Trapper hats were designed as hunting headwear for those stalwart souls who tamed the American frontier. Winters were harsh in many parts of the frontier, and keeping one’s head warm was critical to surviving to see another spring. Originally made of leather or fur and lined with fur, at the time they were seen more as a necessity than a fashion statement. Now, however, the trapper hat is popular with fashion-conscious individuals from teens to septuagenarians. And while not worn for hunting as much anymore, the hat is still very popular for skiing and other cold-weather outdoor sports. To make a good selection when shopping for a trapper hat, consider three important factors—exterior material, interior material and color.