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Lets Talk Hats

Postby SCandy » Wed Apr 27, 2016 1:49 pm

Now here is a really timid first post...

Getting older.
Just got skin cancer on my ear
Have traditionally worn a baseball cap whilst out fishing all day.
Also like the Buff, but when trekking a long hard day that can get a little hot.
So, need to go full brim. Never really relished the Jack Hannah or Crock Dundee look and the floppy Boondocks style just turns me off as a little Dorky.
Maybe I just answered my own question, but any purveyors of lightweight(think hot days), tuff, full size hats out there that are your favorites?
Maybe I'll perform my own field/style test this summer.



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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby markskor » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:05 pm

In this independent study, two out of four hikers prefer Tilley.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 27, 2016 2:13 pm

Here is a previous thread that discusses hats: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=5975&p=40015&hilit=hats#p39893
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby AlmostThere » Wed Apr 27, 2016 3:40 pm

You can call it dorky, but I don't care -- I've worn the same Sunday Afternoon hat for almost a decade and it does the job well. You got coverage, or you got skin cancer -- when you have translucent skin like mine you get coverage!!!!

If people are going to criticize you for your lack of style they just don't get to go hiking with you anymore, says the lady with the five dollar neon pink shirt, the olive green twenty buck nylon zipoffs, and the same battered old hat. I ain't spending money I don't have to just to make someone else's eyes happy. I don't have to wear the hat in pictures if I don't want to.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby SCandy » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:17 pm

All points well taken; and maybe a little obvious

But here is another question:
What would be your favorite retail establishment where you can actually try on a good selection of lids???
Went to Bass Pro shops the other weekend to cash an old gift card. Not exactly back packing heaven. They seemed pretty well stocked with a few brands. I am assuming REI may be good as well.
(edit) Tilleys website lists REI
Am I missing any others. Keeping in mind a SoCal shopper I am.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby maverick » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:29 pm

Go to REI or another outdoor retailer, try on what they have, sometime their in store selection is weak, get an idea of the style and size you need, and then go on-line stores to shop, including REI on-line.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby Brien » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:44 pm

I got Squamous cell carcinoma on my forehead a few years ago. Ever since I sport an Outdoor Research hat like this one whenever I'm going to be outside for a prolonged period of time. At the very least I'll wear a ball cap.
http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Research-Helios-Khaki-X-Large/dp/B00282OVQM/
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby Jimr » Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:57 pm

If you have a Sport Chalet near you that is still trying to off their inventory, start there. You may get a steal of a deal,,, or not.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby overheadx2 » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:01 pm

If you live near Anaheim, bob marriotts has a big selection of shade hats.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby The Other Tom » Sat Apr 30, 2016 4:40 am

I've used a Tilley LTM6 airflow for a long time. I like the coverage and the vent at the top. And...I use sunscreen on my face even though it's covered.
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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby freestone » Sat Apr 30, 2016 6:24 am

One thing I discovered last week with all this wind is a wide floppy brim blows down and covers the eyes. Very annoying. Also consider if you want a fitted hat, S-M-L-XL, or one size fits all. For me lately it has been a fitted canvas Tilley and a Patagonia sun mask. I have a big noggin and a fitted hat is the most comfortable.


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Re: Lets Talk Hats

Postby ericZ » Sat May 14, 2016 11:48 pm

A decade ago or so I purchased an Outdoor Research Transit Sun hat. I overheat easily and the venting mesh on 3/4s of the crown was the clincher for me. Years later I'm still wearing it though it's well faded (machine washed and dried) and the brim is wavy, making some say they like my booney hat, so this may not be for you, but check it out online. It's my go-to outdoor hat, especially when fly fishing and on assignment as a photographer. I dunk it in water to help keep me cool, it's easily packable and less than half the price of a tilley. And many times the chin strap has been very useful when scooting fast across a lake in a boat. I never understood the use of baseball/trucker style caps for the sierra outdoors.

http://www.outdoorresearch.com/en/trans ... hat-9.html

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