Senior Travelers Love Tilley Hats

Jul 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

In my work as a tour guide I notice when folks arrive wearing a TILLEY.  I often remark…”Youare wearing a Tilley, right?” and they glowingly say. “Why yes it is.  Do you own one?”  Mine is ancient and should be turned in for another as Tilley offers a new hat to replace the old one. I have owned my Tilley for over 15 years.  I can’t say enough good about my Tilley.  If you wear one, you WILL notice others wearing the same quality and style.  My Tilley has served me well.  It simply refuses to wear out and besides it comes with a lifetime warranty.  Tilley will replace it if anything bad ever happens to it…but just don’t lose it.  That doesn’t count.  The hat even floats.  Travelers have a right to insist upon dependable clothing that can withstand whatever the world has to offer. Function is important also, but not at the expense of comfort, and Tilley has  made sure all their Tilleys age ever so gracefully. Simple to clean, too.

Check out their line of hats.  For over 25 years Tilley Hats have been a welcome companion to over a million people, from world-class adventurers and neighbourhood ramblers, to princes and presidents.  I like their motto too…”Goes With Anywhere.”

Alex Tilley writes this on their website:

” I’m sure you’ll enjoy your new Hat! Like a Rolls-Royce, it’s rather special, so let me tell you a bit about it. The Hat was conceived in frustration and born of necessity. As a corporate art dealer and consultant I had become, over the years, rather ‘picky’ regarding quality, and I couldn’t find a hat that quite met my criteria or the beauty of my boat. It was a much-varnished mahogany, brass, teak, and fibreglass Brandlemeyer-designed sloop, painted mid-green with cream trim, and a raked-back wooden mast.  A proper sailing hat had to float, stay on, be unshrinkable, last indefinitely, and look attractive. In January 1980, I decided to have one made, not only for myself, but for other sailors. Fortunately, I knew nothing about headgear so I didn’t realize that it was thought ‘impossible’ to make such a hat. I received design advice from a milliner, information about materials from a sail-maker, and then I oversaw its manufacture by a local hat maker.” 

Now there are dozens of models for every taste and need.  New for 2010 are the Tilley T5MO and T4MO Organic Airflo® Hats:  Made of a soft,  suede organic cotton fabric, with ventilating mesh, the Tilley Organic Airflo® Hats look as good as they feel. The 3/4″ polyester mesh in the crown both helps to both ventilate warm air out and allow cooler air to flow in. The sturdy cotton is rugged yet very lightweight. Like all Tilley Hats, the Organic Airflo® Hat has a UPF rating of 50+ to protect from the sun, while also being rain repellent to protect from the elements.  Their organically grown cotton uses no toxic chemicals, synthetic fertilizers or pesticides in its production – the first step to an eco-friendly alternative that benefits us all. Made with 98% organic cotton and 2% spandex. 

If your new purchase doesn’t fit, send it back. If the colour doesn’t suit you, send it back. If a new item has not been worn or washed, they will exchange it for one of the right size or colour. If the new item isn’t quite what you expected, they refund the purchase price.  Information regarding refunds and a catalog of products are available on the website.  jeb



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