As much as it is surprising to find some Tilley hats for sale in the tiny city of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan (pop 35,000), we were not surprised that the selection wasn't great and that some of the hats were older discontinued models.
But we still had fun trying them on!
It was another quiet day here at the campground. A bit cool (20C, 68F) with enough of a breeze to keep boaters off the lake. So we took off in to town together for the first time since June.
Ruth likes the LTM8
Kevin, trying the LTM6C
I have to say, I actually like the look of the darker color hats better. And, some of the hat styles look better on than others do. But the main idea for us was practicality over looks. So while I might like the darker color ones better, it doesn't make sense when we're wanting hats for a super hot climate. Much better to have a light colored hat that doesn't attract as much heat from the sunlight.
The LTM6C has a hideaway neck cape that stows away, but it turns out that this is an older style and the cape part of it has been discontinued. The LTM6 is still available though, just without the hideaway cape.
Now that we've had a chance to try them on, it's easy to see why Tilley hats are called "the best hats in the world".
Lookin' good Ruth!
So, we've pretty much decided that it will be the LTM6 for Kevin, and the LTM8 for Ruth. They're actually very similar hats, but the LTM8 has the full mesh on the crown whereas the LTM6 has only a 3/4" mesh. We think we're better off having two different hats although the color scheme of "khaki with olive underbrim" will be the same.
The LTM8 is available here... http://www.tilley.com/LTM8-Mesh-AIRFLO-Nylamtium.aspx
And the LTM6 is here... http://www.tilley.com/LTM6-AIRFLO-Nylamtium-Hat.aspx