Completely OT - Walking Hat

I've been looking for a more appropriate group, but there seems about 2 weeks between posts on like UK.rec.walking so here goes.
Hopefully one or two might do some walking about and might advise on the suitability of head gear!
I am in the market for a hat to replace an aging flat cap.  I was considering a hat with a decent brim all round to provide shelter from both sun and rain. However I am concerned that it will become a problem in strong winds, either from a point of view of blowing away or, if tethered, from the likelihood of removing ones head IYSWIM.
Are these things totally impractical for walking or do they lend themselves quite well? If they are worth considering, any links from personal recommendation? I am not so taken with the floppy style and prefer a more rigid brim.
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On Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:30:09 +0100 (GMT+01:00), TheChief

Depending on how rigid you call rigid, how about a Tilley?
http://www.tilley.com/uk_en/men/hats
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On 10/07/2016 21:56, T i m wrote:

+1 My T5 has survived very high winds without worrying me.
And you never know when you might meet a hungry elephant.
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Yeah, remembering that story was what made me suggest Tilley. ;-)
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On Sun, 10 Jul 2016 22:44:25 +0100, Robin wrote:

When I wear a hat at all, I wear an Akubra.
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On 10/07/16 23:16, Bob Eager wrote:

What is a 'hat'?
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On Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:26:25 +0100, TheChief wrote:

This is what I have:
https://www.outofthecity.co.uk/akubra-snowy-river-hat-santone
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On Sun, 10 Jul 2016 21:56:40 +0100, T i m wrote:

Another vote for a Tilley.
Light weight and easily packable and there is a retaining cord both front and back which keeps the hat on in the strongest winds (or at least in the strongest I have been out in).
Originally designed for sailing so not designed to be held onto or to blow off in a bit of a breeze. There is even a bit of padding on top in case you get belted by passing rigging, and they are supposed to float (never tested this).
There is quite a variety of style, colour and material, I currently have an LT5B and an LTM6 (which has a slightly wider brim and ventilation mesh around the top). These are both nylon versions.
The label inside says guaranteed for life, and apparently this is so!
Brief ramble; why do I have two? Well, I lost my first one so I bought another one to replace it. Wore the new one into work and reception said they had a lost one under the counter. Turns out I lost the original at work. So two hats.
Guarantee? Turns out I have acid sweat - as demonstrated by my finger prints taking the bloom off spectacle lenses. Despite regular washing the material around the stitching around the brim of the hats started to rot (after quite a few years - I think at least 15 for the first one). I contacted Tilley, sent them photographs of the damage, then at their request sent them photographs of the inside labels both marked with a large "R" in laundry marker and they sent me two new hats.
So I now have two nice respectable Tilley hats which I can wear in public without shame, and two damaged but still serviceable hats to go with my working clothed for DIY.
So, very impressed.
They curve down at the back to keep the sun off your neck and keep the sun out of your eyes at the front.
Oh, and they come in sizes (like shoes) so you don't have the "one size fits all" problem.
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On Sunday, 10 July 2016 21:30:11 UTC+1, TheChief wrote:

The sock cap has been the one size fits all for thousands of years. If you can can grow your own hair, an elastic tie-back is all you need with it for the rain will flow down past your shirt collar over your beard and pony ta il.
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On 7/10/2016 9:30 PM, TheChief wrote:

Well for *rain* there is nothing better than the classical Australian leather hat, IMHO. Although they are not normally worn with a strap, they usually have a couple of little leather flaps to accept one. I use square leather "traditional bootlaces" from a decent cobbler. Knot in one end, thread through both loops. Friction at the "free" end lets you adjust it but still pull tight enough to keep on in strong winds.
Popular with horse owners, they keep you as dry as a hood without cutting off sounds of things happening behind you. It's important to retain your hearing while leading horses into or out of a field in heavy rain. DAMHIK.
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On 10/07/2016 21:30, TheChief wrote:

I bought a Tilley TH5 earlier this year and am happy with it - pricey but comfortable and practical. I nearly chose the waxed version because of the improved water resistance but was concerned that it might be more sweaty.
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On 10/07/2016 21:30, TheChief wrote:

Leather bush hat. Can't beat it for summer sun or torrential rain. Better than a brolly. If you get the right size even without a strap it'll stay on.
My first one was a light brown suede colour. When it got all grubby after several decades I simply applied walking boot wax to bring it to a darker hue.
And, if you don't want to wear it you can shove it in your ruck-sack without fear of it becoming damaged.
In the most violent of storms I pull the hood of my jacket over the top of my bush hat and the hat stays put and keeps the driving rain off your face.
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