This past Sunday, after my walk, was also the day I decided to retire my old Tilley hat. As you can see from the photo, it had become a very tired hat. It had served me well for many, many years, travelling with me to Lake Superior, California and Newfoundland for all the Excellent Adventures, and more. I thought it fitting that my final photo with my old friend was in a bed of red maple leaves. This was totally coincidental, as this pile of leaves was literally across the street from the Tilley store! And I'm glad I took this photo, as part of the exchange is that you need to give them your old hat.
Tilley hats are not cheap, but they come with a lifetime guarantee against wear, and even a warranty for loss! Canadian-made, durable. In the case of wear and tear, a Tilley hat owner can bring the hat back to the store and get a completely free replacement! I opted for a slightly more modern style this time around, so I did pay an extra - wait for it - $6 plus tax.