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Dennis Park
(dpark) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
tilley hats on 04/23/2009 23:20:24 MDT Print View

What's your favorite model?
Also do the brims hold up well under rain or humidity or do they get floppy?

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: tilley hats on 04/24/2009 01:38:30 MDT Print View

I use the Airflow model, which has mesh ventilation just below the crown. Does okay in light rain, but in heavy rain I would imagine water would get in through the mesh. When it rains hard, I strap it to my pack and wear my poncho sans hat.

Can't speak to humidity, since I think it was outlawed in California in 1822. :)

Jeremy Greene
(tippymcstagger) - F

Locale: North Texas
Re: tilley hats on 04/24/2009 07:42:07 MDT Print View

The brims actually stiffen when wet. Good design.

Michael Davis
(mad777) - F

Locale: South Florida
Re: Re: tilley hats on 04/24/2009 08:58:21 MDT Print View

The Tilley hats are 1st quality in all respects, including the brim. I have the LMT8 which has mesh all the way up the sides. This mesh is more tightly knit than the airflow design which is more open but consists of a strip of mesh just below the crown.

As a onus to their functionality, They are great looking hats, IMHO.

Joe Clement
(skinewmexico) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
tilley hats on 04/24/2009 09:10:57 MDT Print View

I'm wishing they made one with a strip that folded up, exposing the mesh, but where you could fold the strip down, to keep rain and cold out. Maybe I should call the patent office.........

Brian Strong
(bmstrong) - F
I wish they made a simple ball cap... on 04/24/2009 09:25:42 MDT Print View

Not the Legionarre one, a simple ballcap...

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Tilley hats + Campaign Hat Rain Cover = Storm versatility on 04/24/2009 09:32:28 MDT Print View


I use a 1.25 oz ($8.25) solution that transforms any Tilley hat to being able to keep the rain and cold out when required. See

You can optionally go up one size from the vendor's recommendation. This allows the softer brims of the Tilley's to retain their normal shape. I use the specified size for a very secure fit in high winds.

Edited by richard295 on 04/24/2009 10:23:01 MDT.

Andrew King
(drewboy) - F

Locale: Arizona
Tilley hat cover on 04/24/2009 10:00:35 MDT Print View

Now that's cool. Thanks Richard, I may just have to pick up one of these. So no issues getting them to stay against the hat brim?

Richard Nisley
(richard295) - M

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Tilley hat cover on 04/24/2009 10:13:23 MDT Print View


There is absolutely no problem getting them to stay against the hat brim. The underside of brim section cover is elasticized.

Hikin' Jim
(hikin_jim) - MLife

Locale: Orange County, CA, USA
Tilley = Sweat A Lot on 04/24/2009 13:46:56 MDT Print View

I find that my canvas Tilley, which I dearly love, makes my fore head sweat a lot. The hat band isn't particularly absorbent. Sweat builds up and then drips down into my eyes and onto my sunglasses. Not good.

I switched to an el cheapo tourist cotton hat that I bought in Maui. It is cooler, lighter, and soaked up the water better, but it's the ugliest hat.

I recently bought a nylon Tilley that is cooler, lighter, and far quicker drying than my canvas Tilley. It seems to be doing the trick.

Just thought I'd share my experience in hopes that it might benefit someone.

Michael Reagan
(MichaelReagan) - F

Locale: Southern California
RE: tilley hats on 04/24/2009 14:11:16 MDT Print View

Funny. I find the nylon hats to be too hot and sweaty, and the cotton ones to be far more comfortable.

I've worn Tilley's for years and really enjoy them. I don't even speak Canadian!


John S.
(jshann) - F
Re: Tilley hats + Campaign Hat Rain Cover = Storm versatility on 04/24/2009 15:48:13 MDT Print View

A shower cap can also cover mesh to keep rain out.