The brim doesn't stick out as much as other visor beanies I've seen. The fleece lining (bottom part) does a good job of keeping the ears warm. The top part doesn't have the fleece lining, it's loosely woven, and it let's heat escape so you don't overheat. On the downside, on a really windy day (+20mph) I felt some of the cold air, but it didn't discourage me from wearing it again. Overall, love this hat!