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Emmett Lyman
(ejl10) - F - M

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Simms Solar Sombrero? on 05/31/2009 12:29:55 MDT Print View

Has anyone ever heard of this hat? I went to my local fly fishing store today to check out some Tilley hats, and this hat was hanging nearby (for less than half the cost). I didn't have my scale, but it was definitely lighter than the Tilley LTM6. It felt a little flimsier and lacked ventilation, though, so I wouldn't spend for it unless I heard some good reviews.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Simms Solar Sombrero? on 05/31/2009 23:57:33 MDT Print View

Emmett,

Some things in life just work well, and the LTM6 is one of them.

I live in the desert and have and have owned dozens, upon dozens of hats. The Tilley is the best, hands down.

If it ever wears out, I will buy another. And when I die, I am going to bequeath it to my son. :)

Emmett Lyman
(ejl10) - F - M

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Tilley LTM6 on 06/01/2009 15:50:22 MDT Print View

Nick,

Thanks for the endorsement. I actually bought a Tilley before my last post, but I was second guessing myself. This brings up another question - how loose should a Tilley hat be? They say two fingers... but that can mean a lot of things. I bought a 7 1/2, and I can fit two fingers underneath, but I really need to cram them in there. My hair is quite long right now, and someday I'm sure I'll cut it short again. I don't want a size that will be too loose when I have to get a trim, but I don't want it to be uncomfortable for my upcoming Long Trail thru hike.

Thanks!

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: Tilley LTM6 on 06/01/2009 18:27:36 MDT Print View

I am due for a haircut, and need to cram two fingers too. But I just did a three day hike and wore it for at least 12 hours a day, and forgot it was there, unless the wind picked up.

I wear it every day, and it cleans up perfectly in the washing machine. When I go to my son's track meets, he just scans the crowd and looks for my hat to see if I am there.

Emmett Lyman
(ejl10) - F - M

Locale: Mid Atlantic
Re: on 06/01/2009 22:58:16 MDT Print View

Great to hear! I'm looking forward to tearing off the tags and making this hat my own!