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Tilley LTM6 Airflo Review

Price:  $90 List | $71.99 at Amazon
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Pros:  Extremely durable, comfortable, stylish
Cons:  Expensive, fits small
Bottom line:  This durable hat requires a certain level of panache to pull off, but once you own one, you're in the club.
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UPF rating:  50+
Weight (ounces):  3.17 oz
Size of Brim (inches):  3.25" front/back, 2.25" sides
Manufacturer:   Tilley

Our Verdict

"Handcrafted with Canadian Persnicketiness" the Tilley LTM6 Airflo is one of the most durable and stylish hats in this review - and it comes with a lifetime warranty. This competitor keeps its shape well - and will make you feel a bit like Indiana Jones. It fits small, so size up or try on before purchase.


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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Jessica Haist

Last Updated:
Tuesday
October 24, 2017

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This high-quality item 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 Tilley LTM6 Airflo is a solid contender. It is super durable, stylish, and functional - all at the same time. It isn't quite as protective as some of our other models, like the OR Sun Runner or Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat.

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

Protection


Although the Tilley LTM6 Airflo is one of the broadest brims in Tilley's line, it is not the broadest in our review. Measuring 3.25" in the front and back and 2.25" on the sides, it offers ample protection but not as much as the very wide-brimmed Sunday Afternoons Adventure Hat, with its wide 3.75" front brim and long 7.25" neck cape. These are very different styles, however. It is certain that it will be very difficult to lose this hat as Tilley boasts that it floats and has a double "front and back wind cord system", which means there's no question that it will stay on your head. This contender has similar but slightly better protection than the Patagonia Ten Penny Hat.

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

Comfort


The LTM6 Airflo is much more comfortable than the Outdoor Research Oasis Sun Sombrero and the Patagonia Ten Penny. We did discover that the Airflo fits small. When purchasing, we recommend sizing up or trying this competitor on beforehand. Our tester's head size is 21.5 (6 ⅞) and we purchased a size 22" (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. The Columbia Bora Bora Booney II also has a mesh band around the crown, and the Adventure Hat also has significant mesh and good ventilation.

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

Durability


This category is where Tilley shines. All their hats come with a lifetime warranty. We did not notice any significant damage or wear to the LTM6 Airflo during our tests.

We stuffed the Tilley LTM6 Airflo into a small bag for 30 minutes to see how it kept its shape. It did not disappoint.
We stuffed the Tilley LTM6 Airflo into a small bag for 30 minutes to see how it kept its shape. It did not disappoint.

It 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 hat in your luggage and take it anywhere. And, with the lifetime guarantee, you don't need to worry too much if it does get damaged! The Sunday Afternoons Ultra Adventure was very packable and durable as well, but the Adventure Hat showed stains and creases.

The Tilley LTM6 Airflo's "front and back windcord" will hold your hat on in strong winds.
The Tilley LTM6 Airflo's "front and back windcord" will hold your hat on in strong winds.

Style


Wearing a Tilley hat is like being a member of the Indiana Jones nostalgia club. They have a particular look, and the company has coined The Tilley Nod - "the slight inclination of the head received from other Tilley wearers who recognize your great taste & style". We think wearing a Tilley 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 choose from. We also like the more laid-back style of the Arc'teryx Sinsola for the ladies and the Outdoor Research Sombriolet.

You will feel strong and confident in the LTM6 Airflo. No water creatures were harmed during this photo shoot.
You will feel strong and confident in the LTM6 Airflo. No water creatures were harmed during this photo shoot.

Best Applications


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 annoyingly. Any leisure activity outside where you anticipate being in the sun is a great place for the Airflo.

The Tilley LTM6 Airflo is great for windy day hikes in the mountains.
The Tilley LTM6 Airflo is great for windy day hikes in the mountains.

Value


This is the most expensive hat in the review by double, retailing for $90. Because it is so durable, keeps its shape, and is the only hat in this review with a lifetime warranty, we still think it is a decent value. People own and wear their Tilley's for life.

Conclusion


This hat requires a level of authority to pull off; but once you do, you're in the club. It is the most expensive hat in this review, but worth the money as it is very durable and has a lifetime warranty. It has decent sun protection and will stay on your head in gusty winds.

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