Sometimes it doesn't rain on the coast. Sometimes it does get darn cold. And that is when this hat is perfect. Going for a walk is one thing and most winter gear can handle those trips. But I ride a bike to exercise my dogs in all but the worst weather, and when it's dry and cold, this hat is a delight. It's light, comfortable, and soft as well as very warm, and it looks great. A dandy addition to my winter wardrobe. Thanks !