THE LIGHTWEIGHT TILLEY HAT
BY JOSHUA L. ESTEVES
July 15, 2008
NAME: Joshua L. Esteves
LOCATION: Modesto, CA
HEIGHT: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
WEIGHT: 270 lb (123.00 kg)
I carried my first pack when I was two but didn't get serious with
backpacking until 2002. My wife and I went on an overnight trip in
Arkansas with extremely heavy packs. After that trip we decided to go
light weight. Since then we have had two boys and gone on dozens of
backpacking trips. We reduced pack weight to near ultralight status
with the addition of some homemade gear. We hike primarily in the
Sierra's and the Santa Cruz Mountains. Most of our hikes are only one
night with the children but I have gone on a few solo two night trips.
Year of Manufacture: 2007
Manufacturer's Website: <<http://www.tilley.com/
Listed Weight: 4 oz (113 g)
Measured Weight: 3.7 oz (105 g)
Other details: The Tilley LT3 hat is a medium brimmed water resistant
hat. It comes in a khaki color with an olive underbrim. The hat has
two straps to keep the hat on in windy weather and offers a UPF 50+
sun protection. It also floats and has a pocket to store some cash or
an ID. It also has a strap to hold glasses and snaps to fold either
or both sides of the brim up. The Tilley hat also comes with a 4 page
owners manual and is guaranteed for life and insured against loss.
I have worn the Tilley on multiple trips with various uses and
conditions. Primarily I have used the Tilley in warm weather to block
the sun. On my most recent trip with the hat I did a 15 mile day hike
up Hetch Hetchy. The hike started as a warm several miles up hill
where I dipped the hat in snow melt to keep myself cool. At higher
altitude hiking above snowline I felt the hat kept my head warm.
However, I find that whatever keeps the head warm in cool weather also
keeps it hot in warm weather. I found myself taking the hat off in
the shade to let my head cool off. The hat does a good job of
repelling rain and yet allows the head to breathe in humid conditions.
I use the rear hat strap almost all the time I wear the hat. I find
it keeps the hat on in almost all conditions. On the few conditions
I've needed the two straps I felt confident not even a gale could take
the hat off. The straps adjust easily to get a comfortable fit.
There is also a strap on the inside of the hat that holds sunglasses.
I have only used this feature a few times but find it great in
situations hiking on terrain that changes from dense woods to no
coverage. It has allowed me to take glasses where I normally wouldn't
due to fear of breaking them. I have also worn the hat on several
kayaking trips and verified that the hat does float but never needed
to rely on it floating. The straps have always kept the hat on but if
you ever lost it in the water it's nice to know that it would float.
The hat comes with a lifetime guarantee so I often find myself wearing
the hat around town to try and put some more use on it. The owners
manual states that the hat can be easily stained by sweat and needs to
be frequently washed. It doesn't require any special washing but I
typically wash it after every long trip.
After over a year of wear the hat still looks and performs like new.
The hat has performed well in every application. The only negative is
that the hat band is warm and can cause more sweating, yet, at the
same time it is very absorbant and does a good job wicking sweat and
keeping it from getting in the eyes. The hat is easy to pack, wash,
and reshape. I plan on wearing the hat well into the future and I
plan on seeing if it can truly last as long as its guaranteed.
THINGS I LIKE
Great sun protection
Straps on tight for windy conditions
Easy to care for
Holds money or ID
Insured for loss
Warm in cool weather
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Hot in warm weather
Needs to be washed regularly
Joshua L. Esteves
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