With all the time that a multi sport athlete spends exposed to the sun the risks of skin cancer are high. Some of the most common places that active people are treated for are the ears, nose, or top of the head. I have a friend that always carefully applied suncreen on his face but neglected to cover his ears. He had a piece of his ear removed that was cancerous. With each passing birthday more and more people that I know are dealing with skin cancer.
When you are chilling poolside after swim, bike, and run in the sun the TILLEY is a great hat that travels well stuffed in a suitcase and comes out ready to wear and instantly reforms. I used this hat in Lake Powell while cruising on the boat, hiking around, and stand up paddle boarding. This hat has a compartment that could easily hide a wallet or other essentials when traveling.
Tilley is a Canadian company with an amazing lifetime product guarantee. The durable construction and build in every product that they make is solid. This hat is protected from loss. With certified UV protection in every hat you are practicing safe sun. The tilley hat floats. You can quickly tell that this is not your ordinary hat company.
I used this same LT6B hat on a Pioneer Trek where we were in the sun for three days hiking across a section of Wyoming. The temperatures were in the high 80s and low 90s. There was absolutely no shade. Sunscreen was a must. The protection the hat provided from the sun was great. During this Trek we reached camp and there was a huge rainstorm the hat beaded the water effectively for more than an hour in heavy rain. The next morning the hat was dry. The most important part of a hat is fit. Each hat has specific sizing to make sure that it fits you. Dialing in your size is easy to do through the website.
Tilley also makes some amazing cold weather and casual hats. I really like the IVY CAP. This cap is made of textured wool and the warmth is incredible. I wore this cap golfing at a mountain course on a very cold morning. I pulled down the tucked away ear warmers until the sun warmed things up. This hat is great for casual wear and looks great dressed up. I have a collection of caps that are this style and this one has quickly become my favorite. As you head into fall this is a hat that can keep you warm and transform when things get even colder.
Whether you are sitting poolside after an event or cheering on your friends along the course make sure you are protecting yourself from the sun.