Trapper Hats: A Brief History of the World’s Warmest Headgear
Trapper hats, popular for their rugged style, signature ear flaps, and no-nonsense ability to keep your head warm in the most punishing winters, have a long history as the go-to headgear for those who work outdoors and in freezing temperatures.
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Traditionally, the trapper hat was part of a hunter's gear. Worn in frigid places where ears, chin, and nape needed sure-guard protection from the elements in undiscovered country. The trapper hat we know today, with its telltale earflaps, was worn across North America in colder climates, from the Appalachian Mountains to deep into Canada.
At the outset of World War I trapper hats, referred to as "aviator" hats, were necessary to protect a pilot's head and ears from the frosty winds they faced in the first open-cockpit biplanes to roam over Europe.
By World War II, planes grew in sophistication, capable of reaching much higher altitudes. It was then that the legendary B17, B24, and other bombing squadrons would take to the aviator hat—by then called the bomber hat—to keep their head, ears, and chin warm in unpressurized cabins that would reach 30,000 ft. during their 8-9 hour long missions.
The underlying versatility and practical elegance of this iconic hat continue to propel its popularity.
Unbeatable Warmth & Lasting Style
Today, Overland trapper hats are made of the highest quality materials: premium leathers and fabrics with insulating linings. Extremely durable, they are guaranteed to keep your head warm this winter and for many more winters to come.