Repost Tilley T3 Hat by Don Taylor
Thanks for the edits and comments. I have made the changes and I agree
that they make for a better review. I look forward to reading your
input on my repost.
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TILLEY T3 HAT
BY DON TAYLOR
July 12, 2009
NAME: Don Taylor
EMAIL: drt2769 AT hotmail DOT com
LOCATION: Youngstown, Ohio, USA
HEIGHT: 5' 7" (1.70 m)
WEIGHT: 195 lb (88.50 kg)
HAT SIZE 7 1/4
For the past 12 years I have been camping/backpacking primarily in Ohio,
Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Virginia with the Allegheny National
Forest as the most frequented location. My trips are generally long
weekends and I try to camp or hike at least once in all 4 seasons with
the fall being my favorite. My backpacking trips usually consist of 15
mile days and a group of 2-3 other hikers in forested, moderately hilly
areas. I consider myself a lightweight, slow and steady hiker. The
winter hikes often involve heavy snow and freezing temperatures.
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Owner With Tilley" IMAGE CAPTION =
"Owner With Tilley Hat In The Allegheny National Forest">>
Manufacturer: Tilley Endurables
Year of Purchase: 1998
Manufacturer's Website: <<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.tilley.com
MSRP: $65 US
Listed Weight: 5.4 oz (153 g)
Measured Weight: 5.5 oz (156 g)
Tilley Endurables describes this hat as the "Best Outdoor Hat In The
World". The preshrunk hat is made cotton duck and is resistant to rain
and mildew in addition to providing protection against UVA/UVB
radiation with its UPF 50+ rating. For those of you like me who did
not know what cotton duck was, I looked it up and found that it is a
canvas like textile that is used in products such as shoes, sails, bags,
clothes and many others.
The hat offers a wide brim which helps shield the eyes from rain and
sunlight. According to Tilley.com, the brim measures 2 3/4 in (7 cm)
wide on the front and back and 2 3/8 in (6 cm) on the sides. I measured
the crown of the hat to be 6 1/2 in (16.5 cm) long by 5 3/4 in (14.6
cm) wide and 3 3/4 in (9.5 cm) high.
Tilley offers the hat in, khaki (which is what I have), natural with
green underbrim, khaki with green underbrim, olive and navy.
To get the fit just right, Tilley produces their hats in 1/8 hat size
increments rather than the more common S,M,L, and XL. The offered sizes
range from 6 7/8 (21 5/8 in [55 cm]) to 8+ (26 1/8 in [66.5 cm]).
Tilley recommends that for a proper fit, you should be able to easily
insert two fingers, flat, between the middle of your forehead and the
front of the hat. Tilley Endurables sizing chart can be found here:
<<HYPERLINK GOES HERE - "http://www.tilley.com/sizing-chart.asp
<http://www.tilley.com/sizing-chart.asp> " LINK TEXT = "Tilley Hat
Located in the inside of the hat is a hidden pocket that is closed with
a hook-and-loop patch. The included wind cord is adjustable and stores
in the hidden pocket or crown of the hat when not needed. The hat is
designed to fit loosely for comfort and relies on the wind cord to keep
it place during windy conditions.
The hat floats under most conditions but it can be sunk in rough water.
Care instructions that come with that hat are very straightforward and
easy to follow. The hat can either be hand or machine washed with
non-bleaching soaps. After washing, the hat is reshaped by simply
stretching it over the knee. The Tilley Hat is designed to handle
regular washings and still hold its shape.
For ventilation the hat is fitted with 4 brass grommets. To combat
sweat the hat includes an anti-sweat band that wicks moisture away.
The Tilley Hat was different from most of the hats I looked into
primarily because of it's "'heavy duty" look and feel. The materials
and construction were impressive, better than comparable hats I have
Tilley Endurables warranty states:
<i>"If you ever succeed in wearing out your Tilley Hat (and some have),
send us the remains and we will replace it free. If you want to keep
your faithful, old, worn-out friend, tell us and we'll return it to you.
We understand. Remember: Upon purchase, your Hat is covered by a
two-year, all peril, 50% deductible, Hat Insurance Policy to take the
pain out of loss or irreparable damage."</i>
<<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT TEXT = "Tilley Top" IMAGE CAPTION = "Top Of
Tilley (11 Years Old And Right Off The Trail)">> <<IMAGE GOES HERE. ALT
TEXT = "Tilley Bottom" IMAGE CAPTION = "Bottom Of Tilley">>
I have been using and enjoying this hat for the past 11 years on all my
camping and backpacking trips. The hat has been worn in all types of
weather including blizzards, thunderstorms and heat waves.
The coldest trip I can remember while wearing the hat was 5 years ago in
the Kinzua Reservoir section of the Allegheny National Forest. It was
January and the temperature dipped to 10 F (-12 C) during the evening
portion of the hike. My stocking hat fell onto the trail and was lost
at some point during the day so the Tilley Hat was all I had to fight
the cold. To my surprise, and elation, my head stayed warm although my
ears became dangerously cold which required a makeshift headband made of
socks to warm them up.
I have hiked while wearing the hat many times in 80 F (27 C) or better
heat in the hills of North Carolina and Pennsylvania. At these higher
temperatures it is a trade off between wearing the hat to shield out the
sun (and bugs if I had repellent sprayed on) and trying to stay cool.
In most cases, the hat has ended up being packed away until we reached
camp because it does a great job retaining heat. Great for winter but
uncomfortable during hot summer days.
During many thunderstorms and high wind conditions, the hat has proved
to be one of my favorite pieces of hiking equipment. It stays in place
and does well at keeping the rain water out of my face until the hat
becomes completely saturated.
The hat has held up very well over the years. I have confirmed the
claims of floating and the pocket has proved very useful for storing id,
money, fishing licenses and credit cards just in case.
The hat packs very easily and quickly regains shape after a quick
stretch over the knee.
During hot weather hikes the hat did a great job of protecting my head
from the sun however it does get very hot underneath the hat. For
ventilation the Tilley Hat has the four grommet holes however I have
found that the ventilation is minimal. The sweatband is very effective
at wicking away moisture even though the hat fits loosely. During
summer downpours the hat does a good job of keeping the rain out of your
eyes and it keeps your head dry until it becomes saturated. Although
not an advertised feature, the hat seems to avoid the "sweaty hat smell"
that is common with other caps on hot summer hikes.
On cold weather trips the hat was very effective at keeping my head warm
and dry even during snow showers although the hat is very slow to dry.
The wind cord is very effective at keeping the hat in place during windy
Over the past 11 years the hat has help up very well. It has been
machine washed countless times and has not shrunk or faded at all. The
hat seems to fit better and better the older it gets. Even the wind
cord has stood the test of time.
Over time I have found a few nonstandard uses for the hat that have been
very helpful. During bug season, I spay Deet on the top of the hat. It
is very effective in controlling the biters and annoyers and the Deet
has not degraded the condition of the hat. I also use it to fan fires
and support my headlamp by using the hat's side snaps.
Overall I would consider this hat a great combination of comfort,
quality and function. For 11 years it has held up very well through
frequent washings, packings and back pocket stuffings. I have found the
hat essential for all of my camping and hiking trips. At the time that
I purchased my Tilley T3 Hat, it came with a no questions asked lifetime
guarantee against loss and wear out, however this has changed somewhat
since then. The new guarantee still covers wear but now only covers
loss with a 2 year, 50% deductible replacement policy.
THINGS I LIKE
Quality of Materials
Quality of Construction
Lifetime Warranty Against Loss and Wear
THINGS I DON'T LIKE
Needs More Ventilation
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