Mon 22-Apr-13 12:26 AM | edited Mon 22-Apr-13 12:29 AM by sabbey51
I have three, and I'm wearing one in my avatar. That one blew off my head at Yellowstone last year (no, I wasn't using the chin strap) and landed in a thermal pool. My sacrifice to the gods of fire. I ordered a replacement that night and had it sent to my next hotel stop. I wore the replacement as recently as today on a hike.
Mon 22-Apr-13 06:40 AM | edited Mon 22-Apr-13 06:50 AM by jrp
I have Rogue, Henschel, Tilley and Stetson hats that I bought when a hunter.
I love them all; use them for travel, but seldom use them for photography. The brim gets in my way. So I usually have a Nikonians cap that I can turn around when actually shooting, or a Nikonians wool beanie when it gets really cold. Attachment#1 (jpg file)
i love my tilly hat for photography because the bill is not large and soft. but more often i wear the nikonians hat with small bill (not baseball cap). it is great for photo, keeps sun off my head, and folded will fit in almost all of my bags.
I never travel without my Tilley, or shoot outside without it, unless it's really cold. I've been all over the world with it. I wash it periodically and it just keeps going great and looking great.
I wear the LTM6 Airflo Hat. I like the design and the protection, including that of the wide brim which keeps the sun off the back of my neck as well as ears, etc. The brim isn't an impediment to photography as it moves right out of the way when shooting without me worrying about the hat at all.
I wore baseball caps long ago, but their brim was always getting in the way.
I'm modeling an LTM5 in my avatar. I sometimes need to push it back or take it off, where I might just turn a baseball cap backwards. Nonetheless, it's my go-to hat for outdoor activities including photography.
>Scott, is it because the shorter brim is stiffer than the >wide brim on the "6's" that you have to push it back >or take it off? With my LTM6 I never have to adjust it or >remove it to shoot. >
Dunno. If you look at my avatar, you can see how low the brim rides. Could be the way I wear it, stylishly low to shade my eyes. I sometimes use the neck straps to hand it down my back, or from a clip on my belt or pack. But as I said, it rarely annoys me and it is definitely my fav hat for outdoor activities. It'll be on my had tomorrow when I go out for some shooting.
I have two other Tilleys that I wear much less frequently. A TW2 woolen winter hat with ear flaps gets more use at football games in the late fall. And a wide brim, nylon hat with no vents that I got and wear when I'm expecting rain. It doesn't have a model number on it, and I can't find it on the Tilley website.
I saw all the Nikonian comments about the Tilley hats when someone asked about a good hat to wear during photography. I purchased the LTM5 airflo nylon hat and later purchased the T5MO organic cotton airflo Tilley.
Both work great during photography with the brim moving up and out of the way when you shoot. Just take your hand and brush it back down after you take your shot.
I think the organic cotton is a bit cooler during the summer. Both will shed water and the lifetime guarantee is hard to beat. Wear it until it frays and send it to them and they will replace it for the freight. They will even return your old hat if you want it. They have a great Facebook site and will answer your questions very quickly. https://www.facebook.com/TilleyEndurables?fref=ts
Tilley hats are designed to fit much looser and lower than standard hats, so they are very comfortable. Be sure to measure your head as directed on their site and use their sizing charts. Standard hat sizes will not give you the proper fit.
I've used Tilleys for a lot of years, and the brim has never been a problem for photography. Rain, shine, snow, 110 degrees on the Salt Flats or the racetrack,and it keeps my head dry or some cooler, and the sun from parboiling my bald spot.
I had a straw Stetson, which I kept some of my souvenier pins on, till it got too heavy, and the backs were scratching my head.
I now have a western-style hat with a mesh crown, which is better for summer, but the jury is still out whether It will be better than my old reliable Tilly.
I have both the classic T3 and the lighter weight "Nylamtium" LTM3. My normal hat of choice is a baseball cap, but as stated in earlier posts, there is always that problem of the bill getting in the way. I made the mistake once of wearing an adjustable baseball cap backwards while shooting a baseball game in the Texas summer heat. Forgetting to put suntan lotion on my forehead, I got more than one "look" at the scarlet sideways "D" tattoo'd on my forehead for the next couple of weeks. The brim on both the T3 and the LTM3 are soft enough that they move out of the way when you bring the camera up. I have missed more than one shot when I forgot to turn my baseball cap backwards. I like the organic cotton of the classic T3, but the Nylamtium of the LTM3 seems to hold it's shape better and is significantly lighter and cooler. I made the mistake of washing my T3, which really messed up the shape of the hat.
So I was shooting formhours yesterday while wearing the LTM5 and paid attention to whether the brim got in the way. The answer was no. However, thinking back to my previous response where I said it did, I now recall that those instances were most likely shooting on a tripod where I had to bend down for some reason to look through the viewfinder: trying to get a low angle, or some such thing. So my had was tilted forward much more than usual.
Yesterday was all handheld, and no interference either.