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Reviews > Clothing > Hats > Tilley Endurables TTW-2 Tec-Wool Hat > Test Report by Bob Sanders
Tilley TTW2 Tec-Wool Hat
Test Series by Bob Sanders
October 23, 2011
INITIAL IMPRESSIONSThe number one reason I am a fan of Tilley hats is because they fit well. I have a big head and most manufacturers don't offer hats in the XL range. I guess I should start shopping at the Big-N-Tall store. When I first placed the hat on my head it fit perfectly. Not too tight and not too loose. I am not too sure how well it would stay on in a stiff breeze but we will see.
When I first opened the box and looked inside the hat appeared to be crushed and was very wrinkled. It is listed as being crushable and packable. I pulled it out and tried to fluff it up and smooth out the fabric. I even thought that wearing it for a while it would become less wrinkled. Even after several days of ocassional wear and storing the hat hanging on a door knob the hat is still quite wrinkled. In the photo above you can see some of the wrinkles. It is a great style of hat it just looks rumpled.
Ear warmers in down position
Inside the hat is a single wrap around ear warmer. It is made of a soft, elastic, stretchy material. With the ear warmers in the down position the hat is slightly larger in fit. But the streachy flap sort of hugs my head a bit. With the extra room I may try to wear a thin micro-fleece helmet liner underneath the hat for extra warmth if needed. Might look a little goofy wearing it around town. Might save that idea for the trail.
When the ear warmers are down the hat can be adjusted using the Size Equalization Device (SED). It is a removable band held in place with Velcro®. The ends of the band can be adjusted to make the inside circumference smaller. I will see if I need any adjusting. Right now the hat feels pretty comfortable even with the ear warmers down.
Also inside the hat is an adjustable sweat band made of Hydrofil to wick moisture away and a secret pocket sealed with a strip of Velcro®. Inside that pocket is the Tilley Owner's Manual. The secret pocket in the top of the crown is an excellent place to store a key, a credit card or even a bit of cash. Stitched on the flap of the pocket is an information sheet which includes a place to write your name and phone number so if you loose your hat there is a better chance you will get it back.
Inside of Hat
This hat is very well thought out and made. The stitching and workmanship are impeccable. The brim has multiple rows of stitching that make it stiffer, which keeps it from flopping around. Inside the crown of the hat is a piece of closed-cell foam which is suppose to keep additional heat inside the hat keeping your head warmer.
January 5, 2012
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