I've had one since 1987. Grew it while on an outward bound trip (I had a beard in 5 days). Since then I alternate between a van dyke/goatee w/mustache, a full beard and a partial beard. Right now I have the mustache and a partial beard...the sideburns hit the bottom of my face under the ear and head over to my chin. the beard is like 1/2" high. My wife likes it. Once it warms up I resort back to a van dyke. Winter calls for a heavier beard. When I rotate it's usually due to my not paying attention when I trim it.