does what it should
i have these in both raisin and coffee bean, surprisingly warm for such a thin material. and it really doesn't itch! it's a tad tight for my head (but I have a big head...wear XL Bern Baker hard hat just to give you a comparison). I love the simplistic yet sophisticated design as it is the case with most Arc'teryx products. since it is a bit tight on my head and there's really no excess material (like the beanies Tanner Hall would wear), I feel a little awkward wearing it for skiing cause my head looks pretty small with my skiing goggles on....so I use it when I'm going to and leaving ski resorts.