I was recently thinking about hats, as during my trip in South Africa I saw alot of people wearing Tilly hats, and other such hats, some leather, and it got me thinking. What is the ideal adventure hat? What hat can you wear that not is functional, but looks good?
Me personally, and I know its a little Indiana Jones, I wear a fedora hat that I bought in America a couple years back, despite being a little overdue for a clean, it works for me brilliant as a safari/adventure hat, having a wide enough brim to shade you properly, but not being too heavy that it makes you sweat overly.
What hats do you wear when hiking/climbing etc, on your travels?
Ballcap. Occasionally backwards....At times, a toque, when it's cold.
I ,too, wear a ballcap ( no writing at all ) most of the time. If it's cold I wear a watch cap.
My aunt and uncle bought me a tilly hat for my trip to egypt, to keep the sun off.
It is a very highly functional, packable and endurable hat.
I saw dozens of old fat dudes hopping on and off of busses wearing my hat, red faced and some were pretty obnoxious. And then I didn't like it so much afterward.
It's lame, I know.
I do think it's a great hat though.
I bought a fedora hat (like this one) in Shanghai and it's been my travel partner ever since.
Do you ever get wierd stares with that hat? I have a much wider brim on mine btw, So I find it keeps the sun off. does yours work for keeping the sun off?
It works a bit like a sunstopper but it's mostly for show to be honest. It's an awesome icebreaker. Locals can walk up to you on the sidewalk and compliment on your hat and ask if they can try it ot. You start talking and all of a sudden you're at a bar somewhere.
I've met thousands of wide, shining smiles thanks to my fedora.
Nice! I've had quite a few compliments on mine, but I've never decided to follow up into a good conversation on it, and certainly never ended up at a bar from it. I'll ahve to try it next time travelling.
I wear my flat cap a lot when abroad. Its made of tweed and incredibly comfy. When I am in a hot country I wear a white baseball cap. In countries with lots of flies the classic Australian cowboy hat with dangling corks is a classic example of perfect travelling. I look like a twit though.
Well, beyond the obvious truism that real adventure requires a helmet, I have my favorites.
I have a very old Outdoor Research rain hat which my family hates. It is great for bad weather.
I like buffs for the winter traveling. They are versatile.
I do not have one, but I would like a classic Australian oil hat.