Ushanka

Ushanka

I inspired on an ushanka, also called a shapka-ushanka or trooper hat, is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap (I inspired on this particularly), or tied at the chin from the cold. The thick dense fur also offers some protection against blunt impacts to the head. While no match for a helmet, it offers protection far superior to that of a typical beanie cap should the wearer fall and hit his or her head against ice or packed snow.