I only tried a tilley style hat once, and I seriously disliked it. Has anyone else had the experience where you throw the canoe up on your shoulders to port, and the back brim of the hat gets wedged in the yoke, pulling the hat off your head, causing all kinds of portage ruckus?
I know that many hard core canoeists love them, so don't get offended by my next statement, but Tilley hats make me feel like I'm a conformist, and a member of some uberchique group of posers. The kind that show up at the portage with a fleece paddle sock, and look like Martha Stewart dressed them, and refuse to canoe camp if there is no thunderbox.
I come from the baseball hat, cigarette smoking, beer swilling line of canoeists. We might stink, and dislike the concept of washing, but we can get er done.
A few of my chums. Notice there are no Tilley hats.