I have been looking for a SK hat with a ponytail hole for a long time. I tried on many hats, checked my sizes, and had to order online because there were none available in stores near me. I can fit my finger between the hat and my head, except on the forehead it is tight. Not sure if this has to do with the brim. Or it could be the fact that I have thick hair. It's also difficult to get my hair through the hole- it doesn't seem big enough. And it weighs the back of the hat down so that the front is too tight and too high. All other stormy kromer hats don't work well for me because of a ponytail and having thick hair. The flap goes too far down to the neck for there to be any space, and then my ears are exposed. I was so hopeful with this one. Maybe it's just something I have to get used to over more time. If there could be a change, so that the hole is slightly larger, or maybe even putting some elastic in the hat, that could be a game changer.