This is a nice hat to travel with when you are space limited since it is very thin but warm. It packs very well or easily stuffs in a pocket, and always looks fresh and unwrinkled when I take it out to put it on. I traveled across country with it during mild and cold winter weather and was pleasantly surprised that it worked well in changing climates. I have a smaller head and thin hair, so it even covers my ears, although just barely. It did seem to require pulling down occasionally to keep my ears covered during moderate activities. I would want something warmer (maybe larger and thicker) to spend hours in freezing temperatures or in heavy snow. The purple color is very nice, not bright but definitely purple. I think this hat would also be good under a helmet as a thin insulating layer. It feels very soft and is not at all itchy.