|Fishing in the rain wearing the Tilley|
The answer is no. It may very well live up to it's "nearly indestructible" reputation. That's one tough hat. My goal when I got it was to destroy it--it has a lifetime garantee, and I really wanted to test that Tilley promise. I thought it would take a few months, but I was wrong. I've worn it another entire year--fishing, mowing, in the rain, burning garbage, strolling the craft fairs. I've sweat in it, I've treated it badly, washed it numerous times (sometimes in pond water)--it still looks as good as when I pulled it out of the box.
Without question, it's my favorite hat. It was comfortable and light when I pulled it out of the box a year-and-a-half ago, but as I've worn it, it's become even softer and more comfortable. The brim has remained stiff--it's fantastic in the rain. It's cool in the heat of summer. It's got both a trooper strap in the back for a breezy day, and a chin strap for a windy day, and both tuck neatly into the crown when not in use. It's made for the outdoors--and I spent a lot of time there.
|A year later, at the same festival, doing the |
same thing--eating beans and listening to
bluegrass. Only the wearer has aged.
And another thing I discovered this year has come in quite handy--I found a very useful purpose for that "secret pocket" inside the crown. My iPhone fits in there. When it's hot, and I'm wearing a t-shirt with no pockets, I tuck my phone up there--especially handy when you're fishing. I feel like James Bond, or perhaps more appropriately, Maxwell Smart. More than once during the last year, my wife Valerie has made the remark--"Todd, your hat is ringing."
Yeah, they cost more than a baseball cap, but as I've learned, it's worth the investment. I bought another one. They've thought these designs through--every detail. I also have a wool winter Tilley I like. It's nice enough to wear to work, and is warm as toast (and the ear flaps that fold out has proven to be very handy a few times)--and is also very durable. So check out the Tilley Hats. It would sure make a nice gift for dad this Christmas--and yes, Jaclyn, that is a hint.
And no--there is no connection between me and the Tilley Hat folks--other than my trying really hard to tear up their products. I've never talked to them. It's just a great product. Seriously, how many products are left in this world with a lifetime guarantee? Other than Zippo lighters. When you see that, you know the manufacturer is confident in what they make. I like things that are made well, and their hats sure are made well.
One helpful hint, however. If your going to wash it out in pond water on a slow fishing day--make sure you take your iPhone out of the secret pocket first. Just a suggestion.