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a VirtualTourist member from Medford


I need a good hat

The Missus and I will be in Ketchikan on a cruise next month. While we'll be looking for an appropriate souvenir to bring home (any suggestions?), what I want is a good hat. Not a ballcap, or an "authentic" looking hat made in China, but a good Alaskan-made hat that I can wear on my next fishing trip out to the mountains of New Mexico when I get back home. A hat that I'll be proud to say, "I got it in Alaska". Could you guys recommend a store away from the tourist traps where I might find one?

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answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Westlake Village

Wow! Where is a store away from the tourist traps? Ketchikan is a tourist trap, if coming by cruise ship. The cruise ships dock along side the stores in town. How's that for convenience. I saw many baseball style hats and a few bucket style, which I like best for fishing (keeps the ears from burning). I suggest going over by Creek Street, still a tourist area, but look for the kayak rentals stores, I believe I saw hats in one of them. Also, oilskin baseball style hats are at the Arctic Bar on Water Street, near the tunnel, with a logo of two "Happy Bears" er......let's say wrestling. lol As far as being Alaskan Made, I'm not sure how many hats are made in Alaska, just check the label.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Stockton

True, true, true...most of the towns where the ships stop are 90% tourist trap. We rode our motorcycle up there a few years ago and it is really interesting to see what happens when the ships leave. Most of the shops and resturants and bars close up. The locals end up in about 2-3 places, until the ships come again the next day. A popular straw hat sold in Hawaii is made about 20 miles from where I live in the California central valley. I can't even buy it here as they all get shipped to Hawaii. If it were me, buy the hat you like the most, tell everybody you got it in Alaska, and don't let them look at the tag.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Vancouver

"I got it in Alaska" screams tourist. Have a look a a Tilley hat from Canada

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Medford

Never heard of a Tilley hat. After I looked at their site, I realized that's just what I'm probably looking for. The only problem is I just don't like to buy something personal like a hat just from looking at the picture...if I can help it. I looked at Tongass Trading Company's web-site there in Ketchikan, and I see they sell what they call a "Yukon oilskin hat" that looks promising. Have any of you guys seen this hat? I think I'll just wait till I get up there, check out that hat, and if I like the looks of it, AND it does not say "made in China" anywhere on it, I'll pick it up. Otherwise I'll just wear my old boonie for the rest of the trip, and when I get home, order me a Tilley. I really appreciate ya'lls input on this.

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Vancouver

Good search. You may have missed this one

If the cruise ship stops in Victoria or Vancouver, Tilley hats will be easily found.
AAA Oregon/Idaho (541) 779-7170
Black Bird (541) 779-5431
Sportsman’s Warehouse (541) 732-3700

answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Medford

It's stopping in Prince Rupert. I may check there.

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