GUIDE TO RUSSIAN USHANKA HATS. FROM USSRONLINE.
I bought a ushanka (fur hat, trapper hat, forces cold weather hat etc etc) which duly arrived from russia but was unfortunately a little too tight for me but my wife stole it and has been wearing it ever since! I re-ordererd another, this time a bigger size and it arrived today and fits great. These hats are new and surplus, they are the genuine article that is supplied to the russian armed forces and are of superior quality, much better than the kind of thing that you can buy in department stores. This style of hat is worn in many parts of europe and asia where cold weather prevails. They are well made but do come in different qualities, the type I bought are both black leather with real fur, the inside is quilted and some have an internal draw-string, for adjustment, and are normally officer issue, they are not the cheapest but are the best, and worth the money, I cannot speak for the cheaper versions with artificial fur but I would expect the manufacturing quality to be similar. All in all, I would certainly recommend these as an excellent product which should last for many years.