I have used this Souwester for over a decade on board our Brig, Panther and it beats the pants off the competition. No delam or stiffening over time in freezing and blowing, the flannel lining helps on long wet watches, getting a little big allows a watch cap to do really double warmth duty. The rain channel in front DOES fold down to lengthen the front brim in driving rain and reforms with NO problems. The elastic strap does stay stretchy for a VERY long time and has a slide adj buckle. Great item if you need to go out in lousy snowy rainy N'Easter type weather.
By Black Pete from East Coast USA