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Tilley LTM6 Airflo Review

This durable hat requires a certain level of panache to pull off, but once you own one, you're in the club
Tilley LTM6 Airflo
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Price:  $90 List | $69.73 at REI
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Pros:  Extremely durable, comfortable, stylish
Cons:  Expensive, fits small
Manufacturer:   Tilley
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  May 16, 2021
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RANKED
#6 of 17
  • Protection - 30% 7
  • Comfort - 25% 7
  • Breathability - 15% 7
  • Durability - 15% 9
  • Style - 15% 8

Our Verdict

"Handcrafted with Canadian Persnicketiness," the Tilley LTM6 Airflo is one of the most durable and stylish hats in this review. It also blends a reasonable amount of comfort and breathability with its built-in sweatband and mesh paneling. This competitor is durable enough to hold its shape well and has a classic, rugged style that will make you feel a bit like Indiana Jones. It fits small, though, so size up or try it on before purchase. If you're looking for a stylish hat that's also very durable, this is a versatile choice for the bar or the backcountry.

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Pros Extremely durable, comfortable, stylishLightweight, durable, great sun protectionVery stylish, well ventilated, packable, comfortableExcellent protection, removable cape, good in the wind, good valueComfortable, very breathable, good color, great value
Cons Expensive, fits smallNot super stylishSomewhat narrow brim, not adjustable, expensiveLooks a little funny, can get hot on the back of your neckNot very stylish, brim could be wider
Bottom Line This durable hat requires a certain level of panache to pull off, but once you own one, you're in the clubThis hat wins our Editors' Choice for Technical Use for being the highest performing and most versatile of the bunchThis versatile, stylish, durable hat stole our hearts and earns one of our top awardsThis super protective hat is lightweight, versatile, and an excellent value, winning our Best Buy AwardOne of our top choices for a full brim hat that is extremely comfortable and breathable and a great value
Rating Categories Tilley LTM6 Airflo Sunday Afternoons U... Filson Summer Packer Outdoor Research Ru... The North Face Hori...
Protection (30%)
7.0
9.0
7.0
10.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
7.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
9.0
Breathability (15%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
9.0
Durability (15%)
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
Style (15%)
8.0
5.0
9.0
6.0
6.0
Specs Tilley LTM6 Airflo Sunday Afternoons U... Filson Summer Packer Outdoor Research Ru... The North Face Hori...
Weight (ounces) 3.2 oz 2.6 oz 3.9 oz 2.8 oz 2.9 oz
UPF rating 50+ 50+ 50+ 50+ 40+
Size of Brim (inches) 3.25" front/back, 2.25" sides 3.25", with 6" neck cape 2.25" 2.75 brim, 7.25" neck cape 2.9"
Material 100% supplex nylon and 100% polyester mesh 88% nylon, 12% polyester dobby Dry finish shelter cloth 100% Supplex nylon Nylon Ripstop, 97% recycled polyester mesh lined
Cinch Cord Yes Yes Optional Yes Yes
Packable/compressible Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Size tested 7 (22in, 56cm) L Large L L/XL

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Tilley LTM6 Airflo is a solid product. It is super durable, stylish, and functional all at the same time. It isn't quite as protective as some of the other models tested, though. This high-quality model breathes well and keeps its shape even after being stuffed in a small bag. We enjoy the style of the LTM6 Airflo and think it is confidence-inspiring.

Performance Comparison


The Airflo is a great hat for boating. It's stiff and wind resistant...
The Airflo is a great hat for boating. It's stiff and wind resistant - and looks good.
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Protection


Although the Tilley LTM6 Airflo has one of the broadest brims in Tilley's lineup of hats, it is not the broadest in our review. Measuring 3.25 inches in the front and back and 2.25 inches on the sides, it offers ample protection but not as much as some others hats. It certainly will be very difficult to lose this hat, because it floats. And, it has a double "front and back wind cord system." This means there's no question that it will stay on your head, but even if it doesn't it won't sink.

The Airflo's brim is not the widest in this review and provides...
The Airflo's brim is not the widest in this review and provides moderate sun coverage.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Comfort


The LTM6 Airflo is much more comfortable than most of the models we tested. We did discover that the Airflo fits small, though. When purchasing, we recommend sizing up or trying this competitor on beforehand. Our tester's head size is 21.5 inches (Size 6 ⅞) and we purchased a size 22 inches (Size 7). This model still feels snug and gave our tester a headache when worn for long periods of time. We wish we had ordered another size up and believe this issue would be resolved had we done so.

Breathability


The LTM6 Airflo is made of relatively thick materials but has a band or mesh around its crown that allows for decent breathability. It also has a nice sweatband for wicking moisture away from your forehead.

You can see the 3/4" mesh venting around the crown of the LTM6 - it...
You can see the 3/4" mesh venting around the crown of the LTM6 - it works well.
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Durability


This category is where Tilley shines. This hat is built of rugged and durable materials, and we did not notice any significant damage or wear during our tests.

We stuffed the Airflo into a small bag for 30 minutes to see how it...
We stuffed the Airflo into a small bag for 30 minutes to see how it kept its shape. It did not disappoint.
Photo: Jessica Haist

This hat was folded up in a small bag for over half an hour and still retained its shape. This makes us think you can shove this in your luggage and take it anywhere.

The Airflo's "front and back windcord" will hold your hat on in...
The Airflo's "front and back windcord" will hold your hat on in strong winds.
Photo: Jessica Haist

Style


Wearing a Tilley is like being a member of the Indiana Jones nostalgia club. They have a particular look, and the company has coined "The Tilley Nod," which is exactly what you think it would be. We think wearing this brand requires a certain level of panache and confidence. They look good when you wear them with authority, on your yacht, or at the golf club. The LTM6 Airflo comes in many colors to suit your tastes, too.

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Value


This is a very expensive hat. But, because it is so durable, keeps its shape, and has a unique style, we still think it is a decent value for the right wearer. People own and wear their Tilleys for life.

Conclusion


This hat requires a level of authority to pull off. But, once you do that, you're in the club. It is expensive but worth the money as it is very durable and well-built. It has decent sun protection and will stay on your head in gusty winds. Boating and golf are great activities for the LTM6 Airflo. This piece is not great for backpacking, because its stiff brim could hit the back of your pack. Any leisure activity outside where you anticipate being in the sun is a great place for the Airflo to help you do it in style.

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