I work outside all day hiking through the desert. this hat rocks. it totally keeps the sun off my face, and also my neck. I usually wear a collared shirt with the collar flipped up, so I'm totaly covered. with a t-shirt, there is sometimes a little spot between my collar and the flap. it breathes pretty well. the little sweat band isn't that great. the brim gets creased fairly easily but it doesn't really matter. it won't however win you any fashion awards. but hey, that's not why you got it.