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Title: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on March 18, 2010, 11:53 AM
I always wear sunblock and a baseball cap but my face still get too dark in Summer. I would like to buy a big hat(Mexico style) for sun protection in Summer. Where I can get one in Toronto, Ontario ?


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Steve Hall on March 18, 2010, 12:06 PM
http://www.tilley.com/home.asp?countryCode=Can (http://www.tilley.com/home.asp?countryCode=Can)


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: xuzme720 on March 18, 2010, 12:07 PM
I know where I can get one ;), but not where to get one in Canada... :(


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: kiten00b on March 18, 2010, 12:23 PM
Tilley stores in Canada (http://www.tilley.com/retail-stores.asp), you may need to click the Retail Partners menu for your Province


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on March 18, 2010, 12:31 PM
That's a long list. Thanks.
Now I can get one anywhere in  ;D ntario, Canada  :D.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: normofthenorth on March 18, 2010, 01:06 PM
I hope money is no object, cids! Tilley makes high-quality hats (etc.) and they guarantee them for life, but they won't impress you with their bargain prices. Some general-merchandise stores -- like Canadian Tire or Zellers or WalMart -- would probably have "cheap imitation Tilley" hats for maybe 75% off the price. Or other versions of shade hats, like baseball caps with extra flaps or a burnoose, etc.

For kite flying, I still often wear a (cheaper) Tilley style hat, but for sailing I've switched to the cap-plus-flaps style. I find they tend to stay put better in strong winds. (Only disadvantage is that I miss the foam padding in the Tilley style hats whenever I get clocked on the bean by the boom! I'm planning to add some foam padding of my own!)


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: ezme6 on March 18, 2010, 01:20 PM
They don't sell big hats in Canada?


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: thief on March 18, 2010, 01:32 PM
MEC ? (http://www.mec.ca/Main/content_text.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302881709&bmUID=1268944331172)



Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Steve Hall on March 18, 2010, 01:33 PM
I had an old Tilley that had a rip in it.  They say they are guaranteed for life so I followed the return policy and sent the hat along with  $7 and change for Priority Mail (actual cost, no handling) and in 7 days from the time I mailed my request I received a brand new hat ... and they returned my old one.

Yes they cost more but IMO they are worth every penny.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on March 18, 2010, 01:58 PM
(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/cids/TilleyHat.jpg)

This is the Tilley hat that I want but the price is approv. CAN$90 which is too expensive. Is there other hats available with similar feature ? I like the neck protector feature.

Thanks....


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Geoffrey Platt on March 18, 2010, 02:19 PM
you should check out that famous auction site :). That's where I got my Tilley. Paid about $60 for it!


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: normofthenorth on March 18, 2010, 03:10 PM
And as Thief said, MEC (Mtn Equipment Coop) is another good source of good-quality stuff, as is the place across the street from it, Europe Bound. Not as cheap as the offshore-sourced mass marketers I listed, in either sense!

Please don't take my cheap comments personally, you fans of boutique kites and clothing! I actually own one or two REAL Tilley items, though no hats now.

For several years a while back, I was working my way up to buying a pair of Tilley pants, and the local Tilley store and I did a kind of a dance. I'd go into the store, admire the pants, and choke on the price. Let's call it $50 when this all started.

Then over the next few months, I gradually talked myself into it: "Heck, you've got the $50, and you'd wear those pants almost every day, almost everywhere. And they'd wear like iron. And they're guaranteed, for @#$% sake. . ." Then I'd go back into the store, ready to shell out the $50, and I'd find the pants, and they were $72.50! So I'd go home and slowly re-start my part of the dance. I think I did that whole circuit three times before I decided I was chasing a receding target!


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on April 04, 2010, 04:45 PM
I got the big hat in Walmart. It costs me CAN$9.  :'( :'( :'(
My kite pal got his in a Dollar Shop for only CAN$2 !  :D ;D :P


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: rxburner on April 04, 2010, 05:20 PM
go for the Tilly, you will never need another hat.....
Rx


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: jeepersjoey on April 04, 2010, 06:49 PM
I bought a Tilly specifically for kiting.  It was $42 (used) but in excellent shape.

I absolutely love it and would not hestitate to buy another.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: xuzme720 on April 09, 2010, 04:02 PM
Got a Tilley on the way home from work today.  ;D

Last weeks "burnt to a crisp" episode sold me, even though it was all my own fault for not bothering with ANY sunscreen and then standing in the sun for 7 hours flying...let me just say it was a blast, but very painful! :'(

So, anyway, I got home with the hat and first thing my wife says is "cool hat, I want one!". I should have known... ::)


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on April 09, 2010, 05:31 PM
7 hrs. under the sun with no sunscreen !
I think you are fully cooked.  :D :D :D


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: xuzme720 on April 09, 2010, 05:48 PM
7 hrs. under the sun with no sunscreen !
I think you are fully cooked.  :D :D :D
lol Yes I was! I'm still peeling, in fact... ::)
Next day I looked pretty much like "the most interesting man in the world"s darker brother! ??? (not sure if you have the same Dos Equis commercials as we in the states?)

Anyway, tomorrow will be another full day in the air, Tilley and sunscreen WILL be making an appearance, as well!


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: tcope on April 09, 2010, 08:34 PM
My friend bought me a Tilly hat. I'd have never paid that much for a hat but I'll tell you... worth every penny. He kept telling me to put it in the washing machine to clean it. I thought it was crazy. I did and it came out looking like it had never been worn and was brand new! It's a high price but for a _quality_ hat.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Kantaxel on April 09, 2010, 10:56 PM
My friend bought me a Tilly hat. I'd have never paid that much for a hat but I'll tell you... worth every penny. He kept telling me to put it in the washing machine to clean it. I thought it was crazy. I did and it came out looking like it had never been worn and was brand new! It's a high price but for a _quality_ hat.

