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SusanReneGr65

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Year of past OR future Camino
Camino Le Puy Fall 2015
I bought a hat. I thought I'd never wear it.
Boy was I wrong.
  1. Sun: The obvious reason for wearing a hat.
  2. Rain: The hat kept light rain off my glasses.
  3. Falling things: We walked the Le Puy route in October and through the forest of chestnut trees there were many falling chestnuts.
  4. Dogs: Hat brim tilted down, to keep from looking the farm dogs in the eye.
  5. Tangles: The hat kept my curly hair from becoming a tangled mess by the end of the day.
Consider a hat!;)
 
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Year of past OR future Camino
(2013) 250 kms Camino Frances, (2015 Camino Frances)
Definitely, a hat! I brought what I called my ugly hat and wore it all the time. My ugly hat saved my face when I fell head first onto the pavement as I tripped on a rock. Now I refer to my ugly hat with appreciation.
 
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Karen2017

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Year of past OR future Camino
Leon to Santiago May 2017
Hi, are we talking a peak cap or one of those floppy wide brim things. I am not fond or ties around my neck :)
We walk in May and I do wear glasses .
 
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t2andreo

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Year of past OR future Camino
2022
I use lightweight, ventilated, SPF fabric ball caps made by Outdoors Research (OR). This is the same brand as the tan hat pictured two posts up from here. They fold flat (brim folds into the rear of the cap), and can easily go in a rucksack side pocket or a rear side pants pocket. I also wear a whole brimmed "sun hat" similar to the two above. The sun hat also has an adjustable chin-string for windy days.

My reason for having two hats is simple. The ball cap is better for use "in town" or while traveling. It is also better worn under the hood of your rain gear to keep rain off your eyeglasses, to give shape to the brim of your poncho or parka hood, and to preclude rain from channeling around the full brim of a sun hat down your back...:eek:

The sun hat, with the brim running all around is best for all sunny or overcast days to keep your head and neck in shade, and as has been described above.

You will wear both types of hats, on different types of days, in different types of weather.

If you are walking during the hot, summer months, where less rain is expected, the single "bucket-style" hat may suffice. But, as I usually walk in late April through early June typically, I can experience anything from snow to bright hot, dry weather along different parts of the Camino Frances. The temperatures can vary from the low single digits (celsius) to the upper 20s (celsius). To we Americans, that means from the mid-30s to the low 80s (fahrenheit).

So, the two-hat solution, combined with the variety of other gear I carry, enables me to adapt to any weather conditions I encounter. So far, that has included about everything except another Great Flood...of Biblical proportions...;)

I hope this helps.
 

dougfitz

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Year of past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
I use lightweight, ventilated, SPF fabric ball caps made by Outdoors Research (OR). This is the same brand as the tan hat pictured two posts up from here. They fold flat (brim folds into the rear of the cap), and can easily go in a rucksack side pocket or a rear side pants pocket. I also wear a whole brimmed "sun hat" similar to the two above. The sun hat also has an adjustable chin-string for windy days.

My reason for having two hats is simple. The ball cap is better for use "in town" or while traveling. It is also better worn under the hood of your rain gear to keep rain off your eyeglasses, to give shape to the brim of your poncho or parka hood, and to preclude rain from channeling around the full brim of a sun hat down your back...:eek:

The sun hat, with the brim running all around is best for all sunny or overcast days to keep your head and neck in shade, and as has been described above.

You will wear both types of hats, on different types of days, in different types of weather.

If you are walking during the hot, summer months, where less rain is expected, the single "bucket-style" hat may suffice. But, as I usually walk in late April through early June typically, I can experience anything from snow to bright hot, dry weather along different parts of the Camino Frances. The temperatures can vary from the low single digits (celsius) to the upper 20s (celsius). To we Americans, that means from the mid-30s to the low 80s (fahrenheit).

So, the two-hat solution, combined with the variety of other gear I carry, enables me to adapt to any weather conditions I encounter. So far, that has included about everything except another Great Flood...of Biblical proportions...;)

I hope this helps.
This is far too complicated!! The test of a good rain hood is that it goes over my Tilley hat, and then that is the only hat that I need to take.:)
 
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Karen2017

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Year of past OR future Camino
Leon to Santiago May 2017
I use lightweight, ventilated, SPF fabric ball caps made by Outdoors Research (OR). This is the same brand as the tan hat pictured two posts up from here. They fold flat (brim folds into the rear of the cap), and can easily go in a rucksack side pocket or a rear side pants pocket. I also wear a whole brimmed "sun hat" similar to the two above. The sun hat also has an adjustable chin-string for windy days.

