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Old 04-11-2011, 08:49   #1
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What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

Louisiana gets some pretty intense sun most of the year. Unfortunately for me, my pale skin burns very easily. A further problem is that I loathe sunscreen and lotions.

So that pretty much leaves wearing wide brimmed hats and long sleeves in the heat. That started a long search for the perfect sun protection. More specifically though for a long time I had a lot of trouble finding the right hat. Most hats just don't fit me right. I wear close to size 8 which is upper end or beyond all the one size fits all hats.

For my birthday yesterday, my future wife gave me a Tilley hat. I'd been drooling over them for years. I have to say that its the most well fitting hat I've ever put on and I have high hopes for its wide brim and comfortable fit. I like the straps to hold it on in the wind.

Love the label inside the hat. Made with Canadian persnicketyness.

Curious though, what are you experienced sailors out there using for sun protection on top your noggins?
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:53   #2
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Re: What hat to wear while sailing?

A Tilley, and the elephant hasn't eaten it yet but I have a spare (hat not elephant) just in case.
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Re: What hat to wear while sailing?

I have a Tilley hat as well and find it great quality, well made, good fit and has very functional straps to keep it on your head BUT the model I have the brim is not very stiff and in any kind of breeze at all the brim blows down in my face over my eyes. Very annoying and makes the hat unusable at sea.

Tilley does make a number of models and I guess I need to ask if they make one with a stiff brim. Otherwise I am looking for another option.
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Re: What hat to wear while sailing?

when i dont have a bimini to hide under, i wear a visor. i have many hats, but this one black visor is perfect for me.
tilley hats are excellent, and there is a kind of cap with some neck protection that is good--keeps sun off neck so burning isnt an issue. i see that worn here in mazatlan by natives who work in sun.
when folks dont have the dough for the cap with neck shield, they add a bandanna to the hat to protect back of neck and a wet bandanna to keep them cool and sweat free.
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Re: What hat to wear while sailing?

Not done a lot of sailing in sun over recent times - but I splashed out on 1 of these a while back, based on experiance down in OZ. Various Models and weights (and can be worn in half a dozen styles). The headband is also adjustable.



One of my earlier threads

A Headgear question, maybe one for those from Oz??
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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

Tilley! I'm into my 4th or 5th hat. I lost one once, wrote to Tilley in NY for a new replacement. They replaced my lost one for 1/2 my original cost. Great hats, great company!

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Tilley! I'm into my 4th or 5th hat. I lost one once, wrote to Tilley in NY for a new replacement. They replaced my lost one for 1/2 my original cost. Great hats, great company!

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Foggy,

Did you wear the other ones out or lose them too!? :P

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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

DOJ--that is excellent for the sun we get here--- protection for neck and ears is important.
tilley hats are wonderful but still offer little to no protection of neck and ears in a blow with bright sun.
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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

Zee,

The model hat I got has a neck protector that drops out the back brim of the hat and can be secured around the front of the neck protecting the ears and neck fully along with part of your cheeks.

I'll let you know how it works out in real world conditions but I see no reason it wouldn't work just as well on the sun protection. The only problem it might have is what Skipmac mentioned.

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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

Legionaire styled cap with long brim.
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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

Tilley < www.tilley.com >has 5 pages of men’s hats, and 6 pages of women’s hats.
http://www.tilley.com/Hats.aspx

ie: The men's LTM6C AIRFLO® Hat with Neck Protector (page 2), and men's TTMC Nylamtium® (legionnaire style) Cap (page 4) have neck protection.
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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

I have the LTM6IS model which is essentially exactly the same as the LTM6C except that its been coated with permethrin.
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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

DO go for the neck protection--good to know tilley has that!!! ones i saw didnt---but the sailors using were more dock riders than sailors....
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Did you wear the other ones out or lose them too!? :P

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I lost a couple and have at least one or two at home. Once I left a hat at the helm with all the canvas open. Got windy that night.......... chalk up another lost hat. I have not worn one out! I stick them in Wifey's dishwasher to wash them so they will retain their shape. Only approached Tilley for one lost (my first ) hat. Hard to blame them for my carelessness.

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Re: What Hat to Wear While Sailing ?

As someone with Celtic genes, I'm in constant search for the perfect sailing hat. Sadly I have yet to find it. I have multiple Tilleys (including my latest which I received for free b/c I managed to wear out an older one). I love them -- all except for their floppy brims. I went through their entire line a while back (at the Tilley store in Toronto) and they all suffer the same problem. In anything over 8 knots the brims are useless.

Years ago I owned an oilskin hat which became quite stiff in the cool breeze, but it was also hot in the sun. All I want is a hat with a large brim that keeps its shape in 20+knts, that is cool enough to wear in the hot sun, but can also handle a bit of rain. Any suggestions? (No baseball caps, please. Not my style).

BTW, for serious rain and weather there's nothing better than a real sou'wester.
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