I'm going to start this off by saying I have a large head, the standard L/XL fitted hats are to tight for me so keep that in mind when reading this. I bought this after buying the Chunky Ribbed Beanie Graphite and not being satisfied with how thick that one was although it was plenty big enough. I highly recommend that one if you have a large head or a lot of hair as it's also warm but larger internally both in diameter and depth with a tighter weave to it. I live in MN and it gets well below 0 here in the winter and I wanted a nice wool beanie to keep my head warm for those days. This one is super nice and I like the pattern however I noticed right off the bat there are holes in the top due to the weave not being very tight. I held it up to a light and there's light shining through it all over so be aware this is a looser knit than the other beanie was. I put it on to see how it fits and it's a lot smaller as well, it squeezed my head pretty good for several days which made me limit wearing it to about 30 minutes at a time due to getting headaches from it. I do have a large head however so for most people that shouldn't be a problem but I wanted to note it in case someone else with a big head stumbles upon this beanie. After wearing it for about a week it stretched enough I could wear it for longer periods but it's still tight on my head and not something I'll be wearing for more than an hour or two unfortunately. Obviously due to it stretching out there is now more light shining through it as well. Despite all that I really like the beanie and it does keep my head warm although I haven't been out in anything under 25 degrees with it yet. The only other complaint I have is with the depth of it, it comes with the bottom already folded up but thankfully it's not stitched in place, and it's just shallow enough not to cover my ears completely. I have to readjust the fold every time because it naturally goes right back to where it was from the factory but that's just a minor inconvenience really. all in all I really like this beanie due to the warmth so far, the pattern and just the feel and obvious quality of the materials. If I could get this in a nice burgundy color I'd definitely buy another one even with the size issues I have.