One of the ear muffs on my ancient hard hat failed, and it seemed easier and only a dollar or two extra to replace the whole thing. What a mistake! This forester's hard hat proved to be a poor substitute for the one I bought fifteen or twenty years ago -- a beast to put together and, when assembled, rather fragile seeming. I decided to return it and get a pair of replacement Peletor muffs for the old hard hat, and that was when the really labor began! But I finally managed to jam it back into the box in which it arrived, and I can't wait for UPS to take it away.