Today, i am going to share how i am thankful for my Tilley. I know, this is a little silly, but today is the last day of the Fall soccer season for me and my family, and i am sort of known for wearing "The Hat". Maybe it was in the military i grew used to wearing a hat, but i have found that hats are extremely handy. A brim is great to keep the sun out of your eyes, or from getting a sunburn on my neck. The problem with baseball style hats is that the brim is only partially useful, it can only point in one direction at time so if you want to use it for both the next and eyes, you have to keep flipping it back and forth. I have a similar problem with the sun visor in my car, but i digress. Hats are also really useful to keeping one warm in the winter, and cool in the summer. It also has a huge feature that an eyeglass wearer like me really needs, a cover to keep the glasses without spots in the rain.I am not sure my Beloved gets it though. I wear the hat, pretty much any time we are going to be outside for more than a few minutes. So, i wear it anytime i am at one of our children's soccer games.
I bought it when she went in to the hospital for gallbladder incident. I had been on the fence for a while, especially because Tilley Hats can be a tad pricey compared to the hats more easily available, but i assure you they are well worth the difference. I first heard about Tilley when i was at Hershey Park, but a woman who owned one. The hats are guaranteed for manufacturing defects for life, and insured for loss for up to two years. If you lose your treasured possession in the first two years after your purchase - for any reason - you can purchase another at half the cost.
I purchased the LTM06 AirFlo design and have never regretted it. In the winter it keeps my head warm (even with the air flow vents), in the summer it keeps me very cool - and when i really need a boost - i stash ice in the pocket and let it melt (another trick i learned in the Army), the all around brim keeps the sun (and rain) out of my eyes and off of my neck and ears. I love my Tilley. If it gets sweaty and dirty, i just hand wash it and let it air dry. I told my Beloved, "we've been married twenty years, but you are just going to have to get used to it". Because the hat plays.