I bought this hat one month ago in anticipation for a really cold winter. But this year winter has been really mild in Belgium. So, the hat stayed in my closet until today. It started to snow today and I had to go out with my dog for a long walk, so I decided to wear my Emmu hat. First of all, I agree with the other reviwer about the system to secure the hat. In addition, the strap is too loose, but I found a way around this problem, I made a knot to secure the hat and it works, in this way the hat stays very close to my ears.
The hat is beautiful and of very good quality materials and it keeps my head and ears really warm! I stayed for one hour and a half outside while it was snowing and I didn't feel cold. I have many other hats but none of them is as hot as this one. I love the fact that you can wear the front up or down. When you wear it down it keeps the snow away from your face. I recommend it for temperatures around or below zero. Finally, my head was dry at the end of the walk, which is not the case when I wear other hats. This one keeps the moisture out somehow. A great buy for this late winter!