> $82.00 for a Tilley?? That's insane! What can that hat do that my $12 froggtogg can't?
It has style and is close to indestructible. Tiley used to (maybe they still do) collect stories about what their hats surivived... like being consumed and then pooped by by an elephant... multiple times?! -- That was submitted by a zoo keeper who had a troublesome elephant. Then again, if the hat was cheaper, maybe he wouldn't have felt the need to recover the hat, wash it, and wear it again :)
It was recommended earlier in the thread, but I would vote for a hat which is more expensive than your $12 hat as well. For me, it would be the sunday afternoon adventure hat which is around $36. It is the coolest wearing hat I have found with a great brim, and a veil that protects the back of my neck without bumping into my pack. Looks stupid on me, pretty nice on the women in my family which I think is no fair. One model or another from Sunday Afternoon is the favorite hat of everyone in my family, and many of the people I backpack with... at least the ones with no fashion sense :)