I've been looking for a more appropriate group, but there seems
about 2 weeks between posts on like UK.rec.walking so here
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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