Originally, trapper hats, as the name indicates, where worn by fur trappers. They originally designed this style of hat. Exactly how long ago they did so is not really known. However, it is thought that the hat originated in the USA.
The design of trapper hats
The design of the trapper hat was largely dictated by the materials available and the function it needed to fulfil. It was originally made out of fur, which of course was the material that trappers had the most access to. The idea was to make a close fitting cap that did not obscure the trapper’s eyes when they were hunting or moving around a dangerous environment. It has long ears to ensure that the trapper is kept as warm as possible. They tie up under the chin to keep the wind out.
Traditionally it was possible to tie the ears of the hat up above the head. This meant that when he was not so cold you could wear the hat almost as a cap. In addition, the brim of the hat could be folded back up against the scalp. Again this was for practical reasons, when it was really cold the brim could be turned down again against the forehead leaving just the bottom part of the face exposed to the elements.
Modern Trapper Hats
Today the trapper hat is still popular with hunters. It is extremely warm and practical. Modern trapper hats normally have the addition of a waterproof fabric layer. However, they have also become a fashion item, so often this layer is purely for display rather than practicality.
Most modern trapper hats are made of fake fur, however in some countries such as the Baltic States real fur is the preferred material.
Where to Buy Trapper Hats
You do not see many trapper hats for sale on the high street. However, some hunting, fishing, and outdoor activity shops do still sell them. However, by far the easiest place to find them is online. There are literally hundreds of sites that sell these great hats, however it is better to buy them from specialist sellers.