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
    – Ben Brocka
    Feb 12, 2013 at 23:20
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    I know, but they do make you easier/harder to see.
    – Jimmt
    Feb 12, 2013 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.
    – BoltClock
    Feb 15, 2013 at 7:35
  • inspiring talk by the pyro...good point
    – Jimmt
    Feb 16, 2013 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, 2013 at 23:43
  • @Jimmt - Sure, this is how I usually load out. Feb 13, 2013 at 4:31
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    Why can't I see the huge quiver of arrows which are visible above your head? ;)
    – Neon1024
    Feb 13, 2013 at 10:14
  • +1 for black belt in jarate, I've had it on my sniper for probably years now Feb 13, 2013 at 13:44
  • @DavidYell - Wearing a smaller hat still reduces the chance that one will be seen. Feb 13, 2013 at 14:42

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.
    – user28379
    Feb 21, 2013 at 21:09

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.

  • Now valve sucks and the item sets are gone Jun 13, 2016 at 23:38

I would Recommend the cold killer and some kind of veal. Not only does it Look good but its also a small hat. But at the end of the day, No hat is really gonna help. Don't think this helped much but hope it helped :D And if you want to be a anti sniper Sniper then use Darwins danger shield

  • I don't play much TF2, but I don't think this really addresses the question.
    – Dragonrage
    Jun 13, 2016 at 23:05

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