I've always looked at things more from a utilitarian's perspective and, as such, have always preferred to buy gear that works well rather than that which looks good. Sometimes these things intersect, sometimes they don't. It just so happens this hat both works well and looks great. I have been wearing it every day for about six months now in rain, snow, humidity, cold weather, hot weather, and everything in between. It has held up extremely well with no sign of wear. When it needs to be cleaned, I either use a hat brush or a lint roller and it immediately looks like it did the day I bought it. Just today, I walked for several miles in the freezing rain with this hat on and, when I got home, I shook the hat out to free it from any pooling moisture. After doing that, the hat was pretty close to being dry to the touch (the inside was bone dry) and, within a half hour, the hat was completely dry all the way through. This happens every time I am out in the rain with it. I have somewhere around eight Outback hats, including some of them in leather and oilskin, and have come to prefer their felt hats. Not only do they keep you dry, but they are remarkably warm. I wear them so often that I get cold when I am not wearing them. You could buy a Stetson hat, you could buy a Justin hat but, for the money, you won't find a better looking, higher quality, or more useful hat than an Outback. Do yourself a favor and make the purchase.