A week ago, the spouse and I had a serious talk about all the UV rays I have been collecting in the last seven years or so and decided it was time to put a stop to all the sunburns I have been getting because of our OBSESSION!  Put in an order to REI and picked up my Tilly.........Today I went back to the store and returned it and ordered the new one two hat sizes larger..........Have to only thank Steve and the rest of you for your input................the new Tilly should be here within the week and I've never been quite this excited about a "HAT"................lifetime warrantee and a two year no questions asked insurance policy for $7.50, if you live in the US.........A deal any thinking person couldn't refuse...


I'm just hoping that with my lack of slack line discipine, I won't pull the hat off and lose it >:(


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Steve Hall on April 09, 2010, 11:45 PM
My friend bought me a Tilly hat. I'd have never paid that much for a hat but I'll tell you... worth every penny. He kept telling me to put it in the washing machine to clean it. I thought it was crazy. I did and it came out looking like it had never been worn and was brand new! It's a high price but for a _quality_ hat.
I wash my Tilley's all the time.  In the summer some times once a week.  They still look great


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: jaybett on April 10, 2010, 12:22 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/cids/TilleyHat.jpg[/url])

This is the Tilley hat that I want but the price is approv. CAN$90 which is too expensive. Is there other hats available with similar feature ? I like the neck protector feature.

Thanks....


Your flying a $450.00 plus kite, but a $90.00 hat is too much?

Jay


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Kantaxel on April 10, 2010, 01:06 AM
([url]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v681/cids/TilleyHat.jpg[/url])

This is the Tilley hat that I want but the price is approv. CAN$90 which is too expensive. Is there other hats available with similar feature ? I like the neck protector feature.

Thanks....


Your flying a $450.00 plus kite, but a $90.00 hat is too much?

Jay

So you're expecting your kite to be around for the next ten years, but if you don't get you're act together there won't be a pilot left to fly it, unless, of course ;), you deem me to be the recipient of it after your .................(demise)-
which in the interest of all of kitedom, I will glady accept....... :( ( least I can do for a bro in the brotherhood)  You know...........'band of brothers'....et al....duh da da duh


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on April 10, 2010, 05:17 AM
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Your flying a $450.00 plus kite, but a $90.00 hat is too much?

All the $$$ go to the damn kite, nothing left for Tilley or anything. :'( :'( :'(
I have to stick with the cheap Walmart 'Tilley' for a while.  :(

But I like the idea of a washable hat.  ;D :P ;D


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: chilese on April 10, 2010, 12:23 PM
Yeah, no sense spending money to protect our eyes and skin from cataracts and cancer.

You must be under 40. Most sub-40s still feel they're indestructible.  8)

If you fly when your shadow is longer than you are tall, you don't have to worry about the skin cancer part.  :)


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: iwannafly on April 11, 2010, 06:28 AM
I never burn. I always use protection all the time. A bit paranoid about UV damage I guess.

I was out yesterday with my daughter and my kites and fried my ever expanding forehead. All the years of safe sunning, put to the curb in just over 3 hours. My head still feels like i'm standing in front of a heat lamp.

From now on my hat is going to be clipped to my kite bag all the time so I don't forget it ever again.

Cover up people! This sun is not the same sun most of us grew up with.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: cids on April 11, 2010, 02:18 PM
The sun is still the same but there is a hole in the ozone layer. That's the problem.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: iwannafly on April 11, 2010, 06:18 PM
The sun is still the same but there is a hole in the ozone layer. That's the problem.

Sorry. I did mean that the sun was different, that's just silly. :D   I was just commenting on the quantity of bad UV radiation that my exposed skin and everyone elses is exposed to now, as compared to when we were kids. :(

Or when you were a younger kid, in case you are one of those that have chosen not to grow up in the first place. ;)



Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: Torontokitefliers on June 01, 2010, 07:13 PM
CIDS, the Tilley HQ is on Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue in Toronto.  Drop by and check out the hats.  Sign up for the mailing list and you can get mailed invitations to their warehouse sales in Toronto.


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: johnfarl on June 24, 2010, 01:07 PM
Wake up call.  A couple of months ago there was a free cancer screening in our town.  Went to it and got some suspcious spots biopsied.  One was melanoma.  Cost me 2/3's of the skin on my nose and major plastic surgery.  Plus extra care in the future. 

Get big hats
Wear sun screen
Get inspections by a dermatologist

This has not been much fun and is very scary.

All is coming back ok now and prognosis is great.   But the sooner it is caught the better.

John


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: tpatter on June 24, 2010, 01:46 PM
I'm very glad to hear everything is looking good John!

I bought a Tilley some time back - considering the surface area exposure of the top of my head (lots), I thought it would be a good investment.  I've never liked hats before, but I do like this one - big shade area, comfortable, and it breathes well; and I haven't burned since I got it.

Good advice.

-Tom


Title: Re: Where I can get a big hat(for sun protection) in Toronto, Ontario ?
Post by: elchiquitin on June 24, 2010, 03:37 PM
Well it is not in Canada, but a straw hat is the best for the summer sun. Farmers Had used them for a long time to refresh the head and avoiding Sun effects.

12 $ usa

http://www.e4hats.com/_e/dept/12-040/Wide_Brim_Straw_Hat_with_Chin_Cord.htm (http://www.e4hats.com/_e/dept/12-040/Wide_Brim_Straw_Hat_with_Chin_Cord.htm)