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So I'm considering selling my anger because every last sniper in tf2 has one, and I don't want to look like everyone else...I thought about buying a cold killer, but then I realized I want a hat that helps me. So, any hats that make you harder to shoot, or that at least don't put a big target on your head? (not including unusuals)

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Hats don't affect your hitbox –  Prinny Brocka Feb 12 '13 at 23:20
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I know, but they do make you easier/harder to see. –  Jimmt Feb 12 '13 at 23:21
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This entire premise is silly. If wearing a hat makes you an easier target, that's because they're so jealous of how good it looks on you that they get distracted and pull the trigger on you, thereby saving your Medic or other vital teammate from a certain death (or at least buying them some extra seconds for escape). Your hat is more valuable than your life, so you should always be proud of the hat you wear, even if it costs you your life. –  The Annoying Pyro Feb 15 '13 at 7:35
    
inspiring talk by the pyro...good point –  Jimmt Feb 16 '13 at 6:02
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I use the Master's yellow belt (painted black, of course) or other small hats.
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The other larger hats may throw off some noob snipers, but I prefer to minimize my visual profile to avoid being seen as much as possible. Sometimes large hats can be seen over a fence or other obstruction when the sniper would normally remain unseen. The snipers nest area in hightower, for instance, has a fence leading up to the stairs that would allow a large hat to be visible behind.

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interesting, could you post a pic of your black belt? –  Jimmt Feb 12 '13 at 23:43
    
@Jimmt - Sure, this is how I usually load out. –  Mark Rogers Feb 13 '13 at 4:31
    
Why can't I see the huge quiver of arrows which are visible above your head? ;) –  DavidYell Feb 13 '13 at 10:14
    
+1 for black belt in jarate, I've had it on my sniper for probably years now –  Vael Victus Feb 13 '13 at 13:44
    
@DavidYell - Wearing a smaller hat still reduces the chance that one will be seen. –  Mark Rogers Feb 13 '13 at 14:42
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Ritzy Rick's Hair Fixative? (aka no hat)

Towering Pillar of Hats is obviously very conspicuous, but maybe people will try shooting the top of the hat and miss?

In reality it's going to make very, very little difference.

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So you pay $5 to not have a hat at all? Well played, Valve, well played. –  Jeffrey Lin Feb 21 '13 at 21:09
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If you want to be an anti-sniper, you could consider using the Croc-o-Style Kit. Equipping the ol' snaggletooth hat along with the sydney sleeper, danger shield, and bushwacka, makes it so you cannot be killed by headshots. Out of any hats out there, this one by far gives you the most "utility".

It also looks awesome as a set.

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