Best Hat for Paddling
Posted by: old_user on Jan-23-07 10:53 PM (EST) Category: unassigned
I've pretty much narrowed my hat search down to Tilley. Was wondering if anyone had strong opinions regarding one or more of their models and/or features? Widest brim vs. medium width? Airflo (vented) vs. 'lighterweight' vs. 'regular' 10oz cotton?
I generally paddle flat water in back bays.
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I've only had the regular cotton|
Posted by: clarion on Jan-24-07 6:01 AM (EST)
Tilly always gets good copy around here|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-07 6:18 AM (EST)
One can never have too many nice hats|
Posted by: watersprite on Jan-24-07 6:24 AM (EST)
Just as it is with shoes! ;-)
The Tilley Airflow is a good hat for|
Posted by: string on Jan-24-07 7:43 AM (EST)
temperate / hot weather.Mine is nylon and never loses its shape in spite of being mashed most of the time.
LT-5 is Great|
Posted by: Det.Dan on Jan-24-07 8:09 AM (EST)
I have the LT-5 in cotton and it's a great hat, indestructable for the last 6 years. It's been canoeing, camping, and on safari, it gets very rough treatment, and it is always ready for more. and it FLOATS.
Posted by: redmond on Jan-24-07 8:22 AM (EST)
It looks a little weird but it works. http://www.kavu.com/store/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=5&idproduct=161
A fan of Tilleys|
Posted by: Jsaults on Jan-24-07 8:49 AM (EST)
I have two" one in cotton, which gets the most use, and last summer I bought a hemp hat. The hemp model seems a bit cooler, and has a larger brim. A bit floppier than the cotton model though.
I have a Tilley|
Posted by: cuptegraff on Jan-24-07 9:47 AM (EST)
but the best hat for paddling is one that you don't worry about losing!
Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-07 11:47 AM (EST)
Sahara sombrero for summer time. And Seattle sombrero for wet weather.
Kokatat Sunwester Hat|
Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-07 1:43 PM (EST)
I've had one of these for the last 4 years or so. Keeps the sun off your face and neck, and the dark underside helps with glare from the water.
Full brim hats in wind|
Posted by: Jsaults on Jan-24-07 2:24 PM (EST)
is a problem I believe for most hats. I tried a OR Sombrero (non WP) and it was pretty flacid. My old Sequel was pretty stiff, but the brim could be blown up in gusts. My Tilley in cotton is reasonably stiff, but same problem. Interestingly, when it is wet (or I wet it for cooling) the brim stiffens up noticeably. The hemp hat is a couple degrees softer, and best suited for lazy sunny days with light breezes.
I have a Hills fishing hat|
Posted by: duggae on Jan-24-07 5:45 PM (EST)
that was made in New Zealand. It's of the boonie style with a floppy brim all around it and a pocket in the top with floatation foam in it. It has a strap to keep it on in the wind. I'm much too modest and unassuming to wear a Tilley!
I have a T5|
Posted by: paddlinpals on Jan-24-07 6:34 PM (EST)
regular weight in the natural color without the green underbrim. My current one is about 5 years old and has been washed quite a few times. It still looks new when its clean and fits great even though I treat it terribly. Most of the time its usually in my van smashed under something, but pops right back when I need it. I did not see much advantage to the LT and I don't know if they wear as well or last as long. I will replace this one with the same model if and when it wears out.
Posted by: old_user on Jan-24-07 7:26 PM (EST)
Another Tilley thread? There're lots of fine hats for a lot less money. I usually use a full brim hat, waxed cotton with a terry hatband inside that's very comfortable, sheds water, floats long enough to recover it and doesn't look too dorky (wife and daughters would disagree).
My favorote hat. Wear it backwards, wear|
Posted by: CD1 on Jan-24-07 8:26 PM (EST)
...it forwards, just wear it.