Most Popular in Russia and the Soviet Union, winter hats. We offer original Soldier's, Officer's, General's and Naval (NAVY) hats made out of fur, leather and Astrakhan fur "Karakul" An ushanka also called a ushanka-hat or trooper hat, is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or tied at the chin to protect the ears, jaw and lower chin from the cold. The thick dense fur also offers some protection against blunt impacts to the head. 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. Military-style ushanka of the Soviet Army. Ushankas are often made from expensive sheepskin, rabbit or muskrat fur. Ushanka hats are widely used in Arctic region of Russia, keeping ears and chin safe even in the winter (−40 to −70 degrees C). Excellent winter trapper hat for Russian wintr.