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The Finnish army "commando cap" is far more than just any woolly watch cap, it's something of a Finnish military tradition and very functional too, the double layered constrution giving it added warmth and insulation.
Unlike most wool caps these are made with a double-layered construction, the end result is far more insulating than the standard one layer style, a neat feature in extreme cold. Still as these don't have any membranes or such the wool breathes naturally, meaning that even though warm these are not too hot or sweaty like many modern caps with Windstopper etc. All in all a very classic and functional design!
This is modeled after the famous Finnish Army Sissipipo, or "sissy cap". The heritage comes from sissies, who are the most special commando-ranger troops in the Finnish military, true forest men sent into the woods with just a puukko, bare teeth and an assault rifle with one magazine, capable of living off the land and waging 30 years of guerilla warfare against the ever-present threat of Russian invasion.
The knit is firm and the fit is best on a 7 1/4" (Medium or 58 cm) head. If you have a larger head, we suggest to leave the cap unfolded. The Särmä Merino Watch Cap is more relaxed when it comes to size.
Wool is super. Merino wool is even better; it does not itch, insulates and regulates temperature better, gathers even less nasty smells (and most smells vanish with simply airing out the cap). Of course, the catch is a higher price tag. If you can live with that, we strongly suggest grabbing one of these.
Material: 100% mulesing-free merino wool, weight approx 430 g/m2. Wool wash in 30° C. Don't leave it in a wet lump. Reshape it gently while still damp. Using wool care products not mandatory, but recommended.
All of our Särmä brand merino wool products are mulesing free!
Made by Agtuvi Ky in Finland, fine quality stuff, no third world child labour camp crap.
Särmä is our own brand of clothing and equipment. When you buy Särmä you get purpose-built stuff at a decent price, something that will fill it's intended role well and not cost you an arm and a leg!
Särmä products are covered by a 12-month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. For further information please read our detailed warranty guide.
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