The Iconic T1 Tilley Bucket Hat Review


Reviewed by DT (initials used to protect my childrens’ privacy)

My daughter had her 16th birthday in the summer.  I wanted to make this year’s birthday extra special for her.  She can be so hard to buy for and tends to pick out her clothes herself.    When I told her that a Tilley bucket hat was available to review she absolutely jumped at it.   Being a self confessed very busy mum of 3 who has very little idea about what is fashionable and what isn’t, I was glad to hear from my daughter that bucket hats are very much ‘in’ at present. 

The hat itself arrived in perfect condition and she couldn’t wait to wear it.   It is such good quality.   I was intrigued to read on the Tilley website that this version of the hat is actually ‘A modern day remaster of the original Tilley hat.’   The fabric used for the bucket hat is a durable, naturally breathable cotton duck fabric.   This makes it both well ventilated and lightweight. Lightweight is great from a portability point of view and I think well ventilated could help avoid sweatiness as well as help keep someone cool.

As someone who as a parent is keen to see my daughter protect herself from the sun, I was delighted to read on the Tilley website that this product is rated UPF 50+.  I have spent so much money in the past on hats which do not last and now realise that I would have been better to spend more money investing in a hat which will last.   This Tilley hat is guaranteed for life.   It even has a durable water resistant finish.   As someone who does worry about how to keep cash and other valuables safe when I go to the beach, I was delighted to discover that this product has a hidden pocket.   This would be perfect for keeping cash in when on a beach visit.

The other features as mentioned on the Tilley website are:

  • Buoyant
  • Moisture wicking-hydrofil®
  • Tuckaway wind chord
  • Grommets
  • Made in Canada
  • OEKO-TEX® certification

My daughter opted for black, but this hat is also available in several other colours which include natural, olive and dark navy.  I think that the colours work well to coordinate with other garments someone might own.   Both my daughter and I found the size guide on the Tilley website very easy to use and she tells me that her hat fitted her perfectly and looked ‘swag’.  I am assuming that ‘swag’ means great.  

I think that receiving this hat did help make my daughter L’s birthday a very special one this year.  Also based on how much she loves this hat I can see it being a summer staple in her wardrobe for many years to come.  I think that the iconic T1 Tilley bucket hat would make an amazing birthday, ‘just because’ or Christmas gift idea. 

You can have a look at other Tilley reviews we have done here.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend the Iconic T1 Tilley bucket hat as well as Tilley as a brand to others.   I think that because of the quality of this hat and its lifetime guarantee that its RRP of £70.00 represents great value.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £70.00

This product can be purchased from the Tilley website here.

This review has been written as part of a wider piece of coverage about a Summer Birthday Celebration.   Do have a look out on the website for the other reviews that are a part of this coverage plus the main review-led article. At the time of writing this review, the review-led article is not yet online.

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