Vintage French Army Winter Hat - With Fold-down Faux Fleece Ear Flaps


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Paul kept pretty busy delivering roof trusses, that is until the construction business hit the skids after Vegas’ housing market imploded back in 2008. His big boom-truck sat idle in his company’s yard as the truss orders dried up overnight. Now the bills were piling up and Paul needed to get some money flowing so he started looking across the country for work. He heard there were good paying jobs available on the booming North Dakota oil fields, so he quickly packed up and headed up north. He arrived in Williston, North Dakota on a warm July evening. Two days later he landed a good paying job delivering pipe to the oil rigs. By October, he realized that North Dakota did actually get cold and he needed to invest in some cold winter gear while his thin Vegas blood became acclimated to the frigid prairie winds.

On his day off he slipped into a hole-in-the-wall army surplus store in downtown Williston looking for some winter gear. He told the clerk that he needed a warm winter hat--one with fold-down ear flaps to protect against the cold Dakota winds. The guy behind the counter pulled out a former French army winter hat and slid it across the counter. Paul put the hat on his head and kept it there until the end of April when winter was finally over in North Dakota.

Here's an awesome toasty warm and comfortable winter trapper style hat that once served in the French Army (circa 1970s-80s). The exterior is made out of OD green cotton blend fabric while the interior is lined with a layer of wool. The fold-down ear flaps and chin strap are made of thick faux fleece and are secure by Velcro. The flaps can be adjusted to fit just about any chin as the Velcro patch is 4.5" (11cm) long. We have several of these hats available and they are all marked as (58 cm) 27.75" which which makes them Mens Large however some are tighter fitting so choose either "Large" or "Medium." The headband is not adjustable but will stretch out a little with wear. There are three vents on each ear flap so you can hear with them down. The 2.25" (5.5 cm) soft brim flips up if you prefer. The crown is 4" (10 cm) tall and with the ear flaps down it adds 3.5" (9 cm) of fleece-lined protection over the back of the neck.

We have several of these hats available and they are all in very good, used vintage condition (similar in condition to the one in the photos). They all look like have seen only limited wear and is free of rips, holes, stains or foul odors.

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