Well, maybe not experts, but we sure do have a lot of experience with the two hats that we own! We have accumulated a lot of hours wearing our Tilley hats, so now we think we are fully qualified to tell you about them.
Ruth has the T4M0 model.
And me with my LTM6 model.
We wore our hats almost every day while we were in the baking hot deserts of Namibia. The temperatures were close to 38C (100F) some days, and with the sun beating down we were both glad to have the wide brims on these two hats. Although the hats are very similar in design and function, Ruth's hat is made out of organic cotton, while mine is made out of Nylamtium, a type of nylon that is designed to resist mildew and moisture.
Notice the water beading on both hats.
We got caught in the rain once, and our hats kept our heads and faces dry. That wide 3" brim acted just like a little umbrella! The same wide brim can be a little annoying when you're out in the wind though. I find that if you're facing a strong breeze, the front of the rim flaps up and down a little bit, while Ruth says she doesn't notice that problem with hers. Still, I would rather have the wide brim than not have it!
Ruth, using her chin strap on a windy day.
Kevin, using his chin strap. No extra wind required!
We like the fact that our Tilley hats are fully guaranteed for life. If your Tilley hat wears out, they'll replace it. Simple as that.
In fact, there is one testimonial on the Tilley website that speaks to the product's indestructibility. Michael Hackenberger from Ontario Bowmanville Zoo had his Tilley Hat snatched from his head and eaten by an elephant. 3 times! Michael would later pick up his hat, wash it thoroughly and wear it. Note: He has declined to accept a new one in order that his hat may make it to the Tilley Museum.
We have washed our hats only once. They say to wash them regularly, so we're probably due to wash them again soon. There was a little bit of a sweat stain on the front of mine, but it was gone just like that.
Our Tilley hats keeping the hot desert sun off our faces.
So, after hundreds of hours of use, the only difference we notice between the two hats is that Ruth's is a little softer than mine and of course that's due to the different material. We've sat on them, we've had them stuffed into our packs and folded and rolled up. They always come back to form.
We're totally happy with our hats, now just wait until we tell you about our Tilley socks and underwear! No, we won't be modelling for you!