I needed a hat that would keep the sun off and would hold up to rain storm. This hat will do that! It is a great looking hat. I really like the fact that you can shape it and it doesn't lose it's shape when it gets wet. Leather and poly/cotton canvas hats will curl up when they get wet. Then they don't keep the sun off my ears. Rendering them useless, if you have skin cancer worries. The only complaint that I have is, that the add says the brim is 3 1/4'', but it's only 3''. This hat is too nice to wear as a work hat, so I am ordering the Trapper hat for work. I hope it's 3 1'2'' as advertised! When you order, it's always a good idea to order a size up, if you are having doubts. It works real well to add a piece of foam inside. I haven't had any luck stretching a hat. They always want to go back to the original size. I am a hatter and this is my favorite wide brim hat. The wool is more comfy, but smells really bad when they get wet. Won't keep you dry either.