For Larry's editing pleasure/pain:
Saturday May 1, 2010
Saturday May 8, 2010 to Saturday May 15, 2010 Sunday May 30, 2010
Monday May 31, 2010 Saturday June 12, 2010 Tuesday June 22, 2010
Catalina State Park and Coronado National Forest just North of Tucson, Arizona
Streets and paths of various cities in Switzerland: Lucerne, Zug,
Lugano & Berne Globe, Arizona Catalina Mountains near Tucson,
Arizona Tortolita Mountains near Tucson, Arizona Picacho Peak State
Sutherland: exceptionally rocky, as some segments are horse and/or ATV use
Cobblestone streets and paths Round Mountain Trail, just north of
the city Linda Vista Wild Burro Around south side of Picacho Peak
8.2 miles (13.2 km)
~6 miles (9.7 km) total for the week 3.3 miles (5.3 km) 3 miles
(4.8 km) 5.5 miles (8.9 km) 4.3 miles (6.9 km)
Cobblestone streets and paths, some flat (around lakes), some more
steep (Lugano) High desert mountain Mountain foothills Desert wash,
very sandy Mountain foothills
70F (21 C) mostly sunny and breezy
50-60 F (10-16C) mostly cloudy & rain with a few patches of sun
70F (21 C), sunny 80 F (27 C), sunny 85 F (29 C), sunny 95 F (35 C)
2700 ft to 4100 ft (820 m to 1250 m)
(275-425 m) 3600-4200 ft
(1100-1280 m) 2500-3150 ft
(760-960 m) 2700-3300 ft
(823-1006 m) 1850-2325 ft
Sutherland TrailSutherland Trail: this was a fairly gradual but steady
climb of 1400 ft (425 m) on an exceptionally rocky trail. It was
fairly cool, so I had no issues with my head getting overly warm. It
took me a little while to get accustomed to the loose fit, but once I
did so I really liked the feel. The wind gusted up to around 25
miles/hour (40 km/hour) and at no time did the hat want to blow off my
head. I was quite surprised how well it stayed on, though I was using
the back strap which I really liked because it is so innocuous.
The photo at right depicts the hat on the trail with the red "flags"
of blooming ocotillos behind me. It was a wet winter here in Arizona
and the spring blooms were spectacular.
Swiss TilleySwitzerland trip: the Tilley hat accompanied me to Europe
smashed in my luggage. For the first time I appreciate the "go
anywhere" aspect; this hat can be shoved into any nook or cranny and
pop out ready to wear. We didn't have much sun on this trip, it was
pretty rainy most days, but got a little break in Berne and Lugano and
I wore the hat in those cities. I didn't have anyone come up to me
and ask me if I was Australian, a bit of a disappointment.
The picture at left shows a horrible picture of my face, but an
attractive Tilley Outback hat on my head, Lake Lugano and Italy in the
Hot weather hiking: the Wild Burro Trail and Picacho Peak hikes were
not all that hot for Tucson, but I did break a sweat. The sweat did
soak up into the Tilley hat. I didn't feel overly warm, but we'll see
how it does in the next few months as the temperatures maintain over
100 F (38 C). One thing I did notice is it is possible for me to get a
sunburn on the back of my neck while wearing this hat. The brim is
not oversized by any means, and hiking away from the sun in the
morning or afternoon can result in too much sun exposure.
Wind/straps: I did wear the hat one morning on a tram tour in Sabino
Canyon. I actually had to use the chin strap, and I was glad it was
there as the wind was whipping through the canyon, and if it had
fallen off I certainly would have lost it as the tram was not about to
stop. After exiting the tram, I stowed the chinstrap and used just
the strap for the back of my head, and the hat immediately flew off in
On a related note, during the Wild Burro Canyon hike the wind was
blowing hard up the canyon. I used only the back strap, and it worked
well walking up-canyon with the wind at my back, but when walking back
out into the wind I had the hat blow off my head again.
This is a fabulous hat. In addition to the conclusions from my Initial Report:
* It actually stays on in the wind most of the time. Considering
the 30-40 mile/hour winds (48-64 km/hour) I was hiking in at times,
that's pretty darn good.
* The back strap does a good job of helping keep the hat on my
head in most conditions, yet I hardly know its there.
* I noticed no degradation or wear of the product during my use.
* Packing/traveling with this hat is fabulous. It is great the
way it can be stowed anywhere.
* I am used to the fit of this hat now, and I really like the loose feel.
* Brim size may not be appropriate for hiking in conditions where
the neck must be protected from the sun.
* I am interested to see how it performs in very high heat.
Please check back in approximately two months when I'll be reporting
on my long-term hiking experiences with the gear.
Many thanks to Tilley Endurables and BackpackGearTest.org for the
opportunity to test this product.