May 25, 2008 at 8:14 am #1229152
I noticed alot of ultralighters include Tilley hats among their gear lists. Which one would you recommend for summer use?
Weight is of course an issue as well packability. Will the hats retain their shape after crammed into a pack?
DavidMay 25, 2008 at 9:17 am #1434843
Duane HallBPL Member
@pkhLocale: Nova Scotia
I've used a Tilley LT5 for four years and I am very satisfied. I forget how much the thing weighs – perhaps in the 3 oz range. Certainly it will retain its shape if stuffed in your pack – it's pretty well indestructible. In any case, I don't pack the hat. I just suspend over my chest by the chin strap until I need it. As for which hat, well there are several choices and Tilley has an excellent website. Tilleys are expensive, but they will last for ever.
CheersMay 25, 2008 at 10:03 am #1434845
@mad777Locale: South Florida
I've got the LMT8.
3.8 oz.May 25, 2008 at 10:07 am #1434846
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
I've got an LT5 but find it too hot in warm weather for hiking. It does not breath well.May 25, 2008 at 10:45 am #1434852
@bigjackbrassLocale: Northwest England
I've worn Tilleys since 1993 and wholeheartedly recommend them. The T3 is an excellent all-rounder, plenty of shade in summer and enough of a brim to keep the rain off. It's probably the most commonly seen Tilley (the one with the snaps on the sides) with good reason. It crumples if stuffed in a pack, but a slight dampening of the fabric lets you smooth it back into shape. The T1 is also worth a look, smaller brim and more of a "bucket" shape.
Ignoring the Winter styles (although they're pretty good too) I also have an LT5, one of the synthetic models, which holds its shape well and is very light to wear. Despite the fact that it dries more quickly than the cotton T3 and weighs less I can't say I'd recommend it more for backpacking – the T3 just seems to be a little more versatile and I like the fabric. Haven't tried the hemp hats yet so I can't comment on those.May 25, 2008 at 11:02 am #1434854
Margaret SnyderBPL Member
@jetcashLocale: Southern Arizona
"I've got an LT5 but find it too hot in warm weather for hiking. It does not breath well."
I have the same problem in AZ. Sometimes I wear a soaking wet bandanna under my tilley for some evaporative cooling effects.May 25, 2008 at 11:24 am #1434858
Mark MendellBPL Member
3.6 oz by my scale. Synthetic and dries quickly.
Great hat.May 25, 2008 at 5:12 pm #1434891
Michael MartinBPL Member
@mikemartinLocale: North Idaho
I've got a modified LTM6 that is near perfect. Take a look at this old thread for my mods.
-MikeMay 25, 2008 at 6:07 pm #1434899
Phil BartonBPL Member
LT6 is my favorite. Size 7 3/4 at only 3.5 oz. I like the fast drying nylon. I wore it on a hike in hot, muggy weather yesterday. It's easy to wash. The brim softens with age and when wet. But it stays stiff enough to keep the rain off my face. I've sprayed it with a DWR for winter use.
The wider brim of the LT6 gives me more of the shade that I need. I also have the cotton T5 and a hemp TH5. The LT6 is the hat I take hiking year round.May 26, 2008 at 12:16 pm #1435000
James LoyBPL Member
@jimbluzLocale: Pacific NW
I bought an LT-5 and found it way too hot, so I bought an LT-3. Again, far too hot and the sweatband is inadequate so perspiration rolls down into my eyes. I used a bandanna around my forehead to keep the perspiration out of my eyes but then found wearing the hat a bit cumbersome. I think it may depend on how easily and how much you perspire and whether you mind it running into your eyes. I emailed Tilley last summer suggesting using a nice coolmax headband or something similar in the LT-3 but don't know if the new models incorporate such a thing.May 26, 2008 at 12:29 pm #1435001
Richard LyonBPL Member
@richardglyonLocale: Bridger Mountains
Try a hemp Tilley. The TH5 breathes very well. Any hat will heat up your head but this one breathes better than any other full-brimmed hat I've tried. Tilley also makes hats with vents, called the Air-Flo I think.May 27, 2008 at 8:43 am #1435112
Is this the same hat?
