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Best backpacking hat?
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Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Best backpacking hat? on 10/08/2012 18:52:11 MDT Print View

I've found this to be a practical cap for backpacking, and I bought it at a local mom&pop outdoor store. It appears to be a standard navy blue baseball cap, except that it is Goretex. That makes it slightly warm in the summer and somewhat drier in the winter wet weather.


Rob Daly
(rdaly) - F - M

Locale: Midwest
OR on 10/08/2012 19:01:19 MDT Print View

LOVE my OR Swift cap.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Seasonal/Climatic Choices on 10/08/2012 19:15:13 MDT Print View

I'd say my "backpacking hats" ae either seasonal (LL Bean fleece baseball hat W/ ear flaps & TNF synthetic ball cap).

Or climatic (REI mesh vented polyester wide brim hat for sun shade).

(TILLEY hats? well, good quality, 'spensive but ALL COTTON. Don't want one on my head when it's raining!)

Mal Hooper

Locale: Valley of the Sun
Re: Seasonal/Climatic Choices on 10/08/2012 19:20:25 MDT Print View


Yes, Tilley hats are ALL COTTON...unless, of course, you buy one made of wool, nylon, hemp, or raffia. ;)

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
OOOOO! on 10/08/2012 19:27:18 MDT Print View

You mean they now make a Tilley of NYLON??? Sacreledge!

Well, in that case Tilley makes the best synthetic hat on the market. (mea culpa)

Scott Bentz
(scottbentz) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Best backpacking hat? on 10/08/2012 19:40:36 MDT Print View

Uh, I guess it's the grandpa hat i like.

(packdaddy) - F
$82.00 for a Tilley?? on 10/08/2012 20:14:46 MDT Print View

$82.00 for a Tilley?? That's insane! What can that hat do that my $12 froggtogg can't? I looked up their 3 oz nylon and it doesn't even claim to be waterproof. "weather and stain repellant finish" Please enlighten me.

Tony Fleming
(TonyFleming) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
best hat on 10/08/2012 20:51:13 MDT Print View

I've owned a Bora bora booney, Tilley, Sunny day hat, and an OR sun runner hat. None of them are as good as my Koppen no fly zone with mesh sides.

Edited by TonyFleming on 10/08/2012 21:05:06 MDT.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: $82.00 for a Tilley?? on 10/08/2012 20:53:21 MDT Print View

> $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 :)


(packdaddy) - F
$12 hat on 10/08/2012 21:10:19 MDT Print View

My hat is more for rain and UV protection than coolness. I'm a southern Man so I can handle the "heat" while hiking. However I do like the Idea of the veil in back instead of the brim.

Edited by packdaddy on 10/08/2012 21:14:27 MDT.

Mal Hooper

Locale: Valley of the Sun
What it won't do... on 10/08/2012 21:18:33 MDT Print View


What it won't do is jump on your head and debit your bank account without your permission so I don't think you have to be so worked up about its price.

(packdaddy) - F
Not worked up... Just Surprised on 10/08/2012 21:24:33 MDT Print View

Not worked up... Just Surprised

Stuart .
(lotuseater) - F

Locale: Colorado
Waxed cotton on 10/08/2012 22:19:56 MDT Print View

Love my Barbour jacket ... for walking my dogs at a leisurely pace or standing around in the rain watching a rugby match, but for any level of exertion waxed cotton really stinks. Windproof it is, and waterproof to a point, but breatheable it is not. So a waxed cotton hat like the Tilley TWC7 Outback or a Filson Shelter Cloth Packer - as a hiking hat? Let's just say I can't get my head around that.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Best backpacking hat? on 10/08/2012 23:01:34 MDT Print View

Cheap trucker hat with a bandana wrapped around my head to protect my neck. I wore this all summer at my day job.
I have a really hard time getting hats to fit my head though. I could never put a wide brim hat on, only snapbacks work.

Edited by justin_baker on 10/08/2012 23:04:19 MDT.

Justin Baker
(justin_baker) - M

Locale: Santa Rosa, CA
Re: Re: Best backpacking hat? on 10/08/2012 23:18:37 MDT Print View

This hat is cotton, but it's seriously cool.

Mike W
(skopeo) - F

Locale: British Columbia
Tilley on 10/09/2012 00:20:53 MDT Print View


Edited by skopeo on 09/08/2015 15:27:33 MDT.

Raquel Rascal

Locale: Rocky Mtn. West
@ Justin on 10/09/2012 06:31:37 MDT Print View

That Brazil hat looks nice on the girls!

Jon Hancock

Locale: Northwest England
Re: $82.00 for a Tilley?? on 10/09/2012 09:39:17 MDT Print View

"$82.00 for a Tilley?? That's insane! What can that hat do that my $12 froggtogg can't?"

Last for twenty years, for starters. I've had one Tilley Hat replaced under their guarantee and own a fair few others, including a nylon one, all going strong. My old cotton duck T3 has seen serious weather of all sorts everywhere from Maine to the Scottish Highlands and it's been absolutely reliable, even when used as a padded seat, firewood carrier or for bailing out a canoe. Unless things get tremendously rough I'm much happier wearing the T3 to keep the rain off than putting my hood up.

The other thing it does is fit: I wear a size 8 and very few manufacturers make hats in that size or above, so for some people the snazzy billed sports cap or Gore-Tex brimmed hat isn't an option. That said, if the Frogg Toggs hat does the job you need it to do then there's no need to fork out for anything pricier.

Mal Hooper

Locale: Valley of the Sun
Fit on 10/09/2012 09:54:36 MDT Print View


Your second point is why I usually have to wear more expensive hats and why I don't really have many hats at all. Mass market hats that come in S-XL sizes or one-size-fits-all never fit my big head. I can't wear adjustable baseball caps at all. The only ball caps I can wear are New Era fitted caps which are not cheap. I tried on the OR Helios in XL at REI and loved it (and its price), but again, it squeezed my head and looked way too small. If I want any possiblity of wearing a properly fitted hat it has to be genuinely sized (7-7/8 in the case of my Tilley).

Edited by malligator on 10/09/2012 09:55:06 MDT.

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Fit on 10/09/2012 10:04:17 MDT Print View

I'm pretty sure I've said this on this or another hat thread, but it bears repeating: my Tilley is the only hat I've ever had that fits so well I've literally forgotten I'm wearing it. Ever lose your glasses only to find them on top of your head? Yeah, that's happened with my LT3.