This beanie has a small pocket on it. But why?

Have you ever taken something for granted until someone else points out what makes it unique? Or weird? This was the case with a Tilley beanie that I have had for a few years now. It was given to me as a gift, and while I really liked it when I first received it, it had fallen out of my winter rotation until recently in January when I took it out of my closet and put it on for the first time in a few seasons.

Then one morning, three separate people asked me about it. One person, my favorite barista who feeds my daily caffeine addiction, pulled out his phone and ordered one right in front of me (after do my Americano, thank goodness).

The reason for all this fanfare and fun? This beanie has a pocket on it. The product description says it’s “key or cash when you’re on the go”. But there are clearly other uses, and would you really trust this pocket with your hard-earned cash? And wouldn’t a key fly right away? The pocket is right at the front, slightly below the brim – no zipper, no button. I had never given it much thought (or filled in), until everyone called it (and suggested I do it). After that, I was devoured by this question: What is this pocket? really for?

Hayley Helms

merino tilley pocket beanie

Hayley Helms

I placed a few elements to see what made the most sense. A snug seal, even if it stuck out a bit. If you’re somewhere where cannabis is legal, that’s cool, but I wouldn’t try this look in Arkansas or Idaho. The pocket is quite visible and as such so are its contents.

A stick of chewing gum fit in perfectly, but I was a little worried that the heat from my head (or the sun) would melt it, and then I’d have a sticky mess, a ruined beanie, and no chewing- gum. No thanks. My lip balm was fine, but I felt the same about the possibility of a mess I made with the gum, so I took it out.

merino tilley pocket beanie

Hayley Helms

merino tilley pocket beanie

Hayley Helms

I could put a dollar in coins just fine, but when I bent over, the coins uncoiled and the fumbling not only surprised me, but cost me a dollar. While hiking, I inserted a piece of quartz into it, which I appreciated, but that doesn’t seem like enough justification for this pocket to exist.

After my own experimentation (see: above), I reached out to Tilley to glean some insight from their design team and share my results. (As of this writing, I haven’t heard back. Once I do, I’ll update.) Since Tilley’s team was banned, I decided to contact Internet sleuths on Reddit. Surely, other Tilley enthusiasts wondered, as did I, what this inexplicable pocket was for. Perhaps they had found its true use.

My results were slim. The answers I could find all related to the secret pocket of Tilley’s Brimmed Hats, which is used to store fishing licenses, IDs, and other small items the wearer doesn’t want to misplace. I couldn’t find anything specific about beanies though…maybe money or a key is really what it’s for.

In the end, I realized that the important question wasn’t really what Tilley wanted the beanie pocket to be for. In reality, the choice is yours.

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The Tilley beanie is made from 100% moisture-wicking merino wool and is available in 11 colors.

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