Rating: 4 / 5
Tilley makes a lot of different hats. I see a lot of the mesh ones, especially the LTM5, on the trail. But I still think the LT5 is the most versatile. Full nylon that's uncoated means it's very breathable, even in the heat, and absorbs enough water that you can dip it in a creek and get some decent cooling miles out of it - more so than the LTM5.
Because of the full fabric, you can ReviveX it to death and get some fabulous rain protection - I'll do anything not to have to wear a rain jacket or poncho hood!
The little pocket in the top means you can hide little bits of gear when hiking with Glen Van Peski and always come up with a lighter pack than him. However, it seems that even GVP has joined the LT5 ranks, so competition will likely get fierce.
This hat pretty much goes with me everywhere, summer or winter, day hikes or expeditions, and has seen wayyyy more miles than any hiking cap I've ever worn.
What I'd wish for as an improvement: some way to shave one ounce off of it while retaining its shape, and an ultralight waterproof cover for the crown that I can add on in the nastiest conditions.