Though it doesn't have a huge brim like you would find on a cowboy or lifeguard style hat it does keep the sun off your face and neck. Very comfortable and helps keep the sweat from dripping down into your eyes a bit. Has a draw string to help secure it from blowing off on the windy days. Good hiking hat that can be stuffed into a backpack or back pocket without being ruined. I wet mine down on hotter days and that helps keep my head cooler.