How much does it weigh?May 27, 2008 at 9:28 am #1435120
Scott BentzBPL Member
@scottbentzLocale: Southern California
I have been using an LT6 for the last year. I picked one up because i had burned my ears so bad when using a baseball style cap. I used to not like any type of hat, however, I do find a hat solves a few problems such as sun directly in the eyes, I use less sunscreen (usually none at all), and when it rains a brimmed hat is helpful in keeping rain away from my head.
The tradeoff with wearing a hat is the sweat. The LT6 does seem to get warm but the headband wicks moisture quite well. i have not had a problem with sweat in my eyes. I bought this hat because it fit. Haven't tried any other Tilly's but i do like it.May 27, 2008 at 9:46 am #1435129
John GBPL Member
@johng10Locale: Mid-Atlantic via Upstate NY
I've been using a Henschel Breezer hat for hiking & backpacking for several years. It's 3" stiching reinforced brim stays stiff in the rain + doesn't fold up in the wind. Plus, it's mesh sides are almost as breezy as not wearing a hat, yet don't allow in enough sun to tan the sides of my head. (The mesh lets in at least half of wind-blown rain though). The hat only costs around $25-30, but still looks new even after years of wear – but I don't wad it up and stuff it into my pack, so that may help.May 27, 2008 at 8:18 pm #1435248
I have an LT6 and LTM8 and like them both, though the LT6 is my favorite. I wear it every month of the year for backpacking and snow camping.May 28, 2008 at 8:09 am #1435313
This is just like the LT6 but with the new breathable nylon blend. It makes the fabric a little stretchy. It breathes better than the LT6 and is lighter. I love mine, seems to pack easy and hold shape after having been packed.May 28, 2008 at 9:39 am #1435332
Now I can't decide if I want the broader-brimmed LT6 or LT5. I definitely want the breathable or mesh version. If the "breathable" version is really breathable, then this seems the winner b/c it would repel more water than the mesh version.
Difference in weight aside, my concern with the larger LT6 is that it will obstruct my vision or flop around in the wind. My current hat, an REI Sahara Outback (I think), does this. When the wind blows, the front brim flops in front of my eyes, which is very annoying.May 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm #1435366
John S.BPL Member
I have an LTM3 size 7 that I don't use if anybody is looking for one.
I wish I could get a dark brown nylon hat that looks like Indiana Jones style. I'm also seriously considering a Sunday Afternoons Sport hat.May 28, 2008 at 12:29 pm #1435369
@dangLocale: Pacific Northwet
How much more breathable would you say the "B" series is? I've got an LT5 and find it too hot. I've also got one of the airflow models but have not really used it much. Did you find your LT6 to be too hot?
Thanks.May 28, 2008 at 1:18 pm #1435378
Bob BankheadBPL Member
@wandering_bobLocale: Oregon, USA
I've been considering the LTM series LTM8 or LTM10) with the full mesh crown. I wonder what the breathability difference would be between it and the B series.May 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm #1435396
I don't find the LTM8 that much more breathable than the LTM6 – and the mesh can soak up a fair amount of moisture.
I'm tempted to try the LT6B and see if it's any more effective.May 29, 2008 at 9:52 am #1435563
OK, I think I've narrowed it down to these. Help me choose!May 29, 2008 at 10:36 am #1435576
Dave .BPL Member
I have the LT6B and I find the bigger brim preferable in every way but one: it precludes using a head net during bug season. The net can't fit over it. No biggie though. On days when a head net is needed, just wear a ball cap.
If you're after a wide brimmed hat like a Tilley, then get it with a wide brim!May 29, 2008 at 10:46 am #1435577
Monty MontanaBPL Member
@tarasbulbaLocale: Rocky Mountains
Last month I bought a Tilly Air-flow and have had a chance to use a couple of times. I can definitely certify that it is a lot cooler than my Filson! But then we haven't had any really hot weather yet; however, I expect it to perform better than the average hat for a couple of reasons. One is that it is breathable nylon and polyester, not the Filson's waxed cotton which doesn't breath. Another is the loose fitting recommended by the maker (a two finger space at the forehead) which allows for air flow. After the hikes I noticed some interior condesation but not near the extent with the Filson; with that hat there is no air flow, only a water flow! At 3.3oz it's half the weight, too.May 29, 2008 at 1:46 pm #1435622
Interesting – I have an LT6 (same size brim) and have no trouble using a bug net over it. Maybe it varies from brand to brand.
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