious trade-up from my all-too familiar baseball cap.
I love the wide brim on this hat. It gives thorough UV protection, even on the sides of my face. Surprisingly, it is cooler than a ball cap in the hot Florida summer as it blocks the intense sun but also breathes through the crown. It is also warm and comfy on chilly mornings while fishing. Wonderfully versatile and a fantastic hat. It's a breeze to wash and goes right back to it's original shape, even if it gets squished!
The only complaint about the design is that the crown tends to collapse when I wear it. No functional issue with this problem, only cosmetic. The dents make the hat look older and more worn than it actually is. It's a sharp looking hat and the dents in the side of the crown keep me from wearing it with nicer clothes when out on the town in the evening. Great product though.
United States )