The hat is s softer than I even expected and feels great on my head. Certain to fetch me compliments and positive comments. I don't generally wear hats with a pom pom on top, but in this case I love it. Large enough to pull down low on windy wintry days, and hold on my ear buds playing my latest Phish download. I received it in July, so obviously it hasn't been put through a true test yet. I will however probably wear it for Christmas in July.