My reason for having two hats is simple. The ball cap is better for use "in town" or while traveling. It is also better worn under the hood of your rain gear to keep rain off your eyeglasses, to give shape to the brim of your poncho or parka hood, and to preclude rain from channeling around the full brim of a sun hat down your back...:eek:

The sun hat, with the brim running all around is best for all sunny or overcast days to keep your head and neck in shade, and as has been described above.

You will wear both types of hats, on different types of days, in different types of weather.

If you are walking during the hot, summer months, where less rain is expected, the single "bucket-style" hat may suffice. But, as I usually walk in late April through early June typically, I can experience anything from snow to bright hot, dry weather along different parts of the Camino Frances. The temperatures can vary from the low single digits (celsius) to the upper 20s (celsius). To we Americans, that means from the mid-30s to the low 80s (fahrenheit).

So, the two-hat solution, combined with the variety of other gear I carry, enables me to adapt to any weather conditions I encounter. So far, that has included about everything except another Great Flood...of Biblical proportions...;)

I hope this helps.
Hi. Thanks for the information, I got chills just imagining the water running down my back. :eek:
 

marbuck

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
Condom to Pamplona April 2016.
Le Puy to Condom France - April-May 2015.
Roncesvalles to Santiago April - May 2014
Finisterre to Muxia May 2014
I agree, Tilly is the way to go.
 

GRR

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Year of past OR future Camino
August - September 2015
I agree with you. I'm a guy that never wears a hat. I thought "maybe, maybe I ought to bring one." Boy was that a good decision. Hats keep your head cool in the sun, warm in the cold, and dry in the rain. They shield your eyes from the glaring sun. They also block your view of that guy that insists on walking with you to tell you the same story over and over again a dozen different times. A good reason for earplugs too. :)
 

Lisa HS

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Year of past OR future Camino
Frances (SJPdP - Santiago) Spring (2016)
Portuguese (Porto - Santiago - Finisterre) Spring (2018)
Make sure whatever hat you take has a cord you can tighten under your chin to keep it on your head in high winds. Essential in some of the mountain areas.
 
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Jeff Crawley

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Year of past OR future Camino
2018
I bought a hat. I thought I'd never wear it.
Boy was I wrong.
  1. Sun: The obvious reason for wearing a hat.
  2. Rain: The hat kept light rain off my glasses.
  3. Falling things: We walked the Le Puy route in October and through the forest of chestnut trees there were many falling chestnuts.
  4. Dogs: Hat brim tilted down, to keep from looking the farm dogs in the eye.
  5. Tangles: The hat kept my curly hair from becoming a tangled mess by the end of the day.
Consider a hat!;)
6. If you're wearing your poncho you can squint, chomp on a cheroot and pretend to be Clint Eastwood

dah de dah de dah . . . de dah dah!
 

MichelleElynHogan

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My hat is Tilley - like. It was purchased at a surplus store eons ago when Tilley was a baby and I think I paid $1.50 for it. It has been all over the World and still serves me well and I take care of it. It does have a string to keep it on when it gets windy. That is when the Sun can burn the most.

Leaving for Europe mid August but expect to start Camino Frances in early September.

Buen Camino
 

dougfitz

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Year of past OR future Camino
Spain: Mar 2010, Apr 2014, May/Jun 2016. Norway/Sweden: 2012, 2018. Other: 2011, 2019. CP (tbc)
You put the tie at the back of the neck like the Mounties, USMC and Alex Tilley tells you to.
I generally leave the ties under the crown of the hat until I think it is in danger of blowing off, when either the front or rear is deployed. Only occasionally have I felt the need to have both the fore and aft ties deployed in local wild weather. It has never been that extreme on any of my Camino walks.
 
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Jenyat53

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I am an Aussie who hates wearing a hat but has to due to my English forebearers.
But ......I LOVE my Tilley hat.
Put it on first thing in the morning (provides warmth on cooler days & shade on others) and take it of at the end of the walk.
I do replace it with super light weight sun visor under poncho to avoid rain channeling down my back though.
Wouldn't be without the option of two ties in those rare cases of extreme wind!
 

domigee

Veteran Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2020? Looks like.... nowhere! 😁
image.jpg That one! Not sure what model it is, bought it as a special present for my husband, for his first camino. He chose it with me but somehow never liked it?!
I do and it's MINE now :cool:
 

Rod Murray

Active Member
Year of past OR future Camino
2019
I have heard that Canadians are not allowed to walk the Camino without a Tilley hat. ;)

Mine has been a faithful companion for sixteen years except for spring bug season when I take a hat with a built-in mosquito net.

Tilley on sunny days. Cap under the rain hood on rainy days. Always the Canadian rule!
 
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zzotte

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2012 Camino Frances, 2014 Lourdes to SDC, 2016 Camino del Norte
No hat, I use an umbrella I find more useful

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