Picture from George Griffin at BackpackingGearTest.org
The Tilley LTM6 Airflo Hat is quite a piece of engineering. I have worn one now for a few years and I recommend it highly. My faithful, cheap,(ten bucks at a hardware store) straw hat gave up after three years of canoeing in Canada, summer camp and carpentry. In searching for a replacement I decided to check out the much touted Tilley hat.
After some research I decided on the LTM6 Airflo and hoped it would be equal to the rather steep ($70.00) price. Constructed of something Tilley calls Nylantium the hat weighs in a a svelte 4 ounces and appears to be indestructible and sits lightly on my big (size 8) bald head. It keeps sweat off my brow while maintaining a cool head (at least physically). A generous brim offers ample shade for neck, ears and face and a stout cord keeps it on my head in the wind.
The hat preformed admirably during a weeks canoeing and has won me over.
The single drawback is my suspicion that the hat makes me look codgerly. But, once again, reason supplants vanity because I really need the protection and comfort it affords.
So I embrace codgerhood beneath a hat that removes all doubt.