Nothing can protect your head and ears from gnarly cold and wind like this hat. The material is thick and impenetrable. The shape hugs your head with great coverage. I use this for any winter days when a beanie just won't cut it. It doesn't look the coolest, but that doesn't matter if I'm playing in the snow. I usually wear it as a baselayer anyways. It hides perfectly under a big slouchy beanie- and then you're even cozier!