Tilley is known around the world for it's hats. They've been making the best quality hats since 1984, and have since expanded their product line into other clothing and accessories.
In the box with our hats?
Two pairs of underwear each, one pair of socks each, and one Cobber each. A Cobber? What's a Cobber?? We'll show you in a minute.
Now, I know you're expecting a few photos of us modelling these garments, the same we we did with our hats.
Our Tilley hats in Namibia, Africa, keeping the rain off our heads!
But darn it all, none of the pictures of us in our underwear turned out! So you'll have to make do with these...
The Men's Tilley underwear cost $32 CAN.
Yes, $32 bucks for a pair of underwear.
Now, you all know that we are very frugal, and I have to say that I would never have paid $32 for a pair of underwear. However... now that I have experienced these underwear for almost nine months, they are in fact worth every penny. You all know that we tell it like it is. Here's why...
As the Tilley ads say, you can travel the world with only two pair. Totally true. If you hand wash these underwear in the evening, they will be dry and ready to wear the next morning. We put this into play many times while in Africa, and only very rarely was the band still a little damp in the morning.
They're totally comfortable, and they're covered by the famous Tilley guarantee.
Yes, I am officially done with cheap underwear!
Ruth is totally happy with hers too. The Tilley ladie's underwear are a little cheaper (less material?) than the men's...they're only $18 CAN.
Now, the socks are a little different story. For me, the men's travel socks are fine. Again, they're quite pricey for a pair of socks at $16 a pair. But when you take into account the "no holes barred" 3 year guarantee, they become quite reasonably priced. So far, nine months and no holes. I have found that cheap no name brand socks, like the ones where you buy five pairs for $10 tend to last about six months a pair.
Unfortunately, not the same story for Ruth's pair of socks. One of them developed a hole after only one month. We think it caught on something though, and it does look like that. It's just a tiny hole, and she's been wearing the socks anyhow without the hole getting worse.
Tiny hole in one of Ruth's socks.
Now, you wanted to know what a "Cobber" is...
A Cobber is a fabric necktie containing gel crystals that you soak in water...
Ruth, wearing her Cobber and her Tilley hat. Keeping cool on a baking hot day in Namibia.
Ruth really likes her Cobber. She wore it almost every time we went for a hike in the desert. I found that mine kept my neck cool, but I was constantly fiddling with it and flipping it over to get the cool side against my skin. So ultimately, Ruth likes the product, and I am a little up in the air about it.
It also seems to look a little more fashionable on the ladies than the men!
So here's the breakdown. We love our Tilley hats. We love our Tilley underwear. The socks feel like socks, but the three year warranty makes the price worthwhile. And we're split on the value of the Cobber.
But all Tilley products are extremely well made. And so far, we'd say they're worth the extra money. We'd love to try out some of their lineup of other travel clothing, so maybe we'll get a chance on our next big trip...South Korea in October of 2014!